In a couple of weeks London outfit Popstrangers will be releasing their new album, In Spirit, and drawing near, I’m liking the way things are shaping up. The album’s title track is one of my favorite tunes of the year, and now we’ve got their latest, sliding into a heavier vibe. Perhaps its the video accompaniment, or just that jittering noise in the background, but there’s something slightly evil about the way this tune begins to unfold. The vocals hide in the background, letting the tension build through the thumping drum work and these anxiety-inducing elements of noise. How they manage to hold onto any pop sensibility it beyond me, but its there, giving the song this brooding bubble that hopefully catches your ear. In Spirit is out June 10th via Rice is Nice.
Here we are folks, another Monday. We’re starting off the week, as we always do, looking back at last week’s hits, just in case our five followers missed a song or two. We’ve got new indie pop stuff from Red Sleeping Beauty and Jeanines, plus new tunes from long-time ATH faves, Stephen’s Shore. Then there’s a new Chronophage album on the way, so we’ve got that covered here too. It’s a quick little way to breeze into your week here, starting things off nice and light. Enjoy!
I’ll be honest, listening to the first 45 seconds or so of the new Popstrangers single had me questioning where I’d stand when it came time to talk about it; it opens at a trudge, like slogging through the mud; I liked it, but wondered how long they’d stay in that spot. Suddenly, at 1:09, the song erupts into this gloriously fuzzy slow-burn, crashing against my ears with this wondrous melody. They set me up! Then they slide back in, only to set us all up with the charm one more time; even stretching it out a bit further…sort of like we got from the Wrens so long ago! The trio will release their new album In Spirit on June 10th via Rice Is Nice Records.