Sunnsetter Drops New Single

Ontario based outfit Sunnsetter released a stunner of an LP last year called The best that i can be. which was one of my favorite spins in 2023. After such a unique and emotional release, one might think you’d see some sort of break or drop off in the new year, but no, new music is again forthcoming! This new single “I Actually Don’t Wanna Die” released yesterday and features an emotive sonic experience full of both down trodden moments paired with bits of joy and hope. I love it. This single comes by way of the legends Paper Bag Records.

Conflict at Serenity Pools Preps Lemon Fiction

As a lot of sounds grow homogenous, I continue to seek out the cracks in the songs that make things personal and endearing, like this new tune from . You could easily line it up against a Joyer or Horse Jumper of Love, though the nuanced noise that echoes faintly behind the verses here is what’s ultimately charming; it’s accomplished without a complete nod towards walls of feedback, offered up more as an accent rug in the living room of the song. And the band’s going to offer up gentle overlapping melodies in the vocals? Well, duh; I’m in! Look for the Lemon Fiction EP on May 8th.

Winter Announces New EP

When I listen to this new single from Winter, I continue to be impressed by both the growth and willingness to push the songwriting process. It seemed like just yesterday when the Daydreaming EP dropped and we had another great guitar pop band on the scene…but that was a decade ago. Now, Samira Winter is taking some of the touchstones from What Kind of Blue Are You and completely diving into the world of down-tempo trip-hop…and I’m completely here for it. Entering the groove with spoken lyrics, you get to hear the anxiety build with these darkened piano tones, setting up the ringing of the guitar as the atmosphere closes in around your ears. It brings in something nostalgic and yet refreshing, particularly when I consider how far the songwriter has come from the early days. The new …She’s Still Listening EP will be out on May 24th.

New Video from Way Dynamic

If you keep an eye on the Aussie music scene, you might recognize the name Dylan Young; he plays in Good Morning, Snowy Band and Cool Sounds…all bands we’ve covered. But, today is his day, as he’s just recently put up a video for his springy new single under his Way Dynamic moniker. For the verses, he certainly owes a debt to Garcia/Hunter, as the track has that classic folk styling that toes the line between rock and traditional blues. Inside the confines of the tune, however, the track doesn’t pay full allegiance to the straight-and-narrow, working some slide guitar and clarinet solos into the picture to give the textured bulk here. This song appears on the follow up to So Familiar; Spoilsport/Earth Libraries will release Duck on June 7th.

Martha Rose Offers Subtle Club Hit

As I see my summer break on the horizon, I’m anticipating late nights dancing about my house as my kids/wife sleep, but you’ve got to have the perfect soundtrack, right? Think I’m going to slide this Martha Rose hit into the mix, as there’s just something smooth and silky about the production that slides right up next to you and spins you onto the dance floor. It’s not over-indulging in the beat, so you can take pleasure in Rose’s voice even as there’s a primal urge to move in step with the synthetic notes echoing around the room. If you’re into this, slide right next to Close to Close, the new LP dropping on May 31st.

Good Looks – Self Destructor Video

As you wake up this morning, please do yourself a favor and spend some time with the new video/single from Good Looks that dropped yesterday afternoon. If anything, you should be rooting for the band to find success with Lived Here for a While, especially when you look at the last few years (exploding vans/head injuries). Still, if the first single wasn’t a warning shot, this new track only solidifies my opinion that the band are in the form of their lives; their sound is tight as ever (especially live), and they’re packing a huge bit of bite from Jake’s guitar work while Tyler’s offering up some of his most scathing pop lyrics to date. Hoping this is the start of a new chapter where hard work, good people and good songs finally take off. Grab a copy of Lived Here for a While from Keeled Scales before the June 7th release date.

Dirty Nice Drop Two New Singles

Lisbon based musicians Dirty Nice have been making a name for themselves over the last few years with some catchy tunes paired with wacky animations and merchandising. What sometimes can get lost behind all of the promotions and cartoons is that the band can truly right one hell of a fun song. Take this new one “Like Best Friends” as an example of their expert craft. Production is high, energy is even higher, and the tune unlocks joy in a simple, yet still exciting way.

After you check out the new video below, have a listen to the second new single dropped today, “Fine For Now”, over on Spotify.

Been Stellar Share Sweet Video

I’m diving into two straight days of administering standardized state tests, so I need a bit of balance in my life, which is why I was drawn towards this fresh Been Stellar track. Musically, it has this abrasiveness that faintly hints at the melodic core the band will bring into the folk, sort of like running your hand across a well-worn sheet of sandpaper. When those vocals enter, they tiptoe into the frame, careful not to disrupt the discordant chaos, and that’s where I fell for it, as they tightrope between angst and comfort…allowing the listener to embrace both sides as you sink into the jangling riffs in the distance. This tune appears on Scream from New York, NY, out on June 14th via Dirty Hit.

This Is Lorelei Share I’m All Fucked Up

Box for Buddy, Box for Star should certainly be on your radar as a pop rock masterpiece to jumpstart your summer, and today, you get to hear another tune from This Is Lorelei. There’s something in the song that seems to adapt to more traditional pop rock fare, with a driving rhythm that pushes the song along as a heavy strum holds it up with support. Two distinctive vocals run through the tune, with a heavier storyteller working the narrative of the verses; the chorus offers a softer tone to sprinkle in just a bit of gentle quality that soothes the whole of the track. The new LP drops on June 14th via Double Double Whammy.

Variety Offer Valentine Single

Clearly we’re big supporters of Variety, and they quickly threw up a new track the other day, which originated with another Austin act, Exercise. While the song’s technically a cover, the original version has never been released, so all we get to hear is the version below, offering a glimpse at where we might see Variety going as they finish up their debut LP. I love the way the rhythm guitar seems to crawl through the background, walking its way through the crashing of cymbals, whilst matching step for step the vocals from Rhys Woodruff. Ooh…and little string touches at the end? What a rad touch to this jam. Play it please!

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