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Holm Shares The Rope Single

I don’t know what it is about the latest tune from Yung frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjaer, aka Holm. There’s something that sounded so familiar in the opening minute, but the track kept kind of evolving, opening up these new layers that I couldn’t help but fawn over. There’s something in the chorus that reminds me a lot of Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington, so I kept diving in deeper to that moment, playing it again and again. But, I also hear bits of Brandon Flowers too in Mikkel’s voice, and you know what, it totally works. Plus, the guitar kind of dances all around the tune, jangling here, ringing out there, then breaking it all down as the track draws to a riotous close. Why Don’t You Dance is out January 28th via PNKSLM.

No Monster Club Drop Save the Circus

Irish outfit No Monster Club have a new record coming your way this year, and they open up that announcement with a really fun tune, trying to “save the circus” for us all! From the get-go, the tune introduces this jangling bounce, filling out the corners of the tune with little bits of horns before the vocals come into play. When those vocals do drop in, they dominate the tune, operating like a ringmaster, controlling everything about the track, even pushing the pace in step with the drums during the chorus. The band will be dropping deadbeat effervescent on February 11th via Emotional Response.

Sob Stories Announce New Album, Fair Shakes

Last we heard from Sob Stories, they were banging out a bunch of hooks on their eponymous EP, followed by a single here and there. Today, we’re stoked to let you know that you’re going to love rocking out to their new LP, Fair Shakes. Your first listen opens with a twisting guitar line before dropping you right into the stomping drive of punchy rock n’ roll; it’s forceful enough to give a nod to the snarling attitude of early punk, though sneaking into that chorus is where you find the hooks. The way that guitar sets up the melody feels like the band are channeling Tom Petty, though with a hard-hitting edge to them. Fair Shakes is going to be a solid LP, so be sure to grab it from Dandy Boy Records; it drops on March 14th.

Fortunato Durutti Marinetti Shares Feels Like

I’m really interested in what Fortunato Durutti Marinetti brings into the indie sphere, as he’s crafting music that certainly seems to stretch our expectations. His vocals and the folk/balladeer style definitely recall some of the more modern folk tendencies. But, that being said, the way he’s crafting it feels like he’s creating these little mini symphonies. This single below has great musical arrangements, and tons of open space for the song to sort of stretch out, focusing on the musical journey rather than just providing us with the immediacy we’re used to on our end of things. If you’re as intrigued as I am, perhaps grab Memory’s Fool from Bobo Integral before it drops on March 18th.

Intimate Tune From Spencer Hoffman

Spencer Hoffman is a young, up and coming musician who has spent the last 10 years in the SoCal music scene, most notably in the group Honyock. Coming into 2022, he has stepped out on his own with a new solo EP entitled A Flower From Behind coming out on February 25th via Park the Van Records. Prior to his release date, Hoffman has dropped this lovey tune called “Like a Bird” which gives off a strong, early Neil Young vibe with it’s twangy guitar and high pitched vocals. I think you’ll find it fits in well with our overcast winter days.

Blushing Drop the Fires Single

We’re not too far off from getting to hear the entirety of Possessions from our friends Blushing, but they keep teasing us along with these singles. The latest is built on this huge sonic cliff, raising the listener while the the vocals sail out; it’s like a black and white version of someone standing on the edge of the Hawksbill Crag, letting their voice flow over the Buffalo River below. But, not content to settle in one mode, the track actually builds heavier and heavier, pounding through your speakers as the band push towards the tune’s end. They’re at the top of their game, so grab the LP from Kanine Records before it sells out; it drops on February 18th.

Aika El Grupo Share New Single

Feel like the Winter time has a tendency to turn a bit mellow, so I want to make sure we’ve all got punchy pop to push our energy when we’re in a rut…so what better than Aiko El Grupo‘s new single! The tune’s just a frivolous blast of Spanish pop punk, full of this exuberance that I can’t believe they captured on tape; it reminds you in a lot of ways of Joanna Gruesome, without a care in the world. The drum beat will have you stomping, and the video will likely bring a slight grin to your face. If your day needs a kick in the pants, turn it up and have some fun.

Ari Roar Shares Honors Around, Drops Made to Never Use

Dallas’ Ari Roar has appeared quite a bit on our site, so with his latest release, Made to Never Use, dropping this last Friday, I wanted to be sure that we gave the LP a little shout out. His work on this new record reminds me a lot of Albert Hammond Jr, focusing on sharp guitar pop with really solid melodic work that just makes you feel like life could get a little bit better. I love how the song begins to kind of roll in the chorus, like this Texas storm quickly blowing through with a burst of catchy pop before steadying itself and riding off into the sunset. Give a listen, won’t you.

Good Grief Share How Can I Help Falling in Love

If you’ve not got Good Grief on your radar, might I suggest saving a quick 3 minutes of your day to be sure you have time to jam out. The Liverpool trio are playing this fuzzy guitar pop that lands somewhere between 90s college rock and power-pop, with a little sprinkle of pop-punk/emo thrown in for good measure. Dissonant guitars open before letting the song bound away on this bouncing rhythmic line; the guitars jump in, sharply adding layers to the bop, while the vocals operate as if they’re calling you to arms. For me, it’s all about that chorus though, tossing in a sweet melodic note that gets ushered through real quick thanks to the rushing guitar line. If you love it, and you do, then you’ll want to grab Shake Your Faith, out March 18th via HHBTM and Everything Sucks Music.

Loops & Loops Share Just Be You

I’m not sure whether its Peter Bogolub’s songwriting, or the thematic nature of this tune that hits home to a middle school teacher, but the latest from Loops & Loops is definitely a special ditty. I love how you almost immediately get access to the emotional portal that’s built in the strumming of guitars. Plus, there’s this atmospheric push from the background that seems to carry the heavy-weighted vocal notes, lifting them to the top of the mix so you can devour them as little pieces of delightful ear candy. If ever there was a song that taught you just to love yourself as you are, well, I hope its this one because it absolutely rules.

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