Brand New Music from Airiel

airielPerhaps the best thing about the end of SXSW is waking up to see that you completely missed a new Airiel tune during all the madness. It’s the perfect piece to raise me from this exhaustion, filled with that jangling guitar cascade and precision drumming. This is our first glimpse at the band’s newest work, their first since 2007. I love how it borders on shimmering dream pop and jangling indie rock, even drawing on a cool vocal performance. Molten Young Lovers will be out soon via Shelflife, with a promise that’you can dance to it.’

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Great Demo from Goodly Thousands

74917_449316638455527_827934431_nIt’s possible that I could rehash yesterday’s news with the cool and hip bands everyone else had, but I’d rather give you a look at the future…that happens to be (hopefully) a new album from Goodly Thousands. It’s been a little bit since we heard from the band; the last time was on their Sunshine Hair EP (Shelflife)…I guess that was only about a year ago. So, they just uploaded this demo…but even as it stands, the songwriting is perfect, and one of the reasons I’ve fawned over the group. Here’s to hoping we hear more from them soon.

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Soft Indiepop from California Snow Story

1300_1104601302925014_3769517267500157304_nIt’s been a really long time since anyone has heard from California Snow Story, at least in so far as new music goes, but you got the feeling with some posts in November of last year that new tunes were in the work. Just Friday the band released the first single, which will be handled collectively by Rallye and Shelflife, so you know it’s already got great support. I love this tune; it’s the casual side of indiepop, letting you relax while your soul is filled with melody. We’ll have to wait until May to hear the whole thing, but for now, this is about as good as it gets from the genre.

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Free Music from Palms on Fire

1501060_787234427980208_1557624226325387883_oWell, we’re only a few days away from that whole 2016 thing, and it’s already looking promising for those on the hunt for great indiepop…namely these two new track from Palms on Fire. Right now, Shelflife is offering the tunes for free on their site, just as a hint as to what you can expect from the band’s new record coming out at the end of January. It’s got that rolling indiepop feel, with just a touch of jangling, a traveling drum beat and a really pleasant female vocal. Just another one of those songs that makes you feel good about being you and about being a fan of music. Enjoy.

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Lost Track from The Ocean Blue

oceansI wonder how many bands out there have “lost tracks”? I’m sure it’s hard to sit down in a studio and see what fits with the feeling of an album, but I’m definitely glad that The Ocean Blue offered up this lost gem from their early years on Sire Records. This track celebrates a band that’s been knocking around since the 1980s, and celebrates their hard work with their first label; they’ll be re-releasing those first three albums on vinyl today. Whether its the production or the influence of their sound, but I can definitely see this track fitting nicely inside some modern indie rock playlists…they were just another band clearly ahead of their time. Grab those re-issues from Shelflife or Korda today!

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Synth-y Jam from Talking Bush

talkingbushIt wasn’t too long ago that Talking Bush released their latest EP for Shelflife, but the band is wasting no time on the turnaround, readying a brand new tune for your ears. There’s a chilled out vibe to this one, and I can imagine folks who love the 80s dance pop fawning here. But, even with that nod, I still like some of the vocal inflections; they really sell me on the song as a whole, even if they’re only there for a syllable or too.  Give yourself some time with this track, then thank me later.

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Indiepop Magic from Red Sleeping Beauty

alwaysWhat!? 15 years later and Red Sleeping Beauty come back to the indiepop scene with one of my favorite tracks of the summer?! As soon as I pressed play on this track, I knew I was in love. It’s got a pretty simple synth line opening the track, pushing the song forward as the vocals make their way into your ears.  Niklas has the perfect voice too to make the song reach those maximum heights of pop melody.  I’m sorry but this song is just fucking brilliant; I’m probably going to play it all day long. Look for this track to appear on a new 7″ for Shelflife on September 11th.

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Little Indiepop Goodness from Pretty Sad

sadProps go out to our friend over at IPSML for catching this one before me.  I swear; I checked the Shelflife page just Monday morning!  Anyways, they’ve just put up this wonderful announcement that they’veg just released the new eponymous EP from Pretty Sad.  You can stream the whole EP from the label’s Soundcloud page, but really I just want to highlight this one track.  The group, from various mailboxes across Europe, has created this really tight-knit swell of indiepop that would make any other creator rather jealous.  You swoon with songs such as these.  There is an LP soon to follow early next year, but the digital EP is available now.

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Nice Bit of Indiepop from Working

moreThis little gem popped up last week from Shelflife Records, whom we adore.  Working is a Rhode Island quartet, who are making some pleasantries, though they’re doing it with a heavy-handed touch.  Singer Catherine’s got a great softness to her voice, but it works against (and with) the distorted guitars that are ringing out of your speakers.  It’s not everyday that an indiepop act bangs out a track that bursts over the four minute mark.  You can grab the More Weight EP from the label HERE, or just enjoy the beautiful stream below.

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Dream Pop from The Hobbes Fanclub

hobbesIt’s been a couple of years since I’ve heard from Hobbes Fanclub, but after rounding out a full band, the group are finally ready to unleash their debut album.  The first single has this delightful bit of indiepop slightly obscured by a wash of feedback; it gives it that dreamy quality, laying somewhere beneath this great melody.  The UK group have titled their debut Up at Lagrange; it will be released by Shelflife on August 19th.  You can expect bits of shoe gaze, bits of pop, and a complete little masterpiece of a record.

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