In case you missed it, Paul Bergmann made a beautiful record last year that I included in my Albums People Probably Overlooked. Rest easy, you still have time to go back, but first listen to this new entry into Paul’s on-going canon. It’s simple in structure, with Bergmann’s voice moving gently atop a walking piano line. At times, it almost sounds like the piano is going out of tune, haunted by a faint speaker hiss in the recording; it’s one of the more intimate offerings we’ve heard him created. Overall, it leaves you with a message of promise, both in life, and in Bergmann’s continued growth as a songwriter. This song will feature on his new EP titled Night, Unfold, which comes out on February 2nd.
We wrote about The Late Great awhile ago, and now the band’s Sarah Lane has reached out to share a track from her forthcoming solo effort. For me, the winning part of the track comes from Lane’s vocal performance; it has this vibrance that stands out, even when delivering lines like “I’ve been broken like a tree.” Interestingly, the accompanying video for the single has Sarah laughing off her trials and tribulations, wearing a charming smile all about her home city of Portland. You’ll find yourself captivated by the strum of the guitar, but you’ll circle back again and again to hear that voice. Look for the EP to drop sometime this Spring.
We’ve written about Dryspell before, and they just dropped this delicious new tune yesterday in preparation for the release of their new EP in March. The song begins as many guitar pop tracks would, distorted guitars fighting one another for your attention. Perhaps the best moment comes in what would be perceived as the chorus, the vocals take on almost a Win Butler-esque quiver just before the group blasts off into their jam. These guys are definitely channeling something special this go round, so keep your eyes peeled for the release of their EP come first of March.
I’m always a sucker for a good pop song, especially when the execution of said song is pulled off to perfection…like this new tune from Hola Beach. This track employs a really bare bones approach for the opening two minutes, with the drum sitting way in the back of the mix in order for the natural melody to unfold in step with the guitar notes. A few of those notes meander out of context, crafting the slightest bit of tension leading to the crashing wave of the song’s last minute. Look for their new EP to drop this weekend!
Austin’s Breaklights headed up to Fort Collins’ Blasting Room to record their latest EP; it’s the famed studio for so many of your favorite pop punk rockers. Of course, that’s an easy way to describe the band’s sound, though I sort of hear a hint of Matt Skiba in the vocals…not a bad thing by any means. For me, the best thing about a good pop punk rocker is the hook, and these guys have that for days; I put them right alongside our favorites Basketball Shorts as best pop-bunkers in town. Look for their Don’t Try So Hard EP on January 19th next year!
This might not be what The Cabin Fever want to hear, but there latest song exhibits some heyday Jade Tree Records vibes. For me, that’s a great thing, as it’s both nostalgic and overlooked. There’s a fragility in the vocal delivery, curating that emotional feel. But more importantly, the song also works as a collection of moments; it begins with a quiet opening, moves to a more developed, emphatic middle, and takes a careful direction change that fades into the ending. The group are set to release their new Exercise the Demon EP in January of next year, but take a small dosage by streaming this number below.
If you do choose to follow these pages, then you’ve likely seen Verandan pop up rather frequently the last few months. It’s important to note, especially for me, that this is the latest project from Ville Hopponen of Cats on Fire fame (a personal fave). Through six times you’ll find yourself enamored with the casual pop vibes, though be sure to pay close attention to the fragility that seems to lurk on tracks like “Inland Sea.” You’ll also be able to find your own personal escape on “Follow the Money,” or turn up the energy with the indifferently upbeat “A Pleasant View.” The self-titled EP just came out over in Finland via our faves Soliti.
A few months back I brought you insider trading news that Harry Kane’s favorite label Soliti Music would be releasing a new EP from Verandan. Today, there’s a sprawling collage opus to enhance your day, cerebrally. There’s a huge usage of negative space, drawing the emotion from the listener rather than forcing it upon us. I’m perhaps most captivated by the intimacy of the voice, almost like a gentle whisper shared solely for me…reminds me a lot of the sorely missed Gravenhurst. Take a moment of your day to make it better all around; look for the EP on October 9th.
I’m always scouring for dreamy pop and upbeat indiepop numbers to share…mostly because that’s my wheelhouse, listening-wise. Luckily, this new EP from We. The Pigs just went live via their label Discos de Kirlian, which happens to offer up the best of both sides. The openers is a little bit dreamy, with a shimmering wash of atmospherics in the background. But, next on “Too Young” you’ll find the slightly jangling chords and a sparkling vocal performance…some male vocals join in on this tune too. I don’t want to give too much away but I know the indiepop fans are going to eat this EP up; order it HERE.
Well now that’s an introduction to a band. Yes this new song called “Subtitles For X, Y, Z” is proving as a very strong first step forward for Sydney based outfit CREO. It’s rare to find a song which seemingly evolves into 2-3 different styles as we are taking through the depths of the three and a half minute opus. What begins as anthemic rock similar to earlier Arcade Fire build and builds as it ends with over a minute of gritty and angry, throaty vocal infused rock. We can all find a little something to like in that right?
CREO will release new EP Subtitles For X, Y, Z on September 8th.