Man it’s been a bit since we’ve heard anything from the Brooklyn based, ATH favorite band Lazyeyes. As usual, I say things like that to explain my excitement for the band when I’m sent some new music after a small hiatus. So join in my excitement will you and check out this sweet new song “Echoes” from our old friends in Lazyeyes. The song blends a really great shoegaze/dream pop sound with a very nice dose of new wave to keep things interesting. This is one of the better songs I’ve heard this month. No doubt.
Lazyeyes will release Echoes on June 15th via Egghunt Records.
The dream pop genre has been gaining a lot of steam recently and sometimes certain artists can pull of the genre a hell of a lot better than others. Take the young Lev Snowe for example who crafts some beautiful numbers which further expand the quality of the genre. His new song entitled “When I Look Back” is a perfect example of his song writing skills. My favorite piece of the song is near the 3:00 minute mark when things break down a bit with some slick bass lines and enchanting beats. I suggest you check it out now.
Lev Snowe will release new EP Faded Blue on June 1st.
If you didn’t check out the site this week, I’ve been big on posting upbeat, high energy tracks to break out of my normal sad bastard vibe. Continuing my new vibe is Toronto based outfit Little Junior with their new song “Buzz Off”. Seriously, this track is just about as perfect you can get in the pop/punk genre while keeping a slight bit of edge to the sound. It’s like if Weezer still wrote good songs!
Little Junior will release new LP Hi on May 11th via Grand Jury Music.
We are approaching the weekend yet again, so why not ditch all that sad bastard music and jam to something that will make you move a bit? Hailing from the land down under, Blaire is just the band to put you in the mood with their new track “Smiling”. As evidenced by the name of the song, you’re sure to find yourself in a much better mood after listening to this song a few times. It reminds me quite a bit of ATH alums The Crookes or even a little bit Literature. Check it out now and enjoy the sunny, happy vibes.
On a nice and sunny Wednesday morning, why not find some music that matches the weather with this new track called “Everything is Off” from San Fran based duo Billy & Dolly. The song has a nice, bright feel to it with a little bit of an Americana pop lean. It sort of reminds me of a mixture between The Magic Numbers and Fruit Bats. As always, I suggest you simply listen to the song and create your own opinions. I’m sure you’ll find a lot to like.
Billy & Dolly will release Five Suns on June 8th via Shit Krystal Records.
Thought not mentioned much by us over the last several years, Gruff Rhys is one prolific dude who pumps out all kinds of art via music, film and even literature. Assuming all of you, or most of you, know the guy a bit, you won’t be surprised to find this new track “Frontier Man” is pretty typical of the style we know and love from Gruff. It is a bit more americana/folk than some of his previous efforts but that lyrical playfulness and extreme baritone voice are both still present. Ya dig.
Gruff Rhys will release new album Babelsberg on June 8th via Rough Trade Records.
Ah yes, couldn’t we all agree that 4 day weeks followed by 3 day weekends should be the social norm? As you struggle with this serious intellectual quandary, I suggest you check out this new track “Front Porch” from Brooklyn based band Good Looking Friends. It reminds me quite a bit of post rock band like Sparta, especially with the gritty and explosive vocals. If nothing else, it should certainly wake you up on this slow moving Monday.
Good Looking Friends will release Settle In, Decay on April 6th via Old Press Records.
Philadelphia’s own, No Thank You, will be releasing a new album called All it Takes to Ruin it All on April 6th and they have some new music to share in preparation for the LP. This new one is entitled “Dash” and features a nice play on slow build ups rising into ferocious and well timed choruses. The band could best be likened to a fellow female fronted band like Rainer Maria if they had a bit more bite and edge to their sound.
Pre-order the new album now via Lame-O Records.
If you’re in the mood for some feel good rock music, I’d suggest you check out this new track called “Christa” from Brooklyn based Las Rosas. It’s pretty straightforward indie rock with some great sounding guitars and a super tight mix. The band might be confused for early era Phoenix or even a little bit more of a guitar driven act like The Vaccines. Call it what you will, I dig it.
This track is currently available on a fancy pink 7″vinyl version you can buy now via Greenway Records. It will also appear as the lead single to the band’s new album entitled Shadow By Your Side due out May 11th.
Please stop me if you’ve heard this before, I have a special place in my heart for the post-rock/post-emo genre. What’s even more exciting for me is the resurgence of the genre with bands like TWIABP or Us and Only Us. What can I say, it was the turning point of “good music” for me back in the day and it’s stuck with me ever since. So consider me excited when I hear a song like “Fair” from Boston based band Animal Flag. It has the hot riff guitars, reserved vocals, and perfect explosions into ferocity from the slower moments of the song. YES.
You can hear this song and more on the band’s new album Void Ripper out April 13th on Flower Girl Records. Pre-order yeah?