Feel like we’ve been hanging out with the Oceanic region a great deal today (Terry, The Ocean Party), so why not wrap up Wednesday with this gorgeous number from New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins. Hollie Fullbrook and her band have just signed with Ba Da Bing, for their first North American release…but those with a keen ear have surely heard the project. I like the fragility of Fullbrook’s voice, draped over the careful orchestration behind her; there’s a gradual swell to the song that seems to make it rise, only for the band to just let it hang in the air. Should be a busy year for Tiny Ruins.
It’s interesting to listen to early recordings of Wild Nothing and see just how far Jack Tatum has come in songwriting, in regards to both skill and style. I love the way he sets you up in this song to get hit over head with the natural hook; he spends the first minute and a half with this brooding sensation with twinkling guitars ringing in the far off. Your settled, and probably enjoying the new track’s dreamier quality…and then the tune jumps in with a more pronounced punch amidst twisting and turning guitar lines…somehow it feels more powerful than anything he’s crafted. All things are pointing towards Indigo being a sensational hit when it drops August 31st via Captured Tracks.
Hats off to RSTB for sharing this new Terry gem off the band’s forthcoming I’m Terry album. In contrast to the spritely bounce of their first single, “The Whip,” their new single offers a calming dosage of pop. Oddly, the rhythm section holds a similar style, but the pace and the presentation of the vocals give the song a softer underbelly. The closing moments do bring in some brash discord, illustrating that the band aren’t bound to stylistic chains of any one genre. They’ll be releasing the new record via Upset the Rhythm on August 31st.
Honestly, I didn’t expect to love this song so much, but it continues to seep into my skin, playing over and over again. Bobey spends the first 45 seconds offering you up these carefully orchestrated guitar lines, looping through your speakers; there’s a wispy quality to the softened twang of the strings. That perfectly sets up the entrance of the feathery vocals, rising and falling in pitch with the tone of the guitar work. And, as if to channel Grizzly Bear, Emily Ritz joins in the fray on vocals to add this sweeping textural pop feeling that soothes. Bobey releases Siblings on August 24th via Golden Brown, featuring the gem below.
Gorgeous Bully have long been on our radar over here at ATH, and when they dropped this new single we, of course, had to get it up. I love the guitar sound that immediately jumps in; it’s heavy and foreboding, with just a hint of harmony…akin to some of the late moments when Sonic Youth took a stab at pop sensibility. The vocals stand back just a bit in the mix with a coat of distortion atop, giving a touch of grit to the song’s presentation. And as always is the case with the band, there’s no shying away from melody, ingraining the track in your head. They’ll be releasing Closure via Breakfast Records real soon!
Loose have graced these little pages a few times before, and we’d like to devote the next minute to the band as they drop another single. While this song has the tendency to lean towards trimmed down punk number, the song mostly resembles the badge of the Pacific Northwest…though perhaps more in the vein of Idaho. Even in a short span of a minute, the song bursts, recedes then bursts again, only to fade out quickly. Mostly, I love the band because they just seem to be having fun, and that goes a long way to me having fun. The trio will release their debut EP on August 17th.
You might recall a short period of time ago where we shared with you the wonderful lead single from the forthcoming Outerhope LP; today we’re following that up with another excellent number from the Filipino duo. I like the trickling of the electronics that jump the song forward; it’s like your falling in slow motion. It works well with the atmospheric wash and the dense sound of bells that float in behind just as Micaela enters the fray with her softened vocal touch. This is how the dreamier side of pop should sound, interesting in the manufacturing of beats, and hazy in the emotive qualities; look for Vacation to drop this Friday via Shelflife Records.
The brothers Rosen have probably been dreaming of big things since they were kids, and now the duo known as Cones have signed to Dangerbird Records. That news also comes with a purely fun bit of pop to signal their arrival into the big leagues. It almost starts off with this psychedelic leaning electropop, though that quickly moves aside for a silkier pulse that works the groove in from beneath. There’s a smoothed calm to the vocal delivery, particularly in the repeated chorus at the end…definitely adding to the hook factor. More news to come on the brothers in the near future!
Perhaps I’m stuck on ballads today, or slow burners, but regardless, I’m really enjoying this new tune from Joe McKee. The song revolves around a solitary guitar line turning and walking wherever McKee leads it; it slowly drips with emotive qualities, accented by tinkering piano notes creeping in from the back of the room somewhere. The song works perfectly with the video, as both end in this sort of beautiful isolation, a happy loneliness if you will. Joe will release An Australian Alien this October via Baby Race Records.
The Australian music scene is more than just those bright ringing guitars, so today we’ll turn our attention to the beautiful croon of Gregor. He’s preparing to release his debut album, and he’s shared this subtle number; it’s little more than voice, bass groove and a wash of keyboard sounds. It feels like a late night walk through a brightly lit street, capturing elements of darkness and light all at once; it’s pretty intoxicating upon repeat listens. The chorus barely steps out of line with the song, but you’ll notice a slight tonal change that only adds to the emotive power. Silver Drop is being released on October 5th via Chapter Music.