In case you weren’t anticipating the new Halfsour LP enough, I wanted to reaffirm that next weeks Sticky release will be well-worth your hard-earned dollars. I think the meat of this song is top of the line, Grade A rock n’ roll. It opens with this bobbing bass line and this knife-work guitar, letting Zoe tease you into the track. Once they hit that 1.10 minute mark, the song drops into some of the best guitar pop I’ve heard this week, with Zoe’s voice soaring through your stereo (or probs your laptop). it’s like a fucking tractor beam of rad pop music that you just won’t let you pull away. Sticky drops next Friday via Fire Talk and Disposable America.
I’ll be honest, Halfsour didn’t cross my radar until Jigsaw Records sent me Tuesday Night Live back in 2016, but I’ve been a huge huge fan since then, so it’s great that they’ve announced a new LP! I think the mix on this song is absolutely perfect; you get these huge heavy riffs and crashing cymbals, but they’re not imposing. It’s more like they’re clearing space, giving ample room for Zoe Wyner’s voice real-life commentary to strike listeners down. I love the chorus from all parts, from the scuzzy guitars to the pitch changes in Wyner’s voice, it all absolutely works to the max. Sticky will be out on May 24th via two of my favorite labels, Fire Talk and Disposable America. Please, if you’re not listening to this band, you’re not living right.
While the late 00s garage/surf re-hash got tired after a few years, it’s still one of my favorite sounds, particularly when it’s presented in a refreshing manner, like Chicago’s Dehd are doing. You can hear that sound immediately, matched by steadying percussion; it’s catchy too, but it’s the chorus that comes in right at the thirty second mark that really drew me into the song. It takes the track into an almost soulful ballad, though it always holds onto the band’s sense of exuberance with the “sha la la la” that crash at the end of the chorus. Catchy and nostalgic, this track makes the forthcoming Water LP very promising; it drops on May 10th via Fire Talk.
Chicago act Dehd have a pretty solid pedigree, but we needn’t focus on that when they’ve got this stunning new track to enjoy. The track really has this sound that seeps into your soul, and I get that that sounds strange, but those guitar chords seem to weave their way into your skin as the vocals take on a heavy solemnity. All the while you feel as if the track is rolling, churning you over and over like a wave crashing upon the shore. Man, this is a serious jam for serious people. Rock it out and have a happy Friday.
Earlier this year, Corey Flood dropped the Wish You Hadn’t EP, and now they’ve dropped a video for the lead track on said EP. From the get-go, there’s an ominous tone set by the rhythm section, accented by the way the vocals are delivered in a deep half-whisper. Guitar tones shine a little light on the track, just enough to give a hint at pop sensibility. The accompany video has a sort of gray wash to it, splicing images of the group with everyday footage shots. It’s a slow news day, and this song rules, so enjoy. Grab the EP via Fire Talk.
I’ve spent the great part of the last few years trying to convince everyone I know how great Omni is…looks like I can now add another like-minded act to that list with this new Deeper tune. It’s got angular chords seemingly working against the rhythm section at all times; the vocals are delivered in an almost spoken-word manner, meant to match syllables and beats. What’s really enthralling about this tune is how it seems to bounce between styles, dreamy at times, art rock at others…then closing with a little explorative indie rock. This tune appears on the band’s self-titled debut, which is being released via Fire Talk on May 25th.
I’m not entirely sure where the grand prospect of 1-800-SUCCEED will end up as a whole, but the first single from Media Jeweler‘s new LP is pretty stellar. A ringing guitar seemingly sets you off, albeit for a momentary second before angular guitars cut in and a rolling rhythm section provides the central groove. Every musical note seems to be fighting against the other, like a group of children clamoring for the listener’s attention. There’s room for energy within the confines of this track, and they open up ever-so-slightly near the song’s end, only to deliver one last blast of lyrical content before wrapping up. They’ve got my attention for sure, and the new LP is slated for a release on March 30th via Fire Talk.
Dan Goldberg began The Spookfish in 2007, journeying about the world recording his dreams and experiences, but he’s just announced his debut album…from the studio at least. It still has that glorious intimacy to it, opening with a slight field recording before the buzz of the studio creeps into your speakers. The rest is pulled back to allow Goldberg’s voice to seep in atop the strummed guitar; I do think I heard a door shut in the distance, but other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward gem once you get settled. Fire Talk will be releasing Black Hole on April 21st.
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A few weeks ago, Turnip King popped up on my radar with their track “Metonymy,” which was our first listen to their forthcoming LP. Now, they’ve left us all with this dreamy new tune and it’s accompanying video, which features cropped images atop images…in my eyes, the video encompasses the beautiful moments of life, even the silly ones turning into meaningful ones. The song itself is like a dreamier, noisier Mazzy Star with the distortion billowing out to greet the harmony. Look for Laika on August 19th via Fire Talk.
Earring is a Chicago based band Nathan and I have both taken a liking to over the last year or so. Though neither of us seem to able to classify the band’s sound, the boys certainly have received the ATH seal of approval. Today I’m excited to share with you their latest single “Slow Mud”. Imagine if you will that a slow core band melded with one of the best indie psych rock bands and that’s about what you have here. Unique to say the least.
New album Tunn Star will drop on June 10th via Fire Talk Records.
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