Once again here I am just spending my morning jamming to something from a few weeks ago that I should have gotten into way earlier, namely Cybertimes. The EP is a back and forth collection of carefully constructed soundscapes and these oddball pop indulgent tunes from Je Suis France. On the opening tune, you get this sort of soft Dinosaur Jr meets Built to Spill vibe, which is worth the price of entry alone. But, then you can get into the sort of Kraftwerk-ian vibes of “Spearfisher (Purple Bread Pt.2)” before jumping to the synth-accented ballad “If You Please” that closes out the EP. It’s a NYP fee, which is perfect for tomorrow’s Bandcamp Day, so listen through, then put it on your radar for tomorrow.
I was a big fan of JJ Posway’s writing when he was part of Scooterbabe, but he’s now moved onto his new project Sloping. His songwriting chops are still intact, though these songs are meant to have a more organic feel to them; it’s very similar to what our own Gabe Hascall is doing. At times, the vocals sound like a whisper, struggling to get out into the world; the mix brings the strum down, lulling you into a hushed gentleness. It’s a really nice little ballad, definitely giving off this intimate bedroom listening experience, which is perfect for a day alone with just you and your headphones. Look for Completed Songs to drop on February 26th via Sound as Language.
It’s more likely than not that you are unfamiliar with the experimental sounds created by Atlanta based musician Orchid Mantis. I assume this not because the music is not worthy of recognition, but because the artist has flown largely under the radar for the last several years (possibly on purpose). Popularity and notoriety will surely follow if more songs like this one called “Can’t See the Sun” continue to find their way onto the interwebs. Though somewhat experimental, the track is just downright catchy as hell and evokes a feeling of a more stripped down version of Beach Fossils with vocals akin to Jonathan Pierce of The Drums.
This song appears on a new album entitled Far From This World due out November 20th on Z Tapes.
We first wrote about Chris Rutledge and his Atlanta based project Attic Fowler way back in the good ‘ol days of 2015. Though I’m honestly not sure what Rutledge has been up to since then, he just sent along this stunning new track called “Neighbors” for us to premiere today. For me, this is just about as perfect a dream pop song can get in that defined genre. What I enjoy most about the song is the ability to take those super bright, dreamier, pop elements and intertwine them with really nice elements of driving indie rock. Loving this one today.
Attic Fowler will release a 3 song EP called Easier sometime later this year.
It’s yet another warm morning here in Austin and I’m needing some chill music to help me ease into this long week. Thankfully my new friend Thomas Howard sent over this new song “No One Else Around”, recorded under his musical project Orchid Mantis. It’s been the perfect song to chill my Monday stress and ease me into the day. The beat is impeccable, the recording is tight, and the vocals blend in almost perfectly. Great track.
You know that you’re coming to SXSW to find something new, so why not pencil in Atlanta’s Shepherds? They’ve got a forthcoming LP later this year, and they’re self affirmed Sade fans, so you can’t really go wrong winding up at one of their sets. Don’t believe me? Well, read more about them below!
ACL season is here sports fans, and as always, ATH will be doing everything in our power to prepare for the festival. A couple of years ago I started a new concept of asking bands to create a short 5 song playlist filled with songs featuring only artists playing the festival. Lucky for us, my dear friends in Atlanta based band Neighbor Lady thought this was a great idea and made a playlist for the site. If this sounds intriguing to you, which it should, hit the jump for the songs and for short blurbs about each.Neighb
I knew little to nothing about Atlanta based Neighbor Lady prior to the writing of this post. What I do know is they have this great new single/video for track “Let It Bleed” which can be found below. It features some impressive, soaring vocals from front lady Emily Braden along with a dark, almost country feel to the music. I suggest you check it out now friends.
Neighbor Lady will release Maybe Later via Friendship Fever on May 11th.
Atlanta based group Small Reactions received a bit of positive praise on our site with the release of their debut LP Similar Phantoms back in 2014. The guys are back at again and sharing some new music over the interwebs today with this song called “Sliding Glass Nightmare”. While being incredibly simple, the song manages to create a truly interesting and memorable pop tune. It sort of meanders a bit while throwing in some nice bright guitars throughout. Hit it up.
Small Reactions will release new LP RXN_002 on August 4th.
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I was first caught by this track solely based on the name of the band, Oryx and Crake; it just happens to be one of my favorite Atwood novels. Musically, the band’s quite interesting. There are elements that remind me of that mid-period Of Montreal, yet there’s this added frivolity that sort of reminds me of Tilly and the Wall (it also closes in a Bowie/Bolan nod). Of course, all of these are just the things I hear in the songs, so you’re likely to find something entirely different. This September the band will release their new LP, Marriage, via Deer Bear Wolf.
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