I’ve been into the work of Cool Sounds for just a bit, and with the announcement of a new LP on the horizon, lets get back on it. The opening minute and a half is a little more subtle than before, perhaps drawing inspiration from a more classic rock guitar sound, maybe even a fine slice of country. Still, the Melbourne outfit are a pop outfit, so they’re not turning their back on that sound, letting the tension build up until a funky little jam delivers pop sensibility to keep you all in check. Cactus Country will be out on October 26th via Osborne Again.
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from UK outfit, Adults. But, I’m here to rectify that as the group just released an excellent cassette titled The Weekend Was Always Almost Over. One of my favorite things about the group is the way they use the juxtaposed male/female vocals to gift you brilliant ear candy; it’s not all saccharine though, as you’ll hear fuzzed out riffs blasting throughout the nine tracks jamming below. It’s a collection of songs that meets somewhere in the middle of Comet Gain and Los Campesinos…not a bad way to get your day started.
Admittedly, when I stumbled upon the music of Rabbit Island, I knew very little of Amber Fresh and her project. But, with her forthcoming album, she seems to have struck a cord within me that’s not easily ignored. For instance, this track has this emotive organ as the key musical element; I, oddly, don’t even think it needs much more than that. Amber operates between spoken word and half-hearted song throughout, and its her dedication to musical patience that draws you further into the depths of the song. Deep In the Big is going to take me on a magical journey, and I couldn’t be happier about it; it drops this week via Bedroom Suck Records.
Finnish outfit New Silver Girl have a new album on the horizon for October, and today we’re happy to share with you the latest single. This tune has a bit of a glam glitz to it, and not just because of the video attire; it also has this slight vocal hiccup that recalls some of Bowie’s best vocal inflections. But, there’s something polished and glossy about the tune, perhaps due to producer Gordon Raphael, who also worked with the Strokes and Hinds. He knows his way around taking the gritty details and turning them into rock n’ roll gems; this is another such occasion. Look for the album to drop in late October via Finland’s best, Soliti Music.
This Friday Gentle Reminder Records will release the much-anticipated new LP from DC outfit Saturday Night. But, before they drop that LP, why not tease you with one more insatiable single. It opens with this heavy-ish riff…a little funky until the drums come in and change the song’s attitude. They roll over that riff, matched with the vocals to craft this melody you can’t put down. Slowly, the background starts to fill with little whispers, growing more prominent until Nora bursts forth to provide the perfect accent to the track. There’s enough bravado and fun in the rambunctious closing minute that you can’t help but let a smile crack across your face. Order the self-titled album right HERE!
Wild Powwers description of their new single is quite fitting, calling it ‘a tsunami’ one is trying to escape…except just like they exclaim, you can’t escape it; it sweeps you up. The drums have a hard roll, while ominous guitar lines slink in and out of the front of the mix; there’s a haunting howl from below, like a siren’s call. Then they jump into a heavy stomp, bubbling with hints of sinister pop undertones. The group unleashes their pow[w]ers upon us in the song’s closing minutes, reveling in the tsunami’s final destruction. The group will release Skin on October 12th via Nadine Records.
I feel like the best thing I can do for you is to continue to encourage you to spend some time with Brooklyn-via-Chile act, Parrot Dream. This track is definitely on the pop-centric side of things; I think it will definitely draw comparisons, in some of the guitar sound to Beach House. It begins with this fuzzy keyboard intro, before Christina allows her voice to sparkle in the front of the mix. There’s this momentary respite at the 2 minute mark, offering just enough space for a slowed-down vocal performance that’s matched by some emphatic drum work. Light Goes will drop on August 24th via Good Eye Records, and you’ll be glad it did!
We’ve already toasted to Henry Nowhere when he first announced his latest EP, but he’s followed up that announcement with this brilliant late night chill out. A driving guitar line propels the song throughout, occasionally balancing on the edge of jangling. It all works over a simple rhythm line, giving Henry plenty of room to drape his smoky baritone atop the entire mix. For my two cents, I love how it walks the fine line between uplifting spirit and late night relaxer…makes it easy to adore no matter the time of day. This is definitely promising for fans with the EP on the horizon.
It looks like the folks over at Upset the Rhythm can’t wait to have you hear the new LP from Terry, as they’re offering up the third single from the group’s I’m Terry. The first two and a half minutes of the band’s latest should definitely have you captivated; it walks a fine line between happy bounding and plodding bounce, steady from start to finish. They offer up some sonic respite, but at this point, its fleeting as the group jump back into their harmony-induced meat of the track. You’ll find the latter half of the tune offering musicianship and sonic playfulness…just the band showing their musical chops. The new LP drops on August 31st.