Sub Pop have a winner with Loma; I’m going to come out and say it right now. The project is a new musical partnership between Cross Record and Jonathan Meiburg, so it should be no surprise that we’d fawn over the release. And, to be honest, if one was to concoct this mixture fictionally, the actual band sounds precisely what one might create. Emily’s voice seems to be at the front, with Meiburg’s deepened, operatic tones just behind hers; the track unfolds ever so carefully, allowing for instrumental flourishes that are important in the work of their own respective projects…particularly the falling piano line that enters periodically. It’s ornate, textural pop, and we’ll get to hear the entirety of their self-titled debut album on February 16th.
Went a little mellow and poppy this morning, so there’s only one way to wrap up today’s writing…with this blaster from METZ. The band’s always had a slew of punishing tracks in their reservoir, and this fits perfectly into that back catalog. I almost feel like there’s an element of DLJ or Hot Snakes in the sound/vibe of this tune. Even cooler news is that the group will be releasing a brand new album, Strange Peace. Haven’t ever been let down by this band, so I expect to enjoy it when it hits release day on September 22nd, courtesy of Sub Pop.
Last month we received news Chad Vangaalen about his highly anticipated new album finally coming in September. We’ve since heard one single from the album called “Old Heads”, and today Chad has another beauty for us to enjoy. This one is entitled “Pine and Clover” and features a somewhat creepy, yet still cool animated video of Chad’s always unique and distinct drawings. The song itself is of course full of subtle power and beauty typical of what we’ve come to expect over the years. He’s still got it.
Light Information is due out on September 8th via Sub Pop (pre-order now).
If you’re looking to bring the tempo and energy up in your mid day work week, might I suggest you listen to this new single entitled “A Wall” from Providence based rockers Downtown Boys. Seriously, this track is so full of energy and driven by sheer rock power, it has to make your day a little bit better. One can only imagine how awesome this song must be when seen performed lived. Uhhh yeah.
Downtown Boys new album Cost of Living is out on August 11th via Sub Pop.
Clearly we’re enamored with the playful sounds of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (I even wrote about them HERE for SXSW). They definitely have an Australian sound, and it’s super apparent here…filled with that breathy vocal and guitars that ring circles in your head. Personally, I love how the band has this attitude of indifference, yet they survive by offering up an inherent joyousness; it’s even evident in the celebratory attitude of the accompanying video. These guys are one of the highlights of my upcoming SXSW plans, and if you won’t be here, that’s okay because you can grab The French Press EP on March 10th via Sub Pop.
So maybe I’m a day late and a dollar short on sharing this new track from longtime ATH faves, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, but it’s a right jam, so I had to. These Australian gentlemen, if you’ve somehow managed to miss out on the plethora of great songs that they’ve been tossing your way, have signed to Sub Pop and will be putting out an EP later in the spring. They’ve just released the title track from that release, called “French Press,” and it shows the band really tearing up the jangly rock scene; they remind me of a tightly-wound Real Estate. Crisp electric guitar riffs frolic through the whole tune while the vocals are tight and quick lipped. These folks are doing indie rock right, and it’s time for you to dive in headfirst. Take a listen below and don’t forget about their French Press EP, which is due out March 10th via Sub Pop. Pick it up here.
Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have made my short list for acts to watch in 2017 after each single they’ve dropped up to this point has been another pop masterpiece. “Julie’s Place,” is no exception, and the video below will let you take a listen to the track while watching a slice of life at high speed. The track has got infectious guitars that ferociously tear through the track at high speeds, and the vocals are a mellow compliment to the instrumentation. Take a listen and look out for their Sub Pop debut EP, which will be out sometime this spring.
Man, I love it when we’re right. Not to be those snobs, but when a band that we’ve been digging from the start catches a break and signs to a label as big as Sub Pop, it feels right that the band is gaining proper recognition. Such is the case with Melbourne’sRolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who have just signed to Sub Pop and released another single to add to their myriad of hits. This new single, “Julie’s Place,” comes from their forthcoming EP which is due out next spring, and while it has some polish to it the mix, it still retains that 70s pop vibe that we first fell for. Be sure to turn this one up loud and rejoice with the band.
LVL UP have been at the game of crafting emotionally accessible and equally fuzzy tracks for some time now and are approaching the release of their third album, albeit their first on the Sub Pop label. The track below, “Hidden Driver,” is slated to be the first track onReturn To Love, and it’s a good example of how well this band does fuzzy rock. The song opens with a general layer of haze over everything–vocals, percussion, guitars– but this really makes the sound stand out. Take a listen below, and then pre-orderReturn To Love, which is out on September 23rd via Sub Pop.
Admittedly, I wasn’t into The Gotobeds until 12XU released the rad Poor People are Revolting in 2014; it’s a must have if you’re inclined to have a better record collection than your friends (and if you generally like rad music). In signing up with Sub Pop for the release of Blood/Sugar/Secs/Traffic, they’re not changing things up, churning out gritty riffs, raspy vocals wrapped inside a cocoon of pop sensibility. In listening to their first few singles, including this one, the sounds they’re crafting are destined to remain with listeners throughout the rest of the year…and longer; it’s no bullshit rock n’ roll of the best sort. Stoked to hear the entirety of this album, which is being released on June 10th.