Imaad Wasif has just announced his third LP and with it shared a new single from said release. “Far East” is a different slice of alt rock, combining various styles like psych, shoegaze, and goth rock to combine for three and a half minutes of solid music. The vocals are high pitched, juxtaposing nicely with the growling guitars and complimenting the twee synths. This track is the first single off of Dzi, which is Wasif’s upcoming release and his first full length in six years. It seems like from this track, we can expect an expansive and experimental album– listen out for more from Imaad Wasif.
Looks like today’s going to be a day for rock n’ roll, and this poppy bit of punk rock from Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs is perfect. They kick out an anthemic style akin to our local favorites Basketball Shorts, filled with huge hook-laden riffs and lyrics to scream at the top of your lungs. What separates the group from their peers, at least in this number, is the chorus, touching up the tune with just a hint of clarity. They’re releasing their self-titled debut on Burger/Dine Alone on July 28th…and it’ll probably be filled with infectious numbers that’ll stick in your head for some time.
While my love of the last few years has clearly been my fascination with the Aussie scene, the pop music of Scotland has always been near and dear to my cliched heart. Today I’d like to introduce you to True Gents, a new act to my ears that draw from a huge swell of sounds, though most notably the pop sort that you’ll hear on this tune. The opening moments are quite nice, almost with a vibe akin to Arab Strap, though much more positive; there’s some quiet strings and children playing beneath the front of the mix, so keep your ears close to the speakers. A slight pick up comes after the two minute mark, pulling in drums and amplifying the strings just a touch. Look for the band’s new release, Blood Moon, to come your way soon.
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.
Lately I’ve been obsessing over Beach Fossils‘ catalogue of new and old music, so naturally I was quite pleased to see that they’ve just released another track. Now, this one won’t be on their heavily anticipated upcoming record, Somersault, but it is part of the ‘Our First 100 Days’ series, which benefits some pretty great charities that you can find out more about here.This song is everything you’d expect from Beach Fossils– mildly hazy vocals, angular guitars that slice through the mix, and steady, constant percussion. Like most Beach Fossils tracks, you’ll find yourself singing along in no time, or mimicking the groovy bass line with your fingers on the steering wheel. Come along with Beach Fossils on “Silver Tongue,” and then try and prepare yourself for Somersault, which will be out June 2nd via Bayonet Records.
Nathan Oliver enters the setting of this song in the most simplistic fashion, throwing out monosyllabic “bah bahs” in quick succession; it serves to immediately grab the listener’s ears, bringing in an immediate sense of joy. Oliver then moves to a steady pop croon, related to the realm of old indiepop; while it’s settling, it jumps into a more emphatic burst during the chorus as drums crash and vocals are hurled through your speaker. I love the balance between a slight heavy edge and the natural pop sensibility that Nathan’s using…particularly in the last minute of the tune. He’ll be releasing Head in the Sand, his new LP, via Potluck Foundation on June 9th.
Philly band The Districts shared this single a few months back, but this time around, they’ve got not only the news of their upcoming album, Popular Manipulations,and this spooky new music video to accompany the track. “Ordinary Day” was a great track to begin with, balancing an acoustic, folksy sound with harder alt rock, but now we’ve got a cult-ish music video to watch. It features lots of plain masks and banality– I suggest you take a few minutes and watch it below, and then try to forget about your own “Ordinary Day.”
I can always count on Jigsaw to throw something my way that immediately lands in my listening rotation, and The Cherries are going to do just that. There’s a definitive lo-fi styling, but I think the band’s innate pop sensibility shines through more than anything. Harmonies unite to create infectious melodies throughout, often overlapping and trading places the way the best pop music does. Oh, and it sounds like the band’s having a helluva time bouncing through this number, so why not bounce along? Grab the band’s Self-Titled 2 right now!
I’m really fascinated by Bonzie, both for her accomplishments at such a young age and her craft. On this track, there’s atmospherics surrounding straight-forward guitar work. It adds a layer of depth to a simplistic formula, furthered by added strings as the song progresses. I really love the slight little vocal inflections she adds into this number, continuously accented by the strumming and the textured touches she included in the recording. She’ll be releasing her new album, Zone on Nine, on May 19th, which should leave listeners with a promise of great songwriting for years to come.
You probably woke up this morning not knowing that you needed a slow-mo music video of dogs leaping through the air catching frisbees and tennis balls, but you really, really need it. I’m a huge fan of dogs and electro rock, so while this may seem like a strange combination, L.A. Takedown cracked me up and had me coming back time and time again to watch and listen to the great song. “Bad Night At Black’s Beach,” starts off with this ominous bass part and dark synth line and slowly builds into a jam, but the visual accompaniment is quite unexpectedly light hearted. Take a watch below and make your day a bit brighter.