Man this new jam “I’ve Been Known” by Los Angeles based trio Susan has really been giving me some motivation over the last 24 hours. I’m loving that it starts super slow and dupes us into thinking it’s some type of slow melodic jam, but then boom yeah, things really take off. Rather than me ruining it with more descriptors and comparisons, I’d say you’d best be served by hitting play right now and enjoying this gem for yourself.
Susan will drop Never EnoughOn April 29th via Volar Records.
I’m really intrigued by the sound that Crescendo is bringing to the table. They’re utilizing the common tropes of fighting guitar with a hazy vocal, often accompanied by a light female vocal accompaniment. But, what’s intriguing me is that the voice sounds like Dan Bejar from Destroyer, and yet, it works quite successfully. I’ve been listening to the band’s new effort, Unless, and I have to say that there’s not a single bad song in the mix. I’m thinking those of you looking for hits from the dream pop/indiepop/shoegaze realm will find this whole listen enchanting. It’s out now via We Were Never Boring.
Earlier this year I discovered L.A. based The Bulls and what proved to bea stellar EP entitledSmall Problems. Since that time, I’ve been eagerly awaiting what to expect from the ladies and today I was surprised with this new single “Prudence”. Imagine if you will that somehow Cults and Young Galaxy had a baby together and that’s about what you’d be hearing here. To weird? Hit play then and make your own comparisons.
“Prudence” is part of a digital single due out on January 15th via Diet Pink Records. Pre-order here.
Though I know very little about up and coming L.A. based outfit WYLDR, I do know that their new single “Savage” is a hit. It’s a driving, anthem style pop-rock tune full of synths and catchy beats to boot. Sure it’s a little bit on the sappy side, but I think most of us can get behind their sentiment from time to time.
The Gypsy Queen EP will drop on December 1st.
The ATH crew here loves us some good pop music when it comes our way and this new track called “Girls” from L.A. based Decorations is perfect. It’s a straight pop number with some louder guitars and some super slick synth parts thrown in to really brighten things up. Seriously, I’d find it hard to believe if anyone told me they didn’t enjoy such a hit as this. So hit play and treat your ears.
Debut EP, Girls, is due out October 16th via Frenchkiss Records.
A quick search for L.A. band GEMS on ATH will return many posts from just about every writer in our team. Clearly such a show of affection for a band should tell you to expect a post and some love every time the group shares a new track. Today I’m pleased to be bringing new song “Soak”, which is surely another stellar tune to add to the band’s repertoire. We have yet again been treated to a dark, electro-pop hit sure to make some year end lists. Play. End. Play again.
Gems will release Kill the One You Love on October 30th via Carpark Records.
Los Angeles indie rapper Dom Kennedy is the closest thing to an easy listening rapper in hip-hop. Dom is currently promoting his third studio album, including a leading appearance at Trillectro this weekend. By Dom Kennedy is 11 tracks of Dom’s smooth voice over perfectly slow, soft, melodic, and deliberate beats. Three songs include production credit from frequent Rhymesayers Entertainment collaborator Jake One. It’s a quality, relaxing album and deserves a listen. A common complaint about rap music is that it’s too angry or aggressive. I don’t know if Dom Kennedy has an angry or aggressive bone in his body, and that’s reflected in his music. There is also very little cussing in his music but even when Dom does cuss, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. By Dom Kennedy can be streamed here or purchased here. The highlight of the album is “Lemonade“, an ode to Dom’s son, relaxing, reminiscing, and thinking about the future. “Lemonade” can be streamed below.
This new tune “Rumors”, from L.A. based TheBulls, caught my ear today as something you peoples might enjoy for your weekend playlist. You’ll definitely hear some bright pop sensibilities with just enough edge via grungy guitars and hushed vocals to keep things interesting. Think Metric, but with a more simple and focused sound. I’ll buy that any day of the week.
TheBulls will drop Small Problems on August 28th via Diet Pink Records.
Sailing vocals and careful craftsmanship are the biggest thing on display in this new single/video from LA’s Auditorium. Sure, the adorable child at the heart of the video isn’t one to be ignored, but I love the way the songwriting sparkles through every moment in this song. The song owes a debt to the voice behind it all, Spencer Berger, whose classically trained chops definitely shine the brightest; it’s one of those special voices like Antony, where you can’t pull yourself away…a perfect example of the voice being operated at the highest level. Give some time to this video today.
Our local friends Fleeting Youth Records continue to put out some really great music from a slew of promising young bands. One of those bands full of promise is L.A. based pop rock group L.A. Font. Now we already shared new song “Whisperer” just a few weeks ago and today I’m excited to be sharing with you a second new joint called “Outside”. One again, the band gives us a rock n rollin number that no one could deny is a stellar tune.