I love how a respected label ends up sending you down a delicious ear candy-filled wormhole; the next few hours of my listening I owe to Cloudberry Records and Den Baron. The German outfit had some late 90s/early 00s success with Apricot/Shelflife, but their comeback 7″ sounds absolutely delightful. It all begins with this teasing piano, opening into this guitar shuffle that ushers in the casual croon of the vocals; I love how they get draped with off-set backing vocals. And, the track doesn’t fall into the trap of wrapping things up; they step up the game with these stabbing vocal lines and “bops” after the 3 minute mark, riding the track throughout the rest of the number. This is the A-side track for the band’s new 7″, which drops later this Spring.
Germany’s Crabber are making me wish I’d held off on my Best of Indiepop, as I would surely find a place for them. The group brandish a slightly noisier style in their sound; the jangles are a touch heavier, though the hooks are some of the best you’ll hear. I think it gives the band a slight bit more energy in their craft, which isn’t always a mark of the genre…so it’s a nice touch for sure. I’m also a sucker for really great vocal melodies, especially if they’re teased out over several syllables, and this album is chock-full of them. Their debut Bluesbusters just dropped via Jigsaw Records, so have it.
I’ve obviously been talking a lot about SXSW recently as I think I’m finally ready to prepare for the crazy events in a short couple of weeks. Part of me prep work is making a list of bands I absolutely have to see, and one of those is German based group JAGUWAR. Their sound blends styles of 80s new wave bands with a more modern, European pop take. Think a little dark pop, a little bit of brooding, and mix in some brightness underneath the surface. I dig it. If it sounds like something you might be into, hit the jump for an interview with the band.
There are bits of pieces of this new single from Snoffeltoffs where I’m completely baffled; they juxtapose various genres and styles right next to each other, and all in such quick succession that I just keep going back to press play. Opening with a deep chord being plucked and spoken vocals; seems like a striking solemnity. Suddenly, guitars shuffle beneath your feet and the band’s kicking up their feet and rocking out. The core of this song’s stuck in my head, and I think you’ll be the only one that can get it out. Look for the group’s second LP to drop later this year.
As some of us continue to say that guitar driven rock is a dying thing, I dare you to check out this new one called “Willow Valley Blues” from German based duo Pretty Lightning. With a psych rock theme, one will immediately notice the heavy guitars, wailing organ, tight drums, and majorly distorted vocals. Guitars are alive and well my friends!
Pretty Lightning will release The Rhythms of Ooze on November 10th via Fuzz Club.
I’m looking to shake things up a bit today with this unique and creative new single from Berlin based Lea Porcelain. When I say shaking things up, I simply mean a song like “A Year From Here” is a little different when compared to things I normally post. Here me out though, as this song is truly beautiful and trance inducing. I also find the track mellowing me out as we speak with it’s droning effect and repetitive rhythms. Check out the new single with accompanying video below. You’ll be glad you did.
Debut album Hymns to the Night is coming on June 16th.
This warbly bit of pop music from Lokomoko is helping me get geared up for the week. It’s reminiscent of bits of MGMT, though there are some added elements that I can’t quite place (aside from obvious psych nods). What I like is that the band seem relaxed in their approach to songwriting, sitting back and letting the song come through via carefully played guitar notes. It’s got a light touch to it, which gives way to the song’s natural pop aesthetic. They’ve got a debut EP titled Harold Weir coming your way soon, but for now, just get yourself acquainted here.
When bands hit you up via a recommendation of one of your favorites, then you know you’ve done something right. That’s basically how Nunofyrbeeswax came into my view, bringing with them a brand of lo-fi punk rock. On their latest album, On Everything, they walk the line between spasticrock and classic post-punk. They employ knife-like angular guitar cuts, call-and response vocals and always fueled by their own infectious energy. The band is also part of a group called The Fingers, so that gives you yet another great act to spend your time with…two great bands, one quick post. Click play below, and have a little fun with your rock n’ roll today.
When we start looking at all the bands on the SXSW lineup, it’s sometimes hard to decipher everything and find quality acts. Need not worry though, ATH will help you out in that department as much possible as we lead up to the festival. We’re continuing things today with another interview, this time from Berlin based Niklas Kramer and his project known as Still Parade. Click the jump for more from Kramer.
I claim no discovery points on these tunes from The Golden Eaves, as it was pointed in my direction by one of the many purveyors of great indiepop. But, I’m so glad I came across it today; it fits perfect with the foggy morning that’s rolled into Texas. It’s all about melody with this German act, allowing for the understated vocal tones to shine and mesh with the seemingly Western guitar sounds. I’m not going to lie, but there’s an awful lot of Belle and Sebastian allusions in here, especially with the way the lyrics were written…and that’s never a bad thing in my book. Look for the No Other 7″ now!