Amy O, out of Bloomington, Indiana, is making the kind of pop tunes that brighten the day. Her honeyed vocals combined with some gritty guitars turn out to be the perfect juxtaposition for a bubbly pop gem. As Amy Oelsner explains, “Planet Blue” is “about recognizing and appreciating the luxury of having space to grieve and feel hard feelings…And how light, silly feelings can sometimes coexist with depression,” which I’ve found is mirrored in the sonic structure of this track. You get the dark and distorted guitars during the chorus and Amy’s light, whimsical vocals to balance it all out. This track is taken from Amy O’s upcoming LP, Shell, which will be out on October 25 via Winspear—preorder it here.
Three out of four folks working on this site at one time studied Spanish or lived in Spanish speaking countries, so you could say it runs through out site. This track from Divino Nino is sung entirely in Spanish, though I don’t think that really detracts from non-speakers. It all begins with this casual strum, aided by a sort of keyboard wash in the background. When the vocals come through, I loved the way the syllables were sort of drawn out to match the speed of the strummed guitar; and then came the light little textural arrangements that brought the song to life. Que hermosa! The band will release Foam on June 21st via Winspear.
Next week we’ll finally get to hear the entirety of Amy O‘s new album, Elastic, and with that, she’s teased us with another excellent single. There’s something in her songwriting, particularly on this track that reminds me of early Tegan and Sara or Rilo Kiley; it has an innocent vibe, with cutting commentary bubbling beneath the song’s surface. Amy says this was the final track recorded for her new record, so its nice to think of this track as a “final goodbye, until we meet again” moment. We’ll meet again on August 4th when the record is released via Winspear; they’ll also have a limited edition zine Yoko Oh Yes featuring interviews and conversations with female musicians if you pre-order the LP!
Amy O is a few months away from the release of her latest album, Elastic, and after spinning this song on repeat for the last few hours, I will fully commit to this release. There’s something in her songwriting, commenting on mundane life amidst gentle guitar lines, that reminds me a great deal of early-era Rilo Kiley. This song, starts off in precisely that manner, though Amy ramps it up by plugging in just before the 1.5 minute mark and blasting off towards the finale. You really can’t deny the inherent joy within this song. Go ahead, play it as much as you want…you want tire of it. Look for her album to drop on August 4th via Winspear.