Suggested Album Streams: Always You + Wojtek the Bear

It’s new release Friday, and I know some of you just want to know what you should be listening to, right? Well, luckily, I’ve got a few suggestions before I head into the oral surgeon in about 30 minutes so he can remove teeth.

Always YouBloom Off the Rose – I’ve covered most of the singles form this release, and been a fan of the Hochheim brothers when they were Ablebody, so obviously this gets my backing here. It’s a pleasant brand of dream pop meets indie pop, taking light jangles, warping them into these little seductive ear worms that wash over you. Out today via Shelflife and Discos de Kirlian.

Wojtek the BearHeaven by the Back Door – This is the latest release from Last Night from Glasgow, and once you immerse yourself in this record, you’ll clearly hear why. There are moments when this record sounds like a more orchestral Arab Strap, and other times when it very much feels like Belle and Sebastian, and as far as I’m concerned, those are great footsteps to be following along. Spend some time here and you’ll be rewarded.

John MayerSob Rock – Admittedly, I don’t know anything about this record, but felt like you needed a curveball, something to be like WTF, why is this here. Well, everyone loves John Mayer; he can play a mean guitar. I haven’t even listened, but I know it rips.


Always You Share Have It Your Way

This Friday we’ll finally get to hear the whole of the new LP from Always You, the band led by the Hochheim brothers, and formerly known as Ablebody. Before we get there, we’ve got one last listen to tease our tastebuds; this one’s sort of a lounge dream pop tune. Guitars and atmospherics create this green screen backdrop of smooth listening, allowing for the sedate nature of the vocals to billow through your speakers, washing over you like a warm rain. You even get a nice little sax solo to sort of up the smooth pop approach of this number. Bloom Off the Rose is out this Friday course of Shelflife and Discos de Kirlian. Also. This song is in no way affiliated with Burger King. So I’ve been told.

Bops of the Week: June 21 – 25

Pardon me for slow-rolling out of bed today, but this is the first official day of summer for this teacher here, so I figured I’d amble about with a little less speed today. So, here we are friends, the review of last week’s hits. We’ve got new tunes from Always You and Damon & Naomi, as well as a little local love for our friend Abram Shook, plus you get new Massage and Flowertown records offering up some hits in there too! Personally, I’m going to encourage yo to partake in the slow burn of Sungaze and Slow Rosary. If you’re looking to ease into your day, no better way than this bunch of bops!

Always You Share Crimson Red Video

Looks like today’s a very easy indiepop listening sort of day, which is never a bad thing in my opinion; I’m following up that Geoffrey O’Connor tune with the latest from Always You. Oddly, the video (like O’Connor’s) also features a rose, though I suppose that’s tied to the song’s title. But, enough of that. This song’s all about the piano/keys build the song’s backbone; it allows the steady beat to give pace while encouraging billowing atmospherics to wash over the vocals. Speaking of the voice, they’ve got this melodic haze, a sort of fog machine of warmth and pleasantries indicative of the promise that the band’s forthcoming Bloom Off the Rose seems to be setting up; it’s out on July 16th via Shelflife/Discos de Kirlian.

Always You Announce Bloom Off The Rose

We couldn’t be more excited for the debut album from Always You, the new band featuring the Hochheim brothers (Ablebody, PoBPaH, etc). We’ve heard a few of the hits coming from the debut album, but today that all comes together with an official announcement and release date! I love the twinkling synths and guitar working over that bubbling rhythm section from the get-go; it sets up the mood to play just on the edge of dance-worthy. That pulse works great to set up the creative croon of the vocals, with added bonus points going to the light backing vocals that work their way into this tune during the chorus. Interestingly, the song, while maintaining this great feathery pop quality seems to hang out on the edge of the dance floor; it sort of toys with you, unsure if you’re tapping your toes or grabbing your bestie and flailing about. Bloom Off the Rose drops on July 16th via Shelflife and Discos de Kirlian.

Ablebody Changes Name to Always You, Drop Hold Out Single

It’s been about five years since we’ve heard from Ablebody, but in the interim, the band have been hard at work with new tunes…and a new name! The band, led by the Hochheim brothers, has formerly changed their name to Always You, then jumped right back into things with a new single courtesy of Shelflife Records. The tune’s offering is a bit of distance from the band’s indiepop inclinations, giving us a slightly elevated vibe; it’s almost like they’re offering up a really slow burning brand of pop, something that whets your appetite for what’s to come later. The vocals turn over and over in your mind, melodically drifting in a sort of dreamy trance-inducing fashion while the musical background just lounges, relaxing your soul. Nice to have this group back up and in the mix!