We’re just a year or so removed from The Orchids 30 Year Retrospective, and it’s great to see the band have new music on the very near horizon. In fact, they’ve recently released the first single from their forthcoming 7″ for WIAIWYA. It’s a mild-mannered pop song, mostly sitting back and allowing the harmonies to do the work over soft percussive elements. The vocal display, of course, has that luxurious contrast between male and female bits…James’ voice always sounds so friendly and familiar, like all those times my father sang with his guitar around the house. Anyways, another great Sarah Records survivor with new music for us; they’re new 7″ drops on August 7th.
Over the last few years, Stanley Brinks and Freshcard have been one of my favorite duos. They craft a blend of playful indiepop and folk that fans of either genre will find endearing; they even manage to capture that playful air in their performance in the video for this single. Musically, the song’s pretty simple, with the selling point being the juxtaposition of Brinks’ and Freshcard’s voices set over a steady percussive beat and gentle guitar strum. The two will release their new collection of songs, Midnight Tequila, will be released on June 29th via Fika Recordings.
Now, I don’t know where this single is going, or if it’s merely a one-off appearance for Sportique, but I’m going to celebrate this song’s arrival nonetheless. As always, this single is emblematic of the group’s approach to including a variety of influences. It has a leisurely bound to it, with sort of a punk barroom chant jumping in throughout; it still carries an undeniable hook that’s just asking for you to spin it again and again. The group’s been around forever, so whatever the purpose, it’s always glad to have a revered act pop its head back up in the limelight. Head over to WIAIWYA to grab it.
The more time one spends with Red Red Eyes, the more you’ll find that their music is inescapable. It has this ethereal quality; it’s pop music that allows you to move beyond your immediate listening experience. Laura’s voice has this ghostly beauty to it, and the percussion is precise and light, never once detracting from the natural melody. In the cinematic version of the song, our protagonist seems to be on the search for something, milling about town from shop to shop; that feeling of search seems fitting, as I can’t help but let my mind wander in its own search while this song plays on loops in my ears. The group’s excellent Horology LP will be released on May 18th via the esteemed WIAIWYA.
If you have spent any time at all on this site, you surely are aware of my affinity for
, and all his projects. Most recently, it’s been with the Hayman Kupa Band, but it all began with a band called Hefner. It’s possible that they were too far ahead of their time, featuring twanging jangling guitars, clever wordplay and hooks you can’t avoid. WIAIWYA, one of my fave labels in the UK just announced they’ll be re-releasing Breaking God’s Heart, the band’s debut LP. Give this song a listen, and perhaps you’ll see why 20 years on there’s still a huge interest in the band and their work. The reissue drops this July!
A few weeks back I wrote about the smoky pop beauty of Red Red Eyes, and the band are back with a video for the lead track from their new LP, Horology. The video and the song’s natural emotion evoke a sort of gothic pop underbelly; it could easily work into the realm of dream pop…if those dreams were nightmares. While Laura McMahon’s voice is remarkable, it wouldn’t have anywhere to go if it weren’t for the sonic landscape crafted behind her by musical partner Xavier Watkins. Together, they’ve crafted this brooding number that seems understated at times, but little accents pop up via trickling electronics or strong guitar twang. Get lost in this song, and the whole LP on May 18th when it’s released by WIAIWYA.
If you’re looking to swoon to a delicious pop number, then go ahead, press play on this new Red Red Eyes tune from the band’s forthcoming Horology LP. A seductive guitar line opens the tune, setting the stage for a dark twist through the confines of modern pop. That being said, Laura McMahon’s vocal performance definitely will dominate your memory when the song comes to an end. While the smoky quality circulates, there are also moments when her delivery is slightly playful; it’s an absolutely endearing showing that you won’t soon forget. The new LP will drop on May 18th via WIAIWYA.
My only real experience as a fan of Famous Problems is an earlier single they released last year on WIAIWYA. And, it looks like less than a year later, they’ve completed a delightful mini-album for our consumption. It opens in boisterous fashion…crashing drums and ringing guitars. Immediately after it settles into an off-kilter powerpop bounce; the lyrics are just on the edge of being spoken word, but something in the way the notes are rounded off gives the impression of crooning atop this hit. It sounds like classic rock n’ roll by a group that just wants you to fall in love; look for the Hey! It’s Raining mini album in April via the aforementioned WIAIWYA.
It’s that silly time of year when we ascribe arbitrary rankings to the music created by our favorite artists. And, I’ve already seen a few lists from the likes of Paste or Rolling Stone (among others) that I find completely off the mark. Now, our ATH End of Year list will be a team effort, so here is a list of records I adored that probably won’t end up on too many other “Best of Lists,” though I think they should! Again, no particular order, just ten albums you should enjoy. …that you might have forgotten about.
We’re at that point of the year when music slowly starts to fade as people scramble to tell you what you should have listened to in 2017. I’m guilty of it myself, but a release that’s still fairly fresh, and still getting constant play, is the new Mammoth Penguins (& Friends) LP, John Doe. It’s a concept album centered around the title character, told through various characters. But, don’t get lost on the idea of what is or isn’t a “concept” album; sit back and enjoy the dedication to the songwriting that’s prevalent throughout. Think of it as a great pop record for people who love to read books! If you haven’t gotten a copy, you can grab yours from WIAIWYA.