The opening minute of this new Papercuts tune has this bounding haze, matched by the obscured characters in the video; it’s got an infectious bounce that builds right into Jason Quever’s opening vocal lines. I don’t know what it is, but something about the way his voice is recorded just give me this imaginary sense of weightlessness; he does switch up the tone as he lets his voice fall atop the mix in what is perhaps the chorus. Eventually, the vocals fade into the background and we traverse through the video as the rest of the band come full circle back to the original bounding notes. This tune appears on Parallel Universe Blues, which is being released on October 19th via Slumberland Records.
If you’re looking for a song about all that can go wrong with loving someone, you’re not going to hear a better one than this new track from Massage. The rhythm section sets the song up perfectly, giving a steady driving pace and just the slightest hint of bounce. The guitars turns and churns in a relaxed jangle, allowing Gabi Ferrer to string her voice across the whole mix. It ends up leaving you with this feeling that even though the frustration of a relationship, there’s promise on the end; it’s uplifting and worth repeat listens all day long. You can grab Oh Boy right now from Tear Jerk Records.
We’ve been following Stephen Svacina on these pages for some time, be it with Jonly Bonly or Sweet Talk…and now we turn our attention to his latest project Missing Pages. The band are working on their debut LP at the moment, but while we wait, they’re going to tease us with a new 7″ for 12XU. The A-side has this driving guitar line, with Stephen and Garrick working against each other with these sharp chords circling one another like wrestlers about to lock up in the center of the ring. They continue to build up by pulling in additional vocals from bassists Ali, all culminating in my favorite part…the chorus of “it’s a long way down” is the perfect pop moment. Look for the new 7″ on October 5th; head HERE to grab a copy.
It’s been just over a year since Rostam released Half-Light, and even longer since that gem of an album he did with our boy Hambone…and it looks like he’s finally starting to move forward with new music. His brand new single has him building the song, much as one expect an artist to do over time. He opens with mandolin, letting that ride for a minute before bringing in his voice…it’s then that the lush orchestration begins to take hold as a pulsing drum rhythmically beats beneath the surface. Tension builds by way of violins, though he keeps his voice gentle throughout the entirety of the changes. For a musician trying to find that balance between indie rock and electronica…it’s been a good run for Rostam thus far.
If you carefully look beneath the surface of the Austin scene, you’ll find that Grivo have been lurking there, defiantly working at honing their craft…all in preparation for what I can only expect is a remarkable debut. Immediately, there’s something slightly different at play here; the band have been known for their ear-shattering sets…and here, we get something just a touch different. Guitars are still brooding beneath the surface of the mix, but things almost come across with a slightly lighter attitude, allowing the guitars to sort of sparkle and fade through your speakers. It should come as no surprise that the band have just recently signed to Holodeck Records, who will release Elude on November 16th.
I’ve already encouraged you to go give Proto Retro a thorough listen, but in case you keep ignoring me, I’m going to continue to give you a healthy dosage of Dot Dash. They just dropped this mostly live footage video for album standout “Unfair Weather.” This track puts the group’s crystalline guitar pop tendencies on display…you know, the sort everyone whose anyone is trying to pull off these days. Plus, the rhythm section is always on point, which gives the guitar work space to sort of meander around the perfect harmony. And, if you love this song, you can grab it for free over HERE, or grab the whole LP!
Schaus is an artist from the Portland region, crafting pop music as he sits fit. Recently, he released an EP title Quite Okay, and quietly its slid into my musical rotation. His voice has some fluxuating tones, moving up and down in his register, occasionally following with rapidity like its trying to catch up with someone. Musically, he’s employing electronic elements to give the track a natural bounce, which contributes to a sense of playfulness…something that’s always important for this listener. The video takes some autobiographical ideas and turns them into a natural story that follows the track’s theme of appreciating and being appreciated…or does it? Schaus won’t let on as to how much is truth, but does it really matter? You’ll get lost in the song, regardless.
Up until now, Elizabeth has been the driving force behind Aussie outfit, Totally Mild. She already dropped one incredible album this year with the group, but now she’s stepping up her solo game. This song has been floating out on the Split Singles Series, but now it gets a gorgeous video treatment, giving me one more chance to share the tune with you. If you’re just sitting around, waiting for a great voice to hit you, then buckle up buckaroo, because this one here is great. She’s just so powerful, and yet so calming at the same time. Hopefully we get more like-minded solo work from her real soon.
Repo Fam is the new project of Baltimore’s Michelle Pena, and according to the one-sheet, her songs share the approach of filmmakers in creating images that are emotive. Pena does so on this video with that discordant twang of the guitar; it sort of stomps on your eardrums as the vocals playfully prance around your inner ear canal. The drums, though dampened in the mix, have this almost intoxicating tribalism, drawing you deep into the cavernous craft of that is “Skip to My Lou.” Repo Fam will release the self-titled LP via Gentle Reminder Records on September 28th.
Well, perhaps return isn’t the proper word choice, as Tears Run Rings have been with us most recently in 2016 with their LP In Surges. Now, they’ve popped back up with a brand new EP for one of our favorites, Shelflife and Deep Space Recordings. You’ll find below the staples that brought the group into the shoegaze realm; it features melodic guitars with just the faintest hint of distortion, waiting to erupt into a classic shimmering atmospheric. Vocals live beneath the mix, almost like faint musical whispers working behind the scenes. Feels like its too good to miss out on this one. The Somehwere EP will drop October 19th.