Sweden’s The Honeydrips have long been on my radar as purveyors of fine pop music, and with their latest Here Comes the Sun dropping on Friday, I wanted to give you a sweet dose of what you’re in for here. At times, the track takes on this beautifully seductive French pop vibe, kind of like a weird combination of jazzy crooning, with Leopoldine Charon offering spoken snippets to fill in the song’s space. But, while the song’s construction is pretty special all around, that little pop hook from Mikael comes in to offer up in that undeniable hook we all crave. It’s a track that combines cinematic constructs with sprinkles of trip-hop and pop sensibility…a musical journey well worth your time. Look for the rest of the record this Friday!
The great thing about falling in love with a label like Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten is that you generally know that even when they take a left turn, you’re going to find something new and rewarding. Enter Eccentric BlaBla, from Augsburg. They definitely have a pop lineage, which is more than clear when you listen to this tune, but I was most attracted to the jazzier underbelly of the track. I felt like I was in some lounge sipping a martini while two magnificent voices dueled with one another, and I didn’t mind…not one bit. No word on the exact sort of release, but I have a feeling something wickedly good this way comes.
Sea Pinks have mostly been quiet since their 2018 Rockpool Blue LP (aside from a singles collection), but maybe that changes in 2020 with a fresh new single dangling out there. “Crocuses” has that infectious bounce from the get-go that makes pop believers out of all of us; the song bubbles in jittering and jiving, though I think there’s just the faint curl of softness beneath the vocals that exposes the band’s pop tendencies. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they quickly switch gears at the 1 minute mark and ride that potent pop pony to the end of the tune. Standout track, so lets hope we get more on the horizon.
The latest single from BOAT is like a sweet little candy treat; you unwrap it and in an instant its gone, leaving you wanting another. The first 40 seconds or so are almost just like a wrapper, a vocal and a few heavy piano chords; peel it back and pop that in your mouth! Once you do, right at the 41 second mark, the tune kicks in and the sweetness of pop sensibility fully kicks in to gear. Honestly, that soaring vocal and the drums dropping in are just he sugary sweetness I need, or crave. I live for little pop moments just like that, making this track the perfect treat for you all. Their new album Tread Lightly will be out on May 1st.
BUNNI is a lo-fi rock/pop band brought to you by the Berlin based musician Bunyamin Eroglu. He has been working hard recently to put together a 10 song album full of quirky bits of pop music infused with equal parts MGMT style synth beats and the intimate songwriting approach of Girls. A sampling of his style can be found below in the form of new single “Taste for Life”. It’s a fun and breezy song which blends those lo-fi elements beautifully with a catchy as hell beat. You’re sure to love it.
BUNNI will release new album Transit on April 23rd.
Tan Cologne should definitely be a band on your radar, especially after the release of their debut Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico. Now they’ve teamed up with Johan Angergard and his project, The Legends, to release this light-hearted ditty. It’s the complete opposite end of the spectrum of what you’d expect, considering it involves the US duo, but it’s so so great. My only complaint being that the tune’s just short…and not because it’s short but because I could have it all on repeat all day long. Maybe you’ll feel the same after a couple of short spins.
Isn’t it exciting when you find a new band that just draws you in immediately and yearns for repeated plays? For me, it’s one of my favorite feelings and I’m always happy to share it with all of you. Today my “new band smell” comes by way of Danish group Yune, and their brand new single “Odd One Out”. This one blends some lovely bits of bedroom pop with some darker, heavier bass elements to create a truly mesmerizing single.
This song appears on the Yune debut album AGOG which is due out April 24th.
I’m not typically one to revel in the joys of demos and remixes and all that. But, I really really love the Oilies, and I really really really love this new track…even in a demo version. There’s something in its simplicity that’s supremely rewarding; it almost feels like the song is just on repeat for much of the track…careful ears will hear slight changes. Vocals subtly change the presentation, but if you’re like me, you might have been so entranced you didn’t notice on the first run though…so go back and listen to this all again. Honestly, I just want to hang out in a world where this track is on repeat forever.
I’ve spent the last week or so really digging deep into Pure Soul, the newest LP from John Steiner’s recording project as Boy Romeo. Every time I press play, I can’t help but wonder how some folks get big and famous, while others toil in obscurity. For me, this whole LP is a brilliant collection of pop songs; it should be a huge record, even as indie standards go. You can just take the singles to start. “Let’s Roll” has this surf-y swagger filled with hints of doo-wop and vocal layering that would make Brian Wilson smile. “Sophie” brings in a high-stepping jangle, meant to kick your heels up and have some fun, even with a sly hint at 80s club dance floors. But, a great LP needs a ballad, which you get in “Daydream” as the album draws near a close. That doesn’t even cover a song like “Pastels,” which could draw Steiner some Dent May comparisons, but here we have him going all in with a big horn solo added to the mix. Oh, and you need an art-y song too? Well, there’s “Waiting for My Call,” which stretches a solid pop number into a synth exploration. This LP has it all, and you can have it all too if you grab a copy from Z Tapes tomorrow when the album drops! Here it all below!
I love a good pop tune, even more so when it comes across in this sort of warped manner, such as the latest single from Bleach Day. The duo received a lot of praise for Where to Dream, and most recently helped with production duties on Wished Bone’s latest LP. Here, we have them building what seems like a very straight-forward pop number; the song’s general structure rides the backbone of piano notes. But, the vocals have this effect that holds the pop sensibility while still sounding obscured, then they bury it behind layer upon layer of textures. It’s like a pop quilt, little notes sewn into the fabric of other notes here and there. This should make the new album, As if Always, quite an adventure; it drops the first week of March.