As a fan of the indiepop genre, I try my best to always browse the web searching for things to share…which led me to Discos de Kirlian, long ago. Today the label just quietly dropped two new releases in our lap, and why not visit some of the best in Spanish indiepop. The first bit comes from Senalada, finding that perfect middle ground between twee and electronica; I love the acoustic guitar at work here. On the other side we have this charming ditty from Cosmo K.; it’s brevity helps you sink your teeth in immediately, then return to lap up all the joy all over again. Both releases can be found HERE.
Perhaps the greatest thing about running this site are all the obscure labels that have reached out that have either become friends or shown me the way to new music. Spain’s Meritorio Records is one such label, and they’ve had a pretty incredible 2018…so let’s reflect on that a little bit. March saw them release a great new Stephen’s Shore album, for those already familiar with one of indiepop’s finest. Then, they turned their attention to New York’s Holy Tunics, dropping Butter Dish; it’s al album brimming with guitar pop genius that you’ll revisit time and time again. Oh, and they’re not stopping, having just released the brand new LP from Poppel…seriously, just listen to this band! Hopefully, if you haven’t heard from Meritorio before, you’ll spend some time with their recent releases below.
Let’s get it out of the way, there’s an immediate comparison to Odina; yes, she does resemble early Joanna Newsom in her vocal delivery. But, for me, that’s where the comparison stops, and a new star shines. There’s this intimacy in her voice, almost as if we’re sitting right in the studio as she records this tune. It doesn’t hurt that the arrangements behind her are stunning, embellishing her notes with billowing horns that rise to meet her voice. This tune will appear on her forthcoming EP, which is scheduled to drop at some point this summer.
Not sure why no one alerted me to this, but hot damn if this Terry vs Tori EP from back in January isn’t just the perfect midweek snack. The Spanish four piece sort of plays all over the indiepop map; “Larusso” seems like something every band’s been trying to capture, jangling and melodic; it’s followed behind by “Parallel Lines,” which brings in more of a dreamy element into the fold. All these things are great, and I just wish I knew about the band beforehand, as I feel like I’ve been missing out on quality listening time. Grab the remaining copies from Box Bedroom Rebels (you can grab me one while you’re at it!).
Spain’s The Yellow Melodies have been on my radar for quite some time, thanks to our friend Wally at The Beautiful Music. I think I first fell in love with their tribute album to the Television Personalities back in 2012, but they’re back with a brand new album titled Life. I’ve been jamming it quite a bit the last few weeks, and today you get your chance to get your hands on the LP. If you press play below you’ll find an album filled to the brim with charming melodies and indiepop delights; it’s a complete gem from start to finish. I could go on and on, but who needs my words…you just need the songs below!
Promising young Spanish act Mourn seem to have their legal issues all figured out, so they’re going full force pushing ahead with the promotion of their new album, Ha Ha He, which is out in just a couple of weeks (June 3rd). Their latest track seems to have a dark post-punk feel to it, filled with discordant chords and a propulsive movement that pushes the track ahead. I continue to be impressed by the group’s youth, as if that matters, but their craftsmanship rivals that of their peers, who are often years older. Look for the new LP via Captured Tracks.
Been spending a lot of time listening to the dreamy pop sounds of Lost Tapes over the last few weeks. They just got up their debut album, Let’s Get Lost; it’s an understated bit of dreamy electro pop. I like the imagery of the video, especially the fact that it’s shot in black and white. It seems to fit well with the song, as the vocals are resting just behind the mix, at least in my ears. If the song strikes you, you’ll love listening to the record…relaxing and thoughtful, but filled with emotion.
So, SXSW is a few weeks old, but the two memories that stand out the most in my mind are following around The Spook School for a few days like a fanboy, and this band, The Parrots. Honestly, I had only briefly heard about them via an out-of-date video they did with their friends in Spain, Hinds. But, their live performance was outstanding, and possibly one of the best I’ve seen in some time…especially considering they’re only a three piece. This new song captures some of that live tenacity, while illustrating just how much fun the band seem to have playing together; it’s not something you often catch in a recording. You’ll hear this track from the band’s debut album, which is slated for release via Heavenly Recordings later this year.
I’ll be the first to say that I’m not really sure about the selection of the name, but to each their own. What I am excited about is this entire LP from Bigott; it’s that special sort of pop music that really brings you into your own world during your listening experience. Pavement Tree is just that magical of a trek though the musical landscape of this Spanish band; I’ve found it hard to find a bad song on this release. Just allow yourself some time today to take a complete listen; you’ll be thanking me by the end of it all.
The first day at any new festival can be a mix of emotions… Especially when you ditch the sprawling and oft visited fields of Zilker Park for the drastic change to metropolitan and sea set Parc del Forúm. Lucky for me, mine were all happy emotions, onset by the changes and not the differences. Read On for a quick recap of Day One.