You’re going to love Elva, and in fact, you probably already do without even realizing it. The band is comprised of members of the disbanded Allo Darlin, and Making Marks. Today news broke that the group will be releasing their debut 7″ for WIAIWYA, and we’ve got one of the songs below for you. It’s the perfect execution of understated pop, focusing on the natural melody created by the vocals, as well as the instrumentation behind. Tight drumming keeps a slight bit of pace to keep your toes-a-tapping. And of course, combining male and female vocals in unison is always going to hit home for fans of the genre…though I’d say for any fans of great music. This here is a gift that will make your day; it has already made my day better. Look for the limited edition release to drop right before Christmas; go grab it HERE before it runs out.
Last time I wrote about Making Marks was in 2012, so I’m happy that my 2014 is starting out with a new record from the Oslo quartet. It’s interesting to hear their lead single, “Bruises,” as it definitely has a nice Americana twist to it, showing just how wide the band’s influences spread. For those of you interested in indiepop delights, you’ll love how the group intertwine male and female vocal parts. Their latest release, A Thousand Half-Truths, was just released overseas by the excellent Fika Recordings. You should pick one up, as the record’s destined to be one of those collector’s gems.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/01-Bruises.mp3]
Download: Making Marks – Bruises [MP3]
I used to love this band called My Little Pony, but now the band is down a member and going by a new name, Making Marks. Luckily, the jangling guitars and the hooks I adored are still present in the reincarnation of the group, so indie pop fans can rest with a smile. The new line-up will be releasing their Ticket Machine 7″ on Fika Recordings this coming October, with plans for a full length to follow in the Spring of 13′. If you like your pop with a bit of bounce and a little grin, then you’ll love this new jam. Enjoy.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/01-Hard-To-Be-Good.mp3]
Download:Making Marks – Hard To Be Good [MP3]
Okay, so I may not be entirely sold on the entire name here, but at least the music is really good. It’s one of the things I like a great deal about running this site: finding music I wouldn’t have heard otherwise. This Oslo group are releasing their album Making Marks, which features the catchy little single we’re offering up here. It’s light-hearted and warm, but most of all its sugary sweet, which is precisely what I needed to hear this evening. And, the band apparently be making their way to Austin for SXSW, so now I have My Little Pony to get excited about before the festivities officially kick off in March. Take a listen, then go ahead and smile.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/My-Little-Pony_08_Hard-To-Be-Good.mp3]
Download: My Little Pony – Hard To Be Good [MP3]