After their well-received “Out of Reach” single back in February, it seems that Melbourne bunch Bananagun are finally ready to release their debut LP. For me, the group uses lots of little odds and ends, sort of a hodgepodge of the last 50 or so years of pop music. Smooth melodies, rhythmic beats, horn blasts…you name it, it’s all in their latest single, stretching to over six minutes of groovy pop music. It’s rather refreshing to see a group forging their own sound, so I can’t wait to hear what comes when The True Story of Bananagun hits the streets; it’s being released by Full Time Hobby on June 26th.
The wife and husband duo, The Saxophones, have just announced their brand new album, Eternity Bay, and with it comes this lyric video for the first single. As Austin flirts with Fall/Winter, it seems the perfect musical piece; it’s careful and thoughtful, with all the accents fit into the song perfectly. Initially constructed as a duet, Alexi ends up taking all the vocal roles, with his wife Alison adding backing vocals; the decision does make the track seem more delicate and fragile, which perhaps ties into the thematic element presented in the lyrical content. A soft start to hump day, and a strong start to the album cycle; Eternity Bay will be out on February 14th via Full Time Hobby.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve really dug deep on a folk ballad, but this track from Ohtis is pretty powerful, both musically and lyrically. The song seems to come from Sam’s experience with drug use and trying to explain a reason why we’re all here, or why some of us survive and some of us don’t. As for the track, it’s real bare-bones, and in fact, Sam recorded the vocals on a handheld recorder before having the band flesh it all out in the studio. Curve of Earth will be out on March 29th via Full Time Hobby.
Admittedly, I’m drawn to a distinctive voice and Sam Swinson of Ohtis definitely fits that bill. Still, the band’s latest single wouldn’t be successful if there instrumentation weren’t working in their favor as well. I love the slide guitar and the light strumming that’s in the very front of the mix; it works well with the seemingly tribal percussive elements. Lyrically, it’s a touchy subject, with Swinson commenting on his own travails during a seemingly low point during his life. But, perhaps we’re all the better for it, as it serves as the foundation for a wonderful song. The group will release Curve on Earth on March 29th via Full Time Hobby.
Tuung is back with the whole OG lineup for the first time in over a decade, and it looks like they’re right back in the proverbial groove. Their latest single recalls late nights on dance floors in the early 00s; it’s got a rhythmic pulse working throughout, filled out by various electronic details. What makes the song so fun is the vocal harmonies that work in and out of the tune; it gives you the feeling of exuberance that can only be shared by pumping fists and stomping legs amongst friends in a dingy club somewhere. The group will release Songs You Make at Night via Full Time Hobby on August 24th.
Oakland based The Saxophones have received their fair share of coverage on our site over the years. All ATH staff members have been continually mesmerized by the quiet, yet still powerful feeling to all of their songs. I’m yet again pleased to share another hit from the band entitled “Aloha”. I suggest giving it multiple spins as each and every listen unfolds something beautiful to really enjoy.
I troll the Internet constantly, always trying to find something that most folks haven’t hit on yet. So how did I miss the Leisure Society. My ears hear them as purveyors of orchestral pop, with just a slight dash of twee in there. They remind me of a land where Efterklang meets Belle & Sebastian, with really great production. The song below has some sweet horn work, so if this is to your liking, then you’ll probably enjoy The Fine Art of Hanging On, which was just released by Full Time Hobby.
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Man, Hooded Fang is really hitting the ground hard with all these singles. I think that “Bye Bye Land,” the latest, is definitely one of my favorites of the three we’ve heard so far. It opens with this light guitar just before the drums get pounded and the vocals swirl in with a nice little echo effect. Again, the band is displaying the varying skills in their repertoire, making the likelihood that Gravez will go stale over time very small. The record will be in stores for all to enjoy today, so be sure to get your hands on a copy.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/04-Bye-Bye-Land.mp3]
When RayRay brought you the first single from Hooded Fang a few weeks back, it was more like a straight rocker, something we could all enjoy immediately. But the second single from the group is demonstrating some range from the band, which should definitely benefit their album Gravez. This tune has more like a propulsive piece of art-pop, though it’s rounded out by some tight-knit guitar work in the background. It’s much more explorative of a track then I expected, which leads me to believe that their record will show some great diversity. You can grab the record when it’s released by Full Time Hobby on May 28th.
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I seem to be getting more into a rock n roll mood after SXSW with all the awesome sludge/punk rock bands I managed to take in during the week. This new song “Graves” from Toronto based outfit Hooded Fang fits nicely into that genre, but manages to fit some really nice pop elements throughout as well. Oh and dzamn, that baseline is just killing it right? Right?
A brand new album entitled Gravez is coming your way on May 28th via Full Time Hobby.
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