Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Say My Name" by KNGDAVD

KNGDAVD is a collaboration of New York duo Tye James and Jon Buscema.   Their first release is the gritty, extravagantly swaggering "Say My Name. I don't have any more information, but they dropped this delicious nugget in my inbox and it seems like an excellent way to cap off the evening.


Kid Canaveral - Faulty Inner Dialogue

I've been a fan of Edinburgh's Kid Canaveral for many years, thus it is no surprise that they have featured here several times.  The only complaint I've ever whispered in their direction was that they take a long time in between albums.  I suspect that life, jobs and rejuvenation of creative juices are to blame.  But it probably would be fair to say that when each album is better than the last, it takes a fool to criticize a band for taking the time to do it right.  So I'll cop to being a fool.  But at least I'm a fool bearing the happy news that Kid Canaveral is back with Faulty Inner Dialogue.  The album takes what the band does well -- hyper melodic indie rock with propulsive arrangements and worthwhile lyrics addressing life's challenges and dichotomies -- and then adds in some deft electronic touches and, to my ears, a bit more sophistication and nuance in the vocals.

The give and take between classic power pop and electro-pop commences in the first track, "Gun Fhaireachdain".  The following "First We Take Dumbarton is galloping power pop, and classic Kid Canaveral.  It also should be on everyone's playlist.  "Tragic Satellite" is chiming, glistening guitar pop.  A dreamy instrumental interlude comes courtesy of "Ten Milligrams", which leads to one of the sneaky masterpieces of the album for my money, "Callous Parting Gift". Other highlights for me are the surging "Lifelong Crisis of Confidence", the sweet synth pop "Listen to Me", and the epic "Lives Never Lived".  Thematically, the we find the band in the mood for refection.  But whether you also are inclined to reflect, or just want some stellar guitar pop, Faulty Inner Dialogue delivers.

Kid Canaveral are David MacGregor (vocals/guitar), Kate Lazda (guitar/vocals), Rose McConnachie (bass/vocals), Scott McMaster (drums), and Michael Craig (keys).  Faulty Inner Dialogue is out now via Lost Map.

Bandcamp for Faulty Inner Dialogue
Lost Map

Friday, July 29, 2016

"Take Me Dancing" by Slotface

Here at WYMA we like Slotface.  We liked them when they were Slutface as well, but we like them no less now.  We like them even thought they are a bit needy and insisting that we take them dancing.  More seriously, "Take Me Dancing" is a decades-later feminist response to Big Star's "Thirteen".   Hey, some things take a little time -- and it is a cracking fun song, as well.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

"Stop Your Tears" by Aldous Harding

About two years ago I featured "Hunter" by Aldous Harding, the performing name taken by Hanna Claynails Harding  (link).  Harding, from Lyttelton, New Zealand, possesses a disarmingly pure voice, but writes gritty and stark folk songs that pack a devastating emotional punch.  Her debut album was released by a small, home town label, but is getting a well-deserved US release via Flying Nun Records on September.  Here is album track "Stop Your Tears.

Flying Nun

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"Dianne" by Teeth & Tongue

Melbourne's Jess Cornelius performs as Teeth & Tongue, delivering poptastic arrangements and clever songwriting.  Check out "Dianne" below.  It is from her upcoming album Give Up On Your Health, which will be out September 2 via Dot Dash/Remote Control in Australia and New Zealand, and Captured Tracks in the US.

Bandcamp for pre-ordering album

Various Artists - Typical Girls

We all know that there is no one type of girl in this world, but that doesn't stop people from using the phrase "typical girl" to demean or disempower women.  And that is sad and offensive.  Jen and Stew at Emotional Rescue Records are doing their part to point out the stupidity of the phrase by releasing Typical Girls, a 16-track compilation of high quality punk, indie rock, fuzz pop and power pop from bands fronted by women.  Play it loud, and rejoice in the quality.  Then note that it is available at the Bandcamp link.  Then do what you should do.

Bandcamp for Typical Girls

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Trust Punks - Double Bind

On their new album, Double Bind, Auckland, New Zealand's Trust Punks are a multi-legged beast, with a foot in punk, a foot in jangle pop, a foot in the politi-rock and a foot in experimental post-punk.  They are adventurous, searching, even unsettled.  And while a song like "Resevoir" may bring to mind past bands from New Zealand (as well as Trust Punk's previous EP), this record shares more kinship with The Fall, This Heat, The Birthday Party or Wire, and a second cousin relationship with Australia's Total Control.  And while the album covers a lot of territory stylistically, the lyrical fury is similarly wide scope.  The targets are political, social, local and international.  And cold-eyed self-assessment is on the menu as well.

Almost astonishingly, the result is an excellent album.  It is fresh, vital, and challenging, and my appreciation grows with every listen.  And perhaps most important from my perspective, Double Bind is exciting.  Each new track brings anticipation of what the band will say and how they will arrange it.  It is a new beginning for Trust Punks, and the future looks very bright indeed.

Trust Punks are Paul Brown, Alexander Grant, Lliam Powell, Joseph Thomas, and Maté Vella.  Double Bind is out now via Wharf Cat Records in North America, Faux Discx in the UK and Europe, and Spunk in Australia and New Zealand.

Bandcamp for Double Bind
Wharf Cat Records
Faux Discx
Spunk Records

Abjects/Fruit Tones/Hafrican - Summer Slummin'

Well, this a Margarita pitcher full of fun, I must say.  One of our favorite little labels, Glasgow's Fuzzkill, has released Summer Slummin', a six track record with two songs each from Manchester's Fruit Tones, London's Abjects, and Glasgow's Halfrican.  Fruit Tones open and close the set with their hooky garage rock.  Abjects hit it hard with two punk smeared rock tunes.  Halfrican's two songs are energetic, and slightly off center, indie pop.  Despite some stylistic differences, the songs fit together well, and I expect that they are a delight on the same bill.  Stream and enjoy the entire set below.

Summer Slummin' is a cassette, but the cassette comes with use of the Bandcamp stream and a digital download so it is about as flexible of a release as you could desire.  It is out now -- check out the Bandcamp link below.  I wouldn't be surprised if this one sold out, so delay at your own risk.

Bandcamp for Summer Slummin'
Facebook for Fruit Tones
Fruit Tones on Soundcloud
Facebook for Abjects
Facebook for Halfrican

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Sweet Company" by Inspired and the Sleep

Here is the perfect song to end a summer day.  Tomorrow morning I'm going to experiment and determine whether it is the perfect way to start a new summer day.  I strongly suspect that it will be.

The song is "Sweet Company", an ode to emphasizing good times and fond memories, and not dwelling on the negative debris.  Seems like a fine aspiration to us, and it is a great tune.  You know what else is great?  It is available as a "Name your price' download at this Bandcamp link.

"Sweet Company" is the work of San Diego outfit Inspired and the Sleep.  The band is Max Greenhalgh (bass/vocals/keys/arrangements/mixing), Bryce Outcault (guitar), and Andrew Satterlee (drums).  It isn't their first time here, and I suspect it won't be the last.


"Strange Tides" by The Shakes

Shakes are an indie rock band from New Zealand, playing gritty indie rock with a bit of pop polish and a lot of swagger.  The hard-working quartet will release their second EP of 2016 in a few months, but has given us a taste with single "Strange Tides".

And if you like that song, and I expect that you will, here is their first EP of the year, Tambourine Girls, which is available for 'name your price' at this Bandcamp link.