As I strive to prove that modern country music goes beyond Sturgill Simpson, let me introduce you to New York based band New Rose. Their take on the genre veers in more of the slacker style with slow strummed acoustics and trippy pedal steel in the background. If my description doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, check out this new single “Waiting On Me” and make your own assessment. To me, it’s as if Destroyer started a group with Sun Volt as the backing band.
I always love it when a band I’ve never before heard of sends me some nice new tunes to start my day. This morning I was treated to just such an event via this track “Tremolo” from Brooklyn based group No Kill. It’s a delightfully dark and heavy pop number complete with heavy, distorted guitars and just the right amount of percussion in the background. Stay tuned as I receive more information about this promising up and coming band.
I was out recovering from a SXSW hangover yesterday, but return today with some solid jams for your ever awaiting ears. First up for me is this fun and playful number called “Full Screen” from Purchase, NY based band Adult Mom. Won’t you help me in welcoming them to the ATH approved team?
Adult Mom will drop a new album entitled Soft Spots on May 19th via Tiny Engines.
QTY are an upstart act from New York bringing a lot of promise with their debut track. It’s a hook-laden bit of rock n’ roll that seems steeped in the recent history of the band’s hometown…though I also hear a bit of the Replacements. Dan Lardner takes the reigns with the vocals, but you can hear the balance being brought by Alex Niemetz just beneath that, leaving the song with just enough contrast to make the whole thing interesting. The group have just signed on to Dirty Hit to release their debut, so be on the look out for more from NYC’s rising stars.
Some of you may recognize the name Belle Mare from their surprising debut EP entitled The Boat of the Fragile Mind out in 2013. Hopefully the band has been on your mind over the last few years because they’ve been working on a new album up in New York since that time. The album is called Heaven Forget and was released towards the end of last month. For those unacquainted with the band, be ready for some dream pop music similar to Beach House or My Gold Mask with some truly emotion evoking rises and falls. Basically, it’s pretty damn good. Check it out below
In keeping with my theme of trying to simplify things here, I present to you this new single called “Friday Afternoon” from Buffalo, NY based The Tins. It’s a simple pop number with a very repetitive feel and a bit of meandering guitar throughout the track. The chorus here also drops in nicely to break up the melodic acoustic guitar bits driving the song. Easy to like.
Myself and many other die hard music fans are often guilty ofover thinking things and trying to use new adjectives to describe music were listening to. Today I vow, though maybe just temporarily, to put an end to my wordy ways as I present this new single called “One in Seven” from NYC based duo Acrylics. It’s simple pop music folks and it’s incredibly easy to get into. Check it out below.
Acrylics will release their new LP DADA minor this Friday on Papercup music.
If you do anything, it’s best to listen to your friends, which is how I stumbled across Kew (thanks Mercury Girls). I don’t think this band is easy to pigeonhole, as they have hints of all the great little nods in the realm of pop. Therearehooks in both the songwriting and the vocal notes, but really these are just refreshing new tracks that make you happy to be alive. This is just a quick little sample to turn up loud, bounce around your room and revel in great jams. Grab these songs right now for the NYOP (always pay please!).
For the last few years, I’ve fawned over Wax Idols, and now we’ve got another kindred spirit spinning dark-tinged pop music, Shana Falana. It’s this heavy brooding, as if it’s been recorded in some hollow garage, with the volume ruffling the cones on your speaker just enough. Still, you’ll be sucked into this track, drenched in pop sensibilitythat only comes from the most innermost caverns of your soul. The new album from the project is titled Here Comes the Wave, and it’s being handled by Team Love Records for an October 21st release.
Queens based Raccoon Fighter came on my radar a few years ago and since then I’ve been intrigued by their ability to craft a brand of psych rock with blues and garage rock overtones. Fans like me will be pleased to hear that the band has plans to release a new EP entitled Hover Craft on August 26th via Papercup Music. As always, the announcement comes with a new single and this one, “LVLR”, is sure to perk up your ear drums today. Once again the band has taken psych rock and added their own flair with hints of old school alternative rock and blues.