Friday, May 17, 2019
Cat Princess are Nils Krang, Robin Aberg, Robert Lanneborn, Isabelle Friberg, and Victor Klint. Forbidden Items is out today via Stockholm's Rama Lama Records.
Bandcampfor Forbidden Items
Various links to stream/purchase Forbidden Items
Holy Moly will be released via Barsuk Records.
Bandcamp for Holy Moly
Links to pre-order Holy Moly
Thursday, May 16, 2019
We never get enough of The Perfect English Weather. No, not "that" perfect English weather with the rain and fog - we have enough of that is Seattle. We mean the project of Wendy and Simon Pickles, who have chosen that name for their musical creations separate from their larger, long-running guitar pop band The Popguns. Astute readers (we always assume that some of you qualify), may ask why, when last fall the duo released an album titled Don't You Want To Feel The Rain (link to our feature), they are now following six months later with Call Me When The Rain Comes EP. The answer is that there were three songs that weren't quite 'baked' sufficiently for inclusion on the Fall 2018 album (and the album already had 13 tracks). However, Wendy and Simon deemed the three songs to be ready for our ears, and have released them with a new mix of the title track from the aforementioned album. To our ears, The Perfect English Weather have gotten it exactly right on this EP. The lead track pops with new drumming from Spiritualized's Jonny Aitken and the three new tracks are terrific. Of the four songs, we are particularly taken with the delicate beauty of "She Isn't Counting On A Miracle", and the more robust pop delights of the emotional "How Could I Ever?". Truly worth your time.
Call Me When The Rain Comes EP is out this weekend in digital and CD formats via Matinee Recordings.
Bandcamp for EP
Matinee Records page for EP
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
"The Enemy" is out now via Norwegian label Toothfairy, and should be available at your preferred digital source.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The Catherines are Heiko Schneider and Sandra Ost. The duo is prolific, so take the time to check out their other recent releases at the Bandcamp link.
Bandcamp for record
Monday, May 13, 2019
We begin the week with "Regrets", a wonderful blues/folk track from Norwegian artist Jorgen Sandvik. Jorgen released a well-received album titled Permanent Vacation last year, winning the Norwegian recording industry's prize for best blues album. He previously recorded with award-winning folk/pop band Real Ones.
"Regrets" is available as a digital download via Lekrofon, check your preferred digital retailer.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
The album will be release via Osborne Again and Spunk Records in Australia and New Zealand, and Melodic Records in the UK.
Bandcamp for album
Friday, May 10, 2019
One of the best, upbeat and straightforward rock and roll songs we've heard lately is "Do It Twice". We wouldn't have been surprised to find it on a long lost album by a criminally overlooked California band, but in fact it is the title track of a two song single by Australian band Monnone Alone. The other track is the lower key but delightful "The Sea and the City". In case you are wondering, the "Monnone" of Monnone Alone is Mark Monnone, of Aussie legends The Lucksmiths. Mark has been carving out a deservedly well-regarded solo career, of which this is an excellent example. The songcraft and performances are excellent and we commend it to any fan of guitar pop.
Sadly, we must report that Mark has engaged in false advertising. In addition to Mark providing vocals and guitar, Monnone Alone includes Gus Franklin (drums/backing vocals), Joe Foley (bass/backing vocals), and Louis Richter (12-string guitar). So, Monnone is not really alone after all.
Note that the links below allow you to obtain the single from the source local to you, with choices in the US, Australia, Spain, and Finland.
Bandcamp (Emotional Response Records)
Bandcamp (Lost and Lonesome Recording Co.)
Bandcamp (Meritorio Records/Spain)
Royal Mint Records (Finland)
1634 Lexington Avenue is out today in digital, vinyl and CD formats. And a backing band this good deserves specific mention: Seppo Salmi (band leader/guitar/organ) Sami Kantelinen (bass), Jukka Sarapaa (drums), Jukka Eskola (arranger/trumpet), Pope Puolitaival (baritone sax), Jimi Tenor (sax), Janne Auvinen (congas), and Tuomo Prattala (organ/piano/backing vocals).
Bandcamp for 1634 Lexington Avenue
Sail By Summer are Norway's William Hut (vocals/guitar) and Denmark's Jens Kristian (keys)."Fetch You Roses" is out today as a digital release via Apollon Records.
Various links to stream and purchase "Fetch You Roses"