Feel like we should start off Friday with something straight and simple: good old fashioned fuzzy rock n’ roll from Triangle Rain Club. When you hear the lead track from the Close the Door EP, you;ll immediately realize why there’s a cover of JaMC hanging out in the back end. Riffs bound and bounce forward immediately, shooting off like fuzzy stars against the blackened star, leaving a trail of melodic hooks in their wake. Singer Austin Smith has these heavy tones in his voice, but I like that you get a lot of clarity in the mix, really letting the track get its hooks under your skin. Great place to spend some Bandcamp money!
David Christian‘s been one of my favorite songwriters for over 20 years now, at least since I grabbed my first Comet Gain LP. But, out of nowhere he’s released 12 pop ditties for you to enjoy as the Summer draws to a close; the album is titled Bubblegum Summer Beach Bash. There’s a lot to love here, particularly if you find yourself a fan of David’s other work; I’m personally drawn to “Song for Suburban Butterflies” as I go through my first few listens, but I have a feeling that will likely change as I listen on repeat…usually the case with Christian’s stuff. So go ahead and stream it!
As we ease into the weekend, I’m looking for some songs to relax to before the impending stress of football season sets in. Well I had to look no further when the guys in Landlines sent me their latest single “Some Ocean or Great Lake”. The Portland outfit remind me quite a bit of early Weezer if they somehow managed to be even more chill and lackadaisical. This is slacker rock at its finest.
Landlines have a new self-titled LP coming out physical on September 28th. Pre-order here.
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I love writing about Mentalease; the Ohio three-piece has a habit of gracing these pages quite frequently. So why bring you more? Why the hell not? I’ve been jamming to their new LP, Indian Summer. The entire album is really something special, falling in line with some nostalgic shoegaze nods, though if I’m honest, the whole record sounds like the Terry Malts if you removed the caffeine. There’s still a pop sensibility, but the songs unfold slowly, allowing for the group to really focus on maximizing their sonic exploration. This is really a place where you can spend much of your time today, if you’re into that sort of thing.
For a relatively new band, Pepper Rabbit seems to be moving at lightning speed. With their debut release, Beauregard, just making its appearance in October of last year, this band is back in less than a year’s time. In this short of a time period, Xander Singh and Luc Laurent have culminated a slew of all new jams. Now, if it had been any other duo making this quick of a return, it would be easy to be apprehensive of the merit of said release. However, the two gentlemen on this record have a powerful sense of what sounds good meshed together and it’s this collaborative ease that pushes Red Velvet Snowball to it’s best.
Claiming the genre psych pop, Pepper Rabbit begins this sophomore effort with “Lake House,” which is naturally coated in raging synthesizers of all sounds and forms. It creeps in slowly at first, showcasing the electronic sounds before establishing a solid rhythm and letting the toned down yelp of Singh to enter. It is a good appetizer, letting you get used to their styling before they move onto their spectacular single “Rose Mary Stretch,” which is clearly the main dish. Bouncy synth once more begins the song, but it doesn’t last for long before the pop elements take over; the faint handclaps in the background, the steady build to its furious climactic finish, or the crashing cymbals along for the ride.
After these first two songs, Pepper Rabbit should have a strong hold on your ears, but if they don’t, for some strange reason, stick around. There are plenty of treats later on in the album. An example of this comes in the form of “Murder Room,” whose groovy beats warrants head bobbing and toe tapping.
But the best part about Pepper Rabbit is that the electronic elements don’t overpower the sound produced. So often, a band throws in too many bleeping synthesizers and you can’t hear the other elements: the drums, the vocals, the other little nuances that keep it from turning into one big cloud of noise. This band incorporated various other instruments into their repertoire, and played around with looping of sounds and the result is a sound that feels fresh and crisp. There isn’t a song on here that you’ll need to skip.
With the end of summer looming close, Red Velvet Snowball is resurgence back to feelings of bliss and carefree that comes along with this immense heat, so enjoy it while you can.