Pleased to Meet You: The Dentals

After working out my indiepop list yesterday, I got some suggestions tossed back at me (which I’m grateful for), but the one that was actually new to me was the Dentals. The Swiss outfit has been bouncing around for some time, and I think those of you who love the softened churning guitar sound of the Lucksmiths will find some joy in this tune. It just has that faint hope on a wisp of wind feel to it, that natural positivity and warmth that makes you come back to feel good about yourself. The band drop their new album Attention on Friday, so fall in love here if you’re so inclined.

Paul Bergmann and The Fair Moans Release New Single

Over the last several years, Paul Bergmann has been mentioned here quite frequently. He’s been able to craft his solo work around this powerful balladry that’s continued to suck me into his world. This week, he’s sharing his work with his band The Fair Moans, drawing on the musical imperfections that exist in his musical journey. This tune has this natural darkness to it, whether intentional or not, something like Cave or Cohen would present us with; it’s brooding and damning, yet all the while captivating. It’s easy to get lost in the tones of this one, even with the grainy imagery of the video too. Look for Make Yourself at Home, the new release from the group, on February 15th.

Elliott Smith-Esque Gem From Angelo De Augustine

Oh man, do I love a good quiet melancholic bedroom pop track. Maybe it’s the cold snap we’ve had here in Austin that draws me in so deeply to “Tomb,” but most likely it’s the fact that Angelo De Augustine just knows how to craft a solid tune. While I’ve been a longtime fan, he’s made a big wave in the indie rock world as of late for sharing a live version of his tune, “Time” with Sufjan Stevens’ help on piano. That’s a gorgeous tune, but it seems like he’s really outdone himself with this video for “Tomb,” as you can peek below. Augustine has these impossibly beautiful vocals that float in with a falsetto whisper. Couple that with brilliant songwriting (“You’ve been living your life from the outside / like a stranger inside of your own mind”) and you get the devastating, Elliott-Smith reminiscent, “Tomb.” Safe to say I’m very excited for the full-length this track is taken from. Pre-orderTombbefore its January 18th release date on Asthmatic Kitty.


Gorgeous Bully Give Us Another Jam

Manchester based Gorgeous Bully has seen a ton of coverage on ATH over the years, and for obvious reasons. Somehow the group has continually pumped out hit after hit, and full albums worth of material time after time. Today the band sent over their new single entitled “Time” which can be streamed below. The song is a typical GB jam, bright, full and masterful when it comes to instrumentation. They’ve done it again.

A B-side to this single is available to stream on bandcamp.

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Soulful Pop Vibes from Divino Nino

3-Panel_JCard_FRONT_AIRemember those early Little Joy or Rodrigo Amarante tunes that seemed to dance around nostalgic tropicalia, but with a fresher tone? That’s exactly what I hear in the newest single from Divino Nino, who also have some Latin roots to add…thus the band name. It sounds a lot like a really hip lounge singer who spends his weekends hanging about town playing in a psychedelic band; there’s just little doses of reverb and twangy wash, but not enough to detract from the central focus. Look for the group’s new album, The Shady Sexyfornia Tapes, which comes out on May 13th via The Native Sound.

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More New Music From She’s So Rad

Right at the beginning of summer I posted about this up and coming New Zealand band She’s So Rad and their fresh new take on the shoegaze movement.  Today the band just sent me over this new track “Time” which is similar in style to the first track we heard from the band “Confetti”.  I see tons of promise for this band and I expect more great things to come from them in the upcoming year.  A new album is said to be on it’s way sometime in the early part of 2013, so stay tuned here as the information develops.


Download: She’s So Rad – Time [MP3]

Lonely Galaxy

We’ve recently taken a liking to this new UK band Lonely Galaxy who have gotten some decent exposure on sites like Fader and Pinglewood. The project was created and recorded completely by 21 year old London resident Harry Granger-Howell.  The young chap says he plans to release his debut EP of songs recorded in his bedroom via the Transparent blog sometime in March.  Below you’ll find the song “Time” which has some incredible emotion behind it despite its simplistic approach to song writing. If you like what you hear, check out the Lonely Galaxy myspace for more songs or follow their twitter page for updates.


Download: Lonely Galaxy – Time [MP3]

FT5: Underrated Guitar Solos

No countdown is more contested among guitar geeks than the list of the top guitar solos of all time. Heavily dominated by Metal and Classic Rock bands, top 100 lists have spawned all over music media outlets everywhere. Comfortably Numb, Stairway to Heaven, All Along the WatchtowerFreebird. We know the usual suspects. Today we pay homage to some the lesser known solos that, we believe, deserve more attention than they have gotten in the past.

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