The Leeds outfit Party Hardly have garnered a lot of support from fellow rising stars over in the UK, which is how they came to our attention. They’re not a afraid to turn the guitars up loud, even as they let the notes dabble in dream pop qualities, giving the band a heavy edge that guarantees explosive performances in the live setting. I like the way the vocals were recorded too, hiding in the mix just enough to keep things balanced. Keep an eye on these lads, as they’re already a huge hit on the other side of the pond.
Very little is known about UK based band Kosmonaut, but I’m looking to change that as best I can by sharing their sweet tunes. Up for your listening pleasure today is this new single “Silver Star”. It reminds me of really early Colourmusic, meets the Smiths, meets 90s era folk rock. A bit of a long comparison I suppose… It will all make sense once you hit play and enjoy this stellar new tune.
Kosmonaut have their latest album Misfits on the Horizon for sale over on bandcamp right now.
While the Boxing typically take on more psychedelic vibes, their new single goes in a slightly different direction, bringing in darkened corners and combining them with some of the last influences of Britpop. Guitars carry that sensation of drowning, angular and muffled. But, what really stood out to me is the pop-centric chorus, definitely allowing the band to walk the fine line of their various influences. I don’t know, maybe that’s my wishful thinking, trying to superimpose Britpop’s revival on these lads. Whatever the case, it’s a solid jam for a Wednesday.
Sometimes you come across a tune that just feels right, that just makes the day ahead slightly better. For me, today’s tune is from upcoming UK act Why No?. Guitars carefully open up the tune before you’re brought into the chilled out swagger the band offers. You can hear little surfy elements, but overall, the carefree styling is what really hits home for me; there’s not a care in the world when you’re letting this song wash over you through your speakers. The band are working on a new release, and we’ll hopefully have more news on that for you in the coming weeks, but for now, try not to let that smile hit you too hard.
Art Is Hard Records continues their run of great hits with their 2017 Postcard Series by releasing this stellar tune from The Golden Dregs. This song hits somewhere in the realm of Bill Callahan or Silver Jews, yet it definitely has its own story to tell. The deep tones of the vocals drew me in immediately, followed by impacting lines like “I wish that I was sacred/I wish that I was right.” The only thing that bums me out about this song is that there’s just one, as I could easily let my day get carried away listening to this band.
I’m always going to fall in love with a song that has a sparkling shimmer on the back of a chord as it washes over the front of the mix, and this tune from Colour of Spring is no exception. While the song always seems on the verge of exploding, the band manage to hold that back until the back end of the tune, allowing for an increased bit of tension that draws listeners into the song. I appreciate that they never turn their back from the innate pop qualities that lurk within, and with that attitude, I have high hopes for their self-titled EP on June 23rd via House of Love.
I’d like to take a brief second of your time and introduce you to this up and coming band from London called Heavy Heart. The group has been releasing a song every month this year and they just sent over their August song entitled “Fever Dream”. I’d liken the band to haze pop greats POBPAH but also with a little bit more bite with that heavy break down about 2 minutes in. This guy can’t wait to hear what they put out next month.
As I continue to bring you a few more songs of summer right before the season ends, this new tune “Living Right” by Belfast natives Beauty Sleep should fit that summer playlist. Imagine if you will Beach House had a baby with a crossbreed child of Rainer Maria and Pains of Being Pure at Heart and that’s about what we have here. Hopefully those comparisons will make a bit of sense to you music fans out there. I’m loving it. You’ll be able to download this new single from all major outlets on August 12th. Stay tuned.
Earlier this year, Tim Chaplin released a collection of his favorite works since 1989, but lucky for you, it’s enticed Tim to write new tunes, which come to you today via his new Taxi Lights EP. It’s four brand new tracks, illustrating his studied blend of psychedelia and pop structures. I think my favorite tune is the last one, “Acid Breakdown;” I love the sound of the needle skipping in the front of the recording. Makes me feel like home. Regardless, if you enjoy what you hear, remember to give a dollar or five to Tim, as this new EP is NYOP.
This track from Tom Greenwood came in a bit ago, and I’ve really taken a liking to the tune. There’s layers of synth working quietly to give the track a backbone, but the core of the song reminds me a lot of something I’d expect Albert Hammond Jr to pull off in his mellower moments. Tom’s been working through demos to collect the songs he loves the most, compiling and fleshing them out via his iPhone as he works on batches of songs at a time. Sometimes you just connect with a song, and I was feeling this one, so felt it best to share with you.