I always liked the idea of a split 7″; to me, it shows a bit of camaraderie in the musical community. When I first saw that New Tigers had a new track on a split with Sweden’s Top Sound, I got really excited, as I’m already a fan of New Tigers after their self-titled album from last year. The split will be shared between Ca Ira and Soliti Music, and it comes out next week. Both bands take a stab at covering the other group’s tunes, which is another thing I enjoy–you get to see how bands react to the music of their peers. I’m definitely digging this track, but I knew I would.
Sometimes you have to be a bit skeptical when you get the hype from overseas, but I have a feeling that Stealing Sheep are going to live up to it all. The all girl trio from Britain just released this great single as a prelude to the release of their album, Into the Diamond Sun, which will come out this September on Heavenly Recordings. The playfulness in the vocal delivery was enough of a hook, then the rest of the girls join in creating a catchy pop stomp that won’t get out of my head. I have this slight feeling that a lot of people are going to adore these lovely ladies.
I’m pretty sure you’re all going to love this track; there’s really nothing as strikingly wonderful as this track from Pure Bathing Culture. It’s such a subtle pop track, with the instrumentation turned down low so the vocals can reach perfection by the time they hit your ears. You can find this track on the group’s debut self-titled EP, which just came out via the good people over at Father Daughter Records. Come on, one listen just isn’t enough, you’re going to have to play this song over and over again. I don’t know about you, but that pretty sums the track up as a certified hit.
I’ve been really into quieted folk tunes this summer, and this new track from Evening Hymns is one of my favorite jams to cross my path thus far. Early on, the song comes at you as if it was recorded in a room, or a cabin (it was!), giving it a deeply emotional quality. As the song builds, there’s more lush arrangements being added, moving the song along as it sort of gets lost in its own beautiful world. If you’re digging this track, you can grab it and the rest of the tunes from the band’s forthcoming album, Spectral Dusk, when it hits the streets on August 21st.
One of my favorite discoveries of the last year has been Sweden’s Alpaca Sports. The duo creates hook-laden pop that dares you to play the songs just once; I promise you that’s not a possibility. Lucky for all of us the group has been kind enough to let us stream their new single, “She’ll Come Back for Indian Summer,” which I sincerely hope is a Beat Happening reference. You can get your hands on the digital single on June 20th via Luxury, and then you’ll have it on your own stereo to play over and over again. Keep your eye on these guys, as there’ definitely going to be more gems from them coming our way soon. Also, you can check out a video for the single that just went up today by clicking HERE.
Now, this is a band I’m definitely going to get behind! Nude Beach is from NY, and you can see some lineage to old school NY. The group’s got this swagger and this street-smart sound…and there’s a hint of garage pop to boot. They’ve recently signed on to Other Music Recording Co, who will help put out the group’s newest record, II, on August 14th this year. It’s a track that should have pretty much all music fans salivating, using bits of modern indie rock fused with a classic street sound. I’m going to love this record, and I bet you will too.
There’s been lots of great records this year, but one that’s going to be in my top five for sure come the end of the year is Killing Time from Terry Malts. But, not a band to rest on their laurels, the group already has a new single ready to go on Log Lady Records. It’s going to be a split affair with Dead Angle, and it demonstrates the continuous power of a Malts release. If you jam to the stream below you’ll find those fuzzy guitars and solid percussive moments that have come to define the group’s sound. You can pick up this jam on June 12th, so keep your eyes open!
You know we’re supporters of Suckers, so we’re happy to offer up a nice stream of the band’s second single from their upcoming record, Candy Salad. Said record, the group’s second, will be out on April 24th on Frenchkiss Records, and you can expect a little bit of a different sound this time. The group seems a lot more focused in the recording of this effort, offering up a tightened sound this go around. It does lose a little bit of the magic from their debut, yet you’ll definitely find plenty to fall for on this effort, such as the band’s favorite accompaniment–a nice heartfelt whistle.
Up until now, everything coming out of Glasgow, at least in my mind, has come across with this calm beauty to it, that is until I ran into this new tune from Holy Esque. Singer Pat Hynes has this stuttering vocal delivery that gives off a weird sort of tension, as if the group’s about to explode. I don’t know really how else to go into detail, as Hynes has the standout performance on this track. You can find this number, as well as others when the band releases their Holy Esque EP on April 23rd…should be more than just your run of the mill Scottish rock.
Last year we brought you lots of news about Parlovr, one of Montreal’s hottest act. It looks like 2012 is going to give us more of the same; the band is set to release another album, Kook Soul, on Dine Alone Records on May 15th of this year. What I like about our first listen to the new music is the lack of immediacy in the following song. It’s not hitting you over the head, but instead, the band builds their sound slowly, erupting from time to time with spirited pop moments. It’s a slight change in direction, but one you’ll surely love if you just take the time to stream the track below.