When the vocals from this great new Faze Wave track came through the speakers, I was transported back to the early days of Local Natives, though these guys seem to have a bit more sheen in their tastes. A shiny guitar chord echoes in the distance, letting the voice rise, fall and control the song’s tempo. But, like great indie rock hits, the chorus really drives the point home for listeners, bringing the harmony in and out of the front of the mix. You can hear the track on the band’s latest album, Melt, which will help fill in the pop gaps in your life.
MELT have been on my radar for the last few months, but as we wind down the year, I’m really looking forward to the release of their debut, Riffer. It’s an interesting approach, based on this single…a world where post rock and dream pop collide. The chords wrap themselves around one another, while the vocals are released with a soothing tone that almost sinks beneath the mix. It’s almost heavy, but not quite, offering up enough melodic intoxication to keep me from turning away. Look for the debut on November 25th via Topshelf and Danger Collecitve.
Staring out the window and all I see is a dampened landscape and more rain. But, at least I have this wonderful new track from Suntrodden to give me a little bit of sunny vibes. It’s a pretty gentle bit of pop music, structured simply around strumming guitar and calming vocals; there’s also a lead guitar that works beneath the rhythm to provide a bit more depth to this track…as if it needed it. Hopefully you find this track able to lift your spirits a bit, then you can keep your eyes peeled for Suntrodden II, which is slated for release in October of this year.
Earlier this year, I shared with you an early cut of this killer pop tune “Melt” from Matt Meade’s new project, Spritzer. Flash forward a few months and Meade has yet another winner on his hands with “Don’t Die, Kill Me,” which is the song you’ll find below. When you press play on this number, you’re immediately grabbed by the huge sound of synths, guitar and building drums, which create this sort of eerie pop blast. This transitions to a more mellow combination of jangly-surf guitar, Meade’s distorted and yet soothingly sweet vocals, and clacking percussion. As the song progresses, that synth creeps its way back in, and the band’s got a hit on their hands. This track is part of a debut EP, Don’t Die, which features these two refreshing pop tunes. Take a listen to it below and get ready for big things from Spritzer.
Oh man, sometimes you hear a track from some up and comer and you just know. Such was the phenomenon when I heard this track “Melt” from Brooklyn’s Spritzer, which is the project of Matthew Meade and others, whom you may have heard from his other band, Friend Roulette. This song is a blast, filled with jangly guitars that border on surfy at times as well as playful vocals that evoke a light tone through the whole track while also rocking out a bit before the end. Here Meade and company have given you the perfect spring indie rock track, so all that’s left for you to do is roll down your windows and let this song blare out of your windows while the breeze blows your hair around. Give it a listen.