Okay, so I slept on this one over the weekend; I completely regret not sharing it with you earlier. Instead, I’ve been bouncing around my living room just letting this angular post pop music from Lunch Lady get stuck deep in the caverns of my mind. The rhythm section starts the show, giving off that toe-tapping diligence, but you’ve got to wait for the guitar work to sort of spin you up and twirl you about with their sharp little stabs. Rachel Birke’s voice, however, is the icing on the cake, adding this thoughtful haziness to the band’s swirly-pop vibes. Makes perfect sense their debut would end up on Upset the Rhythm; Angel drops August 23rd.
Odds are that you had Belgium making the World Cup final, so you’re probably a little bummed out today. Me too. But, in hopes to remedy that we’ve got this track from Midwife to calm your ills, and perhaps transport you to a better place. The entirety of this tune works over a solemn electronic note, accompanied by wave after wave of washed atmospherics. Bubbling beneath it all, like whispers shared between lovers are the lyrics, coated in various effects that maximize the emotive pull of the tune. This number will appear on the group’s new Prayer Hands EP, out at the end of July via Antiquated Future.
While I may have been waiting my whole life to make that pun, that doesn’t mean you get to gloss over the rest of this! Puns aside, the song that I’ve got for you at the bottom of this post is weird…orchestral, baroque, crawling, haunting. Weird, but good: Mirage is a band from L.A, but really you would think they were from the far distant past with “Angel.” This track comes off a fresh EP, Love Songs that just dropped yesterday via Mirage’s bandcamp page. I’m digging the strings and the shrieking vocals, and the rest of the EP offers you some other strange dream pop. Try it out, get weird.