New Tunes from Heavenly Beat

heavenI don’t think I’ve quite tired of hearing new music from John Pena’s project, Heavenly Beat. It always fulfills my listening needs, providing bits of pop elements entranced by dancefloor-ready grooves. Interestingly, Pena doesn’t have the same household name as others of his ilk, which seems strange as I think his layering is often far better than his peers. Anyways, he’s got a new record titled Designer that he’s self-releasing later this year; you’ll also be able to catch him out on the road with other synth-pop purveyor, Teen Daze (including a September date here in Austin).

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More From Samson the Truest

samsonSamson the Truest has quickly walked his way into our constant listening rotation over at the ATH offices, or at least on my side. I’m impressed with this track, as it offers a different style than what he offered us early on, giving a little bit of a funkier step/groove to the song. Still, there’s a soulful touch in his vocals, carrying on into the voice of the guitar, which always pleases my ears. This tune appears on his new album, Come Back Shane; it has a scheduled release date for October 2nd, so stay tuned.

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A New Tune from A Novel Resort

anovelresortThis track’s been quickly making its way around the indiepop circles, seeing as it features M from Northern Portrait, one of the genre’s revered current acts. It’s an interesting song from A Novel Resort, wrapping electronics around the stereotypical sound…filling in the gaps with strings and horns. Quite a special moment, though we’re still waiting to hear whether an album will be in the works from the group (rumor says Dufflecoat might make a grab!). Anyways, a pretty good song for you to enjoy while you’re sitting at your desk.

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New Tune from Yung

yungI really dig the vibe coming from Danish outfit, Yung. Interestingly, they seem to be meeting where my own two music worlds collided (or do collide). Part of the song has this infectious power-indiepop vibe to it, while the other part has this classic alternative vocal growl.  All the while there’s this urgency from the band, which definitely carries over to the listener. I reckon it’s just another good reason to give their These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores EP a few listens on its September 18th release date, courtesy of a Fat Possum.

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Stuck On This Leaf Library Tune

theleaflifbraryDear music audience, my tastes are all over the place. That being said, this song from The Leaf Library is fantastic. It’s got this drifting indie rock brood to it, floating with instrumentation like some of the old Jade Tree acts used to do. But, in doing that, it’s also set on its edge by this perfect female vocal, creating a beautifully dynamic tune. It’s just one of the tracks that will feature on what I expect is the band’s astonishing Daylight Versions album, which will be released in October by WIAIWYA.  

Brand New Album from No Museums

nomuseumsI’ve written about No Museums before, and in fact, quite a bit if you include the band’s previous working title, Twin Library. Luckily, you have the chance to have the band re-introduced into your life with a brand new album of great pop songs. Seriously, when someone lists their influences as GBV, Wedding Present, Television and Velvet Underground..it’s hard not to like them if they can write a song. Frightening Camera just popped up for free, but do the world a favor and donate to the cause so more great songs can be recorded in time for the next No Museums LP. Stream the entire thing below!

Clearance Rocks College Radio Styles

clearanceYou looking for the new Malkmus? The new Pavement? I think you better invest some time in this new Clearance single.  It’s a little bit more upbeat than some of the band’s other recordings, but it’s infectious stylings are undeniable. After a slew of well-received 7 inches, the group are finally coming around to release their debut, Rapid Rewards; it will see a release date on September 29th via Tall Pat and Unsatisfied Records.  Seriously, if you don’t hear Malkmus in here you aren’t listening close enough…get that ear up to the speaker.

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ATX Spotlight: Ultraviolet Release EP

ultravioletYou should probably clear a little bit of your schedule today. You’ll need roughly 25 minutes, give or take a few seconds, that way you can absorb this great new EP from Ultraviolet.  The Austin act has been crafting really dense shoegaze, filled with distant guitar echoes and airy vocals from singer Caitlin. This new EP just went up HERE the other day, and I wanted to be sure it’s on your radar, as I encourage you to listen all day today. Then, since it’s good for your soul and for Austin, you should donate a buck or five to the group (if you like it), so they can continue to make great tunes. Stream one of the tunes below…and look out for news on the band’s next live show! 

Melodic Noise Pop from Dead Leaf Echo

deadleafDead Leaf Echo have been hard at work on their newest LP, the follow up to Thought and Language, but in the meantime they give us a glimpse of their direction with this splendid shoegaze ditty.  Like the best of the genre, the melodic core of this song is the most important aspect, drawing in the listener. Meanwhile, there is a light bit of atmospheric guitar swirling around the core, creating a song worthy of repeated listens while you’re sitting at home. This new single will be released on a new 7″ on September 15th, which you can order HERE while you away the new record.

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Did You Listen to The Goon Sax Yet

CH132 Sometimes AccidentallyI love Aussie label Chapter Music, but it looks like they’re about to really knock it out of the park with their new signing The Goon Sax. They just signed the teenage band, and it sounds remarkably like a wonderful blend of Violent Femmes and Go-Betweens…ultimately making for the best music combination ever.  It’s filled with an infectious bounce and a remarkably unique, yet familiar, vocal delivery.  They’ll be releasing Up to Anything early next year via the label, so stay tuned for another incredible single soon!

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