This news announcement is a shout out to my dear wife, who is an avowed Real Estate stan, and I’m sure she’ll love the airy nature of this tune here. Those crisp guitar sounds are exactly what made us all fall in love with the group initially, and their charm shines brightly on this track. According to the band, the lyrical content is all about the well of inspiration that artists draw from; it’s an apt analogy, as you can interpret the various stages of writing with water…sometimes its plentiful and other times drought hits hard and things dry up…like my writing here today! Oh, and fellow New Jersey natives and Nickelodeon fans might recognize cast members of Pete & Pete making an appearance in the video. They’ll release Daniel in February of next year via Domino Recording Co.
When I first turned on this new track from Koalra, there was something hypnotic that completely captured me; there was this lingering darkness in the drum sound that just got under my skin. It set me up perfectly to fall in love, as the minute mark introduces this melodic high-toned voice; it soars, lifting the track and your spirits up in the mix. And, then there’s a heavier vocal resonance, matching the heavy march of the drum beat, letting the guitar line wiggle and churn up the muddy melody waiting to soar as the song pushes forward. One minute of listening will have you clamoring to hear Disasterclass, but like us, you’ll have to wait until it releases on December 22nd.
Having just released his debut album this past September, Juppe is wasting no time, turning around and dropping a fresh new single via Soliti. Originally written for a skate video, the song locks you in immediately with this seductive groove that feels like kicking and pushing on the asphalt, hair blowing in the breeze. It was that natural joyfulness that grabbed me, and then the vocals offer up this softened curl that really draws you into the track; I think you’ll also hear some similarities to some of the British pop rock that was breaking big in the late 00s (2000s not 1900s). Give it a listen, and if you dig it, we advise you to go back and check on Feeling Bad About Feeling Sad…, available from our favorite Finnish friends, Soliti.
I was actually a big Johnny Aries fan back in his Two-Wounded Birds days, but definitely love that he’s become an integral part of the Drums line-up over the last decade or so. But, today its all about him, as he drops this drifting bit of melancholy pop music, a piece that perhaps will appear on his new LP, which is stated to be in the works. This one’s all about sliding into the sprit of sadness mentioned in the song’s title; you can feel those sparse guitar notes just echoing in the darkness, atmospheric noises shooting pass as you get to wallow in the emotion of the single. Get in touch with your feelings below!
A little over ten days to go before Pop Filter drop their brand new track, and they want to drag you right into the experience of CONO by hitting you with “Undertow.” It’s immediately going to grab you, opening with a racing rhythm section, using snappy drum work and a bassline that seduces you instantly. It doesn’t stop there, as the band race through the tune, dropping discordant noise in throughout as they seem intent on rushing you through the song as fast as they can. Little bit of saxophone helps the song fade out and still throw its weight behind the pop sensibility! CONO is out on December 1st, but it’s already SOLD OUT, so hopefully there’s a repress!
There’s perhaps nothing that rings more true this week than a track titled “Sleepy.” Whether you’re on vacation and just relaxing, or you’ve indulged too much and find yourself in a food-induced coma, Body/Negative have crafted this striking soundtrack to your day or week. It’s a seemingly simple track, maneuvering with very light keys and atmospheric fuzz as the vocals carry angelic memories associated with the songwriters (both Midwife and B/N have dedicated this tune to their deceased parents). Perhaps a solemn theme runs through it, but in this week, it allows us to turn our thoughts towards those we can be thankful for, be that parents or partners or pets. This track appears on the new LP, Everett, out December 8th via Track Number Records.
You’ve always got to keep an eye on the Melbourne music scene, as a new band seemingly springs up every other day, and today, we’ve got Baby Blue. The band features Rhea Caldwell, who played guitar in our old pal Michael Beach’s band, so you know the songwriting licks are already in there. This first single is like a Springtime pop tune, sort of wistful and pastoral, with little sprinkling dashes of psychedelia lurking here and there, giving off this mysticism. There’s this really delicious pop moment right at 2:09, and that moment right there sold the song for me, as if I needed more. The band will release Of My Window early next year via Lost and Lonesome.
When I first turned on this new track from Kissing Party, there was something instantly gratifying in the rhythm section; the snappiness of it all reminded me of early Drums tracks, endearing and energetic. As the song progresses, the vocals enter nonchalantly, offering listeners a sort of pop version of what Blank Dogs were doing back a few thousand years ago. The song carries this lightness and indifference, seemingly tied into the concept of the song, so it all fits absolutely perfectly. Honestly, if you missed the OG Pains of Being Pure at Heart, this is the tune for you to turn all the way up. They’ve got their Graceless album dropping today, so go listen to that as well!
New to me Cardiff based band SYBS just dropped this new single today called “Gwacter” that you should definitely check out below. It features a great, indie rock sound that doesn’t tend to mess about and gets straight to energy and power from the get go. Hopefully it will improve what may have been a downer of a day. Stay tuned for more from SYBS as a debut album is coming soon and will feature more of this badassery.
Admittedly, the first 45 seconds or so, I was drawn to the beat and mystery of this new gglum single, but it didn’t quite catch. But, just as the 1 minute mark drops, the vocals hit a bit harder and more texture gets layered into that groovy percussive beat. It slides back into the more subtle bounce, which after hearing where the tune will go, had more of a playfulness to it; I had myself doing a little shoulder shimmy in my desk chair as I bounced along. The tune’s playing with great beats and dreamy atmospherics, sort of constantly keeping you in a state of emotional flux. Looking forward to seeing where thye go from here; this single brought to you by Secret Canadiens.