Western Vinyl will be releasing the debut album from Lean Year this Friday, and they encouraged us to drop one last tune in your lap today before its release. I think the structure of the song is one of the reason’s that the album is so intriguing. The negative space is filled with very careful samples, occasionally bubbling up to create atmospherics while a string is lightly plucked. Emilie Rex, for her part, does her best to enchant the listener with her delivery often hanging on the last gasp of varying notes. Just a slight build at the end before we fade out, and into Friday, where you’ll grab the LP at your local shop.
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Y’all– it’s almost here. This weekend and next weekend are set to be a riotous amount of fun and shenanigans at the 2017 Austin City Limits music fest at Zilker
Admittedly, all the huge buzz leaks out as all the kids party on Weekend One, so attending Weekend Two for the first time, I was curious as to whether or not it could keep the same vibe from its predecessor. Surprisingly, the fest didn’t seem to miss a beat.
We have photos from around the grounds, randoms and portraits, friends and colleagues, bootlickers and signs. We also have plenty of notes rehashing last week’s favorites and highlighting the changes, so read on for highlights.
One of my favorite releases this year is Corduroy in Italy, the debut LP from Romantic States. The duo magically created this blend of dreamy indiepop, all the while holding onto a cool little edge. Today we’re bringing you a brand new video from standout track “Young Love.” The video takes a bunch of still images, lets them fade in and out of your vision. The song, however, is a gem. It takes on this slow croon, and you’re listening, thinking “this is pleasant.” Then the distortion rolls out like a wave receding from the shore, unleashing my favorite chorus piece on the record. The LP is available now from Gentle Reminder.
Slow jams are where it’s at, especially as the weather calms and we move into the Winter. Today, this Benjamin Jones tune is really doing it for me, especially with the mellow opening moments, coating the drums and piano in Jones delicate voice. Through the track’s progression, the percussive elements pick up, though the song’s mood never really seems to deviate from the calm. This little number is going to be on a limited 7″ that’s being released via Plastic Jurassic on November 1st…but for now sit back and let the vibes wash over you.
We’re already converts of Winter, though it never hurts to have another gem of a tune thrown our way. This number has LA act Trabants working with Ms. Samira Winter, and together, they’ve crafted an indiepop tune that’ll bounce around your head for the day. I’m in love with how Samira’s voice is sitting back in the mix; it’s clearly the focus, but at times it gets wound up with everything else, creating that dreamy black hole I’ll gladly sink into. For now, just a one-off single, but what a great number nonetheless.
Who’s in the mood for a little brooding, post-punk goodness? If that sounds like your sort of bag, you’d be wise to check out this new single “Human Age” from Leeds based group FEHM. It reminds me quite a bit of ATH friends Girls Names if they somehow got even more gloomy and dark. And hot damn, those vocals are truly epic.
FEHM will release this track as part of a digital single release available October 27th. Pre-order here.
Last year during SXSW, a good friend from across the pond threw a wonderful party of Glaswegian acts; it was there that I first fell in love with what Spinning Coin were doing. We’re inching closer towards the release of the band’s debut, and as such, we’ve got an incredible tune for you. I think there’s a great nod to the sort of soft post punk that permeated indie record stores in the 1980s. There’s hooks, but they’re not overbearing. You’ll hear male/female vocals, though not kitsch. You just don’t hear tunes like this, sadly, as I could use a whole lot more; I’ll get it on November 10th when Permo drops via Domino.
For young acts, it’s really important to work your tail off; it’s hard to break through that door. Luckily the lads in Johnny Kills are truly dedicated, with a run of several singles over the last few months as they build their brand. Today they add another, and it’s a prime example of the group’s knack for creating a little bit of crunchy guitar rock, dipped in sugary hooks. There’s even some elements, whether intentional or not, that definitely harken to that old brand of Brit pop. Can they keep the pace up with this hitting making machine? Let’s hope so!
There are some artists you listen to on the reg, and your friends just look at you as if you’ve lost your mind. I felt like that with the early Mo Troper stuff, but I think you’re lost in the world if you can’t find anything redeemable in his new work. He’s got this distinctive voice, and while he stretches it here, it’s still quite endearing. Then take a ride on the pop sensibility he spins just at the 40 second mark, with the guitar blasting. Still, he knows how to pull it back into place, just teasing you with that emotional release. His new Exposure & Response LP will be released on November 17th via Good Cheer Records.
Skittle Alley has quietly been a huge part of my indiepop listening for some time, and thanks to IPSML for the heads-up on a brand new tune from the group. This song seems to take the airy guitar jangle and put it in cyclical motion, gently working atop what appears to be sampled percussive beats. But, while you think you have this track figured out, you’ll soon fine that the samples pick up pace, carrying a little energy into your speakers. Just don’t think that the charm established in the first minute will fade, as songwriting like this guarantees maximum charm until the end. Here’s holding out hope that this signals a great new release from the group in the near future.