After our DJ set last night, I came home to find an email from Evripidis and His Tragedies; I knew immediately that this would be the tune that would start off our day, and perhaps yours. The track has this nostalgic bent to it, like the best of classic synth pop from the 80s, which matches up with the video’s goal to take from the likes of Grace Jones and Peter Gabriel. There’s a whole lot of bounce and natural joy that resonates from the way the song was constructed, with dual vocal harmonies hitting all the right notes. It’s subtly satisfying, but punch enough to get you going this morning.
My Wisconsin based pals in Disq are really looking like they’ll be releasing one of my top albums of the year in the next few weeks. We’ve already released one banger of a single from the upcoming album, with now another one entitled “The Hardest Part” dropping today. I love this band’s ability to show a clear alt-rock, sort of Midwest inspiration with these delicate hints of shoegaze and emotion for a remarkable sound, truly their own. You’ll definitely want to go ahead and pre-order the new album, Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet, coming out on October 7th via Saddle Creek. It’s stunning.
If you’re in need of heavy pop rock riffs and a blast of hooks, might I suggest diving into Well Wisher this morning? The band are my current go-to for sweet pop rock, replacing Weakened Friends momentarily. I love that there’s not a lot of extemporaneous bullshit here, just a straight-ahead rocker with Natalie Newbold’s voice doing all it can to be sure there’s just enough hooks to hold the listener’s attention from start to finish. Lyrically, it’s all about self-deprecation, just showing us how much fun we can have while feeling sorry for ourselves. The band’s album That Weight just dropped via Egghunt, so be sure to check it!
Every time I listen to the Intelligence, I just run this gamut of self-doubt. Am I cool enough to listen to this band? Will I even really get at what they’re doing? Somehow, I always end up gravitating towards a cliche Wayne’s World “we’re not worthy” moment…which again, seems to suffice with the newest single. It’s this disorienting piecemeal tune, bits of sticky cymbal work, primal electronic pulses, with Lars Finberg crafting his poetic lines so as to weave around the amps like a jumbled pile of chords. Then the song stutters, only to shriek back into place, plodding along with more texture, seemingly, only to remind us that we need to check our expectations of rock n’ roll at the door. With this jam comes great news; the band will release Lil’ Peril via Mt. St. Mtn. on September 30th.
A few weeks ago we were catching up with our friends over at Dandy Boy Records; they had just recently announced a killer 12″ EP from Aluminum…and now we’ve got a video for that accompany single, just as a reminder of what should be on your radar. The more I listen to this tune, the more I’m drawn to the propulsive nature of verses; it’s matched up right up with the way the video was shot, meant “to capture the wide-eyed feelings of youth.” It’s the perfect set up for the acidic wash of noise that bursts in through the almost-chorus, blurring the lines between our expectations and how far the group are willing to take their sound. The Windowpane EP is out on October 7th, so don’t forget to grab it right now!
The first single we heard from Pete Astor‘s new album was a long burner, but since that track’s release, Pete’s been focusing on the quicker ditties, like this delightful new jam. I love the burning stomp of the guitar here, kind of bringing in a bit of old school classic rock to Pete’s repertoire. Still, when you get to the charm of the chorus, that’s Astor’s bread and butter, bringing in this blanketing melody that certainly warrants at least a dozen repeat listens. If you’re digging on the vibe, as you should, then be sure that Time on Earth is on your radar when it drops on October 7th via Tapete Records.
Sometimes you just need a straight rock tune to clear the cobwebs in your brain, something to clean the stress out. Well, if you’re in that boat, turn up this new track and video from Broken Baby; it’s a song that will draw some comparisons to Amyl/Sniffers, particularly in the way the vocals have that biting sharpness that seems to warn the listener to back up…though you could also hear it being a riotous performance in the live setting. Speaking of that live setting, the band have a nice little mini tour going on this week and next with our own ATX friends in Calliope Musicals, coming to Austin on the 16th.
One of the records I picked up last week was the forthcoming LP from Smashing Times, and today there’s another new single out there that illustrates the group’s musical growth. You can hear sort of a late 60s psychedelia in the guitar work, just hanging in the twang, but the vocals definitely feel like they’ve been chiseled out of early 90s Britain. So you get this interesting juxtaposition, putting melodic pop balladry right alongside the smoke-filled rooms of the past; I’m totally digging on the mixture of the two, kind of like traveling through time in a kaleidoscope of rad sounds. Bloom is out in late October via Meritorio Records.
The closer we get to the release of Winter‘s new LP, the more I’m getting anxious to hear it from start to finish. Today, we get another glimpse at Samira’s songwriting, this time in a steady fashion that really drives home the melodic nature. It’s almost like a spiritual move, a mantra of being good, however that plays at. Sasami‘s vocals just beckon you, like a siren begging you to crash upon the shores of this glorious slowcore masterpiece. With all the folks having a hand in the new release, from Sasami to Hatchie, you know we’re in for one hell of a ride; What Kind of Blue Are You is out October 14th via Bar/None Records.