I knew without even listening to this great Fortitude Valley tune that it would rule. The project stems from the mind of Laura Kovic, who played keys in Tigercats (a band that rules), but she grabbed members from Martha and Night Flowers (more bands that rule), so you knew, knew…it was going to be good. I was absolutely right, as the song starts slow, building in the natural movement over Kovic’s warm voice; I love how the fuzzy guitar shoots off in the distance behind the more purposeful licks in the very front. I was charmed right away, but the big hook comes around the 2 minute mark when extra backing vocals are included to really pull on your pop strings. As of right now, the band are wrapping up their debut, so here we are on proverbial pins and needles.
While Mercury Girls are in the midst of wrapping up their debut, they’ll be a huge part of the Continental Drift compilation, which also features the likes of the Spook School, Tigercats and Wildhoney. One of their tunes just went up this week from the compilation, featuring the shimmering guitar work you’ve come to expect from a band with Kevin Attics; the quick drum work isn’t too shabby either. It all lines up perfectly to leave room for the soaring vocals, which inevitably hold the listener until the end. Be sure to get your copy from Slumberland and Fortuna Pop on August 26th.
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My affinity for indiepop/shoegaze doesn’t ever fade, especially when one of my favorites, Wildhoney, come to mind. The band will be featured on what is already an incredibly anticipated release from Fortuna Pop/Slumberland Records…a four-way compilation featuring The Spook School, Tigercats and The Mercury Girls. This tune definitely looks more to the Wildhoney’s bouncier side, whilst still including that delightful wash of atmospherics atop. I’m a fan of the short bass solo in the song’s latter half before they blast back into infectious exuberance. You’ll have to get your hands on this when it hits on August 26th. Already pondering whether a compilation can be album of the year…on my end anyways.
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Tons of genres out there, but if you’ve been following our work, you know that I’m really partial to the indiepop scene. I scour the confines of the Internet for any and the best of the genre, and admittedly get tons of tips. So, I looked back through what had come out and wanted to throw a little bit your way…just another list of what I think was the best in indiepop in 2015. Still staying away from numbering. Also…some of this has made my other lists, but I wanted to expand on my favorite genre a little bit. Read more
Just a bit ago I brought you a new jam from Tigercats, and at the time, I thought it was going to be something glorious, or at least I hoped. Now that I’ve heard the latest single from the band, I can pretty much guarantee it’s going to be something special. The careful interplay between male and female vocalists is always endearing, and it’s done exceptionally well here, with keyboardist Laura stepping into her own with the lead role. You’ll hear some nice doses of keyboards working beneath the harmonies here, all making this indiepop fan swoon. Look for their album, Mysteries, to come soon via Fortuna Pop.
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What? You can’t get enough of mellow indiepop goodness? Me either, which is why I’m really anticipating the new LP from Tigercats. The LP is titled Mysteries, and if you go off this single, it sounds like they’ll be doing their best to infuse a great deal of instrumentation into their style; this track has a nice little flute/piccolo added. It’s also enjoyable because of the interplay between male and female vocal parts; that’s the sort of thing I’ll always stand behind when it’s done right. Look for the LP on February 2nd via Fortuna Pop.
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Tons of stuff is going on in the musical landscape of the UK, so excuse me if I hype on another recent discovery, Tigercats. This group is as energetic as anything that’s come across the Atlantic, at least if we go by the track below. Said song is featured on the band’s new record, Isle of Dogs, which definitely features some odd song names (Kim and Thurston for example). While some songs sound a bit like Los Campesinos I like the brightened exuberance of this track as soon as I stumbled upon it. Definitely an easy way to cheer you up.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Tigercats-Full-Moon-Reggae-Party.mp3]
Download: Tigercats – Full Moon Reggae Party [MP3]