It’s a shame that Blush are releasing their debut album this Friday. I only mean that in the sense that a month earlier and it would have been almost guaranteed a spot in many year-end lists, including my own. Opening with a casual bit of guitar, the song quickly seduces listeners with Maura’s vocal performance; she’s got this natural cool that just pours through your speakers…the sort of assured indifference made for rock stars. A sly little beach pop nod at the end, and the song is over, leaving you to seek out more…and you can have just that when the group release their self-titled LP Friday via Arrowhawk.
When listening to this track, the knowledge that Olden Yolk is the project of Shane from Quilt might inform your listening. That’s well and good, but what you should also note is the indulgence in the true atmosphere of psychedelia crafted in the track below. Notes billow like smoke in a dimly lit room, with time taken to really let the guitar licks to find their own way into the world. The vocal performance is quite captivating as well, especially when joined by a heavy vocal accompaniment that’s sure to entrance you. The debut self-titled LP will be released by Trouble in Mind on February 23rd.
Light Beams came to my attention because of the participation of Justin Moyer, who plays in one of my favorite current acts, Puff Pieces. I’m even more intrigued because the apparent use of samples is all done sans laptops and click tracks…just operated by drum pads. It does give this single a slightly jittery vibe, but that seems to give off the vibe that this might be the natural progression left off since Q and Not U’s Power. Like the perfect blend between dance music and post punk…dance punk done right, if you will. Look for their self-title debut via Don Giovanni on September 22nd.
Myfirst listen to Mountain Movers introduced meto the band with notes taken from acts like Spiritualized and the like, but they’re bringing you something that you might find a little more spirited. There’s a rolling movement from the guitars and the pounding rhythm of the drum work, reminiscent of Woods; they provided this sunny hook that rides through the chorus, while still maintaining an effortless cool. They’re about to break out of New Haven and find a place on your record player when Trouble In Mind Records release their self-titled on May 5th.
A few weeks ago news started to bubble about Agent Bla, the latest, and possibly youngest, act to bring great music out of Sweden. They recently released THIS VIDEO, which reminded me to go spend more time with their self-titled debut. Still, I’m struck by the band’s early single form the record, “(Don’t) Talk to Strangers;” it has this swirling dreaminess that adheres to my personal pop aesthetic, including powerful vocals that are sure to have you taking notice of these youngsters. Their album will be handled in the US by Kanine Records, who’ve got a pretty good resume with dreamy pop bands like Fear of Men; it hits on June 9th.
Looks like today’s going to be a day for rock n’ roll, and this poppy bit of punk rock from Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs is perfect. They kick out an anthemic style akin to our local favorites Basketball Shorts, filled with huge hook-laden riffs and lyrics to scream at the top of your lungs. What separates the group from their peers, at least in this number, is the chorus, touching up the tune with just a hint of clarity. They’re releasing their self-titled debut on Burger/Dine Alone on July 28th…and it’ll probably be filled with infectious numbers that’ll stick in your head for some time.
Sort of bored with the tunes coming my way this week, but what I’m not bored of is the diverse listen that is this debut LP from Rays. We’ve written about the band many times on the site, and there’s no reason to stop right now, is there? There’s all sorts of stuff hanging out on this LP, be it jangling guitars or psychedelic swirls, all spun with the perfect attitude. You get bonus points when you can switch between male and female vocalists, never losing a beat. Get your hands on this new LP Friday when it hits via Trouble in Mind Records.
There’s sprawling rock for self-indulgence, and then there’s Mountain Movers. The New Haven band has just announced they’ll be releasing their new self-titled album via Trouble in Mind Records. This brand new single is a 7 minute opus, stretched out over little psychedelic jams and nonchalant vocal delivery. It’s a crazy beautiful world where the likes of Sonic Youth and Spiritualized are hanging out, trying to deconstruct the modern psych tropes. Dan Greene, the song’s guitarist and vocalist, says the song is about “trouble-makers who follow their vision into unknown world despite the dangers ahead.” My ears welcome that journey into the “unknown world,” awaiting more expansive tunes to open my mind. Join me and grab the band’s album HERE, or wait until it hits your local shop on May 5th.
Ty Segall will be releasing his new record in just a few weeks, and now we’ve got another tune to offer up to listeners, “Break a Guitar.” While the actual guitar still has that powerful glam rock to it, I think Ty’s voice here is the first time I really see him going full Bolan. It’s a really nice touch, as I think with he’s bordered on repeating himself over the last few years. Don’t you worry though, there’s still a huge soloing moment in the middle of the tune, which could very well lead to Segall breaking his guitar in the live setting. Clearly he’s still going strong…look for his new self-titled effort via Drag City on January 27th.
Man…in a week where I’ve been struggling to find anything I love, it’s great that Trouble in Mind Records just posted the announcement of this new Rays LP. Those of you who adored the the early work of Parquet Courts will surely find the band brandishing a similar post-punk fashion…though these guys sound a bit darker, less art(y). They band out the latter half of the track by filling it with a propulsive noise that’s tied back into the main vein of the song. You can always count on TiM bringing you a solid band and a solid record; look for this self-titled LP on March 31st.