Friday, July 24, 2015

The Debutantes - "Adams Apples" 7"


This post is all about emotional response.  The first emotional response most of your should have is regret.  Perhaps regret mixed with a bit of shame.  The reason for this is that last year I took the time to tell you about a very exciting young Irish band called The Debutantes.  The Galway trio had released a five-song cassette of noisy, hook-filled guitar pop.  Enough smart people took the hint and the cassette sold out.  But I suspect most of you didn't, and you'll never, ever see the chance to get that cassette again.

But now we'll trigger a different emotional response -- happiness with a topping of gratitude.  Why? Because four of those very same songs are now available via the Adams Apples 7".  The release consists of "Adams Apples" and "Kids" on vinyl, with a download code for those songs plus "X + Y" and "Gentleman's Wash".  The kind folks providing you with this rare second chance to do the right thing are Stewart Anderson and Jen Turrell of the appropriately-named Emotional Response Recordings.  By the way, the song from the cassette omitted here is "Burn the Merchandise", which is on a compilation from Emotional Response Recordings that we'll discuss at a later date.

The songs deliver dream pop, garage and shoegaze with plenty of reverb, fuzz, energy and hooks.  The production adopts a delightfully frayed take on Spector's wall of sound.  It is all so good that if you sleep on it a second time you should sell all of your music and just watch reality TV.





The Debutantes are Paula Cullen (vocals/bass), Sarah Grimes (drums) and Leon Butler (vocals/guitar).  Cullen also is in September Girls, and Grimes also is a member of September Girls and Cruising.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

"In The Fog, In The Flame" from Bec Sandridge

Young Australian Bec Sandridge has been building buzz as a folk and pop artist, but "In The Fog, In The Flame" is another beast.  The song, which will be on her forthcoming In The Fog EP, has the kind of big moments and arena-filling vocals that demand a wind machine, high ceilings, moody lighting and all the other effects that made '80s videos special.  High energy and an excellent performance.  Watch for this young lady.



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Snow In Mexico - Juno Beach EP

Snow In Mexico is Italian duo Andrea Novelli and Massaimillano Cruciani.  For Juno Beach, their third record, they have employed synths, drum machines and a penchant for lush shoegaze to craft a four-song EP that is equal parts urgently mysterious and hazily warm.  Proceedings commence with the up-tempo dance tracks "The Call", followed by the more darkly-shaded title track.  The beats are forward-pushing and high in the mix, while the minimal vocals hang tantalizingly in the background.  The mood shifts for the aptly named "Sunshine".  The set closes with the moody soundscape and dreamy vocals of "Gentle Rain".

Touchstones could include Tangerine Dream, M83, Radio Dept., The Pet Shop boys and OMD.  The closest genre may be dream pop, but these guys know how to ride a groove.  You can test a couple of tracks below, or stream the entire EP at the Soundcloud and order page links below.




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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Motopony - Welcome You


Welcome You is Motopony's second album, following 2011's self-titled debut.  The line-up has gone through some changes, and the music has morphed a bit as well.  But the Seattle band's ability to craft interesting songs remains.  Stylistically, the eleven tracks could earn tags such as folk rock, dramatic pop, synth pop, glam, jam rock, psychedelic, and glitch dance rock (there is a chance I invented that one).  However, the demarcation between the genres is gleefully blurred, and what remains is a full, even lush, sound with plenty of delightful and surprising touches and a double live show dose of energy.  One does not want to set unnecessary standards for measuring achievement, but I will note that there is a bit of the Fab Four in the audacity of the vision on Welcome You.  This is a band that paints on a bit canvas with bold strokes and bright colors.

I think the best way to take this album is to let it take you.  If you approach it with expectations of what you are going to hear you may be confused or even disappointed.  But if you press play and let Motopony take you on a journey, I expect that you will have a very good time.



For Welcome You, Motopony founder Daniel Blue is joined by Forrest Mauvais, Mike Notter, Terry Mattson, Andrew Butler, and Nate Daley.

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Introducing: MoMBe


Noah McBeth is from Heidelberg, Germany but now is based in Los Angeles.  While trained as a classical pianist, he transitioned to instrumental hip hop as Rookie, and now to electro-pop/soul/hip hop as NoMBe.  I think his latest track "Miss Mirage" promises good things from the young man.  His Mood Indigo EP will be released later this year.  You also can check out some past work on his Soundcloud page.



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bedrockk - Ultra Violet EP

Recording as Bedrockk, Dave Marquess has crafted an enormously appealing collage of thick tribal beats, shimmering keys and soulful vocals on the Ultra Violet EP.  The tracks tend to unspool in unpredictable directions, but always to the listener's delight.  There is a noir vibe to the proceedings, with the bright lights and dark skies, and the glamour and grit, of the evening urban landscape echoed in the contrasting elements of the compositions.  You'll find spots to dance, spots to chill, spots to get sexy, and in "Telephone", one of the most delightful R&B pop tunes you've heard in a long time.

The EP is out now on Dave's Dirty // Clean label.



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Monday, July 20, 2015

Introducing: Fakers


In introducing LA band Fakers we are re-introducing two members of a long-time and sadly defunct favorite around WYMA headquarters, The Henry Clay People.  Two of THCP were Joey and Andy Siara.  In addition to brothers Siara, Fakers includes Travis Shettel (piebald) Cameron Dmytryk (Vanaprasta, Sun Drug), and Benjamin Heywood (Summer Darling).  Given the players, the astute rock fan will demand energetic rock with a dose of punk and a liberal dose of hooks.  And the astute rock fan, and anyone else bothering to listen, will get what they demand.  Isn't it great when life works out that way?

This introduction includes two songs from the band.  A 7" will be released soon via Chain Letter, which we understand is label founded by band member Heywood and his spouse Heather.





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