I’ve spent a great bit of time covering Shrouded Strangers in the past, but it’s been a hot minute sine Teleport Beach (their last LP) dropped. Luckily, the band reached out to us and pointed me in the direction of a few new songs they’re sharing to get you amped for Night Prancing. Upon my first listen, the band still employs their affinity for fuzzy pop stylings, those these seem to have evaded the traditional pitfalls of pop music as of late. Honestly, when I first heard these tunes, it almost sounded like a more fuzzy version of Grandaddy (or what I envisioned for old Elf Power); it makes me giddy thinking of the great potential this song holds. The whole LP drops on June 25th via Infinite Repeats/Burger Records.
We love putting out really amazing albums, really amazing ones. Just this week we’ve got the Hermits self-titled album dropping on a beautiful green cassette! It’s filled with these scuzzy pop songs that are bound to get stuck in your head from the minute you press play. You don’t believe me? Listen to “Ruby Red Summer,” a song so good it will ruin the rest of your day…as you’ll likely listen to nothing else. The band celebrate the release of the new LP this Thursday over at Cheer Up Charlies with The Oysters, Nevil and Being Dead. But, if you’re not in Austin, then by all means, stream the LP below…and head HERE to grab it from ATH Records. If you miss the album release, they’ll also be part of our ATH vs SOTO party on Sunday, March 10th at Hotel Vegas.
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from UK outfit, Adults. But, I’m here to rectify that as the group just released an excellent cassette titled The Weekend Was Always Almost Over. One of my favorite things about the group is the way they use the juxtaposed male/female vocals to gift you brilliant ear candy; it’s not all saccharine though, as you’ll hear fuzzed out riffs blasting throughout the nine tracks jamming below. It’s a collection of songs that meets somewhere in the middle of Comet Gain and Los Campesinos…not a bad way to get your day started.
I know better than this, but all my friends were raving about the delicious new pop ditty from Gingerlys, so I finally got my ears to it. It’s got this shimmering bit of synth beneath the skin, peeled back with nods to distorted jangling…a gift that no one ever refused. Energetic and fun, but soaked in the dreamy nuance that made all my friends adore it. Look for the group to release their self-titled debut on Babe City Records on November 17th.
Shrouded Strangers have a new LP coming out pretty soon, and I’m really digging the sound of the future. To my ears, it sounds like they’re taking on a fuzzy blend of old school college rock. Sure, there’s a natural melody that comes through, but little bits of guitar distortion bleed through the speakers and a layer of atmospherics ride the top of the whole tune. Still, don’t deny that there’s a hook waiting for audiences, reminding me of The Comas (RIP). Night Prancing is the title of the new effort, and it should be reaching us all at some point in the near future.
The week before SXSW hit Austin was a bit hectic, but we made it through, so a few of our tracks coming through today will be looking back on last week’s hits. We knew this Heavenly Creatures EP was coming, and it has the perfect bit of delightful joy to bounce you into Monday. It’s interesting that the band is brandishing a jangly bit of female-fronted fuzz pop, as Austin was filled with such ladies brandishing their guitars with flair all week long. I’d put this group at the top, however, especially with little bits of horns hanging in the background. Look for their EP, The Summer Will Kill Us All, available as we speak from Jigsaw.
This short number is getting at me right now. It’s a fuzzy pop number, but there’s like this underlying sadness lurking beneath it, or at least alluded to by the song’s title and the emotional feeling. Vocals lurk just behind the guitar chords, haunting the track in a strange manner. I kind of wish that the tune went on a little longer, so it could buzz in my eardrums for just a minute or so more, but it’s great that it is so impactful in such a short span. Look for Navy Gangs to release their debut EP on September 14th via No Roads.
Something that arrives with fall continues to encourage me to take solace in my roots, as a true fan of indie pop–you know, the uber twee sort that you always want on your best mixtapes to girls/guys you’re crushing on. If I could, I’d stick the entirety of this new album by Burnt Palms on there. It’s a self-titled LP, but it’s filled with short songs featuring fuzz guitars and hip female vocal harmonies. Basically, it’s a mixtape in and of itself, giving you the ability to sink your teeth and your heart into the soul of the music. Love it so hard.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Burnt-Palms-Yours-Not-Mine.mp3]
Download:Burnt Palms – Yours Not Mine [MP3]
In the midst of everything out there, you gotta look hard to find catchy gems like this new number from the Maxines. The Olympia duo are releasing their Drugstore EP on the eclectic K Records next week, and while it may be a bit short in length it definitely packs a nice little punch for your ears. For a band with only two members, there’s definitely a loud sound coming out, harkening back to the bratty riot-girl efforts from back in the day. The EP also features guitarist Matt Maurillo on vocals, so be sure to pick this one up when it hits your stores next week.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/04-Hang-Around.mp3]
Download:The Maxines – Hang Around [MP3]