Jacob Schaffer Announces Debut

Jacob Schaffer has spend a great deal of time in bedroom, crafting songs that represent his interpretation of the world as he sees it. For the announcement of his debut album, Gold Chi, he’s dropped this tune, which does hold slightly onto the bedroom recording experience. He does push the envelope a bit just beyond the 2 minute mark, before settling back into the mellow vibe he’s pursued. It’s a pretty chilled out experience, but one that holds a great deal of promise as we near the release of his debut. Looking forward to what his songwriting holds when the record drops in May.

Rips Are Right Up My Alley

I hadn’t heard of Rips prior to yesterday, but apparently they’re the next big thing out of the Brooklyn scene. This time around, I’ll buy a ticket for they hype train as they’re clearly doing something that’s right in my wheelhouse. It’s a little bit nostalgic, a little bit power-pop…and everything good. Despite this tune’s look towards old school NYC vibes, the dreamier quality of the guitar styling is perhaps what sticks out the most, providing a very modern notch of flair that has me excited to hear what comes next. They’ll be releasing their debut self-titled LP on June 16th…and looks to be a hit in my book.

Permanent Vacation Change to Blue of Noon

Perhaps the allusion toAerosmith wore thin, or perhaps it was just time to change things up, but Chris McComas and Joel Blanken are at it again with fresh tunes, this time under the name of Blue of Noon…not Permanent Vacation. This time around find the Canadian duo offering up similarly dream vibes, filled in by masterful synth work and hazy vocals to bring you into their realm of dream pop. They’ve just uploaded a few tracks, which hopefully leads to the promise of a new release, but those of you seeking out atmospheric pop of the best sort will surely find yourselves thrilled at the tune below.

New Single from Katie Von Schleicher

Haven’t written about Katie Von Schleicher for a bit, so now that she’s announced a new album, seems like the perfect time to enjoy her work. She’s working her vocal magic over a pretty mellow vibe, which has a few occasions to get a little more emphatic with fuzzy noise and a slight bounce. For me, her voice is always the draw; she has this way to alter tones, even from syllable to syllable…and that’s on display here. I like how she takes deeper tones and stretches them into something more euphoric as the notes are drawn out. She’s just announced Shitty Hits for release on July 28th via Ba Da Bing, so stay tuned for more.

Shoegaze Vibes from Colour of Spring

I’m always going to fall in love with a song that has a sparkling shimmer on the back of a chord as it washes over the front of the mix, and this tune from Colour of Spring is no exception. While the song always seems on the verge of exploding, the band manage to hold that back until the back end of the tune, allowing for an increased bit of tension that draws listeners into the song. I appreciate that they never turn their back from the innate pop qualities that lurk within, and with that attitude, I have high hopes for their self-titled EP on June 23rd via House of Love.

Stream the New EP from Bent

I really have fallen in love with Bent, who were introduced to me via my love affair with Emotional Response. They’ve just released a brand new 7″ EP, filled with discordant, wobbly punk rock. While Heidi’s powerful voice will obviously be a draw for many (she masters that old school howling power), I’m entranced by the way the guitar works in their songs. At times the chords sing to just be plucked out of thin air, while other times they carefully walk between the deep tones of the bass and the rhythm of the drums. There’s this care to the craft, allowing the guitar to take some focus, though never steal the limelight that’s really fascinating to me. You should go grab the 7″ right now, right HERE. Check a video of the lead track off the EP after the jump too!

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Cloudberry Unearth Indiepop Gems from The Potting Shed

If you’re an aficionado or indiepop, or just a passing fan, then the best thing you can do is spend some time with Cloudberry Records. The label puts out some of the purest indiepop about, and recently has taken to unearthing hidden gems from the genres past. The label just announced that they’ll be putting out a compilation from The Potting Sheds as part of their Cloudberry Cake Kitchen, which has already seen releases from others like the Suncharms. Along with the announcement, this gem was quietly dropped, but it’s a doozy if you’re into groovy bounce and filling horn segments. Please just listen, and look for more come summertime.

Fresh Music from Obnox

Lamont Thomas is a musical shapeshifter, and through it all, his work as Obnox has been supremely captivating. Whether he’s throwing out rhymes, spoken word or rocking a jam, there’s a realness to his work that’s not often present in modern music; there’s no posturing, no pandering, just a man who knows only music. His latest single has him effortlessly working atop one of the catchiest loops he’s crafted, which should definitely perk up your ears. But, knowing his work, the entirety of his new release Niggative Approach is bound to be full of surprises…hopefully enough that he gets the respect his music deserve; look for the new LP on May 21st from 12XU.

Pleased to Meet You Midnight Sister

Jagjaguwar seems to be making a run at some rad bands this week; they dropped Dasher yesterday and today they bring us Midnight Sister. Both are great, but this tune’s got something extra special, falling into the vein of skewed (perhaps avant) pop music. The percussive element almost makes you ill at ease, working more like an experiment than a precision studio beat. This, however, is what makes it so striking, as the group’s playing with modern structures, throwing in small hints of the past and present to draw in listeners. Their debut album drops later on this year, and should make for some pretty special songs.

Really Enjoying This New Cende

Listening to this new Cende track, it occurred to me that the blogosphere (god I hate name) aren’t dead. A song this good pops up on NPR/Stereogum and people listen,which shows a few people still have some good taste. From the moment it kicked off, the driving rhythm of the track had me tapping my toes and bobbing my head; it’s an infectious bit of guitar pop that just swims in your head. It doesn’t hurt that Frankie Cosmos‘ Gretta Klein offers up her voice to make listeners swoon after a few minutes; her performance almost brings in an a Camera Obscura-esque vibe that’s unavoidable. Blogs be damned, this song’s just great. Look for their album #1 Hit Single on May 26th via Double Double Whammy.

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