Thursday, December 15, 2016
All six songs are keepers (one of the wonderful things about EPs, I think), but you'll likely be sold on the set after listening to the first and second tracks, "Ten Year Tenure" and "Vinyl Siding". The following "Scenes From A Coach" sounds like the sort of song that becomes a fan favorite with every aware person in the audience singing along. Track five, "Ice Cream Dinner", is the first song in the set that slows the tempo and lets that band display a bit of nuance. But even on this one, the guitar fizzes and crackles and the band goes loud on the chorus. Face it folks, these kids like to rock, and they do it well.
With Charm School, Halfsour has twice proved in 2016 to be a fresh and worthy set of faces on the indie rock scene. You need no more evidence, get the EP.
Charm School is available in digital, vinyl and cassette formats. See the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for Charm School EP
Labrador Records page for "We Are Magic"
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Dag are a Melbourne guitar band we think will soon make a big splash. We featured one of their songs recently, but we now have "Guards Down", a single available for digital download. And it comes with a video for your complete, 360 degrees pleasure. As an added bonus, Heidi Cutlack performs background vocals. Dag's debut LP, Benefits of Solitude, will be released on February 24 via Bedroom Suck Records and Omnian Music Group.
Bandcamp page for single
Bedroom Suck Records
Omnian Music Group
The single is out today via Soliti Music. Love Sport's album Dull Tracks will be released by Soliti in the next few months. We are betting that the tracks on Dull Tracks will be anything but dull.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The album opens with the moody, staticy, mid-tempo "Happiness 6". In the following "Belly Up" Tears Run Rings spread their melodic shoegaze wings with soaring melodies and layered vocals. The band's dreampop craftsmanship is showcased on "Things Have Changed", which is likely to be a favorite among most listeners. "Parts of Glass" is jangling, moody haze dissolving to sunshine. "Green Lakes" presents ethereal tension and a sense of mystery. Dreampop and shoegaze meld into a perfect hazy bliss with angelic vocals on "Broken". "Destroyer" shimmers and sparkles, leading to the rocking, Ride-like shoegaze of "Something You Can't Hide". The album relaxes into jangling dreampop with "Sine Wave Sleep", and then ends with a "Happiness 7" -- a sweeping soundscape. Varied, detailed and beautifully executed, In Surges may be the shoegaze LP of the year. Sample below, and stream the entire album at the Bandacmp link.
Tears Run Rings are Dwayne Palasek (drums), Ed Mazzucco (guitar), Laura Watling (vocals/bass), and Matthew Bice (vocals/guitar). The four members reside variously in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, which results in the members writing and sending their contributions via the internet to other members. From time to time, they converge and record, but as In Surges was under construction for six years, you'll have plenty of time to digest it before you hear a follow up. The band's past recordings include two LPs (most recently, the well received Distance) and one EP.
In Surges is out now on vinyl and digital formats via North Carolina's Deep Space Recordings.
Bandcamp page for digital album
Order page for vinyl
Deep Space Recordings
Monday, December 12, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Allo Darlin' has always been adept at combining melancholy and sunshine, romanticism and steely realism, emotional weight and devil-may-care attitudes, a longing for home and wanderlust. And this final record finds them in absolute top form doing what they do best. As always, the tone and phrasing of Elizabeth Morris' vocals star, and on the A-track in particular Paul Rain's guitar work shines. "Hymn On The 45" speaks to starting out in a new city, while "Wanderlust" addresses missing people and places while striking out for new adventures. This is a perfect slice of indie pop to end the year and end the recording career of an excellent band, the appreciation of which will only grow over the coming years. Are you ready for your goodbye kiss?
"Hymn On The 45" b/w "Wanderlust" is out now via Fortuna POP! The gold 7" vinyl is only available at the few shows the band are playing in the UK, but the record is available in digital format via the Bandcamp link below.
Allo Darlin's members are, or were, Elizabeth Morris (guitar/ukulele), Paul Rain (guitar), Bill Bottlng (bass), and Michael Collins (drums).
Bandcamp for "Hymn On The 45" b/w "Wanderlust"