Simon Love Shares I Love Everybody in the Whole Wide World

Simon Love returns with a brand new album this Spring, and I’m glad there’s finally a single to get out there for ya’ll today. There’s something about the former Loves songwriter that just seems like he’s perfectly content playing under his own curated pop umbrella. There’s nostalgic sounds throughout this new single, particularly when it comes to the arrangements and everything working beneath the core. But, that being said, there’s still a ballsy-ness and production value that seems larger than life, giving his music this huge punch that just doesn’t seem to be out there enough in the world. His new LP, Love, Sex and Death Etc will be out on April 8th via Tapete.

Love, Burns Share In a Long Time

This Bandcamp Friday, we’ll be releasing a cassette version of the new LP from Love, Burns, the solo LP from Pale Lights songwriter (and ex-Comet Gain!) Phil Sutton. I talked Phil into giving me a single a day this week with a little blurb about the tracks…so here’s Phil:

The Triffids song “Do You Want Me Near You,” from In the Pines was a big influence on “In a Long Time,” along with Petula Clarks “Downtown.” The former has a fantastically melodic bass line, and then a great metallic, reverb-y guitar solo that makes me think of wide open spaces in (the) Australia (of my imagination). The lyrics capture loneliness and isolation very well, which is what I tried to do with my song. Where it differs, I think is that Ive tried to make “In a Long Time” a New York City song, rather than a relationship song; it’s a sort of upside down, melancholic version of “Downtown,” where someone new to the city is on the subway, looking at twinkling lights, and all the Saturday night people, but is quite alone. Nothing new, really, a classic trope. Alone in the big city, but still intrigued by and drawn to it. New York always looks its best at night. Alicia Jeanine plays some beautiful violins, Hampus plays a very subtle driving Subway beat, and Kyle Forester does a really great guitar solo – not the first one on this LP. Kyle plays most of the instruments on It Should Have Been Tomorrow. He’s a pop genius.

Last Week’s Jams, Today (1.24 – 1.28)

It’s always great to start out the week by looking back upon the week that was, and while perhaps not an abundance of tunes like there was the previous week, there was definitely great musical news. Papercuts announced a new LP, with two new songs from the record, and both are here for fun below! Plus, Finnish outfit Rules dropped a new single, and I just can’t stop raving about Lewsberg and Apollo Ghosts. And somehow it all gets wrapped up with a new Ducks Ltd single? I’ll take it. Revisit last week with us!

Boy With Apple Share Strawberry Boy

Not sure about all the male dominated fruit in that title bar, but super sure that this new track from Sweden’s Boy with Apple is worth your time. They’ve been relatively quiet since their debut EP, and they’re bringing three new singles to the world this Spring before going back to recored their debut LP…one of which is below. It immediately submerges itself in the cavernous depths of post-punk, creating this shadowy atmosphere where you can hear faint jangling guitar notes skittering about in the distance. Zara Henriksson’s voice pulls off this playful stutter in the chorus that really caught my ear, mimicking some of those guitar notes in the distance. Fingers crossed they get that debut finished before too long.

Scrunchies Sign to Dirtnap, Announce New LP

Just really feeling some rock energy this Friday, so news that Minneapolis outfit Scrunchies have signed up with Dirtnap with this accompanying single fits perfectly into my vibe. Plus, the track’s video has links to my lesson today with my students in our continued discussion on Science Fiction and its depictions of humanity. The band have this tenacity that hits you in the face from the get-go, with Danielle’s drum work pounding in your brain even after the track ends. Laura Larson leads the vocal assault, belting out line after line with this fierceness that’s sure to startle those with “no home planet.” Powerful and punchy, and just enough hooks for this old geezer to grin. Feral Coast hits on April 1st!

Fast Blood Release Pulling Teeth Video

There’s no reason to shy away from my affection for big old pop rock of the post-emo sort, particularly if its coming from the UK, like Fast Blood. The band just dropped this new video today, and it’s just this enormous burst of heavy riffs and giant melodic hooks in the chorus. There’s a ton of moments that feel like you get that exuberant rock euphoria, especially when the song peaks in the chorus, recalling the best moments of Martha (to me anyways). Feel like you could all get a kick this Friday, so why not turn it up nice and loud and see if you can see along.

Rules Share The Ghost Single

Finnish outfit Rules have been delivering hyper-literary influenced pop tunes since 2000 (aside from that blissed out Weezer cover, of course!). They return today with a Henry James influenced ditty, and a new member, Oskari Haltsi, adding his production and vocals to the mix. We start off in familiar territory, with a quick euphoric burst and the distinctive vocals. But, the track, playing upon the concept of duality between a ghost and human, offers these little elegant peaks and valleys, mixing in the abstract dreaminess and the pulsing hook that captures the listener. No word on a new album just yet, but always great to hear this bunch bring new tunes to the table (courtesy of Soliti).

Ducks Ltd. Share Sheets of Grey Single

If you talked to anyone that picked up Modern Fiction last year they’ll likely tell you there’s not a bad tune on the Ducks Ltd. LP; it’s non-stop jangling goodness. So if you go back to their debut EP, the band are currently operating at a high level, incapable of writing a bad song. Thus, they jump right back in with a brand new single to take on the road for their Spring tour with Nation of Language. Jumping off with a pounding rhythm and those swirly-whirly guitar jangles, they suck you right into the pop storm. My ear keeps getting drawn to this underlying guitar line that’s super bright, reminding me in a way of some Field Mice vibes.

Apollo Ghosts Share Pink Tiger Video

Ever come across a song that seems to be the score for the every-person? The brand of pop songwriting that feels like as soon as it comes on; everyone’s pulled in, lightly bobbing heads and tapping toes; this is the tune you’re going to hear below from Apollo Ghosts. In a way, it seems like its got an omnipresent sound, something complex tied to folk stylings of the late 60s, though its definitely modernized with its arrangements and wordplay. I don’t know…maybe it sounds like a less Norwegian Kings of Convenience, but you’re going to find solace here. I mean, listen in at 1:41; I live for moments like that. The band will release Pink Tiger on March 11th via You’ve Changed Records.

Bnny Share I’m Just Fine

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Bnny‘s Everything LP from last year, then perhaps this tune might serve as a reminder of the band’s enchanting draw. On this number, I’m really drawn to the way the guitar lines seem to kind of have this trickling manner, like a quiet brook, steadily building a soft current of melody. Combine that with Jess Viscius’s voice, and you get this intoxicating escapism; it’s ethereal yet omnipresent, sort of keeping your listening brain in an in-between world of musical euphoria. Enjoy the new single, and please, go check out their LP, which, like this single, come courtesy of hard work and Fire Talk Records.

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