Kind of a hectic week on my end over here, with RayRay being out of town, B.Gray getting ready to fest, and well, the usual life goes on. Managed to squeeze in a couple of phenomenal shows, so that’s a bonus, catching both Lewsberg and the Walkmen. Tons of fun songs hit last week, though admittedly, it seemed a bit thin in comparison to weeks gone by. Still, Onyon dropped fresh tunes, and Lower Plenty finally dropped their marvelous new No Poets LP. Loved that English Teacher bop, so chose it to start off the playlist. Unfortunately, one of my favorite tunes was that new Lightheaded, but it wasn’t streaming yet, so be sure to check in with Slumberland Records on that note. Monday is here. So is the music.
The term bedroom pop gets thrown around (yes, even by me!) far too often nowadays, but Fanclubwallet‘s new Small Songs Vol 1 EP really seems to grasp the concept in its totality, as songwriter Hannah Judge were a one-person project: all Hannah, no filler, with a visualizer for the EP’s single. I love the quite buzz of the keyboard as it shifts in tones; I really love the simplicity, which allows Judge to maximize the hooks once the beat drops into the track. Both beat and vocals seem to work in unison, matched up with one another, like they weren’t meant to sync up. If you’d like to hear more, stream the whole thing HERE.
Ottawa outfit Dart Trees must be doing something extremely right, as the group recently got Hannah Judge of fanclubwallet to help out with the production on their new EP. You can hear how easily someone could slide into the band, as the vocal delivery alone radiates this sense of indifferent cool, detailing the struggles of an Ottawan resident, likely being blamed on mayor Jim Watson. In the instrumentation you have sort of a light bit of sort of bedroom punk; it’s got a heavy strum and thumping drum work, all of it allowing for the song to stride forward with a sense of haphazard hipness. We’ll keep you posted when more details from their EP arrive!
Strangely, I thought we covered a lot of territory last week, especially as I ran too much goodness on Friday. But, apparently we had a measly 14 songs run, plus some Levitation wrap-ups and a show-preview or two in the pages. I was excited to hear new music from both Seazoo and En Attendant Ana, both who’ve been quiet for a bit. Plus, that Field School and Heather Trost dropping Friday pretty much made the week a whole pile of awesomeness, in my book anyways. Visit if you will.
As we come back down from the highs of the weekend festivities, we’re still out here seeking out new jams for the coming week. Hannah Judge, under her moniker fanclubwallet, just shared this new track called “Roadkill” and it seems to fit in well with the dark themes of today and this evening. The track has a super slick progression as it starts somewhat slow and then builds and builds with super heavy bass and darker themes. It’s a fantastic start to the week.
SXSW has officially begun down here in Austin, though the music doesn’t kick off until next week, so you’ve got a bit of time to go through all our interviews to find some cool artists. One of those, Fanclubwallet, just dropped her recent single “Gr8 Timing,” with an album on the way; she mentions that below. She’s got three shows scheduled for the week that I know of, so be sure to jam to the tune below, and read all about the project.