Thursday, June 30, 2016
Melbourne's Cool Sounds refers to their music as "jazz-gaze", but you'll probably need a bit more of a description. The melodies are relaxed, the bass up-front and teasing. The vocals and synths are warm and yearning, and the horns add the perfect layer of polish. The vibe is chill from start to finish. I feel comfortable suggesting that this is an album you will like more each time you hear it. And I'm a current expert on the subject as I've listened to it five times today. When I press publish on this post, I will relax and reward myself with a sixth.
This one is highly recommended for your summer transport soundtrack folks, and at home I would pair it with any fine beverage. It is out now via Deaf Ambitions.
No Grace is out now via FatCat Records.
Bandcamp page for No Grace
FatCat Records page for No Grace
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Sonny & The Sunsets don't permanently attach themselves to any specific style, but they always provide compelling, if unquestionably off-beat, stories and high quality performances. For Moods Baby Moods, their sixth album, Sonny Smith's San Francisco outfit gives us drum machines and woozy synths. But characteristically defying typecasting, the new wave sensibilities are leavened with funk and a variety of technological bells and whistles. And, of course, there are spoken word sections from various characters. The vivid stories mine the weirdness of modern life, with characters who live on the edge, fantastical settings, a space alien or two, and the other facets of every day life in the city by the Bay. At times it plays like a mostly musical old time radio show, but the angst, uncertainty and weirdness of modern life is always engagingly and entertainingly set forth.
The arrival of a new album from Sonny & The Sunsets has always been cause for celebration around WYMA, and this album is no exception. You can never predict where the journey will take you, you just know it will be worth your time. Moods Baby Moods is out now via Polyvinyl Records.
Bandcamp for Moods Baby Moods
Monday, June 27, 2016
"Beard On A Bike" will be on Bubblegum Lemonade's next album, The Great Leap Backward, which will be out later this year. But you'll need to buy this record to get the other three songs. And you can do so either as a digital download or CD via Matinee Recordings.
Twitter for Laz McCluskey
Matinee Recordings page for Beard On A Bike EP
Saturday, June 25, 2016
And just because it is such an awesome blast of music, here one of their prior releases, "You Made Me Do That".
Friday, June 24, 2016
The Delivered EP bridges the gap between the band's well-received Any Port In A Storm LP from a couple of years ago and the follow up album set for release this fall, and displays the first-take immediacy that is the essential element of good garage rock. The title track, which will be on the upcoming album, is a hard and jagged ode to happy substances with Craig Dermody's shouted vocals giving the tune a sense of urgency. The following tunes continue the garage rock vein with a bit more jangle. The closer is a turn-it-up-to-11 cover of Elton's "Bennie and the Jets". Good stuff, and you can stream the entire EP at the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for Delivered EP
Fire Records page for vinyl
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Fall Forever is out now via Kanine Records in digital, CD and vinyl formats. Fear of Men are touring in North America until late July, and then in Europe into September.
Bandcamp for Fall Forever
Kanine Records page for Fall Forever
On most days, Carla Easton is the lead vocalist for indie pop band TeenCanteen, and Joe Kane plys his musical trade with Dr Cosmos Tapelab. But on some days Carla and Joe are Ette. And on one of those days (well, maybe a couple, I wasn't there to count), Ette laid down the tracks that became the single Attack of the Glam Soul Cheerleaders (parts 1 & 2). The release includes the title track - a throwback sing-a-long with echos of Motown, plus the slower tempo electropop "Fireworks (Joe Kane Disco Dub)", and it it available as a digital download for the ever popular "name your price". The lead track is to be included on Homemade Lemonade, Ette's debut LP which will be released by Olive Grove Records on July 22.
Bandcamp for release
Olive Grove Records