The more tracks we get from Vaniish, the more excited I am for the unleashing of their new album. The band’s made up of members, past and present, of Soft Moon and Wax Idols, and that pedigree alone would be enough to catch my interest, but the songs are solid too. Their latest single, “Search and Replace” offers a wall of noise and a devilish beat behind it, then moves forward holding onto an edgy bit of post punk. You know I love a song that hides its attraction to pop music behind some noisy bits. Their debut Memory Work will be out on June 10th via Metropolis Records.
Download: Vaniish – Search and Replace [MP3]
We loved the work of Fruit Bats, so it only makes sense that we’re following closely the path of the band’s Eric D. Johnson. Press release says that he acknowledges that these are not the happy songs that most people might associate with his writing, but I still find that there’s a brightness to what he’s creating. I love the way his voice rises up, meeting the notes he’s crafted at each turn; it’s one of the staples of his songs that we’ve adored for some time. He’ll release a new album under the EDJ moniker on Easy Sound on August 5th.
With endless emails coming in every day, and my own hunt for great songs outside the press, I’ll admit, I sometimes find that great music escapes me. Luckily, I was able to revisit this sweet bit of swelling pop from Carnival Youth, and now I can’t get enough of the track below. What amazes me as much as the track itself is that the band hails from Latvia, a country that rarely, if ever, gets musical coverage, so I’m glad to shine a little light that way; I’ve got old ties to the country. Just listen to this track. Listen to the bounce and let yourself get swept up in the beauteous emotion of the song. It’s off their Never Have Enough EP, which is as great as this tune below.
There’s probably not a lot of information out there at the moment on Nudes, as the band’s a fairly new entitiy. The group features members of Saturday’s Kids, Breathe Out and Playhouse; three rad UK groups already making a solid name for themselves. This fresh trio have just recorded their first single, and it’s being given away as part of Art is Hard‘s Pizza Singles Series, which has been pretty spot on in 2014. On the single, it opens up with this light guitar and distant vocal, but hold on, as the group blasts off into this jangling guitar pop that’ll be sure to brigthen anyone’s Friday afternoon. Hope you enjoy this little ditty.
There’s tons of events going on in town this weekend, but we wanted to point you in the direction of this secret little gem that might not have gotten your attention otherwise. Curtin is a two-piece who craft this sparse folk-influenced rock; some of their songs lean more in the direction of experimenting within the genre, while other tracks offer up more traditional fare. The group is touring to promote their album, One for the Doghearted. But, just because you can’t have a show without great locals, be sure to get there early, as the line-up includes two of our favorite friends, The Midgetmen and Ram (formerly of Whitman). Sample the tune below to get a feel of what to expect.
There’s some electronic music that really pushes the boundaries of the genre, then there’s others that should just be appreciated for great execution. This song’s got a little of both, though I’m just enjoying it for the fact that it really just hits the spot today. The beats are fairly minimal, with the track’s focus on the vocal performance; it’s a good thing those vocals are smooth too, adding to the song’s attraction. It’s the second single from Tomboy‘s debut EP, which will be released by Captured Tracks this summer.
Those of you who enjoy the works of Twerps, Kurt Vile and Real Estate should pay close attention to what’s going on with Melted Toys. The San Francisco band has a knack for writing these really relaxed guitar pop songs, with excellent craftsmanship. There’s a slight bounce to the latest single, “Observations,” but the tune is so relaxed that you might not even notice it if you didn’t pay close attention to the drum beat. It’s a sign that the band’s debut self-titled effort will be a relaxed bit of dreamy pop tunes to wash over you while you’re chilling out this summer; it’ll be released by Underwater Peoples on July 15th.
Surely everyone knows of the great Slumberland Records, but did you know that the founder Mike S. was a hard-working musician himself? He’s spent time in Manatee, and now he seems to have formed a rad little rock n’ roll band that deserves some attention, Hard Left. They’ve only got one recorded song, and they’re operating under the guise of ‘terrace glam,’ though if you ask me it’s got more of a proto punk with a political bent. It’s good to see people who run great labels out there putting their money where their mouth is. Sorry, I can’t play anything.
We’ve shared many a great Ablebody tune with you over the last few years, and we’re back with yet another great tune to endorse the band. This is the B-Side of the group’s new After Hours 7″, and I think that it shows a different side of the band…it’s less pop-centric. The guitars have a darker tone to them, and the final mix makes them swirl, wrapping the song in a nice wash that enables the tune to be a sure-fire hit. If you didn’t/don’t catch the act on tour wit PoBPaH, then you can order the 7″ directly from the band, HERE. Enjoy.
There’s a secret cult out there, like me, holding every Comet Gain release to the highest esteem. No matter what incarnation of the group, the songs always fit perfectly into my listening rotation. Recently, Fortuna Pop uploaded this gem of a tune, which can only mean that long awaited next album from the group is just around the corner. There’s a maturity in this track…it’s like City Fallen Leaves, but without the lo-fi aesthetic. Regardless, I’ll devour this song, and probably play it as many times as I can before the record finds its way into my hands. Won’t you do the same? I’ll keep posted on the more finite details as I get them.