There are several really great albums that came out of Austin this year, but one rising near the top (in my eyes) is this new Single Lash. The band just dropped another tune, and it’s one of the more remarkable numbers we’ve heard from the group. Opening with a distorted guitar coming in bursts, stripped away to reveal Nic’s voice, then back in again. The wall of hazy distortion eventually becomes omnipresent, serving as the white noise on which Nadeau paints his voice. There’s a subtlety to the chorus in this number too, an effortless venture floating and disappearing beneath the atmosphere of the track. Then the band sticks around to texture the back half of the track with haunting musicianship.Providence comes out on October 26th via Holodeck.
We’ve previously shared this great number from Monnone Alone‘s forthcoming LP, but with a 7″ version on the horizon, why not share the video version that just dropped. The video was shot by Lehmann B Smith, and it involves dangling Mark down a sewer drain, until he arrives on the other side of the world to meet the glowing lights. Plus, why not just celebrate the incredible hooks present in the song; it bounds and dances about, churning guitars spinning melody after melody through your speakers. You can buy the new 7″ featuring this tune from Lost and Lonesome, while we patiently await this new LP.
At first, this new Magic Potion track seems a bit odd; the guitar sounds almost sound out of sorts, falling apart at the speakers. Then the vocals enter, steadying the ship with a slight melody; it remains a bit unbalanced, but purposefully so. That allows for the outfit to lock you into the charm of the chorus, offering warmth via a more focused guitar that’s riding shotgun with the vocals. I imagine your everyday fan of guitar pop will immerse themselves in the twangy charm this new tune offers, and if that’s the case, look for Endless Graffiti on October 26th via PNKSLM.
Already a fan of Wireheads, I got turned towards this Rex Wonderful and the Silk Sheets tune via RSTB (which should be daily reading). It starts off a fuzzy plodding jaunt, steady drumming propelling the song. Immediately, vocals are presented with an air of indifference, thrown flippantly through your speakers…maybe even with a bit of disdain. While the groove is the centric force behind the soon, I’m drawn to the way the guitar work jangles in and out of the track, giving a slight bit of discordant noise to the tune. This jam will appear on the new Ego Death tape that drops this week via Tenth Court.
I’m one of those weirdos that trolls all my favorite things…I subscribe to everything and anything that I love…that’s how I was reminded yesterday of this incredibly great Airport Girl tune when it popped up on FortunaPop’s Youtube channel (not sure why?). This track goes all the way back, but sounds like just about everything I love about the indiepop genre. It’s got a powerful fuzzed out guitar working beneath a cleaner cut version; giving sort of a rambunctiousness to the overall sound; it’s like if Comet Gain sounded noisier and maybe even a bit braver. I mean, they flesh it out with horns! If you’re wandering where this track came from; there’s an appearance on the Honey, I’m an Artist LP, as well as via 7″ from, label owner and band member, Fortuna Pop (yes, that’s his name!). Sure, the song’s almost 20 years old, but I got sent a bunch of bullshit hip-hop yesterday, so I’m traveling back in time to when things were good.
Having already released Brushes with Happiness earlier this year, The Wave Pictures are back with the promised second LP, Look Inside Your Heart. Dave’s distinctive voice is, as per usual, one of the stars of this single; he has this particular way of weaving syllables around one another and polishing them off with a nice little melodic quiver. Of course, the band’s music this go round is quite enjoyable; it feels a lot like where Vampire Weekend could have gone had they grown as tight as this trio; the guitar sound throughout is sharp and spiritually lifting. The new album will be released by Moshi Moshi on November 9th.
The opening minute of this new Papercuts tune has this bounding haze, matched by the obscured characters in the video; it’s got an infectious bounce that builds right into Jason Quever’s opening vocal lines. I don’t know what it is, but something about the way his voice is recorded just give me this imaginary sense of weightlessness; he does switch up the tone as he lets his voice fall atop the mix in what is perhaps the chorus. Eventually, the vocals fade into the background and we traverse through the video as the rest of the band come full circle back to the original bounding notes. This tune appears on Parallel Universe Blues, which is being released on October 19th via Slumberland Records.
If you’re looking for a song about all that can go wrong with loving someone, you’re not going to hear a better one than this new track from Massage. The rhythm section sets the song up perfectly, giving a steady driving pace and just the slightest hint of bounce. The guitars turns and churns in a relaxed jangle, allowing Gabi Ferrer to string her voice across the whole mix. It ends up leaving you with this feeling that even though the frustration of a relationship, there’s promise on the end; it’s uplifting and worth repeat listens all day long. You can grab Oh Boy right now from Tear Jerk Records.
We’ve been following Stephen Svacina on these pages for some time, be it with Jonly Bonly or Sweet Talk…and now we turn our attention to his latest project Missing Pages. The band are working on their debut LP at the moment, but while we wait, they’re going to tease us with a new 7″ for 12XU. The A-side has this driving guitar line, with Stephen and Garrick working against each other with these sharp chords circling one another like wrestlers about to lock up in the center of the ring. They continue to build up by pulling in additional vocals from bassists Ali, all culminating in my favorite part…the chorus of “it’s a long way down” is the perfect pop moment. Look for the new 7″ on October 5th; head HERE to grab a copy.
It’s been just over a year since Rostam released Half-Light, and even longer since that gem of an album he did with our boy Hambone…and it looks like he’s finally starting to move forward with new music. His brand new single has him building the song, much as one expect an artist to do over time. He opens with mandolin, letting that ride for a minute before bringing in his voice…it’s then that the lush orchestration begins to take hold as a pulsing drum rhythmically beats beneath the surface. Tension builds by way of violins, though he keeps his voice gentle throughout the entirety of the changes. For a musician trying to find that balance between indie rock and electronica…it’s been a good run for Rostam thus far.