Hayes Noble Releases Got Over It

Those fans of heavier indie rock, the ilk built on the backbone of Dinosaur Jr and the like will surely be fawning over Hayes Noble. His latest single has this swarming hoard of distorted guitars, the sort that will likely rattle your speakers if you turn it up to the appropriate volume. There’s still a youthful urgency coming from the 19 year old, which bleeds into the tune itself, whether that relate to the song’s nature or the lyrical content; it’s a celebratory feel that ensures Hayes’ work is on the rise. Noble’s been cranking out rad singles all year, so let’s hope we get a complete set before the year wraps up!

Islands Share The End Lyric Video

If you’re looking for a fitting way to end your album, why not go the route of Islands and simply title the last track, “The End?” It’s the perfect summative statement, but one that also thematically ties into the band’s sentiment, especially after years in the indie game for Nick Thorburn. Thematically it reflects on the end of record, but also the end of a journey? Were you happy? Did you want to go back? Where do we step back in time? Musically, the song’s a classic Thorburn gallop, with rolling drums and Nick’s distinctive vocal delivery riding atop as if he’s just won a great war. And as we reflect on Islands, and what came before it, I’m hoping Nick is happy, as he’s continued to leave us with songs that always bring a smile to our faces. Look for What Occurs on June 21st.

Ducks Ltd Return with Brand New Single

It’s only been a handful of months since folks were able to devour Harm’s Way, the latest LP from Ducks Ltd. However, they’re already back with a new single, which is a leftover from the recording process, perhaps hinting at the direction the band could go in the very near future. For my meaningless two cents, there’s a moment in this song where you can still hear the charms of their early indiepop sounds, but for the most part, this tune erases that in favor of a broader approach. At a certain point, especially during that seeming chorus, the band almost sounds like The Walkmen doing a Go-Betweens cover set; I don’t mind that too much! What say you?

Sheer Mag Share Eat It and Beat It Video

For years folks praised Sheer Mag, and with their signing to Third Man for their third LP, we’re expecting waves of adoration to wash ashore. For my two cents, I love the latest single, particularly the growl of the guitars, a missing link to that period of early American punk circa the New York Dolls. Tina Halladay has this bit of brattiness to her vocals too, adding that feeling of a band really pushing back against any and all expectations; they don’t give a damn what you think, they just came to lay down some rock n’ roll. But, they needn’t worry, with songs like this folks are going to be all over Playing Favorites; it drops on March 1st.

Exek Share New Single/Video

It feels like Exek are about to put out an incredibly thoughtful collection of songs, and their latest single continues to illustrate the restraint in the craftsmanship that’s present. Honestly, this rolls out on the back of simple beat and a rolling wave synth atmospherics. When the vocals enter, they operate almost like a croon, toying with the song’s tension as nuances pieces begin to bubble and burst on the track’s surface; I love how it all comes together around 1:41, churning with an added layer of backing vocals. There’s definitely some familiarity with the post-punk genre, but it just feels like they’re operating with disregard at the same time; they seem to be pushing into it as much as they’re pulling away from it, leaving listeners with an intriguing vibe altogether. They release The Map and the Territory on October 6th via Foreign Records.


The Planes Share Feels Like Years

Brooklyn band the Planes are here to liven up your Friday morning; they want to be sure you indulge in their crisp brand of power pop. Their latest single opens up simply, working light vocals and a gentle guitar jangle. Quickly, drums drop in, though the song doesn’t stray too far from the sweetness that’s roaming around with the melodic hooks. You’ll get some swirling guitars in the distance, but the core of the song punches hard if the volume’s turned up just right. If you’re digging their work, you’ll find this track on Dark Matter Recycling Co, out September 15th via Totally Real/Safe Suburban Home.

The Planes Share Thrift Store Lyric Video

Brooklyn band the Planes are tearing up the kind of pop rock old punks like myself can really dive into, hitting all the melodic notes while still bringing just enough of an edge to make us still feel cool. Drums kick this song off and the guitars and vocals immediately rush in; they seem to be working against each other, with the vocals cresting through this hazy pop vibe as the guitar notes jangle furiously, trying to push the pace the whole time. If you were trying to find that cool edge, wait until the solo hits, then you’ll hear heavy riffs cutting right through a la Teenage Fanclub; I love the way the guitar stabs build the tension up immediately following that moment. Looking for an anthemic sing-a-long? Well, read the lyrics on your screen and then grab the Dark Matter Recycling Co., out September 15th via Totally Real Records and Safe Suburban Home.

Ghosts on TV Announce Self-Titled LP

We’re spending our Monday with some longer tracks, letting the mood of the week sink into our skin; below, we have the new single from Finnish outfit Ghosts on TV, who just announced their self-titled LP on Friday. They’ve constructed this beautiful lyrical video, featuring the lyrics placed over various scenes of nature; occasionally those shots are obscured, tying into the vibe of the melody in the song, hidden softly beneath a wall of feedback and noise. I love how the band stretch the stereotypical sound by layering in various other textures, like the string work, adding a layer of elegance to the tune. If you’re enjoying what you hear, the band release their self-titled LP on April 14th via Soliti.

Fujiya and Miyagi Drop Slight Variations

There’s no shame in getting a little bounce in your step on a Wednesday, and who better than to slide into your dance routine than Fujiya and Miyagi. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about the band in years, until news began to circulate of a new record, so I went back and broke out the jams. This new single is just what the band are known to do, working in a propulsive groove that’s got just enough kick to it, then letting some nuanced tricks tickle your fancy as the song moves along; there’s a little guitar shuffle here, thicker beat there and maybe a vocal layer; it all works to slide you into those dancing shoes. Their new album, Slight Variations is out on September 30th via Impossible Objects of Desire.

Let’s Whisper Share Sing Video

This Friday we’ll finally get to unwind and enjoy the entirety of the new long player from Let’s Whisper; I’ve been raving about every single all along the way. Today, the band have shared a lyric video with us, filled with a simplistic charm, taking the cover art from the record and spinning it around the lyrics. Musically, the band are steady as ever, taking an artistically penned ballad and raising it up by adding little bits of flare. There’s horns, softened percussion, accompanying vocal work and all these little bits between; it not only builds the emotional connection as you listen, but buoys the charm factor that will hopefully solidify your belief in how good the new LP is; The In-Between Times comes out this Friday courtesy of Fika Recordings.

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