We’ve already alerted you to the forthcoming LP from Chorusgirl, and the band have shared yet another reason to get swept up in their sound. The band had Ruth Barrett craft 2500 cardboard pieces for the stop-animation video, with the colors matching those of the band’s newest album. While I love the video, be sure to give attention to the song; it’s one of those tunes that is sure to turn heads no matter what you’re into. It’s poppy and anthemic, yet filled with artistry that shows the group at the top of their songwriting game. Shimmer and Spin is out on November 16th via Reckless Yes Records.
It might be hard for Jen K. Wilson to to escape those Stereolab comparisons with her Buildings and Food project. But, if you put that all aside, neglect your cool points and immerse yourself below, you will be rewarded. This tune has this plodding electronic from the get-go, shifting and moving before Wilson’s voice comes in over another layer of electronics. Personally, I like the delivery, almost as if the words were dropped into thin air emphatically. It’s all highlighted, too, by some exceptional cymbal work that builds in some extra artistry. People always reference tunes that entrance them, and this is precisely what I envision; look for Quick Beat Save on November 2nd via Number F Records.
Hollow Hand might not be on your radar yet, but tomorrow the band releases their debut album Star Chamber. Below you can sample one of the standout tracks, and it should definitely register that this is something to keep an eye on going forward. At times, you get this Grateful Dead meets Beatles vibe, but then the guitar stylings offer a glimpse of Riley Walker or the like, giving this perfect balance between what’s old and new. When they hit that “every summer time” line in the chorus, I swoon a little. So, if your into it, look for the new LP courtesy of Talkshow Records.
Tiny Ruins, the project of Hollie Fullbrook, is ready to share its third album, this time with Ba Da Bing as its home. The first single we get is, as we expected, pure excellence. Hollie’s voice rises up and down, changing registers, moving in and out, almost as if it was meant to haunt your ears. Perhaps that emotion stems from the details in the accompanying music, whether it be the work of the guitar, layered strings, or the percussive elements that bubble to the top of the mix. Fullbrook stars in the video, a lone figure walking through nature…a clip perfectly fit for this track. Olympic Girls will be out February 1st of 2019.
I’m fairly new to the Miss Rayon scene, though I’ve definitely listened to various members in other outfits. I’m digging this new single, part shimmering indie rock, part danceable rock number. I love the discordant guitars knifing in and out of the tune, while the trio throw their vocals together in unison to sort of craft some post-punk seance. The great thing, for my two cents, is that you can’t really pigeonhole the group; sure, there are various nods, but nothing pure, so who knows what we’ll get when the drop their new LP. Eclipse drops on November 16th via XRAY Records.
It seems that all over the world people are jamming to those jangling guitars and smooth harmonies that make us swoon…and Jigsaw Records is helping educate me (and others, I hope) on the indiepop scene over in Indonesia. The first of two releases from the area is the new LP from Sharesprings titled Paraparlor; they sound exactly like you’d want them to if you were into indiepop in any way. The other release is from Kaveh Kanes (which I always wondered if that was a GoBetweens reference), offering up the band’s second full-length, Loanwords. They employ similar dreamy guitar work, though there songs seem softer to a degree, blanketing the listener in pop music. Both releases are available, so go and grab ’em while their hot.
Shogun is no stranger to the ATH team, as he was the frontman of the now defunct Royal Headache. His liver performances and remarkable voice were personal favorites, so I’m excited to hear what’s to come from Shogun and the Sheets, his new band. Listening to these two new tunes has me excited, as his voice is this huge focal point; he always walks the line between pure soulfulness and shattered humanity…the best sort of sound. But, that success also relies upon his backing band, who, based on these tunes, do an excellent job surrounding that powerful voice. You can hear both songs digitally today, with a 7″ coming in November courtesy of What’s Your Rupture.
If you’re not part of Slumberland Subscritption Series, you’re in luck, as the label ran a few extra copies of the new 7″ from The Suncharms (and Rat Columns too). Today I want you to give about 5 minutes of your time to the video version of that B-side, which, personally, is probably my favorite of the two tunes. The video is shot in black and white, and mostly comes across as a performance video. But, you ask why I love it? For starters, I adore the scuzzy guitar vibe, heavy yet brimming with these pop melodies through the crackling of my speakers. Take that sound and the video imagery, and things look glum, until you give into the seductive powers of Marcus Palmer’s voice; though deep, it carries this natural kindness. Get a copy over HERE.
Twain had one hell of a year thus far, and it looks like he aims to take the same approach to world domination in 2019. Today he announces a double-EP for Keeled Scales, schedule to drop in January. I love the way he just casually strolls into this song, carefully picked notes, twinkling piano and a stomping tambourine of sorts. For a minute you’re enraptured, spinning in the melody, until the piano comes in a bit more emphatically, adding just the slightest bit of a gallop to the tune. There’s even some sort of lo-fi vocal yelps jumping in and out in the song’s second half. Pretty sure at this point, he can’t write a bad tune. We’ll know more when the new release drops in January.
We often get carried away in the hype of the music biz, but one thing that Bones Garage reminds me is that there’s always been a voice inside of us all, waiting to break free. Interestingly, this Tel Aviv outfit is doing so by offering up dreamy pop from one of the darker region’s of the world. The jangling guitar seems to maneuver in and out of the mix, allowing for various points of focus; I’m partial to the energetic spruce that hits just after 2:30. Ariel Pedatzur owns the song with her distinctive vocal performance too, dragging out syllables where needed, though always with a charmed touch of the angelic. The group will be releasing Oi Ma Yeah later this year, so feel free to fall in love now.