It’s strange how a region in the world can seem to craft a sound that’s forever associated with the area, like say New Zealand and Flying Nun. As of late, Melbourne’s been churning out casually infectious guitar pop ditties like nobody’s business…and I obviously put Ocean Party high upon the list of purveyors of that sound. But, just behind them, in a slightly less prolific manner is Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever, who’ve just announced the release of their debut LP for Sub Pop. This song is definitely going to get stuck in your head, especially that damn chorus. Admittedly, I’m a sucker for this region and this sound, so of course I’ll be picking up Hope Downs when its released on June 15th.
Clicking on this new track from King Tuff, I was sure I knew what I was getting myself into; I figured it’d be a catchy, riff-laden rocker. Alas, you know what happens when you assume things, as King Tuff has instead crafted a brooding number from an artist in search of the unattainable…looking to fill that voice that’s begged him to create. The track predominantly operates on gentle keyboard notes, with a carefully plucked guitar chords creeping into it all. He’s been away for awhile now, and we’re grateful that he’s back with such a moving number.
Loma won’t release their debut full length until February 16th, but they’re here to give you one final enticing listen before Sub Pop drops it on the masses. This, for me, is the first song where I truly feel like the worlds of Meiburg and Emily Cross collide; her vocal performance is as solid as anything she’s done on her own, but the layered instrumentation definitely wears the badge of Shearwater. Interestingly, this was the first song the group wrote together, which might explain the presentation, but by no means does that means its disjointed. Enjoy this gem, and get your waller ready!
After making huge waves in the US with their debut EP for Sub Pop, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return with a brand new track. This song finds the band very much playing in line with what we’ve come to expect from the band, guitars working atop each other with melody always in the sights. The sharp turn just after the 1 minute marks is a special moment that sets up the chorus of “back on the mainland.” This song hints at great things to come, but no word on a new release. There is, however, a huge list of Spring dates all across Europe and the US, so keep your eyes peeled to see if they’re coming your way.
I know that I’m going to love listening to the new Hot Snakes record, but there are hints in their brand new tune that it might not be precisely the sound I remember. For one, Froberg seems to have dialed back his gnarly growl, at least for the majority of the track…perhaps he’s just saving himself. Also, the music seems a little bit tamer; the guitar chords are still sharp and jagged, but the vibe feels softer, somehow aged. While that all might seem like a departure, I think it signals a band willing to embrace their growth as time’s gone on…and whoever turned away from a decent melody? Their new effort Jericho Sirens will be out on March 16th via SubPop.
So this may not be the biggest new news that you’ll be met with on this Thursday, but it’s very important that you get aboard the Loma train as it’s about to leave the station. Hell, since the band is already signed to Sub Pop, you may already be too late–but it’s good to stay informed. Loma is the project some Austin darlings– Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record. Together they’re making entrancing music, as you’d expect from this epic combination, with Cross’ vocals at the centerfold, ensnaring your attention. The instrumentation bubbles underneath with a sinister tonality to it– synths pulse and glide while the steady drum beat keeps everything at a constant run. The whole track builds to a nice ending that you should definitely check it out. I’m stoked for the release of their self-titled debut, which you can pre-order herebefore its February 16th release via Sub Pop.
It should come as no surprise that members of Cross Record and Shearwater will garner a lot of attention, but the depth of song’s like the one below clearly hint at how great this new Loma album is going to be. There’s a wonky, unsettling groove that opens the track, but Emily quickly comes into the picture to calm the storm with her voice. This track was built for her, with layered atmospherics withering in and out of the tune, leaving plenty of negative space for her to carry us with her voice. A different vibe than the first tune, but one we adore over here; look for the self-titled album to hit on February 16th via Sub Pop.
Sub Pop have a winner with Loma; I’m going to come out and say it right now. The project is a new musical partnership between Cross Record and Jonathan Meiburg, so it should be no surprise that we’d fawn over the release. And, to be honest, if one was to concoct this mixture fictionally, the actual band sounds precisely what one might create. Emily’s voice seems to be at the front, with Meiburg’s deepened, operatic tones just behind hers; the track unfolds ever so carefully, allowing for instrumental flourishes that are important in the work of their own respective projects…particularly the falling piano line that enters periodically. It’s ornate, textural pop, and we’ll get to hear the entirety of their self-titled debut album on February 16th.
Went a little mellow and poppy this morning, so there’s only one way to wrap up today’s writing…with this blaster from METZ. The band’s always had a slew of punishing tracks in their reservoir, and this fits perfectly into that back catalog. I almost feel like there’s an element of DLJ or Hot Snakes in the sound/vibe of this tune. Even cooler news is that the group will be releasing a brand new album, Strange Peace. Haven’t ever been let down by this band, so I expect to enjoy it when it hits release day on September 22nd, courtesy of Sub Pop.
Last month we received news Chad Vangaalen about his highly anticipated new album finally coming in September. We’ve since heard one single from the album called “Old Heads”, and today Chad has another beauty for us to enjoy. This one is entitled “Pine and Clover” and features a somewhat creepy, yet still cool animated video of Chad’s always unique and distinct drawings. The song itself is of course full of subtle power and beauty typical of what we’ve come to expect over the years. He’s still got it.
Light Information is due out on September 8th via Sub Pop (pre-order now).