You gotta keep your ears to the Internet if you’re going to stay on top of all the great music coming out nowadays, but things are easy when you’ve got reliable labels like Dufflecoat Records putting out hits. The latest release from the label is going to be the new 7″ EP from Amida, a Manchester act playing around with the poppier side of the city. The first tune from the record is a catchy bouncer that spans just beyond the 1 minute mark, but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to feel the inherent joy from the song. If you’re into it, support the great label by ordering the 7″ as soon as you have a spare penny or pound.
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Austin’s Not In The Face has been making quite a name for themselves for the last few years, melting faces with their brash rock n’ roll and outrageous live shows. They’re wrapping up work on a brand new EP, and they’ve let us share one of these new jams with you all. Now that the band has moved up from a duo to a tight-knit four piece, their sound is huge, as witnessed in this track. The vocals have the classic rock swagger, but the music just sounds ready built for arenas–in a good sense. This is definitely a track that’s going to burst some ear drums, so keep an eye out for a great rock show near you; the band has dates in Ft. Worth, Austin and Houston in early August.
Download: Not In The Face – Brass Tacks [MP3]
Let’s all enjoy a little bit of throbbing synth pop today, courtesy of Australia’s Nerves. From the start, the song pulses energetically, with Cat Hughes haunting voice, reminiscent of the Knife, smoothly operating atop the beats. It’s a tune that allows you to stomp your feet frivolously, yet at the same time still revolves around the sound of the vocals. I have a feeling that a lot of people are really going to gravitate towards this track, and you can find more such tunes on the group’s new Crooked Bones EP. Tasty.
Download: Nerves – Counting [MP3]
A few weeks ago, I caught wind of this catchy bit of pop from Mainland, a band that hasn’t really been around for too long. I indulged in a few listens, found myself bobbing my head and tapping these old toes, so I figured it’s best if I shared this with you all, especially since the band is coming our way tomorrow night for a special set at Cheer Up Charlies. The title of their new EP is Girls Unknown, and you’ll definitely find yourself nodding along to these summery tunes. Nothing wrong with a good old fashioned pop track.
Download: Mainland – Wasted [MP3]
Man, the weekend’s are great for discovery, and I’m grateful I came across this brand new EP from Weekender. The guitar sound is what caught me at first, but the delivery of the vocals, both calm and coated, really drew out the emotion that I seek in a album. It was as simple as that, and so I spent much of my Sunday jamming to Spanish Peaks, the newest EP by the band. They’re currently offering it up for NYOP, so you’ve got to get on it quick…donate to the cause, as being a musician doesn’t come cheap.
Download: Weekender – Spanish Peaks [MP3]
Rarely do I get overwhelmed by a track. Sure, an album can do it, but a song’s got to be pretty incredible in order to floor me from the first listen. That being said, I think one of the best songs I’ve heard this year is the latest single that’s been floating around from Gambles. The man behind the music, Matthew Siskin, will be releasing the Far From Your Arms EP on May 7th, and the title track is a must have in your daily listening rotation. There’s something about the frailty in the vocal, pushed to the front by the soft guitar strumming; it all creates this emotion that’s hard to put into words, other than the fact that it creates musical chills. Listen to this song again and again.
Download: Gambles – Far From Your Arms [MP3]
One of the many acts that I think is severely overlooked is Turf War. Their first album Years of Living Dangerously still manages to make its way deep into my playlist, years later I might added. They’ve just announced they’ll be releasing The Great Escape EP, and I’m stoked to see that things haven’t changed much. When I hear them, I tend to think of straight rock sounds a la the Replacements, but I can also hear bits of blues and country lurking back in their somewhere…you combine it all and you’re bound to have a winner. I’m guessing a new LP is right around the corner, and I’m placing my bets that it’s going to knock your socks off.
Download: Turf War – Born to Run Free [MP3]
I love the rich pop music that Oberhofer created, not to mention the live show they put on at ACL this past year. So, with that in mind, I’m excited they’ve already geared up to release a new EP, titled Notalgia; it comes out on April 23rd via Glassnote. It’s steady guitar pop when it opens, with the machine gun drumming pushing the pace forward, but the chorus is where the song truly takes flight. It bursts forth with ringing guitars and accompanying arrangements that really display the profound pop exploration of the group. I won’t complain about hearing this song a dozen or so times today, and neither should you!
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Running a site like ours does take a bit of work, so I always check in with my favorite labels to see what they’re working on, and when I went to Dufflecoat Records, I was really excited to see this new CornerBoy release. The tune has a bit of angular guitar work that plugs you into the primal sensation of good indie pop. I can’t help but hear the ghost of Robert Pollard in the vocals, which of course makes it all the more special. You can pick up the new EP, Just Another Sunday Song, from Dufflecoat now, and you’ll be glad you did.
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Just a few weeks ago I brought you this semi-new tune from Leapling, letting you know that the act had recently signed with the wonderful Father Daughter Records. Not even a week later, I’m back with news that the bands 5 song EP, Losing Face, is now set for release on January 15th. In my ears, I appreciate the careful approach to pop songwriting the group has taken here–nothing seems forced or trivial. This is the sort of music that is both challenging and comforting, which makes it a winner in my book; it should be one in your book too, if you’re writing one.
Download:Leapling – If You’re Patient [MP3]