The more I hear from this new Allo Darlin, the more I swoon. There’s something magic about a perfectly executed indiepop tune, and this one is more than just magic. I love the vocal interplay between male and female, fittingly coming across like friendly banter between lovers. There’s indiepop, then there’s the spectacular, and this track is definitely falling in the latter category. Their new album, We Come From the Same Place, will surely be in your hands on October 7th when it gets a US release by Slumberland Records. That’ll be followed by a nice long US tour too, including an Austin date at the Mohawk.
It would make sense that the founding members of the Men are going to gain interest with their new project, Dream Police. After all, the Men have had a pretty solid run, though there founders are stepping away a bit from the sound we’ve seen them offer up over the last few years. The guitar work isn’t too far off, though there’s more of an 80s snarl to the vocals. That makes sense though, as DP have a bit of darkened nostalgia swirling around their new project. I’m not in love just yet, but we’ll see what happens when Hypnotized hits the streets on November 14th via Sacred Bones.
This song from Australia’s Pond opened up really slowly, and I was worried I wouldn’t sink my teeth into it, having been a fan of the group’s early work. But, just after the 1 minute mark they turn up the guitars and get into a real swing, steering more in the direction of what I see as an ode to Brit pop, though the psychedelic elements are still faintly present in the song. It’s one of those tracks that you can wrap your head around once you spend some time with it. You’ll have plenty of time when they unleash Man It Feels Like Space Again, which is on its way soon.
I probably should have written about the Bedhead retrospective box set that includes tons of B-Sides and rarities, like this Stranglers cover below. Bedhead were one of those group’s that I adored, and still listen to from time to time (even going into their New Year era tunes too), though I was never fortunate enough to catch the group live. They always had this intricate touch to their songwriting; it reminded me of the complexity of American Football, but with more of an intimate appeal, as opposed to the art-school approach I felt AF took. This cover is a perfect example of what the band accomplished, and I hope everyone really goes back and revisits the group. Bedhead: 1992-1998 will be released on November 11th via Numero Group, so you’ll need to save some funds to pick up the box set!
Those of you who have a punk rock leaning, or even a power-pop bone surely have nice things to day about Buzzcocks. Well, they’re back with their 9th studio album, and as always, we can be skeptical, but let the song speak for itself. I mean, what are we to do? Devoto isn’t here (though he was only there for one album), but you still get the meat and potatoes with Pete Shelley. Personally, I like the sound of the guitars here, though I wish there was a bit more pace behind things, especially Pete’s vocals. There’s two cents for you. Save your opinions until we hear the entirety of The Way on November 18th via 1-2-3-4 Go Records.
You know that B. Gray is going to be upset that I got to this new Superhumanoids track before he did. There’s a huge vocal effect here, but it’s not such a huge issue that you can’t feel the humanity of the vocals themselves. The track pulses and moves forward, and the music sings perfectly constructed around the lyrics, bubbling and popping forth into a groundswell of electro-pop bliss. This is the A-Side to the group’s Flipping Out 7″, which is available from Innovative Leisure.
Okay, so it’s not actually a filmstrip, though that would be cool. Instead it’s Filmstrip, the band. Listening to their latest single, I can’t help but to recall a more country-fied version of Dinosaur Jr. There’s a slight bit of drawl in the vocals, while the guitars have a cascading effect, though definitely a bit more patient than something Mascis might have penned. Still. there’s something to be said about the ease with which this song hits you in the face; it’s so enjoyable, you’re not even sure you’ve fallen in love with it before it’s left and gone away. The group releases Moments of Matter, their new LP, on November 4th.
This song should be getting a whole lotta love (sorry about that unintended LZ reference). It took me a second or two, as the song doesn’t just jump right into things…that’s not a bad thing. You get a hint at the enjoyment coming your way when the guitar gently says hello from the background, just before permanently noodling its way with hooks galore. This isn’t the nostalgic 90s guitar pop, but rather the kind that can only seems to come from our Oceanic brethren like Step-Panther. You’ll be able to listen to the group’s entire Strange But Nice LP on September 19th when it gets a world-wide release. This might just be the surprise hit I’ve been looking for.
The folks in Dirty Projectors and Here We Go Magic have been crafting arty pop music for some time now, and several members of said groups have united again to continue their work as Glass Ghost. Tomorrow the band will release their album Lyfe on the heralded Western Vinyl, and it’s being met with much anticipation…from us especially. In this single, you’ll find those arty elements, including little touches of sampling and quality lyrical writing. There’s creativity in the songwriting that you’re not likely to find in other corners of the indie genre. Be sure to pick up your copy this week.
If you did what was right last week, you picked up the excellent Put Together LP from Austin’s Jonly Bonly. The band, if you haven’t caught wind, is the project of Jason Smith (formerly of OBN IIIs) and his buddy Stephen Svacina (Sweet Talk). As always, Jason just kills the guitar licks on this tune; they’ve got an old school rock n’ roll feel while drawing some similarities to modern acts such as Parquet Courts. This album’s filled with really sharp guitar playing, energy and a cock-sure attitude; you should head over to 12XU Records and pick it up now!