You know about my adoration for all things Finnish right? Well, Kiki Pau win right off the bat, but also because they’re associated with both Dungen and Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. If you’ve got five minutes, and I know that you do, you need to sit down, preferably somewhere quiet. There’s multiple movements within this song, and there’s no way you can really put some generic label upon the track–that’s probably a good thing. I like the light-hearted vibe entering in around the 3 minute mark. This tune and others appears on the group’s Pines LP, which was just released today!
Okay, so Mikal Cronin doesn’t go entirely soft, but in comparison to his work with Ty Segall, the only thing you’ll really find comparable here is the wall of guitar distortion that bursts into the background during the chorus. For the most part, the various verses carry a more general pop element, which should surprise people in the long run; you’re still going to find it appealing. The song has a central hook, and the combination of the soft and loud element will make your day. You can get his new album, MCII, from Merge Records on May 7th.
This new jam from Psychic Twin, a recent signee to Polyvinyl Records, is something that seems straight out of the bedroom pop of the 80s. It opens with this trickling it of synth work, but then the entrance of the vocals switch it up, giving it a more enchanting feeling. Personally, the fact that it doesn’t really stay in one place for too long is quite intriguing, listening to the song move back and forth between tropical and bedroom pop. If you’re into what the group is doing, and you should be, then find yourself picking up their Strangers 7″ on March 5th.
I’m a sucker for a man and his guitar, and that’s exactly what Matthew Siskin and his project Gambles has given me. Not only that, but I’m really enjoying his knack for word wizardry. Very few people can come across as affecting and honest as Siskin does in this new single, and my only complaint is there isn’t more to absorb. Even scrolling through his web site, I can’t help but be drawn to the aesthetic he’s putting forward. A bit of craft and poetry, and possibly a bit of hidden mystery. Sounds like it’s right up my alley, so I can’t wait to see him in February here in Austin.
Long have we supported the good folks over at Chapter Music in Australia, who brought us the great music of Twerps and The Crayon Fields. One of their lesser-known acts has really been making huge leaps and bounds, as far as popularity goes: Dick Diver. The group is about to release their new record Calendar Days from the label in March, and we’ve got one of those new tracks for you. I dig the brightness of the twanging guitar, accompanied by spoken word interplay between the male and female vocalists. It’s a casual track, reminiscent of the relaxed pop gems from other great bands in the label’s stable. Always happy to hear anything from the CM; it’s never going to let us down.
This new jam from Austin’s The Black Angels has been floating around just a little bit, but we’re just now getting a chance to post the tune for you. Interestingly, there’s a slight change in the sound, almost having a more direct approach to the dark-tinged rock element, as opposed to their hazier past. Clearly the band has something going, and I can only wish that rock n’ roll like this could break through to the masses. On April 2nd the group will release their new record, Indigo Meadow, which is sure to be a new fan favorite.
One of the little labels that I have a great deal of respect for is Dufflecoat Records, a small-time label out of the UK. Now, they might not release tons of stuff, but they release really great dreamy pop tunes that always find their way into my daily rotation. Their newest signing looks to be Slumbook, a group originally formed in the Philippines. As of right now, there’s not tons of information out there on the group, but you can’t ignore a great song can you? No info on the release date as of yet, just sit back and enjoy. I’ll keep you posted on the rest as it comes.
Last year, our virtual friends over Art Is Hard Records are doing something new with their limited releases this year, a Postcard Club. One of their first releases of the year is going to be a band that I’ve already discussed before: Au.Ra. They’re creating these pop soundscapes that meld bits of melody and ambient noise–it’s done expertly, so I can’t get enough of them. You can read more about the Postcard Club, as well as get your hands on this limited release single over at the label’s site.
There’s a bit of 80s cheese in this release from Fatal Jamz, but if you get over yourself, you’re going to find yourself happily pumping your fists to this tune, and the rest that reside on Vol. 1. The songs on this release are simple, yet they’re filled with delightful pop moments that you can’t wait to sink your teeth into as each note reaches your ears. Honestly, it reminds me of Free Energy, except it sounds better, and not quite as revisionist. If you dig what you here, you can sink your teeth into an entire album’s worth of top-tapping, fist-pumping (not bumping) good times. Have fun folks!
20 years into their career, Milky Wimpshake are still going strong, ready to unleash their fifth proper LP in February on Fortuna Pop. The first single is everything you love about catchy pop music, with lyrics that find their way inside your subconscious, leaving you singing them for the rest of your day. I’m digging the effortless bit of swagger to this tune, in particular the classic rock n’ roll guitar soloing in the middle of the track. It’s fitting that their new record should by titled Heart and Soul in the Milky Way, as there’s no other way to describe the work this group has put in over the years. Just jumped to the top of my list of anticipated albums in 2013.