Deathsport Share End of the World

I definitely remember being a young tween and realizing I wasn’t quite like my peers; they were devouring Nirvana and the like, and I was at home listening to my sister’s New Order and Cure tapes. They offered this electronic pulse and warmth that I clung to, at least for a few more years. Why does this matter? Well, if you listen to the new single from Germany’s Deathsport, you’re going to get that sentiment perfectly. It has this driving groove that locks you into dance moves, though like Republic-era New Order, there’s really feathered vocals, bordering on pure pop madness. Motorik beats and swirling dreamscapes abound, and all of it is destined to find a home inside your brain. They’ll release their Problem EP on August 16th.

Webb Chapel Share Springtime Single

There’s still a thrill when a song pulls you under, tossing and turning you over and over until you crest and the song unrolls before you, like this new single from Webb Chapel. Nearly a minute is spent mixing textures and noise, then angular guitars rip through the speakers, almost operating as a rhythmic pulse that feels harrowing, despite its pop nods. In the group approach, those guitars seem like they’re meant to be the sure-footing for bassist Rachel Gordon’s distant voice; those vocals almost seem afraid of the front of the mix, hiding behind until a startling growl is unleashed. The group will release their new LP, World Cup, on September 6th via Strange Mono Records.

Squirrel Shares Beach House Single

Squirrel continues to operate as an outsider in the indie realm, mostly concerned with writing great pop tunes from the left of the dial. Every time I hear a new track, there’s some new element being incorporated, stretching the limitations of bedroom pop projects. For instance, this tune operates as a sunny blend of surf pop, sort of like a sandy beach oriented version of early Animal Collective; it’s playful and yet not quite perfect, doubling down on the elements that captivate. This tune even brings in some violin work, building in more texture that allows the track to brim with charm. New album, Supersonic Summertime, drops on July 30th.

Otis Shanty Share Why Do I Care + Announce Up on the Hill

If you’re looking for a new act to tie to your ship, might we encourage you to check in with Boston’s Otis Shanty. The group are set to release their debut album this September, having dropped an EP this past year, and already you can tell how much they’ve grown here. Beginning with this angelic guitar line that seems to fall from the skies, the track quickly moves into offer up the sprawling vocal work of Sadye Bobbette; things seem fairly safe here, but the group throws in some little flares from time to time, illustrating their willingness to mix in various flavors. You’ll hear that in the chorus, blossoming, but then it moves into a sharper drum beat that employs fast cymbal snaps to give the rhythmic push that accelerates the song’s pace. Twist and turn, and back again, you’ll be mesmerized at the freshness amidst the familiarity. Up on the Hill is out September 20th via Relief Map Records.

A Place to Bury Strangers Announce Synthesizer

This year we’ve seen a slew of singles coming from A Place to Bury Strangers, so it should be no surprise to folks that there’s a new album on the way, titled Synthesizer. Opening with this screeching guitar, you can hear the band drive into the realms of swirling-twirling noise, but beneath that, you hear a charing drum pattern, setting the backbone for what’s coming your way. Wailing walls of noise shatter through the space, but the vocals hang heavy in the midst of it all, shouldering the slight hint at melody as the song churns out discord in magnificent fashion. By pressing play you’ll find yourself straddling the world of danceable rhythms and waves of experimental noise, and you’ll thank us for it later. Synthesizer is out on October 4th through Dedstrange.

Molchat Doma Announce Belaya Polosa

Not quite sure about any of the words going on in this new Molchat Doma tune, but the Belarusian post-punk outfit have crafted one of the most striking opening minutes of the summer…if you’re asking me (and maybe B. Gray). That pulsating beat is infectious, and I’m almost a little disappointed in the actor in the video as he should be hitting it so much harder when that drum starts thumping. Those sharp synth notes stabbing in just completely rocked my world, and I couldn’t find a way to get them out from under my skin. When the vocals finally come in, they seem almost seem like some monk’s choir, meant to haunt from some distant abbey in a land far away. Pulsating and other worldly, this tune rips for sure. Belaya Polosa is out September 6th via Sacred Bones Records.

Lunar Vacation Release Sick Video

The video is sick, but it’s also “Sick,” so be sure we don’t get those sentiments confused when talking about the great new Lunar Vacation track. For my meaningless two-cents, this is the band taking the modern indie rock sound and stretching it a bit beyond; I love how the vocals just feel casual, as if they’re in no rush to really deliver the hooks. The space behind Gep’s voice feels a bit more dangerous than one might expect, which bodes well for the tune (and the album) as you can gravitate towards that bit of and edge while still being swept up in the emotional power. When they briefly break it all down at the two minute mark, you’re in for a nice little 10 second treat that’ll keep you circling back for your fix (and that dreamy fade out–this song has it all). Everything Matters, Everything’s Fire is out on September 13th via Keeled Scales.

Phantom Handshakes Share Dusk Enchanted Visualizer

Avowed Phantom Handshakes fan over here, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the whole of their new record, but for now I’ll do with another tasty tease. “Dusk Enchanted” is one of those tunes that completely captures the song’s title in its sentiment. Heavy guitar tones weave the pattern here, providing the element of darkness as it creeps into the sky; you’ll find that feeling creeping into your room too as the song begins to unfold. Federica’s voice, however, captures the whole of the fading light, sparkling as the last remnant of the sun before we settle into the night. And through it all, the melody is wholly intoxicating, and you won’t be able to pull yourself away from this beautiful number. Sirens at Golden Hour is out on August 21st.

Alan Sparhawk Returns with White Roses, My God

Alan Sparhawk has been hinting at a new release on his socials for weeks, and we’re finally able to hear what he’s been working on for the release of White Roses, My God. Always shapeshifting in Low, Sparhawk here dives deep into electronica, evading proper vocals in favor of effects to create a more industrial, cold nature. Perhaps all of this is due to “a record borne of grief,” but even in that realm, Alan manages to build something thundering and powerful, though with that, those heavy synth notes do feel like anxiety is being piled upon the listener/artists. Definitely intrigued to see where the whole of White Roses, My God will take us; it drops September 27th via Sub Pop.

Pocket Full of Crumbs Drop In My Hands I Hold a Lucky Cricket

Another week and another great track from San Francisco and Cherub Dream Records. First, I’d like to applaud CDR for dropping releases on old school Tuesdays; I hate Friday drop dates for albums. Now…the below song from Pocket Full of Crumbs offers the perfect blend of slacker ethos and grungy vibes that rattle the speakers upon pressing play, which is a lot of what you’re going to expect when you press play on In My Hands I Hold a Lucky Cricket. Those of us inclined to love crashing discord will certainly hear the appeal, while the vocals settle you down; it’s like a scene where the vocals are the kid on the couch while the rest of the world swirls and moves in double speed around them. Loving this jam, so crank it up and stream the whole LP.

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