When this first came onto my player, I really thought it was going to be some sort of jangling psych rock hit, which I was completely okay with at the time. But, that being said, I’m much more impressed with the direction this new tune from Each Other takes, meandering into its own realm of art pop, even floating off into a creative bit of atmospheric noodling towards the end of the track. It’s a good thing that the band’s Heavily Spaced EP is soon to come so we can see what else these Canadians have up their sleeve.
Last year I really got stuck listening to Ducktails III; it made my year end list, in fact! Now we return with news of a new record, this time on Domino Records. The first single sees Matt Mondanile and Ducktails again crafting his own sonic genre, with mellow guitar lines turning around minimal percussive elements. He seems subdued here, which could make for a great listen when Days comes out on January 29th, wrapping up the winter months with his beautifully spun pop tunes. I can’t find any faults with the music he’s creating when it sounds as good as this tune.
The following track is not like anything I’ve heard from The Babies as of late, but to be honest, I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve always enjoyed listening to the group: their sound is fairly unidentifiable. They’ve got tunes that come off as garage-rock, but they’ll mix it up with some slow-paced ballad, keeping you on your toes throughout your listening experience. This new tune begins with a bit of a wayward stomp, filled with a melodic hook that I can’t escape; of course, it also features a closing guitar ambling to wrap up the track. Who knows what we’ll get when their latest album Our House on the Hill comes out November 13th (Woodsist), but I bet it’s going to be good.
Pale Lights will automatically get my support, based on the fact that main man, Phil Sutton, was once part of Comet Gain…one of my top bands of all time. This new gem isn’t quite along the lines of the quirky art-pop, but it’s equally as infectious. The vocal has a deep tonal quality that while fairly distant in sound, holds onto an intimacy that makes pop fans swoon. Musically, it’s a slow paced jangling affair, with ringing guitars that craft warmth and melancholy simultaneously. You can find this tune and a few others on the group’s Pale Lights EP, which is available right now.
This is a solid week for Those Darlins on our site, with the band letting us present their show at the Mohawk this coming Sunday evening, and now they’ve got a great little rocker to toss your way as well. I like how the group’s slowed things back here just a second to allow for the story to take place, if not more allowing it to take on more of the focus. Also, there’s a fuzzed out guitar rambling near the end, which is one of my favorite sides of the band, not to mention that inherent swagger/bravado they always capture in the studio. If you dig this song, and you live in Austin…I better see you Sunday. If you don’t, but you love the band, here’s yet another reason.
I hadn’t heard about the Sugargliders, though I’m admittedly ashamed of that fact. Apparently the Australian group has a short career in the early 90s, releasing multiple singles, and one solitary album. But, now our dear friends over at Matinee Recordings have decided that you deserve the right to get your hands on these out of print works, compiling a career retrospective titled A Nest With A View. It’s honest indie-pop, with warming guitar lines and reflective lyrics–the things that make good pop so sincere and stunning. I’m glad to have discovered this act, and I hope you opt to pick up their compilation on October 16th when it hits stores.
Both Nu Sensae and Useless Eaters have had a good year, especially in my musical ears, so I’m pleased to present you with one of the tunes from their split 7″, which comes to you via Volcom Entertainment’s Vinyl Club. It’s a limited pressing, and I suggest you get your hands on this rarity. The tune I wanted to highlight is the Useless Eaters side of the release, which shows a more sprawling version of the band, rather than their precision punk rock. It’s coated in reverb, giving the listener a bit of distance between the heavy jam and the vocals. Give it a good listen.
When I think about the greater effects of the Internet I always look to the likes of Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings, creating incredible music that seems rooted in real musical knowledge. This is the exact sentiment I had when I listened to the track from teenage Oliver Catt, who’s gone on to form a new band with his friends titled Fantasy Rainbow. Their latest single shows great depth in the songwriting, not to mention the quality of the recording itself. It’s nice to know that with music now excessively abundant to the masses, a teenager lost in his own world can quietly listen to his idols and craft his own great sound. If you like what you hear, click on their name to check out other tracks from the band.
Not too long ago I brought you a track from Gangi, but it was a slow, sprawling sort, unfolding gloriously over a short span. This new tune, “Gold,” is a little bit different, with what feels like a similar approach that one would find on Arcade Fire recordings, using backing vocals in gang form and piling on layers of instrumentation. Again, you can find this tune on the group’s upcoming record, Gesture Is, which will be coming out on October 2nd via Office of Analogue and Digital. If the group can maintain this sort of balance on the LP, it’s going to really win people over.
I’ve raved about the songstress Chelsea Wolfe in the past, having fallen in love with her haunting pop last year on Apokalypsis. Now she returns with a softer affair, one based mostly on her voice and acoustic instrumentation, though other bits are added. She seems much more confident this time around, having settled completely into her remarkable voice. Her new album, Unknown Rooms, comes out on October 16th, and it’s definitely going to be a must have as we move into the wintry months. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.