Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Complete Loma Singles: Vol. 1

How many things in your life achieve "I'd hate to live without it" status?  For me, in addition to my family, there is coffee, my running habit, good books, good beer, any beer, and, of course music.  And speaking of music I'd Hate To Live Without, my gaze turns to The Complete Loma Singles: Vol. 1.  Why?  Well, I really love '60s R&B and soul.  But like many of us, when we turn to our personal collections or find an oldies station on the radio or internet, we tend to have a limited range of standards.  Don't misunderstand, I'm a big fan of the Motown and Stax/Volt hits.  But life demands variety and adventure.  Don't we R&B fans deserve the raw energy of the striving talents who never made it to more or less identical loops of oldies hits?  I think so, and thank Odin, Real Gone Music thinks so as well.

 On The Complete Loma Singles: Vol. 1 Real Gone Records collects a generous 50 songs from the Loma label.  A Warner subsidiary, the label only existed from 1964-1968, and while it wasn't known for producing hits, its releases have long been sought by soul music collectors.  And a spin through this two disc collection tells you why that is so.  You can feel the passion and your mind's eye can see the sweat, joy and tears.  If anyone every asks you what soul music is, just offer to sit them down and play this compilation.  Do not, I repeat, do not lend them the discs because you might not see them again.  And as we said at the top of the post, this is a 'can't live without item'.  When You Motor Away  blog, and its officers, directors, employees, shareholders and camp followers will not be responsible for self-harm by those who do not take care of their The Complete Loma Singles: Vol. 1.

Oh, and save your pennies, because this is the first of a planned four album release of Loma material.  See, we have a lot to live for!












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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Grawlixes - Set Free

Robin Cederman and Penelope Esplin have graced these pages before as members of Dunedin's The Prophet Hens.  As a duo, they have launched folk pop project Grawlixes, and, after touring in Europe, they have released debut full length record Set Free. The album's melodies are delicate, intricate, and sweet, while the themes tend toward melancholy and clear-eyed realism, and particularly clear-eyed realism about melancholy-inducing relationships.  Restrained acoustic guitar provides most of the instrumentation, but accordion, violin and occasional electric guitar provide notable sonic depth.  Both Penelope and Robin sing, sometimes in unison, sometimes with one lead and one in the background.  Their voices compliment each other well, and the material is enhanced by the varied approaches.  Infectious and intelligent, Set Free is a real treat for your quieter moments.  And if you don't regularly have quieter moments, this album makes a strong argument for making time for them.

Set Free is out now via Home Alone.  You can stream the entire album at the Bandcamp link below.  The lyrics are provided, and we found them quite worth reading while listening.  By the way, the band helpfully points out that a "grawlix" is a spiral-shaped graphic used to indicate swearing in comic strips.








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"No More (Say Yes)" by Stephen McLaren

When we last listened to Stephen McLaren he was in Edinburgh dream poppers Collar Up.  Now the talented gent is launching a solo project, and his first offering is "No More (Say Yes)".  Opening with an insistent thumping beat and anthemic vocals, it is the perfect platform for a song about the Scottish independence vote.  We'll add that it also translates well to the dance floor, the running trail, or speeding down the highway.  Kind of like a valuable and soon-to-be-treasured musical utility tool.  In case you hadn't noticed, we love it.

"No More (Say Yes)" is out now via Errant Media.  Stephen's debut LP, We Used To Go Raving, will be released by Errant Media on September 29.



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Monday, July 24, 2017

Real Numbers - Frank Infatuation / Leave It Behind


Minneapolis' Real Numbers blew us away last year with Wordless Wonder, their debut LP released via Slumberland.  But now they prove that it only takes two songs to remind us just how good they are.  Please welcome "Frank Infatuation" and "Leave It Behind" to your record collection.  That is, welcome it if you act quickly.  It is a limited edition vinyl single from British label Market Square Records.  Buy a copy and get unlimited streaming and a digital download.  What a deal!






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She Sir - Rival Party


Guitars, guitars, wonderful guitars.  On Rival Party they chime, jangle, and layer over each other, riding a pulsating rhythm section, and the result is aural euphoria.  Austin band She Sir has been known as a dreampop and shoegaze band, and those elements remain dominant on this album.  But there also is that aforementioned robust rhythm section and many uptempo songs, so to our ears this band has stepped outside the lines to great effect.  With ten songs in a bit over a half hour, Rival Party is like a pleasant daydream in the sun, and one you try it, you may find yourself reworking your schedule for more frequent naps.

She Sir are Russell Karloff, Matthew Grusha, Jeremy Cantrell, and David Nathan.  Rival Party is out now via Shelflife Records.





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"Self Destruct Reality" by Jetstream Pony

This will be a busy week for the blog, with a large number of recent noteworthy releases to cover.  But we are starting out with a demo.  Yes, that's right, a demo.  Jetstream Pony is just too exciting to ignore, and "Self Destruct Reality" is a good way to kick off Monday.



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Friday, July 21, 2017

Life Model - Lucky EP

Today is Life Model's lucky day.  Or, more precisely, their Lucky day, because their new EP with that title has been released.  The band has been known for their dreamgaze (dreampop + shoegaze), but this record finds them muscling up with a touch more rocking, and it is a sound they do very well.  Opener "Skin and Bones" rumbles and threatens like something seeping out of the Seattle underground in the early '90s.  Title track "Lucky" brings the melody in a noise pop charmer.  The lovely "4ever" and "Together" hint at and build upon the band's dreampop roots.  Take it for a spin below -- if you are looking for good, new music, this may be your lucky day as well.

Life Model is Sophie Evans, Chris Smith, Joanne McCafferty, and Michael McDonald and they are based in Glasgow.  Lucky is out now in cassette and digital formats via Frux Tapes.



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Press Play And Escape" by Teflon Sega

We started out the day with some R&B, so we'll continue with an electronic R&B/future pop track from up and coming American artist Teflon Sega.  Keep your ears open -- we are sure you will hear more from him.


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"Do You Want My Love?" by Harpoons

Today is almost the end of the week.  Almost.  What is needed is a shot of energy to help us make it to Friday.  And where will we get it?  We will get it from "Do You Want My Love?", the new disco-tinged R&B song from Melbourne's Harpoons.  Put it on repeat, and make it through the week.  And then send the band a thank you note.

Harpoons are Henry, Jack, Bec, and Marty.  Their second album will be released later this year.



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Various Artists: 23 Bangers - The Casual Lurkers Guide to Emotional Response (2017)

Let's be honest here - we all find ourselves feeling a bit lazy at some point.  For example, every now and then I think I should make a new playlist with my favorite recent songs, favorite songs overall, favorite songs of a certain genre, or whatever.  But then I sit down, open a beer, and let the moment pass.  True, it sometimes takes two beers for the moment to pass, but I'm not a quitter so I stick with it.  And that's all fine, except that after the moment passes I don't have the hits compilation I had intended to make.

However, once again Jen and Stew at Emotional Response Records have saved the day.  Emotional Response Records releases a lot of records, in a lot of styles, by artists from lots of places around the globe.  As a public service for us lazy types, they are offering 23 Bangers - The Casual Lurkers Guide to Emotional Response (2017).  As the title suggests, the record contains 23 songs selected from the label's 2017 releases.  It is a no effort, no fuss and quite low-priced way to get a hits compilation of indie rock, punk, psychedelic, electronic, and indie pop songs well worth collecting.  Try some songs below and then visit the Bandcamp link.















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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Americans - I'll Be Yours

We generally make up our own minds around here.  In fact, we are quite comfortable with our enviable position as one of the premier tastemakers in indie music [citation needed].  But that doesn't mean that we ignore the opinions of other worthies in searching for good new music.  And when T. Bone Burnett and Jack White, among others, recognize a band's talent, we are content to be followers for a day.  And that brings us to The Americans -- a band whose interest in pre-war Americana roots music has broadened into an appealing brand of roots rock.  A brand that reflects rockabilly, country, blues, Americana, roots rock and swaggering rock and roll.  We featured the band's The Right Stuff EP a couple of months ago (link), and were pleasantly surprise that a full LP --  I'll Be Yours -- is available so soon.  Energetic stompers, roadhouse anthems, and slow-burning ballads showcase a band with deep understanding of their influences and formidable talent and commitment.  The songwriting is as strong as the performances are sincere.  And while the album impresses from the opening notes of the upbeat "Nevada", it still manages to be a 'grower', revealing depth with repeated listens.  The Americans have landed.

The Americans are Patrick Ferris (vocals/guitar), Jake Faulkner (bass), and Zac Sokolow (guitar).  I'll Be Yours is out now in vinyl, digital and CD formats via Loose Records.








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"Move to Run" by the Ocean Party

Here at WYMA World Headquarters, we are very fond of oceans and parties.  So it won't surprise anyone reading this post to learn that we also are very fond of The Ocean Party.  The Melbourne six-piece has been a favorite here for the last several years, and we even hauled ourselves out to see their show here in Seattle a few month ago.  Despite being at the end of a long overseas tour, they managed to be very entertaining and charming, and the memories still linger pleasantly in our minds.

But enough of the past, because The Ocean Party is ready to release another LP.  Beauty Point is coming to our ears and hears on August 18 via Spunk in Australia and New Zealand and Emotional Response Records in the US.  Well have more on the new album in the coming weeks, but here is a very tasty hint of what is to come.





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