Daily Worker Drop Sister Dream Video

It’s been a busy season for Harold Whit Williams, but as of late he’s been focusing on the forthcoming Daily Worker EP, which drops this August. Today we’re pleased to share a fresh single from that release, which might have fans of his old project Cotton Mather quite enthused. This song’s fueled by a classic pop rock sensibility, offering up these huge guitar riffs that crunch beneath your feet, all centered around the cool vocal delivery of Williams; I love the way “dreaaaaammm” gets stretched out to the max, adding a nice little emphatic touch to the psychedelic burn that bleeds through this new tune. If you’re jamming out, be sure to keep an eye out for the MF Genius EP dropping on August 15th.

Rose Brokenshire Shares Afterthought

When not fighting wildfires for the Canadian government, Rose Brokenshire returns home to hole up and craft reflective pop songs. On the latest single, she’s reflecting on the realization that all her energy might have been spent on the underserving, leaving her last in line for her own love. She drapes those emotions atop a trickling beat that rolls up and down upon the cresting hills of a subtle piano line. Something in the voice feels like a sense of longing, perhaps the nostalgic leaning of reflecting on past relationships, though coming to grips with that sentiment seems to be the step towards more great pop music from the songwriter!

Teenage Tom Petties Share Night Nurse

Dear Teenage Tom Petties. I sincerely need you to stop writing such catch pop songs that, quite frankly, are ruining my day. I’m sitting here looking at an email inbox of over 100 new tracks and albums, but all I want to do is listen to this new track. I love how you’ve pushed the gritty bits of guitar to the distance; they’re not completely gone, but they allow the pitch of the vocals to really sell the melody. Oh, and then you went and threw in some “whoas” and handclaps. Are you serious? How can you expect anyone to get anything done when you’re writing with such whimsy and joy, all the while tossing in hooks galore? You’ve ruined my day. Alas, I’ll have to go grab a copy of your new self-titled record, dropping on August 2nd via Safe Suburban Home/Repeating Cloud.

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat Share Roman Candle

While I adored the early music of Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, I think I’m more in awe now seeing how they’ve dedicated themselves to never repeating what they’ve done before, going so far in their recent bio to say “the next album’s gotta be different from the last one.” This new single offers up a heartbeat-pulse to begin, but soon rushes off to meet Ed’s vocals; they sound like they’re a bit more operatic than one might expect, which is one of the consistently fascinating things about the group as they seem to evade pigeonholing from twerps like me. There’s this anxiousness that builds throughout, almost like some sort of possession has taken over Schrader, forcing him to belt his voice high above the frantic nature of the single itself. Their new album, Orchestra Hits, is shaping up quite nicely, if I do say so; it’s out via Upset the Rhythm on September 20th.

Wut Share Beuys Oh Beuys Single

Everything about the newest single from Wut feels very Pacific Northwest, at least if you were one of those that grew up listening to Beat Happening and the like. There’s a centric pop melody that courses through the middle, sugar-sliding into your heart with immediacy that opens you up to the group’s playful magic. But, while there’s that tootsie-roll center, the outer coating of the track is filled with sweet discord, punctuated by swirling walls of guitar and snapping drum beats that offer up a bit of bounce. Oh, and stay tuned for the 2 minute mark when they deliver a sharpness that drives home the track’s message! You’ll want to grab a copy of Mingling with the Thorns, out on August 18th via HHBTM.

Ocelot Share Prinssi Pikkuveli Single

We’re getting some light rain here in Texas, with the clouds hiding the early morning sun, so I wanted something shiny to spark up our day, like this fresh new single from Ocelot. While the song opens up an offering that feels akin to current indie pop trends, it quickly delivers a sound built with textures that provide an elegant depth. That bouncing barroom piano playfully sets the song afire, but it’s the overlapping vocals that drive the hook from the chorus deep into your soul. Even if, like me, you’re not up on your Finnish, the sentiment supersedes language barriers, finding a home in your listening rotation. This tune appears on Siskoni on Noita, out in September 20th via the good people at Soliti Music.


Deathsport Share End of the World

I definitely remember being a young tween and realizing I wasn’t quite like my peers; they were devouring Nirvana and the like, and I was at home listening to my sister’s New Order and Cure tapes. They offered this electronic pulse and warmth that I clung to, at least for a few more years. Why does this matter? Well, if you listen to the new single from Germany’s Deathsport, you’re going to get that sentiment perfectly. It has this driving groove that locks you into dance moves, though like Republic-era New Order, there’s really feathered vocals, bordering on pure pop madness. Motorik beats and swirling dreamscapes abound, and all of it is destined to find a home inside your brain. They’ll release their Problem EP on August 16th.

Webb Chapel Share Springtime Single

There’s still a thrill when a song pulls you under, tossing and turning you over and over until you crest and the song unrolls before you, like this new single from Webb Chapel. Nearly a minute is spent mixing textures and noise, then angular guitars rip through the speakers, almost operating as a rhythmic pulse that feels harrowing, despite its pop nods. In the group approach, those guitars seem like they’re meant to be the sure-footing for bassist Rachel Gordon’s distant voice; those vocals almost seem afraid of the front of the mix, hiding behind until a startling growl is unleashed. The group will release their new LP, World Cup, on September 6th via Strange Mono Records.

Squirrel Shares Beach House Single

Squirrel continues to operate as an outsider in the indie realm, mostly concerned with writing great pop tunes from the left of the dial. Every time I hear a new track, there’s some new element being incorporated, stretching the limitations of bedroom pop projects. For instance, this tune operates as a sunny blend of surf pop, sort of like a sandy beach oriented version of early Animal Collective; it’s playful and yet not quite perfect, doubling down on the elements that captivate. This tune even brings in some violin work, building in more texture that allows the track to brim with charm. New album, Supersonic Summertime, drops on July 30th.

Otis Shanty Share Why Do I Care + Announce Up on the Hill

If you’re looking for a new act to tie to your ship, might we encourage you to check in with Boston’s Otis Shanty. The group are set to release their debut album this September, having dropped an EP this past year, and already you can tell how much they’ve grown here. Beginning with this angelic guitar line that seems to fall from the skies, the track quickly moves into offer up the sprawling vocal work of Sadye Bobbette; things seem fairly safe here, but the group throws in some little flares from time to time, illustrating their willingness to mix in various flavors. You’ll hear that in the chorus, blossoming, but then it moves into a sharper drum beat that employs fast cymbal snaps to give the rhythmic push that accelerates the song’s pace. Twist and turn, and back again, you’ll be mesmerized at the freshness amidst the familiarity. Up on the Hill is out September 20th via Relief Map Records.

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