Japanese composer Jumpei Kamiya is undertaking an interesting album, not too far off from various projects that have bubbled to the top amid this global pandemic. He’s crafted an album worth of songs, allowing talented vocalists to write lyrics and sing on his tracks. The first single from the release features Yuga; you’re definitely going to want to stick around for the entirety. At first, it definitely has this sort of elegance, building this trance with Yuga’s voice. Just as the 1.5 minute mark strikes, the song quietly erupts, dropping in this slight atmosphere to sweep you up in the tune’s emotion. Just wanted to hit you with a striking tune first thing in the morning!
It’s been a short couple of years since Shy Boys dropped Bell House and reminded everyone just how great a band they are; honestly, I think even as fans of their self-titled LP, even we here at ATH forgot. They’ve got a new record on the way titled Talk Loud, and while this new single has some of that upbeat swing mentality; it also kind of seems like its got something else that will pique your interest altogether. I kind of feel like it’s this amalgam of the band’s penchant for hooks, presented with this sort of 80s cinema soundtrack vibe; I don’t know, maybe part of that is the harmonies and backing vocals. The band claim that the track is them “letting loose and dancing a bit,” so you can’t begrudge them that…better yet, you may as well join them! Talk Loud drops September 25th via Polyvinyl.
If you’ve ever met Jared Leibowich you’d know that he’s devoted to his craft; he’s writing non-stop, whether that’s for Jarebear, the Infinites, his solo stuff, or the Zoltars. We were actually super fortunate to help put out the last Zoltars effort Telling Stories, but the band is ready to return with Mystery Kids. Today we’re more than happy to share the aptly titled “August 24th,” the lead single from the new LP. I think my favorite piece about this tune is the crisp way the guitar notes turn, popping out of the mix perfectly. And that chorus, fuzzier guitars and a swell of Jared’s voice supported by some textured backing notes. In the second go round, the song gets more emphatic, almost in a sort of a fanatic stage diatribe; it’s actually a cool touch that I think gives the song just enough of an edge. Mystery Kids will be out on October 1st via Rock Tumbler Records.
One of my favorite things about getting into punk/ska in early 90s was that it just celebrated a sense of fun. Sure, the classic punk sound had all the posturing and nihilism, but with bands like the Aquabats, you could just have fun…as a teen, that was a liberating feeling. So, here we are 25 years later and the Aquabats are going to return with Kooky Spooky…in Stereo, dropping everywhere this Friday. Today we’re dropping one of those tracks, and exhibits that joyousness that makes me yearn for my old pop punk ways. This tune has an incredibly catchy chorus, ready for you to cheer it on in the live setting. A lot of these songs will also be incorporated into the Aquabats Super Show, now living free on YouTube, with new adventures coming your way very soon! If there’s light in this world, its coming from the frivolity of tunes like these! Look for Kooky Spooky to drop Friday via Gloopy Records.
Los Angeles’ outfit Smokescreens are definitely a group that we can get behind, especially after you consider how much I enjoyed Used to Yesterday. So, today, we get double the good news (and really triple)…first, the band have a new album coming out on Slumberland Records and second we have that new single below! But, the icing on the cake, aside from the excellent new music, is that it was produced by David Kilgour of the Clean; he also designed the album art work. There’s definitely a very Go-Betweens nod, particularly in the way the song opens with that guitar line. I love how the vocals sort of wash over you, much like the waves of the ocean repeatedly crashing upon you as the sun beats down upon your skin; its joyous and warm. We’ll keep you posted as the A Strange Dream‘s release date draws near.
Having released the powerful “Lylz” in July, it was only a matter of time before we got news about Helena Deland‘s debut LP, Someone New. That day has come, and with it comes a fresh single for our listening pleasure. I love how the song begins with this fragility, with Deland sitting for a portrait, as her voice seems lost in solitude. It evolves into something slightly more ornate, her voice taking a slight sparkle as it intertwines with careful chords. Around the 1:36 mark, a steadying beat enters the fray, providing the slightest bit of movement to carry the song to a close. While penned around the concept of a romantic encounter, the song also hints at the greater picture of the album, one of circling back through self-identities only to return as “someone new.” The LP is out on October 16th (Pre-Order).
When I first put on Silver Drop a few years back, I was struck by this powerful new voice, simultaneously heavy and elegant; I’ve been a Gregor fan ever since. Today, a new album has been announced, and we’re teased with a track showcasing exactly what the project brings to the table. Musically, there’s a lush landscape, a realm crafted by deep percussive elements and a warm cloud of atmospheric wash. Enter the steadying voice of Gregor, tying it all together as guitar notes jangle around him; there’s this little moment around the 2:33 moment that really hit me, having this fragility as he pushes his voice, akin to Jarvis. Destiny will be out on November 13th via Chapter Music.
Our Austin amigos in The Bright Light Social Hour have been around the ATX scene playing shows, festivals, and backyard bashes for many many years now. Over that long span of a career, the band has grown a solid and loyal fan base from years of working their asses off. With such a large catalogue of music, it may be bold to say this new track “Ouroboros ’20” is my favorite release from TBLSH, but hey I think it’s 100% true. The new song finds a group who have seemingly fully matured into a sound which can be dreamy and spacey, while also providing some lush, driving melodies. If you’re completely new to the band, this would be a great place to start.
TBLSH plan to release this song on a new album entitled Jude Vol. II on August 28th. Pre-orders are live now.
You’ve likely heard the work of Bendrix Littleton before, whether it was as one half of Bent Denim, or in the studio with the likes of Hovvdy or Katy Kirby. Today we bring you a new track from the project, another early listen to the work that will appear on Deep Dark South, his new LP for NNA Tapes. This one’s a short whisper, like a quick visit from a dear friend. The guitar notes seems to ravel around your ears, then unravel, while the vocals kind of crawl out from the cavernous depths of the song. I love the way the lyrical content just seems like very matter-of-fact; it’s delivered like quick little notes to a companion. If this is your cup of tea, the full LP drops on September 25th.
Look, Nathan and I have really been looking forward to this new Suburban Living album coming out next month, so much so, that it seems appropriate to share yet another new tune from the LP. This one, called “Dirt”, is a bit of a slow brooding, more synth heavy number when compared to some of the brighter, guitar driven sounds we’ve grown to love from the band. The brightness is still there, but maybe just a bit more subtle and further back in the mix. Needless to say, we think you should be picking up How to Be Human when it drops on August 28th via Egghunt Records.