Paul who? Paul Den Heyer is the Liverpool songwriter, oft compared to Mojave 3 or Slowdive. But, what you’ll likely find is that his songs, like the single below, are much softer in their approach, as if Norman Blake had recorded bedroom demos allowing Paul to recreate them. There’s this longing softness, that place where your dreams take you when your mind wants you to escape from all that surrounds you, yet in that you find comfort; it’s the best sort of pop music out there if you ask me. This track appears on Everything So Far, the new LP, which is out May 17th via A Turntable Friend Records.
I fee like it’s been a long time coming for the debut from Trudy and the Romance, the UK outfit turning crooning lounge songs into broad-sweeping pop numbers for mass consumption. I love how this track builds and builds, really not even taking off until it hits the 1.5 minute mark. The doo-wop vocal arrangements really add a layer of style and class that seems long-forgotten, but I’m still likely to swoon over it…as you should be. Sandman will be dropping on May 24th via B3SCI Records, finally giving Trudy fans what we’ve all been waiting for…hope it’s as good as we dreamed it up to be.
This one time, I through this SXSW party called “Welcome to the Jangle;” it was really awesome and might have been the peak of my booking abilities. But, on that bill was Wildhoney; they even crashed at my house. They were super nice and grateful, only making me love their music even more. Fast forward to today, and they’ve just recently shared a cover of “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer to hold us over while they work on a new album (that’s my hope at least!). Upon listening, it’s immediately obvious that they’re going to alter the song’s original structure; it’s slowed down from the get-go, allowing the melody to be stretched as far across the universe as possible. The song never loses sight of the original, however, holding tightly onto the natural pop origins. Can’t wait to have this in my collection; it will be released on SLR30 Single Series at the end of June.
This year I’ve just been having a blast, kicking back and letting the tunes come my way. Of course, this means I’m traveling back to my youthful tendencies and looking to turn the stereo up and await the grins. Maryland outfit Spooled Up have crafted the perfect little pop number to satiate my pop rocking needs! The song hits you fast and heavy, with huge riffs and this sort of wonky vocal delivery that gives the song a nice little bounce. But, just as you’re expecting the band to bound off down the road, they pull things all the way back, breaking into a crunchy breakdown. You’ll find this track on the band’s new Strange World EP, out on June 8th via Crafted Sounds.
Someone reached out the other day to ask me what I’d been listening to a lot, and I had two albums on repeat pretty much the entire week, one being Olden Yolk‘s Living Theatre (the other is that Martha record!). Musically, it’s a magical journey that’s far more diverse than I expected, and I mean that in the best way possible…”Grand Palais” gives you another look at the band’s new LP. There’s these psychedelic elements, though they often end up being disguised beneath these textured layers of sort of Spector-esque pop vibes; it’s disorienting and captivating, and ultimately emphatic with the drumming of Booker Stardrum (what a name!). It even closes with this little spoken word jam journey, further spinning the band and the listener into a pop spiral! Living Theatre is out May 17th via Trouble in Mind Records.
It’s Monday and you’re likely catching up on the endless scroll of tunes across the Internet as you settle into your work week. Odds are, you’re likely bored, thinking it all sounds the same, so why not try on something just a slight bit different…the Lopez. The Pittsburgh duo are all about crafting joy in your world, through their own pop kaleidoscope; they sort of take bits and pieces from Sleigh Bells, CSS and Go-Team, mix it all up, then sort of say “fuck it, we’ll go our own way.” What you get is anthemic danceable pop music with a whole lot of bite. The band will drop Heart Punch on May 11th.
When you get an email about new music coming from Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten, if you’re me, you listen up. Today I’m really excited to share this tune from Desert Souls, a German outfit walking that rare ground where indiepop and psychedelia bleed into one another. Here we kick things off with a raucous crowd before the band bounce into a wayward garage jangle, almost surf-y in presentation. Then come the deep vocal tones, sort of delivered in this haunting fashion, sure to make sure the syllables land on beat with the drum work. Behind it all are these great backing vocals, swelling the song’s natural pop sensibility, while the vocals and the guitar tend to shift towards a Death Valley dance show. Keep your eyes peeled for more from this outfit, as KUS turns everything into gold!
Two artists I’ve been writing about since we up and started this old blog are Stanley Brinks and Wave Pictures. Stanley’s done his own thing, worked with Freshcard…and always circles back it seems to work with the Wave Pictures. Together they write these pop songs that are playful, yet illustrated the musicianship of everyone involved, such as the title track from their new album, Tequila Island. It draws inspiration from folk influences, and then transports them to island lifestyles…maybe they got this all written down in Cabo? If Jimmy Buffet had a fraction of cool, he’d probably sound like this batch. Tequila Island is out on June 21st via Fika Recordings.
I’m not sure there’s a label quite like WIAIWYA; it’s a label that blends their love of pop with really creative releases (did you see that 7777777 series?). Today the label announces a 38 song compilation that celebrates the adventures of Apollo 11. They tease us with three delightful pop tracks from Darren Hayman (Hefner), Mikey Collins (Allo Darlin) and Whoa Melodic…all powerful songwriters who’ve graced these pages. Oh, and you loved that Jeanines track from earlier? They’re on here too! So, if you’re wanting to blast off into space and relive the Apollo adventures of 50 years ago, jump on this pop rocket ship and blast off…or just fall in love with all the effort put into another unique release.
Mirrorball is a fairly new band to the LA scene, though its two members have long been working in the musical community. But, their new project has this shimmering fragility that you can identify with almost immediately. The guitar chords seemingly dance in the distance, while there’s an electronic noodling that wavers in the foreground. There’s this forlorn vibe, almost making you weep as the song moves along…and I’m not even sad. They’ll likely draw some comparisons to Beach House, which are apt, but as a new band, there’s plenty of ways they can grow. For now, this single appears as part of Dangerbird’s Microdose Series.