Listening to this track from Nicholas Nicholas, it becomes clear that he’s operating in his own world, outside of the mainstream indie compositions. First, you can look to the dark tonal quality of the vocals, which occasionally get some lightening in various parts of the track. Second, I love the structure of the track, seemingly stringing two separate song ideas into one. Despite the shadowy veil on the song, there’s this inner beauty that billows in. You can pick up his new album, Wrong, from Miscreant Records on August 19th. Here’s “Cave.”
It’s really easy to fall in love with a new act when the label that’s releasing them does such a great job of using band descriptors to describe new signings. This was much the case when Belfast label CF Records put out some information on their newest act, Waiters; all they had to do was name-drop The Servants and The Shop Assistants and they had my money. They’re crafting this melancholy pop music that’s hard to ignore upon first listen, or upon the fiftieth listen for that matter. I’m glad to have found these guys; I’ll be picking up their 12″ What For Art Thou EP from the label today.
Before you get full into your Wednesday routine, take a little breather, relax. What’s that? You need some accompanying music? Well, this new Slow Magic tune should do the trick for you. It’s a slow moving electronic piece; it’s sort of a soul cleanser, if you will. It opens up heavier on the “beats” side of things, then moves into this carefully trickling bit of piano. As the piano plods along, there’s some vocal samples of “hold still” that whisper through the front of the mix…then it blasts off emphatically. This single will appear on the new album, How to Run Away, which is out September 9th on Downtown Records.
Our friend over at IPSML hit this track before us, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give it some much deserved attention. The Luxembourg Signal, comprised of former Aberdeen and Trembling Blue Stars members, released a great single on Shelflife earlier this year, and it looks like that will be the home for what’s to come. There’s not a lot of information, as to whether it’s a new album or a new single, but if you’re heart’s not getting swept away listening to this dreamy pop tune, then you need to get to the doctor immediately; it’s broken! We’ll keep you posted as we get more info, but for now, just delight in the simple joys of great pop songs.
Things seem to be going well for Lia Ices, at least if you’re catching the buzz from her newest single. It was all over the Internet last week, and I was a bit reluctant at first due to the odd bit of distorted guitar that cuts through the chorus. Admittedly, it’s still not my favorite part of the track, but the rest of the song really has an uplifting spirit to it…perfect for the end of summer parties that are coming our way. This is the latest single from her album Ices, which will have a release date of September 16th via Jagjaguwar. You want some fun pop? Here you go.
Maybe being overseas is a detriment to my adoration of King Creosote. I fell in love with the songwriter several years back, and unfortunately, his releases don’t get quite the fan-fare they do overseas. Just this week, he’s quietly released an album titled From Scotland With Love, which is comprised of original songs he wrote with his band to correlate to a documentary of the same name. There’s the same ornate craftsmanship he’s always brought to the table, and according to Domino, he’s stepped out of his comfort zone to narrate, musically speaking, from the perspective of other characters. If you’re in the mood for something of beauty, look no further.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/01-Something-To-Believe-In.mp3]
Having spent a great deal of time in Oklahoma (college and what not), I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the work of Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Their relation to Wayne Coyne was secretly met with much trepidation, but this new single puts all that bullshit to the side; it’s probably the best track the group have completed to date. The melody within the tune is treated with great care, flowing out effortlessly, yet held back and released slowly to maximize its emotional impact. Their brand new record, Wastoid, is due on Federal Prism on July 29th.
I spent my weekend going over some singles that I didn’t really feel got the deserved love in my rotation last week, and this tune from Hamish Kilgour was one of those that stuck out the most to me. Sure, he was one of the founding members of the Clean, so I’ve got some nostalgic allegiance, but I think the approach taken on this track really makes it stand out. There’s this stuttering guitar playing with a nice wash of varying instruments playing in the distance…all the while, Kilgour carefully walks you through with his vocals. His first solo album All of It and Nothing will be released by Ba Da Bing Records on September 16th.
When I caught Ed Schrader’s Music Beat back in the Spring, I was extremely impressed by the band’s ability to create such a huge sound, despite only two members (and one who was just filling in for a few shows). This brand new single from the group might not indicate that huge wall of spirited rock they created, but I like it’s off-kilter propulsive beat. There’s something lurking in its simplicity that hooks its nails into my soul; I just can’t get this jam out of my head. Look for the Laughing/Bedouin Tramps single in a few weeks from Infinity Cat Recordings.
If I were to sit around and pick my top few singles for the month of July, this new track from Hooray for Earth would definitely be in my top two or three. There’s multiple components of the tune that keep me coming back to it: I love the seeming rise and fall of the guitar chords; I love the contrast between the verse and chorus, soft then loud (that’s a new tactic, right?). Shit. I could listen to this song two hundred more times and probably never grow tired of it; it’s a pretty perfect pop number. Their album Racy will be released by Dovecote Records on July 29th; I have a feeling I’m going to love it.