Enchanting Number from SPELLES

spellsI’ve grown into my appreciation for female-fronted acts over the last few years.  It’s not to say that I didn’t appreciate it early on; I just have focused more on the sound of the voice as an instrument.  That’s opened me up to acts like Chelsea Wolfe and Sharon Van Etten…and SPELLES seem to be onto the same track, though there’s a darkness to the musical world being crafted by Kathryn Baar.  There’s really light instrumentation added to back up Baar, which is mostly piano; it makes for a brooding tune that builds slowly.  This single is available now.

Rejoice in New Sonny & the Sunsets

sonnyThis is one of those pieces that really excites me.  I love the work of Sonny Smith, so I’m excited to hear that he’s got new tunes coming our way; I was beginning to think it had been awhile.  But, that being said, he seems to be taking a step in a slightly new direction here.  Now, it’s not that I don’t really love this track, because I do, but if you’ve listened to his latest releases with Sonny & the Sunsets, there seems to be more of a group effort in the song’s construction, which casts a wider net on Smith’s spin of pop music.  The rest of the band seems more involved, and I think that’s going to set things up for quite a listen when Talent Night at the Ashram is released via Polyvinyl on February 17th. This number also got some nice video treatment you can follow HERE.

Enjoy The Chemistry Experiment

chemNo. We’re not talking about work in a lab, we’re talking about the UK band, The Chemistry Experiment,  who are prepping the release of their second album with this brand new single. As of now, it’s titled Gongs Played by Voice, which gives way to the band’s broader touches on the pop spectrum.  There’s a careful quiet to this track that I’ve found really entrancing today, which is why I wanted to share it with you.  Those of you with a light touch of folk on the mind will likely find the ornate touches here quite special.  Look for the group’s new LP via Fortuna Pop in January.

Another Track from Legendary Wings

wingsTotally bummed. Really wanted to pick up the new Legendary Wings LP at the local shop this week, but production has been delayed.  But, at least the dudes at Dirtnap Records have opted to toss out another track that’ll get you pumped for the eventual release of Do You See.  It’s a blistering tune with a devil-may-care attitude, with the track bounding through with an emphatic bit of energy.  Beneath the grit is some nice pop-sensibility, making the song, and the future album, worth every bit of excitement it deserves. The album should be available shortly, but until then, blame Jack White.

Stream Beautiful Pop from Bigott

biggottI’ll be the first to say that I’m not really sure about the selection of the name, but to each their own.  What I am excited about is this entire LP from Bigott; it’s that special sort of pop music that really brings you into your own world during your listening experience. Pavement Tree is just that magical of a trek though the musical landscape of this Spanish band; I’ve found it hard to find a bad song on this release.  Just allow yourself some time today to take a complete listen; you’ll be thanking me by the end of it all.



Take a Listen to Twist

twistThis is an interesting spin on modern day garage/lo-fi production.  Toronto’s Twist have added a seductive spin on the tried and true sound we’ve all been tirelessly fawning over for the last several years. You’ll hear a brash opening, but then it slinks into a more consumable bit of pop songwriting, though the noise begins to fill in the negative space left behind in the background.  As of now, the band’s just fleshing out their sound, but word is that they’ll have an EP on the way to you all very soon.

Little Indiepop Goodness from Pretty Sad

sadProps go out to our friend over at IPSML for catching this one before me.  I swear; I checked the Shelflife page just Monday morning!  Anyways, they’ve just put up this wonderful announcement that they’veg just released the new eponymous EP from Pretty Sad.  You can stream the whole EP from the label’s Soundcloud page, but really I just want to highlight this one track.  The group, from various mailboxes across Europe, has created this really tight-knit swell of indiepop that would make any other creator rather jealous.  You swoon with songs such as these.  There is an LP soon to follow early next year, but the digital EP is available now.

Austin Spotlight: New Release from Sungod

sunniAustin’s Sungod have countless releases, from full-lengths to EPs, and they’ve just added another release this week, with a new self-titled effort.  They’re not crafting music like many of their peers in Austin, which, to my ears, makes them stand out in quite a good way. The single we’ve got below really sounds like this space-aged psych-folk piece of work, and I mean that in an endearing, get you excited, sort of way.  But, just as you’ve settled into that vibe, they break the song down with an explosion of noise and ambiance to wrap the track up just under 7.5 minutes.  It’s not your ordinary fare, and as such, should be valued great. Pick up your copy of the group’s album from local label Holodeck Records.


Kick Friday off with Darlings

darlingIt’s Friday. Those in the ATX, and probably the rest of the world, have been bundled up, so we likely need some energy to get up and go today.  This new track from Darlings seems perfectly fitting, offering a solid guitar line that adds spirit to your day; I personally enjoy the noodling and discordant chords that are picked near the end of the song. Your day’s going to get better, so join us in our first listen to the band’s latest work; it is in preparation for their Feel Better LP, which is coming out on January 20th via Wild Canary Records.

New Jam from Ex-Cult

exexDidn’t want to throw all these mellow jams at you without giving you something to turn up loud. Ex-Cult released the excellent Midnight Passenger LP earlier this year, and they’re already looking to start off next year with a band, bringing you the Cigarette Machine EP .  The lead tune is below, bringing you that gritty sensation of danger the band have oft encompassed in their live sets.  Some bands, you skip over the EPs, but not this band, every song is worth a solid listen.  Grab your own on February 9th courtesy of Castle face Records.

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