RayRay turned me onto Tearing Up late last year, and now that they’ve released Heavy, I can’t stop listening to this track. In a lot of ways, the Ontario outfit seem to be channeling the likes of acts like Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever; they craft these angular rockers that are emphatic and angular throughout, so you’ve got to be sure that the volume is up appropriately loud enough. Plus, at times, those notes are nice and dreamy, which works well behind the exuberant vocal delivery coming your way. If you’re into what you’re hearing, be sure you’re checking out the whole of their new LP!
As I think I’ve previously mentioned, I often spend time perusing the bandcamp new and notable section for music I may have missed to add to ATH or to my daily playlists. While skimming the new tunes this morning, I came across this captivating new song called “Sparks” from Toronto based artist angel apricot. Not a lot of information is out there about the artist outside of an IG and youtube channel, but this is truly one of those songs that can speak for itself. Sort of a Grizzly Bear inspiration with heavy bass and delicate vocals.
If you’re into these sounds, angel apricot has an entire 13 song album entitled the pink sunset over you available to stream in full on bandcamp.
If you’re looking for something to really get yourself moving and rocking on a Thursday mid-morning, then look no further this new tune called “Your Flame” from Tearing Up. The project is mostly a solo piece of work coming from Toronto based musician and songwriter Graham Caldwell. He makes his very own brand of psych inspired, shoegaze meets noise, indie rock n roll tunes. Superb sound and tons of driving energy.
Tearing Up will release a debut LP on January 27th entitled Heavy.
After a busy and hot weekend in Austin, I’m looking to relax a bit and slowly ease into the week ahead. This tune from Caitlin Woelfle-O’Brien, otherwise known as Blunt Chunks, is the perfect sort of soft, mellow and intimate song I am needing this morning. It features a lovely, whispy vocal performance along with some country/folk inspired bass lines throughout. A lovely tune to kick off your week.
This single is part of the new Open Tab series from Fire Talk. You can hear more and read more about the series on the Open Tab landing page.
Already with a couple of shows in Canada coming up, Maryam Said and their Poolblood project is something we should pencil in to explode in the very near future. There’s something so carefree and innocent in Said’s voice, reminds me in a way of Alex from Diet Cig; I love how it feels understated in parts, calm and collected in the right spots. The backing vocals on the chorus build this tasty little pop morsel for your ears. This Toronto songwriter is definitely onto something heavenly, so lets hope we get more sooner rather than later. Song brought to you courtesy of Next Door Records.
Once the angular flirtation comes through, Fake Palms begin to toy with dueling guitar lines; they both operate in a similar fashion, though they’re unfolding feels like its call and response, setting up the anxiousness of the tune. That’s until you hit the 1:07 mark, and suddenly the melodic underbelly is unfurled in your ears, peeling back the sharpness for just a minute. Of course, the song quickly races back into its more spastic nature, shifting from one ear to the other with angular riffs and tight cymbal work. It’s a welcome return for the group, who with it, announce their new LP, Lemons, which hits in the fall via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Feel like we needed just a little more bounce to the day, thus far, so we’ve got this brand new track from Toronto’s No Frills. The band have just dropped their Downward Dog LP, and this track has this rad little guitar uptick that just makes the shoulders shimmy and the toes tap. I was already hooked on the playfulness of the tune when it hits the 1:20 mark; here, the song sets up for a nice emphatic burst of sunshine pouring through your speakers, giving you one of those clich warm fuzzy moments. If you’re digging this, be sure to check out the whole LP, offering up equally rewarding moments.
I’m really interested in what Fortunato Durutti Marinetti brings into the indie sphere, as he’s crafting music that certainly seems to stretch our expectations. His vocals and the folk/balladeer style definitely recall some of the more modern folk tendencies. But, that being said, the way he’s crafting it feels like he’s creating these little mini symphonies. This single below has great musical arrangements, and tons of open space for the song to sort of stretch out, focusing on the musical journey rather than just providing us with the immediacy we’re used to on our end of things. If you’re as intrigued as I am, perhaps grab Memory’s Fool from Bobo Integral before it drops on March 18th.
The air in Austin got a little crisp overnight, and with a holiday break on the horizon, well, my students are mentally already there. So, to prepare myself, I needed something a little soothing and calm, which is great because I’ve been sitting on this great new His His tune for a few days now. There’s something in the guitar play that recalls Kings of Convenience, but it also has this unique knack of adding in these little bedroom pop details that elevate the tune. It’s one of those songs you just want to sit with for a bit, kind of ride out the storm of your life with the track lurking in the background.
Well, I wanted to start off your day with something a little dark, something that maybe feels a bit drab in its initial presentation. Sina‘s vocals kind of feeling like they’re hanging in there, just barely holding on, and the musical orientation feels anxious and almost sad. It creates this cavernous world to welcome you, a place where you can just come as you are, and come to terms with the person at the table. But, for me, the curious attraction comes in the moments in between the solemnity, the moments where the songs brings in a slight bounce; it seems like Sina’s promising that there’s still room to pick ourselves up and bounce back. Let’s just hope the world gets that message. You can find this tune on the new Shame LP.