Everyone has been talking about the reunion of the “classic” line-up for Guided by Voices since their return to the road last year. And while the January physical release of Let’s Go Eat the Factory Out is still a bit off, the band is pushing out another new single for your ears. This new number is a bit slower than the previous single, but Pollard’s vocals definitely have that tone that made him such a memorable frontman from the beginning. If you’re a true fan, you’re probably on board; if not, you can still get into this track, and band, before the new album hits stores.
Download: Guided By Voices – Doughnut For A Snowman [MP3]
Long have we adored Headlights over here at ATH, so when word leaked that singer Erin Fein was going out on her own as Psychic Twin, we got really excited. We posted a track not long ago, and now we’ve got another one to offer you. This one has a similarly darker quality to Fein’s music, though her voice still maintains that coy playfulness that drew us in so long ago. It seems to me like she’s got a knack for this sort of thing, so we look forward to see what else she’s got up her sleeve in 2012.
Download: Psychic Twin – I Want to Forget [MP3]
The self-titled release by Cloud Nothings this past January was one hell of a ride, consistently staying in my player for most, if not all, of 2011. And now we’ve got news that Dylan and his group are at it again, ready to rock and roll with a brand new record on Carpark. As of now, it’s titled Attack on Memory, and it should be hitting the streets on January 24th, so we’ll probably have another year to enjoy fresh new Cloud Nothings jams. Don’t think that you’re gonig to get the same fare this run around, as this first single displays a more subdued group, tossing out a more stripped down, slow-burner, as opposed to the furious blisterning rock of last year. I’m interested to see where this goes.
Download: Cloud Nothings – No Future No Past [MP3]
There’s never a bad time to come across a dreamy little number like this new track from Psychic Twin. The Illinois duo is self-releasing this single later in the year, with hopes to get out a full-length in 2012. While it begins coated in haunting atmospherics, the song picks up soon after, bouncing off in a blissful manner that’s sure to appeal to any listener. Personally, I appreciate the way the lyrics come in and out of the foreground of the song, giving it a deeper mystic quality that you don’t hear every day. Be sure to check out this up-and-comer.
Download: Psychic Twin – Deepest Part [MP3]
Man, sometimes the world just collides in odd ways. Just this morning I started a book on Marquee Moon, and later, I get an email about former Dictator Thunderbolt Patterson! Next I expect a text from Debbie Harry. There’s never anything wrong with classic punk rock, and while this isn’t precisely classic, the new song from Thunderbolt definitely has its roots in the glory days. There’s a bit more polish to this track, but imagine what all the old stuff would have sounded like if only we had ProTools in 1976. This is just good honest rock n’ roll; the kind that makes you proud to be a music fan.
Download: Thunderbolt Patterson – Life’s Rich Pageant [MP3]
Late at night, you slowly let the slow jams take over; you’re ready to wrap up your evening. Such was the case when I stumbled upon this little tune from The Echo-Friendly. Sure, it’s not necessarily the most breathtaking thing (no offense), but I love the vocal interplay between the male and female counterparts, which really drew me into the track, letting them take over the rest of my evening. Before completing their first EP, the band wants to spread the word about their project. I think, if you’re looking for something slow and dramatic, then you’ll love the lead track from the new single, “Same Mistakes.”
Download: The Echo-Friendly – Same Mistakes [MP3]
While JJ continues to change their sound, albeit slightly (see the R&B influence below), I always find myself drawn to the music. There’s something about the way the music evolves in the track, fusing with the vocal melodies in a light-hearted fashion that just tugs at my musical heartstrings. Luckily, I came across a few new tracks from the group (via GvsB ) which you can grab over at Sincerely Yours. There’s still an element of electronica that bleeds through, but the arrangements with the strings create something altogether special. Perhaps these new singles hint at the possible upcoming of JJ No. 4. Who knows, but I’m sure we can just enjoy listening to this track for the rest of the week.
Download: JJ – No One Can Touch Us Tonight [MP3]
Patrick Wolf is a magnificent genius. Everything he’s done has fascinated me, on various levels, but always involving his music. He’s set to release a new single in December titled “Time of My Life.” The track is a bit of a personal narrative, reflecting on a crumbling relationship. I’m hoping the release of his new material means that his sequel to The Bachelor, which you need, is soon to hit the streets. Please be true.
Download: Patrick Wolf – Time of My Life [MP3]