There’s perhaps nothing that rings more true this week than a track titled “Sleepy.” Whether you’re on vacation and just relaxing, or you’ve indulged too much and find yourself in a food-induced coma, Body/Negative have crafted this striking soundtrack to your day or week. It’s a seemingly simple track, maneuvering with very light keys and atmospheric fuzz as the vocals carry angelic memories associated with the songwriters (both Midwife and B/N have dedicated this tune to their deceased parents). Perhaps a solemn theme runs through it, but in this week, it allows us to turn our thoughts towards those we can be thankful for, be that parents or partners or pets. This track appears on the new LP, Everett, out December 8th via Track Number Records.
You’ve always got to keep an eye on the Melbourne music scene, as a new band seemingly springs up every other day, and today, we’ve got Baby Blue. The band features Rhea Caldwell, who played guitar in our old pal Michael Beach’s band, so you know the songwriting licks are already in there. This first single is like a Springtime pop tune, sort of wistful and pastoral, with little sprinkling dashes of psychedelia lurking here and there, giving off this mysticism. There’s this really delicious pop moment right at 2:09, and that moment right there sold the song for me, as if I needed more. The band will release Of My Window early next year via Lost and Lonesome.
Honestly, not sure what all we’re going to cover this week, as it seems like all the folks have given up hyping new music and records; I reckon its time for those year end lists to really make it out there! But, we did manage to cover a good amount of rock n’ roll last week, so let us hip you to what rips! Personally, I keep spinning the Finnoguns Wake track, which is the new project from Shogun of Royal Headache. That said, there was definitely some cool new stuff dropping from the likes of Flight Mode, Kissing Party and Friko, all of which made our typical coverage. Threw up some Say Sue Me and Rosie Tucker tunes, as a reminder that they’ve been out on the road and I managed to squeeze in both on Thursday of last week! Let it rip!
It’s that weird time of the year when everyone pretends that they stop writing music for a few months so we can browse the list of Best New Artists, or whatever. We do it too, though I’ll probably keep writing about songs if folks keep sending them to me. But, before the year “wraps up” and stuff, here’s a few more new records to listen to today that you’ll hopefully enjoy! Note: I included a few from last week, because last week I ran an Austin-centric streams post, so booyah!
Wurld Series – The Giant’s Lawn (Meritorio Records/Melted Ice Cream)
Deary – Deary EP (Sonic Cathederal)
Frog – Grog (Audio Antihero)
Steven Adams – Drops (Fika Recordings)
The Native Cats – The Way On is the Way Off (Chapter Music)
When I first turned on this new track from Kissing Party, there was something instantly gratifying in the rhythm section; the snappiness of it all reminded me of early Drums tracks, endearing and energetic. As the song progresses, the vocals enter nonchalantly, offering listeners a sort of pop version of what Blank Dogs were doing back a few thousand years ago. The song carries this lightness and indifference, seemingly tied into the concept of the song, so it all fits absolutely perfectly. Honestly, if you missed the OG Pains of Being Pure at Heart, this is the tune for you to turn all the way up. They’ve got their Graceless album dropping today, so go listen to that as well!
Our Internet friend Roman Gabriel (the Dentals, the Kind Hills) has returned with a new project, Seasonal Falls. Today they’ve shared their debut single, perfect a mid-Fall sound (for those not in the throes of Texas climate change). There’s some really light percussive touches from the snare and piano, quietly working their way into your ear as you turn your focus towards the strum and melodic voice. For some reason, this feels kind of like something Elliott Smith adjacent; it has that natural personality to it, that soft-spoken charm that makes your entire day. Felt like this was a great place to start, and hopefully we’ll hear more from the group soon!
Harold Whit Williams is aiming to take the throne from Glenn Donaldson for most prolific songwriter in the underground pop scene. Today, Harold’s releasing a brand new LP of tracks under his Daily Worker moniker…his second LP (and fourth release!) of 2023. This album is 10 songs recorded in 10 days, using song prompts as starting points. We’ve previously covered “Radio Gurrls,” but the record explores a lot of various styles, leaving you with lots to enjoy; I’ve been digging “Gas Station Rum” quite a bit this morning. Feel free to settle into your day with one of our favorite songwriters; listen to Burn It All Down!
When Rosie Tucker dropped a brand new track last week, I took that chance to mention they would be bringing a set to Mohawk today. And, since its the day of the show, I wanted to offer a quick reminder for you to get out to Mohawk to catch them. If you’re just looking for a good show, and unfamiliar with their work, might I suggest spending some time with my personal favorite Never Not Never Not Never Not? Regardless, they offer up some lyrical with and playfulness is destined to charm. Plus, the set starts around 10, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch opener Creekbed Carter Hogan, then Rosie Tucker and then be home by midnight! New single and my favorite LP are below!
Admittedly, the first 45 seconds or so, I was drawn to the beat and mystery of this new gglum single, but it didn’t quite catch. But, just as the 1 minute mark drops, the vocals hit a bit harder and more texture gets layered into that groovy percussive beat. It slides back into the more subtle bounce, which after hearing where the tune will go, had more of a playfulness to it; I had myself doing a little shoulder shimmy in my desk chair as I bounced along. The tune’s playing with great beats and dreamy atmospherics, sort of constantly keeping you in a state of emotional flux. Looking forward to seeing where thye go from here; this single brought to you by Secret Canadiens.
So, the sad thing about my life (not really) is that I generally have to write about yesterday’s news if no one gives me a solid heads-up; the perks of being a teacher and blogger! Speaking of that news from yesterday, PACKS, a band I’ve been hyping since the early days dropped a new single, and it’s one of my favorite new pieces from the group. I love the fuzziness of the guitar here, giving off that gritty edge that balances Madeline’s vocals in the mix. Walking that thin line, the video also encompasses a bit of the fun the group give off, working between clever pop tracks and hook-laden rockers, which will no-doubt here on their next LP. Melt the Honey is out January 19th via Fire Talk.