The moment the bouncing bass line jumped in on this Rain on Monday tune I was ready for the dance floor. It was going to be a solo outing, me dancing in place, swinging my arms awkwardly from side to side. Further on, the band seems to take notes from Shout Out Louds, though they offer a more subdued vocal turn during the chorus; there’s just a hint of gruffness through the tune. The group is a fairly new project from Sweden, so I promise to keep you informed as we get more info about the group in the future.
Epic pop songs just don’t seem to be in fashion anymore, which I find a shame. Luckily, HOLY doesn’t seem to care about modern fads, as demonstrated by the lead single from the forthcoming album, All These Words Are Yours. In the opening ten seconds, a staggering bit of piano/synth has you searching for your balance; it’s slowly steadied by a loud guitar ring, accompanying strings and the voice of Hannes Ferm. Its 45 seconds of calming pop, all before the song erupts into this heavenly mid section that’s faintly reminiscent of J Spaceman’s work. Then moving along, just after the 3 minute mark, you’ll encounter a slight respite, almost an angelic chorale, but while important in the grand scheme of things, it’s brief. All of it is made more interesting when you find out Hannes played every note within the new LP. If you like to celebrate grandiose pop music, then consider picking up the record on January 26th via PNKSLM.
It’s been just about two years since we last heard new music from The Seashells, and thankfully, they’ve just unleashed this delicate indiepop gem to warm you today. An angular guitar line is the dominant instrument here, working atop programmed drums loops as the charm of the vocals wash over you. Very slight backing vocals seep in, but the mood is still dominated by those guitar lines and the soft presentation of the lyrics. Mondays are made for being unexpectedly charmed, and this track does just that; we’ll keep you updated on release news if it comes our way.
I have no idea why ATH has yet to talk about the new Shout Out Louds records… Let me apologize profusely for our absent mindedness and hit you with latest teaser track from the new album “Paola”. Just sneaking in before the album’s release date tomorrow, this new single is classic SOL material and I couldn’t be happier. The rhythm section creates this tight, driving force to the song as the vocals from Adam Olenius play off the sounds perfectly. I forgot how much I like this band.
Not only are we Labrador Records fans, but we’re also huge fans of Club 8. They just dropped this darkened electronic gem to announce their brand new album Golden Island. For the most part, this number takes on more of an atmospheric vibe than the band has presented before, with the vocals coming across almost as carefully exerted breaths in the front of the mix. The song’s construction and minimalism illustrate that the group can work on varying levels, not just hitting you over the head infectious pop; this is pop music for those that think. Look for the new record in early 2018!
A few weeks ago news started to bubble about Agent Bla, the latest, and possibly youngest, act to bring great music out of Sweden. They recently released THIS VIDEO, which reminded me to go spend more time with their self-titled debut. Still, I’m struck by the band’s early single form the record, “(Don’t) Talk to Strangers;” it has this swirling dreaminess that adheres to my personal pop aesthetic, including powerful vocals that are sure to have you taking notice of these youngsters. Their album will be handled in the US by Kanine Records, who’ve got a pretty good resume with dreamy pop bands like Fear of Men; it hits on June 9th.
Long ago, when I was really into buying soundtracks, I picked up the Marie Antoinette CD. Admittedly, I bought it because of the Strokes, but it opened the door to my obsession with the Radio Dept. At the time, my tastes were pretty broad, indie rock speaking, but this opened an entire different world to my realm. Their songs were always playful, rooted in this expansive bit of electronica, though they tended to experiment a bit more than the other things I was listening to at that age. What struck me, probably later than my first few listens, was the band’s ability to drape political content in this airy delight that was supremely rewarding. I’ve picked up everything I could get my hands on throughout the years, with Clinging to a Scheme being my personal favorite. If you’re new to the band, I suggest Passive Aggressive, which is a great compilation from some of their best 2000-era work. They come to the Mohawk Monday night, for what I’m assured will be an exhilarating experience. It’s fresh off some rave reviews for their recent album, Running Out of Love, reigniting America’s love for these Swedes. They’ll be joined by Brooklyn’s Germans. Buy your tickets HERE. Not many make music as grand as this, but when they do, you’re better off if you come experience it live!
POKAL is a Swedish band new to me as of of today you should be listening to right now. Though breezy is a word tossed around a little too much nowadays to describe music, I can find no better word for this music. It’s bright, shiny, and full of a delightful bit of pop tendencies. Check out “Great Expectations” below and enjoy what I’ve been listening to all day.
It’s a good thing that the indiepop community is so small and involved, otherwise I might never have heard of Sweden’s Tinsel Heart. The group just released their Hey Boyfriend EP, filled with energetic fuzzy pop songs that you can play again and again. Just be sure you give the EP time, as there’s a soft gem of a tune waiting at the end with “Sunday Sunday Smile,” offering a little bit of respite from all the infectious joy in the EP’s opening tracks. Congratulations, your day just got a whole lot better!
Man, I think this might be the track of the week for me. It’s been a busy week, so Many Voices offers some dreamy respite to kick back and relax. Opening with a shimmering bit of dream pop before the voice of Matilda Mard opens her vocal performance. Each musical step is carefully attended to, and it all seems so purposeful…accomplishing a huge emotional pull as it drifts over five minutes. She’ll be releasing Away for All Time via Hit City USA on October 28th, so keep a look out on this stunning gem.