Low Key Pop from Firestations

watlsLondon’s Firestations are quietly building steam overseas; I can tell why after listening to this number.  The song opens with this quiet piece of pop via a male voice, but then it moves forward with a nice little duet that completely changes the feeling of the song.  It’s darkness evaporates, allowing for an emotional light to push its way inside. I love how the track closes on a brighter note after returning to the solitude of the lone male singer, briefly.  No word on when they’ll have an album out, but it should come soon via Waltz Time Records.

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More Tunes from School of Language

davidIt’s interesting to hear the musical progression of School of Language since David Brewis first stepped out from behind Field Music so many years ago.  What seemed like a B-Side Project has evolved into something that has a soul all its own, while still harnessing the sound Brewis has come to embody.  There’s still elements of that jagged guitar playing, yet you’ll likely find a lighter feel to it all, providing an almost rhythmic dance propulsion.  His new album, Old Fears, will be out on April 8th via Memphis Industries.

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Darren Hayman Joins Up with Emma Kupa

darrenI love a good joint venture between artists, especially when it’s two people who create music that I absolutely adore.  You take the lead man of Hefner, toss him in with the always enchanting Emma Kupa of Standard Fare fame, and you’re sure to have hits, right? Yes, that’s right.  I love how Darren‘s voice is perfectly complimented by Emma’s on this tune; they seem like the perfect fit, to me anyways.  They’ve released this tune as a 7″ on Fortuna Pop, and it is also accompanied by this great video so you can get to know our songwriters and their string game skills.  Hope you dig this track as much as I do.

Beautifully Subdued Track from Prince of Assyria

princeAs we here at ATH aim to recover from extensive debauchery, I figured I’d offer you this mellow tune to help us all ease back into our daily lives.  This tune comes to you from Prince of Assyria, who has been quietly making waves in Sweden.  On this track, there’s a light guitar strum, accompanied by a faint violin accent and female vocals.  You’ll be able to hear more tracks of this sort from the artist on April 11th when he releases Changing Places, his second album, on Soliti Music.  Seems like a perfectly way to start out what will surely be a dragging Monday morning.

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New Music from Sonic Avenues

sonicEver since playing my way through two copies of Television Youth I’ve been waiting for the next record from Sonic Avenues.  They offer up this infectious power-pop that carefully walks the line between punk and pop, though not in that cheesy teenage manner.  It’s fitting that the band is releasing their next album, Mistakes, on Dirtnap Records again; it’s the home of other like-minded acts such as The Marked Men or Low Culture. You can grab what is sure to be an excellent record on April 15th when it hits the stores.

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Singer-Songwriter Ditty from Bry Webb

bryThis tune arrived in my mailbox with an endorsement from Feist; whether you agree or not, that’s a ringing endorsement for any musician.  But, even more importantly, Bry Webb was one of the men fronting Constantines, one of my favorite Canadian acts.  Interestingly, I didn’t expect him to come off as a more spirited version of Bill Callahan, but that’s exactly what I’m feeling here.  Is new record, Free Will, is going to be issued by Idee Fixe Records on May 20th.  Listening to this has made my day better, like a gem hiding among my SXSW emails. Give this a thorough listen folks.

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Fun New Tune from Of Montreal

ofmontrealI’m really digging the broader band approach from Of Montreal, in comparison to some of the electronically driven stuff I feel like Kevin Barnes was working on in his own bedroom.  This brand new track will come on a 7″ that arrives with the remastered Satanic Panic in the Attic LP, which hits on Record Store Day.  And just in case you forgot, that’s my favorite OM record, so it only seems fitting that they offer up this track.  If this song is any indicator, it’s clear that the band is back on the up and up, perhaps bringing them back into the realm of my favorite bands.

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New Music from Guantanamo Baywatch (SXSW Act)

gbAh, yes, it’s time for the Suicide Squeeze Singles to start rolling out, and they’re starting with a bang.  Their new series begins with a split between ATH favorites Shannon and the Clams and Guantanamo Baywatch.  Last time I heard from GB, they were rocking a sweaty punk style, but this new jam seems like the perfect fit for a shared 7″ with Shannon.  It’s a country-tied garage jam with a slow pace and lyrics that will allow you optimal sing-a-long fun.  This single will hit stores on April 29th, but you can catch the band playing throughout Austin during SXSW, including the SS Party with our friends at Hardly Art on March 14th.

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Fun Jam from Cape Lion

CapeLion_Photo1With all this SXSW business going on, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed…you know, scheduling, advice, sleeping arrangements, etc.  So, with that in mind I figured I’d just throw out this jam from Cape Lion to lift all our spirits. It’s a pretty straight-forward pop jam of the electronic sort.  The Swedish duo craft the sort of jam you just want to throw on to get the evening dance party started for all your friends, so why not throw that party right now?  Expect an EP from the band later this Spring…for now just enjoy the swelling pop sounds coming through your speaker.

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SXSW 2014 Interview: CYMBALS

1401742_756613981021666_1001563622_oCYMBALS are riding high after the recent release of their latest album, The Age of Fracture. They’re heading into to Austin to play SXSW, and they’ve got a special day lined up on Wednesday, March 12, opening for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart during the Force Field Day Party.  Check out the band’s thoughts on the festival as they prepare to blow into town.  Read more

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