Fridays should always start with a band, a rocker of sorts, so let us turn you onto Bloods, the hottest pop punkers in Sydney who celebrate the release of their Seattle EP today by dropping this bad ass video. Singer MC dedicates the song to all women out there who stand in the face of expectations and carve out their own path. The video’s vibrant and fun, with a nostalgic bent of the 90s (I mean, that Silverchair record ruled!), which should be no surprise considering the group’s dedicated their album title to the home of the 90s alternative scene. Their EP is out today via Share It Music, so turn it up and have some fun.
On a fairly gloomy Friday morning, this new song called “Birds” from Oslo based artist Simen Mitlid seems to be the perfect song for me today. Though it may come across as a strictly somber tune, it also features some brightness with atmospheric harmonies and clean guitars. Really this is a beautifully crafted song akin to something along the lines of older A.A. Bondy or Iron & Wine. Exactly what I needed to hear this morning.
This track will be the title track on an album of the same name coming out in the fall of 2020.
While I admittedly am struggling with a lot of mellow vibes during quarantine, the artistic vision of the lates RG Lowe single allowed me to immerse myself in the thematic elements, allowing the song to be slowly absorbed. While the video continues with Lowe’s themes of sensuality and physicality that run through his newest release Life of the Body, there’s more of a delicate structure to the song itself. It seems fitting that one of the core members of Balmorhea would craft such a tune; part of the song’s majesty revolves around the space in the track, with strummed guitar and voice over a light piano, it truly becomes like this ornate moment. As a connoisseur of ten second pop moments, I think the swell from 2:15 to 2:25 is quite special…as if the song needed anything more. Life of the Body is out May 22nd via Western Vinyl.
I think Chelsea Wolfe might be one of the more underrated songwriters out there these days, and this time out, she’s working with friend (and drummer) Jess Gowrie to build a new sound under Mrs. Piss. Immediately its riff heavy, howling at you before anything else even comes into play. Of course, Gowrie soon enters with her powerful drum work, allowing the vocals to alternate between softly spoken-word and spiritual scream. It’s this haunting hit hurdling towards your ears, and despite the fact that its much more of a rock song, it still feels like its 100% Wolfe. Really excited to see what these two come up with on their debut Self Surgery, out May 29th via Sargent House. You can catch another track HERE.
If you’ve got two minutes to spare, you wouldn’t possibly find a better way to spend them today than listening to the fuzzy bop of Boyracer‘s latest single from their forthcoming On a Promise. Every time I listen to the band, I can’t help but make comparison’s to the Wedding Present; I’m sure Stew would hate to hear that. But, just take that great guitar work and really build on the pop sensibility, and that’s what you get here; there’s a certain driving ferocity, though this has a huge bounce to it from the rhythm section…and that horn was a really nice touch. Guitar pop’s supposed to have a hook and this bunch is full of them. Stay tuned for On a Promise to drop on June 5th via Emotional Response.
I’m always digging on what Jade Imagine is working on, and this new single from the band is probably one of my favorites from their forthcoming EP, You Remind Me of Something I Lost. There’s a steady rhythm section that helps keep the ship steered straight on this one, with the guitar lines sort of fading in and out of the mix, shimmering here, evaporating there. Jade McInally’s voice meanders through the paths of dreamy pop with this cool indifference, seemingly shrugging off whatever surrounds her as she veers to song towards its melodic best. Their new EP will be officially out on June 5th.
Dead Parties is the work of Etienne Mamo, who has also plays in the New Black; he’s currently relocated form his native Australia to Spain, where he’s rocking his solo work like the below single. There’s some psychedelic fuzz around the corners, which, of course, I’m digging on, though I’ll admit that there’s this really great pop sensibility that rides through the core of the song that drew me in initially. It’s kind of like a chugging power-pop tune with hints of psychedelic haze. It’s a good little rocking tune, and for me, a great introduction to Dead Parties…perhaps its the same for you…or so I hope.
This Friday, Portland band CHAD will be dropping their sophomore release, Good Talk EP. Before you get a chance to dip your toes in the full EP, we wanted you to sample a little of the sweet sounds crafted for the release. Sarah Lane’s vote is as captivating as ever, almost manipulating the song with her voice; the synth work seems to move around the rise and fall of her notes. There’s a slightly ominous texture entering in the song’s back end, though ultimately you get this thoughtful dreaminess that pervades through the 3 minutes. Look for Good Talk this Friday!
Over the last year or so, London based group Honey Lung has quickly been moving quite a few songs into year end lists and various other playlists of mine. Yet again I feel like the guys deliver another real slam dunk in the indie rock genre with this new single called “Big”. I absolutely love the intricate and dueling guitar work on this track. All of the separate parts blend into each other effortlessly and offer the listener a fantastic piece of music.
Honey Lung will release a new EP entitled Post Modern Motorcade Music on May 29th via Big Scary Monsters.
A few months ago when I first was introduced to Orpine, I raved about their first big single “Sondern;” it’s still one of my favorite singles from this year, hands down. At first, their latest release seems likes its sort of plodding along, and that’s fair, though I beg you to exhibit some patience in your life…not like we got much else to do. Eventually Oliver and Eleanor creep into the picture, though Oliver seems to be the dominant force on this number. As the track builds slowly, you reach a point where the duo offer the sublime; the edges start to shimmer and cymbals build as an angelic chorus seems to surround Oliver’s voice lifting us all to the song’s end. If you’ve waited this far, you’ll surely be rewarded, especially if you grab Grown Ungrown this Friday via Heist or Hit.