The Swiss based outfit known as Silver Firs have been busy this Spring as they prep for the upcoming release of their new EP entitled Lake Hypoxia coming out later this month. About a month ago we heard our first new taste of the EP, and now we are being treated to another teaser with this new single “Allergies”. I truly love the way this band can meld the styles of dream pop with a little bit of psych rock and other moments of 60s pop folk music. It’s certainly a sound all their own and I can’t seem to get enough of it lately.
Rasmus Littauer, working under the musical moniker School of X, is one hard working dude in the Copenhagen underground music scene. Last year he dropped his debut LP Armlockand also planned to impress us with his live show for SXSW, but then the world sort of stopped. School of X has continued making new music through the pandemic with yet another LP of new tunes entitled Dancing Through the Void coming on September 24th via Tambourhinoceros. Prior to the new album, we’ve been lucky enough to hear this new single “Feel of It”. It is a truly infectious piece of get up and move pop music similar to some of the earlier days of a band like Generationals or Fyfe Dangerfield. Check it out.
A couple of years ago I came across the French punk band Nightwatchers and immediately submerged myself in their music. Their killer debut LP from 2019, La paix ou le sable, is still in heavy rotation on the turntable at home. Well the gents are coming back this year and kicking things off with this raucous new single called “1905 & The Muslim Exception”. It brings that some sort of raw, explosive energy we heard from the debut and builds on the sound with a more mature and slick approach to songwriting and production. If you don’t know about the band, you need to get informed.
Nightwatchers will release this single as part of a new album entitled Common Crusades due out this fall on Lovely Records.
Asbury Park based band Dentist has long been a running staple here on the pages of your friendly ATH music blog. The band has always dropped great music and strived to work their asses off, all while doing things the right way and staying true to their sound and message. In typical fashion, the band couldn’t simply drop this great new single “Let Me Let Go” and call it a day… NO, the band got together with New Jersey based brewing company Last Wave Brewing to pair the track with what sounds like a delicious New England-style India Pale Ale. For those of us who don’t live in the NJ area, the new single and accompanying video will have to suffice. It’s pretty rad.
Dentist will be releasing a new LP of material sometime later this year on Cleopatra Records. Now to see if I can get my hands on some of this beer.
Our Bern, Switzerland based friends in Silver Firs were really lighting up our pages with stellar music way back in 2013/2014. Since that time, the band was on an lengthy hiatus so it was a bit shocking, and exciting, to hear new music from the band after 7+ years away from the scene. Their first new single after the hiatus, “Now We Start to See the Beauty”, was well worth the long wait and leaves me wanting to immediately hear more. The track starts as a slow burning, melodic tune but eventually builds into this dreamy and lovely pop tune. Can’t wait to hear more!
Silver Firs will release this track on a new EP entitled Lake Hypoxia out on June 18th.
The New Haven based duo of Daniel Belgrad and Michael Lituchy, musically known as Vern Matz, have been dropping multiple singles this Spring in anticipation of a new album coming out later this year on Nice Guy Records. One of those singles, “Funny Water”, is definitely one a suggest you check out if you’re into a sort of folk inspired, indie rock sound. Think Jackson Browne meets Wilco with a little bit of dream pop thrown in there to create something truly stunning. Stay tuned for more tunes coming our way soon from Vern Matz.
Edinburgh lads We Were Promised Jetpacks have long been a running staple on ATH with multiple song postings, album reviews, live reviews, and even some interviews back in the day. Our connection to Scotland based artists has always been incredibly strong, almost weird if you’re on the outside looking in. WWPJP is by far one of our long time favorites from the country and we are simply elated to share with you this new single from the band called “If It Happens”. It’s been crazy to see this band grow up and flourish over the last 12 or so years since their stunning debut back in 2009. For me, this song shows a band truly learning how to flesh things out and truly build an impeccable indie rock song. Enjoy it.
Our Western Australian friend Jake Webb, and his musical project known as Methyl Ethel, has been praised many times on these here pages of ATH over the years. We are typically not much into straight pop music so we’ve always been down for the more alt-pop approach coming from the recordings of Webb. After the criminally underrated Hurts to Laugh EP from last year, Webb is back with this new banging single called “Neon Cheap”. This might be one of the most danceable tracks we’ve ever heard from Methyl Ethel and once again offers some incredible pop music for the more alternative/indie listeners. This should be on your weekend playlist.
Liverpool based artist Tarek Musa has long been known as the drummer for the garage rock/indie rock band Spring King, who built up a lot of music blogger love 5-6 years ago. Well now Musa is stepping out on his own with plans to release a debut, full length LP under his musical moniker Dead Nature. As a tease of the new album and solo work, we are pleased to share this banging new single with you called “Hurricane”. It is a pure treat in the garage rock genre as it works through a raucous pace from the very beginning and never truly lets up. Think the happy vibes of Los Campesinos if they suddenly decided to go in a more rocking direction.
For those unfamiliar to the indie scene, Red Ribbon is the musical project of LA based songwriter Emma Danner. With a few releases that have flown somewhat under the radar of the last few years, I could see this new album really picking up steam if it all hits like this new single “Way”. I love the heavy, almost spaghetti western style, guitar sounds of the single paired with a sparse, yet striking drum beat. A bit of psych rock meets dark lounge music.