Digging on Girl Friday

Dude. Sometimes you press play on a press release and all of a sudden your toes start tapping and you scramble to find out more. This is exactly what happened last night as I listened to Girl Friday; it should come as no surprise that they’ll be accompany the Beths through NA this July. They’ve got that a very Oceanic guitar pop sound, at least on the first 2.5 minutes of their new single; it’s filled with wonderful harmonies and crisp guitar lines. But, one that 2.5 minute mark hits, they turn the song upside down, taking a more raucous approach that’s just as powerfully stunning as the opening minutes. I love a band that can do whatever the fuck they want and still make it sound super cool. Look for their Fashion Conman EP on June 28th via Hardly Art.

Kluster Shares New Single, Wild

Swedish act Kluster got a lot of time on this site back in 2018 with the release of their Civic LP…and now they’ve got a brand new single to share. This number definitely shows the band’s songwriting approach, filling in the track with these little twists and turns that take you on little jaunts within the tune itself. Guitars and fuzz weave in and out, but personally, I’m really taken by the build that occurs just after the 3 minute mark; the group vocals quietly rise until the guitars crash in and out noisily before a nice pop wash coats the top and draws the song towards its close. Give it a listen, won’t you.

Fresh Terry Tune

What? You didn’t get enough Terry last year with I’m Terry? Well, lucky for you and I that the band have something new up their sleeve by way of the Who’s Terry? 7“. Pulsing electronics kick the song off, eventually submerging beneath the front of the mix to serve as the song’s heartbeat. Ringing guitars come in, matched in their pace by a steadied vocal delivery that marches you through the track, fading away just enough for a nice little crisp guitar solo. There’s even some faint audio that almost sounds like the band sitting around at practice in the track’s latter half; it’s charming, drawing your ear even closer. At this point, I don’t really see Terry writing a bad tune; they just keep crafting hit after hit; this one drops on Upset the Rhythm on July 19th.

Shrouded Strangers Have New Music

I’ve spent a great bit of time covering Shrouded Strangers in the past, but it’s been a hot minute sine Teleport Beach (their last LP) dropped. Luckily, the band reached out to us and pointed me in the direction of a few new songs they’re sharing to get you amped for Night Prancing. Upon my first listen, the band still employs their affinity for fuzzy pop stylings, those these seem to have evaded the traditional pitfalls of pop music as of late. Honestly, when I first heard these tunes, it almost sounded like a more fuzzy version of Grandaddy (or what I envisioned for old Elf Power); it makes me giddy thinking of the great potential this song holds. The whole LP drops on June 25th via Infinite Repeats/Burger Records.

Pleased to Meet You Berg

Felt like there was going to end up with a heavy dosage of rock n’ roll today, so I had to balance that out; it’s a good thing I stumbled upon this Berg track to do just that. The song’s production has this rolling gentleness, almost like an effortless ride up and down through the hillside. Alexandra, the songwriter behind the project, has this voice that mixes pristine studio qualities with this natural soulfulness; it’s matched with the perfect arrangements, accenting her voice where needed, but mostly adding textural layers to build your emotional pull. It’s clear she’s turning heads, having recently caught the ear of Faris (from the Horrors) who has aided in the craft coming through your speakers…with more on the way soon.

Get Weird with Alien Tango

I find myself inexplicably addicted to Alien Tango. There’s definitely an oddball sense of humor, in both the song’s construction and the video work we present you below. But, peel back some of the oddity and you’ll hear some really exciting things going on in the work of Alberto Garcia Roca. The beat here has this forceful video game punch to it, bordering on glitchy; these electronic sounds get layered upon one another, yanked back from time to time to reveal these marvelously intoxicating melodies. It honestly reminds me of when I fist fell into Animal Collective and found them super-exciting; I get those same vibes, do you?

More Tracks from Fashion Brigade

I’m not really sure what to call Fashion Brigade…I suppose brigade would be easy, but it seems more like a conglomerate of great artists working together to round out the bits and pieces of great art. Today, there’s a couple of new pieces from the forthcoming Fvck the Heartache, both featuring established artists like Jo Schornikow of Phosphorescent (and recent LP on Keeled Scales) and Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos. Jo’s track has this true post-punk indiepop vibe; the guitar’s almost sound like a distorted and poppier Cure song, with Jo softening things with her notes. Greta’s performance is like a Tony Molina sized juggernaut; it almost sounds like an unfinished Stephin Merritt pinned tune. Both tracks will appear on Fvck the Heartache, out this summer via Gentle Reminder Records.

Teenage Cavegirl Share Space Girl

ATX duo Teenage Cavegirl make short work of the pop ditty. They blast through with fuzzy riffs and the simplest drum work, driving home their satisfying hooks in under two quick minutes. LA rocks the sugary vocals that carry just a bit of an underlying howl; when matched with the drums, you’re going to find each tune as a little pop rock, exploding right inside your ear. Andy Ray, meanwhile, moves his guitar back and forth between jagged riffs and fuzzy hooks, tying the whole thing together with his own noisy battle axe. The group will release Candy Cigarettes on June 1st.

Le Superhomard Share Domino

It’s only been a few months since Le Superhomard dropped the excellent Meadow Lane Park, and here they are already prepping a new 7″ with this slinky dance number. It offers everything I’ve come to enjoy about the group, offering these dance floor ready beats bordering between club and disco, then sliding those beneath these casual indiepop vocals. Here they get some help from Xavier Boyer of Tahiti 80, and an excellently crafted video that’s part art piece and part lyric video; both additions are a nice touch that certify this tune as a surefire hit. The new 7″ will be out on Elefant Records this July.

Dammit I Love Dumb

I know just what you think Dumb sounds like when you press play, so lets just put all that nonsense aside. For me, the latest single from the band’s forthcoming Club Nites is that it’s filled with this energy, but only on the surface. The band can always offer pace and angular guitar stabs, but here, the rhythm propels things while the guitars hold back. It’s this unsettling vibe that really forces you to hold onto the lyrical content/vocals just so the song doesn’t spit you up and chew you out…and the song even has this mild mannered fade out…how can you not fall in love? Dumb will release Club Nites on June 7th via Mint Records.

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