I don’t know what it is as of late, but I’ve been really into these lengthier, expansive pop songs. Last week, and for the last few months, I was jamming Bones Garage, but today I’m turning my attention towards FEELS. Vocals aren’t even a thought in their latest single until the 45 second mark, then they enter, ever so playfully. There’s something about the tones and the backing vocals that create this vibrant note; that’s perfect, as the music, at times is heavier, almost abrasive in lieu of the vocal performance; I’m a fan of musical juxtaposition. The song plods and turns, bobs and weaves, yet never losing the listener, which bodes well for their full length. Post Earth will be released this Friday via Wichita Recordings.
This Goon Sax tune dropped on the Internet yesterday, but I was working at the real job and such, so wasn’t able to get to it quite yet…until this morning! Admittedly, it’s one of my favorite tunes off of their new LP, so I had extra encouragement. I love how the track opens up with vocals working over a percussive loop and quiet piano chords. Then it switches, with an acoustic guitar strum accompanying the male vocals; I wasn’t completely sold, however, until drummer Riley joins the vocal fray for a powerful verse. The youthful attachment was shed for me on this song, as it showed me a great maturity I might not even have been expecting. We’re Not Talking drops on September 14th via Wichita Recordings/Chapter Music.
I feel like The Goon Sax should be one of the great bands of our age, yet they still have so much potential to grow. On their latest single, they’re taking their angular pop stylings and turning painting them with a broader pop brush. There’s an accent from the cowbell to add some step, but the chorus has swelling strings and horns blasting through. It’s enchanting, yet cautiously energetic; you’ll have this song running through your head all day. The band’s new album We’re Not Talking will be out on September 14th via Wichita Recordings.
In 2016, The Goon Sax were a bunch of young Australians who delivered one of our favorite albums, Up to Anything. A lot of folks have been waiting in the wings with the promise of new tunes…and today is that day! We get a fresh track, employing a similar tactic to their early work, though there seems to be depth. I’m a sucker for the deep bass grooves, not to mention the mixture of steady vocals and their female counterpoints. Infectious guitar pop anyone? Yes, please! The band will be releasing We’re Not Talking on Wichita Recordings/Chapter Music on September 14th.
So a little while ago I told you to watch out for this new London up-and-comer, Oscar, and shared with you his first stunning jam “Daffodil Days,” that had those of us around the ATH offices dancing for, well, days. Were you paying attention? No? It’s time to fix that problem. Oscar has another song for you, “Beautiful Words,” which is more of an electro pop track than the jangle of the first, but has still got me hooked with those deep and clear vocals that are straight from the 80s. Look out for his Beautiful Words EP, which is out June 23 over here in the US. Preorder here.
You’re going to hear some soft vocals in this track from Total Babes, sitting back behind the mix, but the guitar work here is what’s really going to get a hold of you. From the minute you press play on the link, the guitars have that discordant ring to them, driving the song forward forcefully. That being said, I appreciate the quieted approach of the vocals; it sets the song up in a different manner than one might expect, allowing for fans to find moments where they sing-a-long euphorically. Look to hear all of the band’s Heydays on May 19th when it’s released by Wichita Recordings.
The new Total Babes track hit the airwaves on Friday, but in case you missed it, you’ll want to take a listen below. The tune is probably the most well constructed song the band have comprised to date. In the past, they’ve gone full-force, blasting through their songs, but this new one has something tangible to take in; the recording is probably the most legitimate piece they’ve offered their fans up until now, allowing listeners to really have fun with the track they’re offering. The newest tune comes from Heydays, which is their latest LP from Wichita Recordings, hitting stores on May 19th.
I haven’t heard from Total Babes since Swimming Through Sunlight, but I’m glad they’re back at it with a new LP ready to hit stores. I’ll admit, the bits of horn throw me off a touch; I mean, is that a bee buzzing in my ear? Regardless, the song’s got this catchy tenacity hooked around the stop-start vocal delivery. The guitars do have a jagged edge, and the horns begin to show themselves as an instrument meant to create something beyond your typical garage tune (laser sounds included). Look for their new effort, Heydays, to hit stores on May 19th via Wichita Recordings.
Every once and a while you come across a track from some under the radar artist that you just know is going to explode shortly. Such is the case with London’s Oscar and this track below. Now, Oscar’s already put out an EP, but this new track “Daffodil Days” is simply great and really worth your attention. The song springs into action right away with the dulcet vocals a-la The Magnetic Fields and the power pop guitars just going to town. The dark vocals and the guitars combine to give you a solid pop song that oddly enough sounds fairly springy in its nature– hear for yourself. Oscar just signed to Wichita Recordings so expect big things.
This tune, “Get Tight”, from UK based band Cheatahs has struck a chord with me today and I wanted to share it with you guys. It’s a great washed out rock tune from a band prepping their debut release for late winter times. I’m expecting great things from these guys in the future.
The band’s new self-titled debut will be available on February 11th via Wichita Recordings.