Forgive me if you’ve already heard this, but Jenny Hval has just announced a new EP and shared a tune off of that forthcoming release. Maybe I’m still reeling from the new age jazz that I experienced the other night by watching King Krule’s set at Emo’s, but “Spells” has certainly struck a chord with me that I felt was somehow missing in the past with Jenny Hval’s tunes. The moment you press play on the track, you’re greeted with some sick saxophone, which continues on as a motif through the number and delightfully compliments Hval’s vocals. Completely enchanting, the number blossoms into a jazzy, trancelike blend of dream pop. Make sure you check it out below and stay tuned for more tracks from Jenny Hval on her way to the release ofThe Long Sleep EP.
We are approaching the weekend yet again, so why not ditch all that sad bastard music and jam to something that will make you move a bit? Hailing from the land down under, Blaire is just the band to put you in the mood with their new track “Smiling”. As evidenced by the name of the song, you’re sure to find yourself in a much better mood after listening to this song a few times. It reminds me quite a bit of ATH alums The Crookes or even a little bit Literature. Check it out now and enjoy the sunny, happy vibes.
There’s a new EP from Cool Sounds floating around today with a few tracks they had laying around after finishing up their second LP. I’d listen to this EP on the strength of the opener alone; I love the harmonies in the vocals, and the sax fits right into the vibe. And while I enjoy these four tracks, I’m stuck on the feels with the final tune, “Grudge.” While the pop sensibility is prevalent, the track almost wobbles due to the production, muddying up the polish and churning out an intoxicating mood that will have you spinning the track over and over. If these are the songs leftover from the sessions on LP 2, then we’re in for something brilliant. For now, enjoy these tunes.
You imagine folks get bored playing the same old sound, which is great for Wimps, as the band continue to evolve sonically. They’ve just recently announced they’ll be releasing Garbage People via Kill Rock Stars this summer, and our first listen still has the band brandishing their same frantic rock sound…though they’ve turned up the infectiousness quite a bit. Rachel’s voice naturally grabs the listener on this track while the guitar work pushes the song forward emphatically…and in the end it almost feels like we’re spinning out of control, until they settle in to close the song out. The new record will be released on July 13th, so mark your calendar for something fun!
If a moment of chill is what you’re after today, then you’ve come to the right place. “Allocate” from Damien Jurado is the five minutes of the day where you just turn the volume up and tune it all out. First and foremost, the vocals are absolutely lovely–Jurado’s voice hits you like a cool breeze, but with the rich texture of the likes of M. Ward. They shine as the brightest aspect of the track as they spin a tale, but they’re richly held together by the slow moving instrumentation. You also get this undercurrent of strings, which adds a welcome layer of nostalgia and wistfulness to the number. This track is taken from Damien Jurado’s upcoming album,The Horizon Just Laughed, which will be out May 4.
Nu.mberwere one of the group’s high on my list of anticipated acts this past SXSW, and I was able to catch them on several occasions. Those performances were solid, albeit a bit noisy, and in that, we turn to the recorded material where you can hear just a slight bit more of the band’s nuance. For instance, on this new single, you can hear little textured layering of keyboards working behind the drum, almost crafting an atmospheric wash while the song pushes forward. It’s a brooding bit, definitely giving care to the melodic structure, and the backing vocal is perfectly placed to enhance the listening. The band will drop Goodbye on May 25th via Felte.
In exactly one month, you’ll all be able to get your hands on the new LP from Austin’s Thanks Light, but before we get you there, we’re here to share one of the singles off the record. This number has this innate bounce to it, particularly during the verses as the guitars give off a bit of a shuffling chugga-chugga. Personally, I like some of the spaces between verses, where the guitars seem to crest and fall down as the cymbals crash in your speakers. Another Austin band with a knack for writing catch pop rock tunes; look for Terrifire on May 11th via Enjoy Ears Records.
On a nice and sunny Wednesday morning, why not find some music that matches the weather with this new track called “Everything is Off” from San Fran based duo Billy & Dolly. The song has a nice, bright feel to it with a little bit of an Americana pop lean. It sort of reminds me of a mixture between The Magic Numbers and Fruit Bats. As always, I suggest you simply listen to the song and create your own opinions. I’m sure you’ll find a lot to like.
From time to time you get struck by something special, something that comes back for you time and time again, which is precisely the case with this brand new number from Indridi. He opens the space through the first minute with careful plucking over a distant ring, setting a mood for solitude. His vocals enter the picture, with varying emphasis on pronounced syllables; it almost comes across as broken, giving the impression of a fragile narrator. Seemingly, the tune builds and builds, but there’s a quiet restraint rather than a forced barrage of noise; it’s thoughtful in the best way, fading out of your mind ever so gently. Look for his new album, Ding Ding, via figureeight on May 18th.
I’m really digging Michael Rault‘s new work as of late, particularly this brand new single. In the past, I was most impressed by his songwriting and talent…in regards to guitar. This round, it’s all about the way he’s polished that voice to be as impactful in the songwriting as his guitar work. From start to finish this tune is like a soft lounge tune, relaxed in presentation and in the vibes it gives the listener. Just a stellar bit of pop songwriting that hopefully brings more fans his way; look for his new LP It’s a New Day Tonight via Wick Records on May 18th.