There’s something about bands that craft pop melodies around folk/country elements, such as banjos and pianos, that really just grabs me. It’s always been this way, and it’s much the same when I first heard this new track from Blind Pilot. This is the first single from their upcoming record, We Are the Tide, which will be released to the masses on September 13th. Thanks to the rolling drum beat, the song swiftly moves along in pace, while still allowing you enough time to absorb the lyrics. I have a feeling with music like this coming out, it’s going to be a busy month for us here at ATH in September.
Download: Blind Pilot – Keep You Right [MP3]
What? You don’t want more new music from the bearded lads in Megafaun? Well, too bad! They’re prepping their self-titled double LP, Megafuan, which will land in your lap on September 20th via Hometapes. As more new songs leak out, you can’t help but hope that the mastery these guys have shown in their gentle song construction will be replicated throughout the entire album. There’s bits of banjo, which the band promises is the only time its used on the record, and the whispering vocals compliment the emotional quality of the song. Is September here yet?
Download: Megafaun – State/Meant [MP3]
I’d regret not giving a shout out to my ladyfriend who raved about The New Division months ago, and due to my need for heavier music during the Spring, I sort of put it off, until now. This Cali group will be releasing their new album, Shadows, on September 27th, furthering my belief that September is going to be a killer month for music. Hearing this first single, “Opium,” I feel as if the band is going for sort of a Cut Copy feel, but with a darker tint, rather than the sharp edges of the aforementioned. Still, you can definitely shake it to this track, or just let it wash over you, either way is acceptable.
Download: The New Division – Opium [MP3]
I hadn’t really heard of Gross Magic until earlier today, but browsing through the net often leads to great finds. Sam McGarrigle is the man behind these sounds, and his tastes are sort of all over the place on his Teen Jamz EP, but that’s sort of what makes it so wonderful; you get to listen to a sound that never bores. His effortless moments of cool on this title track are just one styling he offers, so feel free to check out the rest of the tracks on this five song EP before your judgment is final. Trust me, it’s definitely been blasting in my house all day.
Download: Gross Magic – Teen Jamz [MP3]
Perhaps those in Canada are hip to Library Voices, but the word is slowly starting to spread South about this great little pop band. They’ve just signed up to release their record, Summer of Lust, via Dine Alone Records on October 18th. It’s a seemingly busy track, filled with hooks and beeps, and even a bit of Win Butler-ish yelping during parts. All signs at the moment point towards this band completely winning over the States, bringing us more infectious pop tunes that will never fail to please our ears. Hello Library Voices, welcome to the States.
Download: Library Voices – Generation Handclap [MP3]
We talked about Finnish starlets, Big Wave Riders, a bit ago, but as the date nears closer for the release of their Behind These Walls EP, which will be available to you on September 7th, they just keep releasing more tracks. You’ve got to check out the latest, especially with hints of high-stepping grooves laying just beneath the surface, then exploding during the chorus–even with a screeching bit of guitar solo to wrap the song up nicely. There’s just this bit of craftiness living beneath the feeling of fun that you’ll probably associate with this song, and who doesn’t like to see those two things meet up? Enjoy folks.
Download: Big Wave Riders – Behind These Walls [MP3]
Those in New York need to get ready, as Super Melody is set to invade the United States, with the majority of the dates slated in NYC. The group is made up primarily of James Cecil, formerly of Architecture In Helsinki. He’s coming to support the release of his record, Destination Unknown (which is not a reference to Rancid lyrics, sadly). You’ll notice that there’s still an influence of AIH here, just with some of the samples, but the song below will show you a more electronic feel, reminiscent of bands like Hot Chip. So, even if we’re not all in New York or California, at least we can appreciate a little dance party action.
Download: Super Melody – Tinder Hearted [MP3]
It’s not always easy to keep track of the bevy of bands coming out of the UK, but Cats and Cats and Cats have been around for some time. I loved their last record, If I’d Had an Atlas, so I’m really excited to bring you a new tune off their recently released Motherwhale album. This time around, they’ve picked up the pace, giving you a little bit more power to their blend of folk and pop, making for a stellar listen all the way til’ the end. It’s the sort of record that leaves you with a huge smile on your face; that’s never a bad way to wrap up your listening experience.
Download: Cats And Cats And Cats – Celebration [MP3]
Strawberry Whiplash is one of those great band’s that unfortunately seems to fly beneath the radar of the masses. I’m not sure why, as the simple pop formula of Laz and Sandra is nothing short of perfect, and you’d be silly to say otherwise. The group’s been hard at work prepping their next album for your sunny travels, titled Hits in the Car, and it should be out later this year. But, you won’t have to wait too much longer for new tunes, as the band is set to release a new 7″ for the single, “Stop, Look and Listen.” Laz has been kind enough to allow us to share this great B-Side with you, which I’m sure will leave you salivating for more from Strawberry Whiplash.
Download: Strawberry Whiplash – Another Rainy Day In Glasgow [MP3]
You might know Van Pierszalowski from Port O’ Brien, but he’s beginning to make waves of his own under the name of WATERS. He’s already tossed out one tune earlier this year, and now here comes another stunner from the songwriter, prepping for his debut, Out in the Light, which comes out via TBD Records on September 20th. His voice seems to waiver just the slightest bit, giving a hint of an edge to the gentle track that slowly begins to unfold. It’s like a more pristine Mile Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Enjoy this number.
Download: WATERS – O Holy Break Of Day [MP3]