Formerly of Austin, now of Philadelphia, Blood are making music that seems destined to be overlooked, but highly revered by those in the know. They almost aim to turn you off at the get-go, with a stuttering guitar line followed by a squawking saxophone; the horn sets the tone for the rhythm section to slink into the track, wiggling its way beneath that funky guitar line. When the vocals hit, you’re visiting this heavy realm that’s reminiscent of Ought’s early work, when things rang out, but seemed discordant. Through it all, there’s an almost meditative nature to it, something that begs full immersion to really maximize your enjoyment; few bands are making track as compelling as this. Their Bye Bye 10″ is out June 3rd via Permanent Creeps.
Kenny Tompkins, aka Mr. Husband, has been writing songs and running Yellow K Records for some time, and late last year he released A Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Dude, and I let it slip me by, so I wanted to give a little shout out to one of my favorite tunes. This song opens up with this incredible bit of guitar twang, leading you to think you’ve come across a nice little country ditty, which is perhaps why I love it so much. Tompkins vocal delivery begins to set the song in a new direction, something that seems like it might fall in line with a David Berman piece, both playful and reflective and definitely self-deprecating. Need a laugh with a toe-tap? Well, spend some time with the latest Mr. Husband release.
It takes a lot to tickle my angsty tendencies, but man if Die! Die! Die! aren’t doing their damndest to keep me on board. This last week they shared the title track from their new LP, thundering with the rhythm section from the get go, while the guitar operates like a noisy transmission from another galaxy. It feels like the song’s lurching, stopping then starting until it can no longer control itself and unleashes a blast of fury, tearing through your speakers before the song is no more. The new album, This is Not an Island Anymore will be released this Friday.
Simon Love returns with a brand new album this Spring, and I’m glad there’s finally a single to get out there for ya’ll today. There’s something about the former Loves songwriter that just seems like he’s perfectly content playing under his own curated pop umbrella. There’s nostalgic sounds throughout this new single, particularly when it comes to the arrangements and everything working beneath the core. But, that being said, there’s still a ballsy-ness and production value that seems larger than life, giving his music this huge punch that just doesn’t seem to be out there enough in the world. His new LP, Love, Sex and Death Etc will be out on April 8th via Tapete.
Really just wanted to get up something warm and punchy today, as it’s a blistering day outside my window here. That said, the frantic rock n’ roll of Eades seems a little calmed here, and I don’t mind that one bit, as we can all use a nice little pop rock ditty that’s not rushing in the same direction as everyone else out there. There’s something in the riff work as it kind of slides into the background in the tune’s middle that kind of hints at some of the Sonic Youth influences I think might slide under your radar; just listen carefully while the guitar solo is going about and tell me you don’t hear that! The band will be releasing Delusion Spree on March 4th via Heist or Hit.
Well, we took our eyes off the prize, and RayRay and I both completely missed this new Shout Out Louds tune, despite that being one of our favorite bands. The group are preparing their sixth album, House, which is out next February, continuing to show an adherence to these rhythm sections that naturally propel the song and its energy. Adam’s voice has this familiarity too, perhaps because I’ve been listening to the group since the early 00s, but it’s one of those distinctive voices you immediately recognize. I love the way the band build in various vocal textures here to back his voice, as its clear the new LP will be all about creating expansive pop layers. Sorry I missed this, but catch it here, now!
I know we’re all clamoring over year end lists for 2021, but please, reserve a spot in next year’s list for Artsick; the band have only dropped two singles from their forthcoming LP, but already I’m saving it a place. This is the sort of frantic ramshackle pop meets punk that got me to jump ship full on into indie rock. It only takes 20 seconds for the waves to wash in and bring thumping drum work; the rhythm section drives the tune forward, bouncing it while Christina’s voice soars atop. Backing vocals also aid in delivering a satisfying bit of infectiousness, guaranteeing the song sticks in your brain all day long! Plus, the video should get bonus points since it was directed by Christina, who also is the sole character in it; I mean, can you direct a video and star in a video, all for a song you wrote?! That has to create some sort of black hole. Regardless, Fingers Crossed is out on January 21st via Slumberland Records.
Seems like we’re opening up our Wednesday musical journey with some mellow vibes, and I don’t mind that one bit as we settle into the week with this new track from Fortunato Durutti Marinetti. Listening to this new track from the forthcoming Memory’s Fool, you get little hints of Bill Callahan or maybe even Destroyer; it’s stripped back music with a powerful vocal performance. Somehow, even as the vocals come across almost spoken, they hang on the cusp of melodic, accented by these careful choral backing notes, punctuating the Marinetti’s voice. This is the sort of track that feels almost meditative, so be sure to dip your toes in this calming pool as you get your day moving; Memory’s Fool will be out on Bobo Integral come February 25th.
It’s time we introduce you to the world of Robot Fox, a brand new outfit from Melbourne featuring members of Crepes, Cool Sounds and other local acts. Listening through the band’s debut single from their Sham Rage LP, this is how psychedelic pop music should be made. Full stop. In the first few moments, you’re seduced by this meditative guitar that seems to sedate the listener, like sinking into your chair and drifting away on some LSD trip. When Pierce Morton enters the fray, his lackadaisical delivery feels like a mantra, like a calling out from the beyond; you’ll hear an increased musical element shimmering, along with some backing vocals. I love how they let the song breathe too, allowing the listener to bathe themselves in the sound. Throw in a little jazzy breakdown that comes out with this sky ripping guitar solo and you’ll be totally in love with the band’s sound. Their debut is Sham Rage, and its out on April 30th via Osborne Again!
The quarantine has kept songwriter Asa Morris rather busy, having already released 3 EPs this year, so why not drop one last one in there before we wrap up the shiftiness that is 2020. I love the hidden feel of the vocals, as if they’re whispering to me from somewhere down the hallway. Musically, there’s this really subtle melodic fall; it first happens in the song around the 50 second mark, and its admittedly the moment that I found myself swooning over this tune here. Loud & Sad is the name of Asa’s new EP, and if it sounds like this, you’re surely going to be hearing from me again.