It’s been a pretty awesome couple of months for Brazil’s The Perfect Needle; they’ve drenched several singles in dark atmospheric haze, and this is just the latest of those singles. There’s not too much info about the band, other than their country of origin, but both singles really have something to offer listeners. I’d be careful to listen to this track with the volume turned up too loud, as you’re likely to either bust your speakers or your eardrums. You’ve been warned folks.
Download:The Perfect Needle – Keep Out [MP3]
Yeah, this track surfaced on Friday, but what better way to start off on a Monday than by listening to the blissed out pop from The Mary Onettes. Their at work on their third LP, Hit the Waves (Labrador-March 2012), with changes in the music expected by the band; some of those changes are apparent in this first single. Sure, you can see the nostalgia remnants, but that hazy darkness birthed on their first self-titled LP seems a distant memory. Who knows where this will all end up, but I’m always glad to jam to a tune by these guys, so here you go. Happy Monday.
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Man, this band is ridiculously lovely. You know my affinity for all things indie pop, and lately, Cloudberry Records, so it’s no surprise that the Hamburg group, Tripping the Light Fantastic are making my indie pop day. They’ve got a single coming out on the label sometime soon, but my discovery allowed me to go back in time and revisit the group’s older work. It’s been awhile since they’ve put anything out, but if it sounds as good as this, that doesn’t matter. That opening jangle in the guitar building into the bright explosion of the vocals hooked me immediately, and I’m sure it’s going to be doing the same thing for you!
Download:Tripping the Light Fantastic – Heavy Heart [MP3]
Our friends over at Hardly Art have picked up a new artist that definitely adds more differentiation to their catalogue, Lost Animal. For me, this is unlike anything else on the label, with smoky vocals and carefully orchestrated songs being emphasized by various samples. It makes sense that the group has booked a few dates with Spiritualized. The song below comes across like an old Brit-pop crooner re-imagined to win over fans in the new world. If you enjoy what you hear, look for the band’s album, Ex Tropical, to come out in stores on January 29th.
Download:Lost Animal – Say No To Thugs [MP3]
One of the main reasons I love K Records is the way they’ve consistently approached the music industry; the other thing I appreciate are artists like The Curious Mystery. The group is releasing their Be Still 7″ on the label on January 22nd, and I’m adoring this first taste of the upcoming release. As the song rolls along, the vocals from Shana Cleveland really start to weave their way into your heart. Everything about this track is perfect, from the harmony that runs throughout to those previously mentioned vocals. Definitely something we all need to be on the lookout for!
Download:The Curious Mystery – Be Still [MP3]
It’s that time of year when we start to get a sneak peak at how our 2013 is going to shape up, and it’s looking like a good year already. Aly Spaltro and her project Lady Lamb the Beekeeper are definitely on my list, especially now that Ba Da Bing have announced the release of her album, Ripley Pine, which comes out on February 19th. In a short time she’s garnered a lot of praise for her intimate performances, and her background story of a video store clerk turned songstress is sure to play into the narrative of her record. Enjoy the sample of good things to come.
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Okay, so this isn’t exactly a new jam; it’s from the Plateaus self-titled album that I raved about just a bit ago. But, they put this song out on the net yesterday, and it’s one of my favorite tunes from the record, so I had to have it up here on the net for you. While some of their songs are faster and grittier, this one’s got a bit of pop polish, which is where I first found my love for the band. There’s tons of punk rock and pop rock jams filled on their Art Fag Recordings debut LP, so if you pick it up now you’ll have plenty to sink your teeth into.
With a name like Beach Day, it would be safe to assume that a band would have some surfer boy/summertime vibes to their sound. Well these guys are going with the images and sounds their name conveys with songs that reinforce their namesake. This new tune “Walking on the Streets” is a 60s, motorcycle driving, hazy doo wop style number that evokes modern bands like Cults. It seems like a hot trend rolling through the indie music world and I’m totally cool with that.
This tune just came out yesterday via 7″ on Kanine Records.
Download: Beach Day – Walking on the Streets [MP3]
I’m not sure where my infatuation began with Holopaw, but I’ll claim myself as a devoted fan of the group, perhaps with their early work from Sub Pop and Isaac Brock…and their impossible to find third album. They’ve just joined up with Misra, who released a 7″ from the band, and will also be releasing Academy Songs Vol. 1 on January 15th (just before my birthday!). This is the B-Side from the 7″, representative of the band’s ability to move in and out of various musical spaces within the span of a single song. It’s always been something I’ve adored, not to mention the sound of Orth’s voice on everything they’ve done. Enjoy this one.
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It seems like ages ago that up and coming pop songstress Ash Reiter was here in Austin playing our SXSW garage party. We honestly haven’t heard much from the band since then, which is oh so sad, but imagine our joy when we got sent this new jam “I’ve Got Something I Can Laugh About”. It’s a heartwarming tune that’s reminding me why we booked the band to play that show a few years ago. It’s dreamy and sunny, all the while being a nice breath of fresh air in the ATH offices.
A new LP entitled HOLA is coming out November 30th on 20 Sided Records.
Download: Ash Reiter – I’ve Got Something I Can Laugh About [MP3]