Hints of Darkness from Flesh World

fleshI love when a band describes their sound as a fusion of pent up punk aggression being spun in a pop spectrum, so it makes sense that I fawn over this latest Flesh World track.  There’s definitely some discordant noise going on in this track, but they playfully spin that around into a tight knit pop song during the chorus.  If you peeled away some of those distorted guitars, you might just have yourself a fancy little pop ditty. It’s the first single on the band’s debut, The Wild Animals in My Life, which is being released on June 2nd via Iron Lung Records.

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Another Great Tune from Spring King

kingsWhen I posted the first single from Spring King, I thought I was about as excited as one could get on hearing a completely new band.  Now, however, my interest has been piqued further…this tune is definitely a standout track if there ever was one.  There are elements of huge anthemic indie rock in here, but the casual style of the song’s delivery really gives it this hipper than thou swagger.  It’s the title tune on their They’re Coming After You EP, which will be delivered to stores on April 20th via Handsome Dad.

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Little Something Different from Moon Honey

mooneyIt gets pretty easy to get caught up in the traditional tropes of modern indie pop, or any modern pop genre for that matter.  But, when I caught this new single from Moon Honey, I thought things sounded a wee bit different.  For starters, they don’t really seem to go directly for the hook that’s apparent in a lot of tracks these days, pulling back and letting that magic come naturally via the song’s power.  It makes the tune much more durable, as opposed to tired. Nothing new on the recording front, just great tunes, so enjoy this note.

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Did You Hear the New Total Babes Track?

babesThe new Total Babes track hit the airwaves on Friday, but in case you missed it, you’ll want to take a listen below.  The tune is probably the most well constructed song the band have comprised to date.  In the past, they’ve gone full-force, blasting through their songs, but this new one has something tangible to take in; the recording is probably the most legitimate piece they’ve offered their fans up until now, allowing listeners to really have fun with the track they’re offering. The newest tune comes from Heydays, which is their latest LP from Wichita Recordings, hitting  stores on May 19th.

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Crepes Bring Some Pop Rock

hahahahahWhile Melbourne, Australia has birthed the continuous pop genre of late, it’s mostly been focused on the lo-fi blend of the genre.  While the lads in Crepes definitely make a nod towards that direction, they wrap up their songs in a different blend, bringing the focus towards the listener’s connection with the vocals, definitely elevating this tune beyond the modern slacker-pop of the Australian city.  You’ll be able to find this tune and a few others on the band’s new EP, Cold Summers, which hits later this year.

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Electronic Groove from Grounders

groundedWhen I first pressed play on this Grounders track, I honestly expected something a little different.  The first twenty seconds or so have this glittery electronic fold to them, leading me to believe it was going to be a hard-hitting piece of electro-pop.  But, rather than push forward with a heavy (beat-laden) hand, the band pull the pace, slowing things down to allow the track to unfold in a fashion that’s built more for foggy mornings than late night ragers. You’ll find songs such as these on the bands self-titled full length, which hits on May 12th.

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Another Fun LA Font Tune

LA FONT 4Just a short while ago we brought you one of the tunes from LA Font, offering you a glimpse at their oddly structured guitar pop, and today we’ve got another one for you.  My ears hear classic sounds of 90s alternative, at least in the way the hooks are built and the chords ring out.  One of the things I like about the group is that they seem to have this strange approach to songwriting, often times slinking their way through tracks, or purposefully stuttering in the song’s progression.  It’s different, yet still has this catchy quality to it.  Look to hear more such sounds on the band’s Hangtime Volume 1 EP, which hits on April 28th via Fleeting Youth Records.

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Part Time Readying New Album

ptOne of my favorite things about Part Time is how well the David Loca maneuvers in and out of different genres, yet they’re all connected so the songs have this weird cohesion.  On the first single from the new album, there’s a noted difference in the way the vocals and lyrics are delivered; it’s casual, almost spoken-word, which feels like a new twist for the project.  You’ll still hear chugging guitar chords with a hint of jangling pop sensibility in the background, and it’s all leading to great promise for Virgo’s Maze; that new album will be out May 19th via Burger Records.

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Dreamy Track from Weeknight

weekIf you’re looking for escapism via your musical listening, then you’re in luck if you turn on this new single from Weeknight.  The tune has this dark haunting quality, using jagged guitar chords to burst through the dense shadow of the track.  Sure, it falls in line with the nostalgic movement towards recreating the JAMC sound, but I’m impressed by the fact that it’s done with only two hands at the helm. This New York duo will release this new single on April 21st via Dead Stare Records, but you can stream the track below right now; I suggest you do!

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Welcome to the Waves of the Echo

woeIf you’re looking for something that’s washed in glittery guitar lines and a coat of smoky vocals, then perhaps you should spend your day with Waves of the Echo.  While the track might seem rather soft in its opening moments (and other moments throughout) there’s a definite emphatic punch that surfs in and out during the chorus.  There’s something anthemic lurking beneath the dreamier notes here, which will have fans of pure pop music swooning all over the place. The Finnish act will be releasing their debut Fading Daylight, Bright Nights this June, so stay tuned to these pages.

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