Shake Chain Share Internet Single

London’s Shnake Chain are getting a lot of buzz overseas, not that we’d necessarily catch all that over here. Luckily, we keep an eye out on Upset the Rhythm, so this tune felt like the perfect wake-up call for you. Musically, the song snakes its way between dangerous punk notes and pulsating bounce, allowing the notes to playfully move all around a crowd of listeners. Musically it’s right in my wheelhouse, but taking it to the next level is Kate Mahony’s performance, wiggling and gyrating through a vocal performance that almost feels like it’s coming to you live; you can feel the sinister energy, and in that, you’re sucked into the band’s sound and performance. Sounds like an angrier Duchess Says to me. Shake Chain release their self-titled LP on November 18th via Upset the Rhythm.

Cozy Slippers Share Haunting Her Single

Think you need a pick-me-up, then I’ve got the right track to set you straight. This new Cozy Slippers single is just the perfect pop dream, and honestly, I didn’t expect such a magical tune to fall right into my lap. The crisp jangles of course fit perfect into my listening rotation, but I love the ending little solo with its classic rock flare. That said, if you’re not swooning from the vocal performance then you might want to get your speakers checked; the perfect notes getting hit remind of Neko on those early New Pornographers LPs, albeit one spun with a bit of indiepop in mind. The band release their self-titled LP via Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten/Subjangle on October 14th.

YNYS Share Nothing the Sea Doesn’t Know

It’s funny that the email I got about YNYS mentions T. Rex in a nod to the string work on the band’s latest single, as I was just thinking there was something about Bolan lurking in the shadows of this song. There’s this bit of bravado and swagger to the performance of Dylan Hughes here, but don’t let that deceive you as this is every bit a big sweeping pop tune. From the arrangements to the backing melodies, every note seems intent upon carrying you away with huge emotions, albeit with a little bit of that effortless cool. Guess I’m just a big old sucker for pop tunes; the band release their self-titled album on November 4th via Libertino.

First Rodeo Announce Debut Self-Titled LP

Summertime in Texas means sitting around in warm nights, sweating a bit and drinking a few beers with friends. The soundtrack to that classic night might be best suited by the latest single from First Rodeo (despite the band not actually hailing from Texas). Subtle drum work sets the tone, as the twang sets in from the guitar work, even working its way down the line to eventually erupt in a smoldering solo apt for late night jams. In the vocals you get that Americana croon, the sort that sounds forlorn and friendly all at once, particularly as syllables get stretched into melodies. Combining the two is a sure fire way to our Texas hearts over here, so pencil us in for a good old listening party when First Rodeo drops on August 5th via Forged Artifacts.

Welcome Strawberry Share No One Online

Wanted to get into something slightly heavy this morning, so I figured we’d start the day off with this burning ripper from new Oakland outfit Welcome Strawberry. The band have just announced their debut LP, and with Jorge Elbrecht mixing their brand of poppy shoegaze, I’m excited to see where this group head. Honestly, it makes sense that Jorge has his hands in this, as this definitely sounds like the natural evolution of where he was taking Violens; it also hints at a bit of that fun acid house, albeit with a much heavier hand in there. Their debut self-titled LP drops this September courtesy of Too Good to Be True and Cherub Dream.

Ghost Woman Shares Clockwork Video

If you’re looking for a slow-burning psychedelic Americana stomp, then check out this new video from Ghost Woman. Even the visuals going throughout seduce you with this nod to the hazy deserts of Western United States; the tune drips with this dense weight that beckons full immersion. If you listen closely, you’ll find this seductive little melody right at the 1:09 mark, and it’s super brief, but just the slightest tonal change that completely sucked me into the tune. If you’re willing to get lost with seductive melodies and heavy psychedelic fog, then be sure you get your wallet ready to grab the self-titled LP from Ghost Woman,out June 15th via Full Time Hobby.

Florist Release Spring in Hours Video

Today seems the perfect day for sedate, contemplative music. Florist seems to always craft just such tunes, and their new single is certainly no different. Emily’s vocals throughout have that sort of mesmerizing charm, the sort of voice you wish you had as you sing your child to sleep. As a band, the accents surrounding Sprague’s voice are the perfect accent; the drums keep a steady march for the track, with the little bits of picked guitar strings faintly audible in the mix. There’s also this great musical swell in the song’s middle that sets us all up for a nice little mental meandering. They release their self-titled Florist LP on July 9th via Double Double Whammy.

Golden Apples Share Let Me Do My Thing

Everything we’ve heard from Golden Apples new LP has the markings of the last 30 years of indie rock; they’re like historical musicians rewriting the sounds as they see fit. On the latest single from the group, they hit these strong chords that nod to the surf-rock craze, but what I love his how they slow it down, never giving into the need to release that tension, so the track slides into this more subtle groove. When it hits the chorus, it carefully switches into the modern, looking at guitar pop and its penchant for huge melodic choruses. Looking forward to hearing all Golden Apples, their self-titled record out on April 28th via Lame-O Records.

Chronophage Share Black Clouds

One of the reasons the Austin music scene can be so frustrating is the fact that Chronophage aren’t one of the most talked about acts around. Just recently they uploaded the stunning “Black Clouds” with an announcement of their new self-titled LP, and I should have rushed to share. In the opening minutes, you feel as if the band have matured, sonically, coming off arty, but still headstrong…then, as the minute mark crosses the song begins to get a bit of a growl in the vocals; the song continues to grow, emphatically pushing itself into leaving you with the best song Paul Westerberg never wrote. This band should be your life. Chronophage is out on June 3rd via Post Present Medium/Bruit Direct.

Abby Gogo to Reissue Self-Titled LP via Double Phantom

Atlanta’s Abby Gogo always seemed to operate outside of everyone’s expectations. During their hey-day in the late 2000s, they’d drop a 7″ here, tour a little bit, get a record out, tour a slight bit more (including SXSW)…then they broke up. It’s kind of unfortunate, as their sound seems right in line with where we’re at with those true worshippers of psych influences (not the Tame Impala breed). But, worry no more! They’re going to reissue their debut self-titled LP. Interestingly, the record’s lead track seems to combine all the elements of cool, which is what I’ve got for you below. The guitars shatter and cascade into a messy crash through your speakers, fueled by this shaky madness that seems on the verge of losing control. Flip it onto the vocals and you get this more J. Spaceman vibe, offering up this supremely indifferent layer of cool that begs you to ignore the rest of the world and dive into Abby Gogo. Double Phantom will be reissuing the LP at the end of May.

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