And out of the ashes of Pete and the Pirates comes Teleman. Yep, I’m a little bummed there’s no more Pete and the Pirates, but this brand new single from the newer outfit is pretty special. It opens slowly for the most part, using the vocal to really draw in the listener. Moving along, it adds hazy bits of keyboards and a simple drum beat before carrying you off to a blissful pop state. You can find this track on the group’s debut single, which will be part of the new Moshi Moshi Singles Club; it comes out on January 14th, so get those wallets ready.
Mondays are always a mix of emotions, battling between exhaustion and caffeine highs, so I figured it’d be best to wrap the day up with something soothing to send you off into the evening hours. Bell Gardens is a recording project between Kenneth J. Gibson and Brian McBride (the latter of Stars of the Lid, not USMNT Soccer fame), and their recent release, Full Sundown Assembly, is cinematic beauty. Pop songs sprawl, aided by extensive instrumentation to back the structure of the tunes. I see this as an American version of Spirtualized; it’s drenched in soulful songs, yet carefully accentuated by Gibson and McBride. Perfect way to wrap up a Monday.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/04-Nowhere.mp3]
A short while ago I raved about the new 7″ from The Spook School, and they’re wasting no time getting back at it again with this excellent new cassette EP on Soft Power Records/Vinyl. When the song opens it’s just casual twee pop, which is all well and good, but when they blast off at the 20 second mark, you’ll feel your heart jump for joy. It’s a joyous jangling pop tune trading male and female vocal parts throughout the tune. If you’re in search of some ramshackle indie pop to get stuck inside your head for days, then you’ve come to the right place!
You’d think that with a track title like “Summer Girls” that there’d be a heap of sunny pop resonating in your ears, but that’s not necessarily the case with the latest single from Virals. Okay, so there’s a slight bit of those jangling guitars sounds, but what struck me is the wash over the vocals. It takes on a different role, giving the chugging guitars a bit of an indie pop edge–you know I like that. It’s all part of the highly anticipated debut from the group, culminating in the release of Strange Fruit via Zoo Music on January 14th. Yet again, something to look forward to in 2013.
Yeah, this track surfaced on Friday, but what better way to start off on a Monday than by listening to the blissed out pop from The Mary Onettes. Their at work on their third LP, Hit the Waves (Labrador-March 2012), with changes in the music expected by the band; some of those changes are apparent in this first single. Sure, you can see the nostalgia remnants, but that hazy darkness birthed on their first self-titled LP seems a distant memory. Who knows where this will all end up, but I’m always glad to jam to a tune by these guys, so here you go. Happy Monday.
It’s that time of year when we start to get a sneak peak at how our 2013 is going to shape up, and it’s looking like a good year already. Aly Spaltro and her project Lady Lamb the Beekeeper are definitely on my list, especially now that Ba Da Bing have announced the release of her album, Ripley Pine, which comes out on February 19th. In a short time she’s garnered a lot of praise for her intimate performances, and her background story of a video store clerk turned songstress is sure to play into the narrative of her record. Enjoy the sample of good things to come.
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a new jam; it’s from the Plateaus self-titled album that I raved about just a bit ago. But, they put this song out on the net yesterday, and it’s one of my favorite tunes from the record, so I had to have it up here on the net for you. While some of their songs are faster and grittier, this one’s got a bit of pop polish, which is where I first found my love for the band. There’s tons of punk rock and pop rock jams filled on their Art Fag Recordings debut LP, so if you pick it up now you’ll have plenty to sink your teeth into.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/03-The-District.mp3]
I’m not sure where my infatuation began with Holopaw, but I’ll claim myself as a devoted fan of the group, perhaps with their early work from Sub Pop and Isaac Brock…and their impossible to find third album. They’ve just joined up with Misra, who released a 7″ from the band, and will also be releasing Academy Songs Vol. 1 on January 15th (just before my birthday!). This is the B-Side from the 7″, representative of the band’s ability to move in and out of various musical spaces within the span of a single song. It’s always been something I’ve adored, not to mention the sound of Orth’s voice on everything they’ve done. Enjoy this one.
It’s Friday, so I’m looking for upbeat tunes to whisk you away into the sunset, and I think this new tune from Gloss that I heard via IPSML is going to just the trick. It’s just a one track single at this point, but it combines elements of our favorite jangling guitars with warm fuzz you’ll find from the likes of most gaze bands. The track is playful, yet there’s a lush quality that allows for the perfect amount of escapism. Such are the tracks we all adore on a Friday, heading into relaxation mode for the weekend.
Well well well, it’s more great news from the great folks over at Chapter Music. They’ve just announced they’ll be releasing the next great Dick Diver record sometime next year, with a teaser EP coming out next week featuring this track below. I can’t say enough about Dick Diver; their songs always sneak their way into my head at the best times, creating a stupid grin that can’t be wiped off my face. If you’re new to the band, which is okay, please check out their release, New Start Again, just as a sample of the great things about to come your way.