Playful Indie Pop From Kyoto Lo-Fi

Kyoto Lo-Fi is a Dallas based indie pop/rock band I first posted about a couple years ago, having heard very little from the band since that posting. Well now the group has returned to the music world with this new single called “Flowering Boulders”. Similar to their last output, the guys again have a very indie pop inspired sound featuring some garage rock tendencies and a fun, easy to get into vibe. It makes me think that this group will be on everyone’s radar soon enough.

Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes Return

After releasing a wonderful debut, Swedish outfit Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes are on the minds of tons who dabbled in dream pop/shoegaze. Well, it sounds like they might have an album right around the corner, as they’ve just dropped this new single on us out of nowhere. Siri Sjoberg seems to have the perfect voice for the band’s sound, able to rise above the noise and shatter it with her heavenly tones, while also careful to slink back behind the wall of atmospherics when necessary. For those of you who love pop music, but also want it to slightly shimmer in distortion will surely find you adore this band’s work.

LIPS Drop New Single

It’s only been a few short months since LIPS dropped their remarkable self-titled EP, and they quickly return with this stunner of a new single. Vocals are stretched across the opening few seconds, reaching that dreaminess favored by the likes of Alvvays and Flying Fish Cove as of late. Behind Rachel’s stellar vocal performance the band finds their guitar work flirting with that jangle-gaze sound; it’s the sort where you can’t tell if the band’s flirting more with dream pop or jangle pop, but you’re ears are at full attention soaking it all in. This is a band on the ascension, so be sure you’re on board!

Waves of Dread Share the Make Believe

Up until now, our experience with Waves of Dread have been all positive; they move back and forth between these billowing noise pop numbers and then the softer, seductive side of dreamy pop music…it looks like we get the latter with their new single “The Make-Believe.” It opens by leading us on a sort euphoric jaunt via soft chanting, all right before the guitar come in and cut it in to give a little shimmy and shake to the track; I think the vocals perfectly fall in line, shrouded just a little bit, though still carrying that swagger. In the latter half you have the group toying with the noisier side of their sound, though this track is surely a pop number. Give a listen.

Boyracer Shares Bored and Lonely

Boyracer has been writing great fuzzy pop-punk since the early early 90s, and pretty much everyone you love and adore has probably played in the band a time or two, but now, Stewart Anderson has solidified a new line-up and new tunes. Below we have the short poppy spurt of “Bored and Lonely,” a song seemingly built upon the backbone of our society where we all feel isolated behind our screens, though we’re all likely doing the exact same thing…or at least that’s how I see it. This song will appear on a quick little three song single, but more importantly, it will also be included on a forthcoming album which we hope to hear more from in the very near future.

Rat Fancy Share Stay Cool Title Track

Friday’s are supposed to be fun! And, I couldn’t think of a better way to have fun than to play this joyful new tune from the forthcoming Rat Fancy LP. We’ve talked previously about Stay Cool, and now we get the title track in all its bouncy glory. Diana sounds really great here, especially when she delivers the slight tonal change whilst saying “don’t be sad;” that might be my favorite musical moment of the week. Throughout the tune, there’s this guitar that’s sort of jigging in and out, jangling except when it’s pushing the full shred. Be advised, this song’s going to make you smile from ear to ear; it appears on the new LP, out June 6th via HHBTM Records.

Absolute Banger From Night Moves

As I look out on yet another dreary and rainy spring day in Austin, I am finding myself in need of a little musical inspiration. Much to my pleasure, this new song called “Strands Align” from Minneapolis based pop hit makers Night Moves just pinged my inbox. It reminds me of a time before The Killers sucked if their sound had some elements of Tame Impala mixed with driving rock songs. Basically, it’s a hit and you should check it out right now.

Night Moves will release new album Can You Really Find Me on June 28th via Domino.

New Soccer Cousins Single Drops

Today’s one of those days when I’m just blown over by all the great songs popping off in my direction; I’ll always take another Soccer Cousins song. The New York trio crafts hook-infected indie rock, and here they’re giving us the same, while toying with typical song structures. This song stays steady for the most part, just until about the 1.5 minute mark where it unfolds into this sort of indiepop jangle breakdown that works itself into this sort of math/prog moment that twists into this soaring blast of distortion and “oohs.” I also always get stuck on the Hutch Harris vocal resemblance, and I mean that in the best way possible. Check the latest single (Gentle Reminder Records), and fingers crossed for an LP!

Ski Lodge Quietly Returns

A few years back, Ski Lodge was all the rage, but then things seemed to go quiet from Andrew Marr. Ever so often he pops up with a new single, just doing his own thing, writing for himself it seems..and me too. This new track is a bit of a move away from where he began, but it’s a beautiful place to find him, treading over that ground warmed by the likes of Hamilton Leithauser and other such powerful voices. Here things unfold gently, rising carefully, but never so far as to seem boisterous, crawling back beneath the mix. Lush arrangements abound, with sweeping strings, all of it building towards the cathartic release at the 2.5 minute mark. Not sure what the future holds here, or if there’s a planned release, but I’ll welcome a newly penned Marr tune any day.

New Diane Coffee Video & Single

Diane Coffee has new album entitled Internet Arms coming on April 19th via Polyvinyl Records and I’m excited for you all to hear his brand of quirky pop music. Prior to the release of his new album, Coffee is premiering this new video for his single “Like a Child Does”. The track itself is some catchy as hell, almost danceable pop music complete with ironic lyrics and spot on vocal delivery. You’ll also find a bit of joy in the video as Coffee plays on his own lyrics, imposing himself in several classic board games. Carry on good sir.

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