Chicago based quartet Ganser has been slowly releasing some new singles from their upcoming sophomore album entitled Just Look at That Sky. We’ve slept on the previously dropped track, but I’d be failing you if I didn’t get this new one, “Emergency Equipment & Exits” into your ear holes. It is a stunning, epic piece of brooding pop music which screams post-punk at the height of the genre, but also features this extended, dramatic build out for over 2 minutes. This should definitely be on your list as a banger for 2020.
Ganser will release Just Look at That Sky on July 31st via Felte.
Another one of those delightful tunes that’s been bouncing around my head the last few days finally gets its deserved day in the sun! Paddlefish just recently dropped “Small Song” in anticipation of their new Flyer LP, which based on this tune should be something really special. This is definitely the sort of indie rock that should be all the rage, at least to me; there’s this earnestness in the craft that sort of drives the energy of this track, though it still holds onto this sort of bedroom pop ethos. I love how Owen Misterovich hangs on some of the vocal notes, drawing them out to sink their emotional hooks inside you. Definitely a lot of quality in this number. Flyer is out on June 19th.
The last few years I’ve really been digging folks writing these little tunes that come in at under a minute; they sort of burrow beneath your soul in an instant, locking themselves in your memory forever, much like this new track from Bled Tape. Musically, it’s a perfect combination of Elvis Depressedly and Elf Power; it’s just on the border of bedroom pop intimacy, though the emotional impact seems likes its destined for far greater things, if you ask me. And, even in its brevity, there’s a slight breakdown, a tiny wrinkle that ultimately leaves an everlasting charm. You’ll find this song on the brand new album Spun Love!
At this point we’ve said just about all we can say about Chicago quartet Deeper and their upcoming album Auto-Pain. A quick search will show you we’ve been covering the band since their very first single release back in 2016, and we continue to share their music as much as we can. Basically, we’re huge fans and we feel like you should also take some time to get into this band. That said, Deeper are sharing one final single called “The Knife” off their new album prior to Friday’s release date. It is yet another reason to get into this band.
Deeper seduced me into this tune with those opening guitar lines; I don’t know what it is about it, but I was hooked, and that’s before the synth notes furthered my intoxication. It definitely set the song up for something slightly different than what the band have offered, though wholly in the vein of post-punk. The vocals have this almost suffocated feel to them, like they’re coming to us from some dampened cavern designed to trap sound. The more I listen to this track the more I marvel at the craft here; it’s very of the moment, but sound wholly unique in its presentation. This should put you on notice that the band’s new album Auto-Pain will be a stunner; drops on March 27th via Fire Talk Records.
If you missed out on Deeper and their self-titled LP, you’re forgiven, but I promise you that you won’t want to sleep on Auto-Pain, the band’s forthcoming album. Admittedly, those post-punk feuding guitar lines had me immediately. Still, what really pushes this song forward is the anxiousness of the vocal delivery; it feels frantic and rushed, pushing you towards danger. It’s only made more emphatic by these little buzzing guitar lines just beneath the mix, adding a tension that helps the song all along the way. Then the 2.5 minute hits and they throw in this intoxicating pop sensibility that felt unexpected yet supremely memorable. Looks to be another success; the LP drops on March 27th via Fire Talk.
After a promising close to 2016 with a couple of singles we loved, Chicago based The Hazy Seas finally delivered us a much anticipated new single last month. Much to our surprise, the band sent over this new single called “Old Clothes” over the Winter Break season and I’m pleased to share it with you today. As usual, the band’s name once again offers a perfect description of their music with this one again being seriously hazy while still offering some weird pop elements to keep the listener engaged. Could the band’s upcoming LP be one of our first favorites of the year?
The Hazy Seas will release their debut LP sometime this month.
There’s a whole lot of alliteration in that headline, but there’s a whole lot of reasons to listen to Chicago’s The Hazy Seas too. For one, you can’t tell me that as soon as those guitars start dancing their way into the scene that you’re not just tapping your toes incessantly. The rhythmic pulse adds extra bounce too, giving this song great energy to push things forward. Interestingly, there’s nice juxtaposition with the vocals, coated and cloudy, kind of this dark solemnity, which matches up with the song’s lyrics taking on the subject of making tough decisions and feeling lost while others look on at your life. The group will release their debut LP in early January of next year, so keep your eyes peeled.
Remember when I said earlier that I rather enjoy music that can’t be pigeonholed into a single genre or sound? Well I have another tune falling into this theme with this new track called “Lake Shore Drive” from brand new Chicago based outside Graffiti Air. The song starts out with some serious surf rock influence on the guitar, but also offers a bit of a post-punk theme as the bass really starts popping and the vocals offer some grit. It’s a promising new sound from a band fresh on the scene. Graffiti Air have a few more tunes over on bandcamp for those interested.
Some labels just get on a roll and top hit after hit, and this is very much the year of Fire Talk; today they announce the debut release of Fran, the musical project of Maria Jacobson. This first single is a doozy, bringing in this heavy riffs balanced out by the playfulness of the chorus, though the song’s subject matter might lean closer to the heavier moments; the video definitely attacks the realm of the “boys only” clubs, and deservingly so. Musically it reminds me a lot of Aldous Harding or Cate Le Bon in the way the song’s structured, building and then taking twists and turns that illustrate the power of voice and artistic flare that keeps listeners coming back for the experience. A Private Picture will drop on November 15th.