I Missed This: New When Nalda Became Punk

It looks like it’s going to be a day for great pop music, so I apologize that the latest from Spain’s When Nalda Became Punk slid under my radar. The band reminds me a lot of current buzz act, The Mercury Girls, though I think there’s more of an understated pop sensibility lurking here. They’re not beating you over the head with those discordant jangles, letting them sit back and enjoy the natural bounce of this track; it allows for natural melody to come through vocal harmonizing, which is always endearing. The group release their newest EP, Those Words Broke Our Hearts, on March 10th via Shelflife.

Looking In on Shelflife Records

LIFE097_Cover480Been following Shelflife Records for a bit now, and I had almost forgotten to check back with them on plans for 2013.  Good thing I took a look-see, as they’ve got two great new acts I want to share with you.  First, you’ve got Spain’s When Nalda Became Punk.  It’s refreshing to hear spirited jangle-pop coming with just a hint of a Spanish accent. They’re debut for the label, A Farewell to Youth, is out now.  Also, the label has just put out the Goodly Thousands 7″, with the Irish group kicking out really rad indie pop, like a less-angular version of The Lodger.  Music like this really makes it easy for me to come back to work on a Monday.

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Download:When Nelda Became Punk – When It’ll Come [MP3]

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Download: Goodly Thousands – Honest[MP3]