Friday, July 7, 2017
Star Tropics are Scott Hibbits (guitar), Loren Vanderbilt (bass/vocals), Dan Julien (drums), and Nikki Navarro (guitar/vocals). Lost World is out now in digital and vinyl formats via Shelflife Records (United States) and Fastcut Records (Japan).
Bandcamp for Lost World
Thursday, July 6, 2017
While the pop tag certainly isn't misplaced -- witness the three songs embedded below -- it certainly isn't a comprehensive description. "Arms Brain", "Magic Carpet", among others, are straight up indie pop songs, and the latter half of the album is decidedly more post punk than punk. In our view, while those songs may not have the immediate punch of the punk songs, they leave a more lasting impression. Breakfast Muff is one of those bands that makes a stunning initial impression, but also suggests great promise for a longer haul.
Breakfast Muff is Cal Donnelly, Eilidh McMillan, and Simone Wilson. They all sing and trade off on the various instruments. Eurgh! is out Friday, July 7, via Amour Foo. See the Bandcamp link below for details.
Bandcamp for Eurgh
One of the strengths of The Deslondes is having five songwriters and four lead vocalists, giving the band a variety of perspectives and approaches. Overall, the album doesn't prompt foot-stomping as much as involuntary head nodding and appreciative smiles. Anyone who spends time away from home, family and friends, and longs to get back, will appreciate the gospel inflected title track. But once that gem is appreciated, the listener will want to dive into the delicious break-up song "She Better Be Lonely", the bubbling "Nelly", the rollicking "Hurricane Shakedown", the vamping "Many Poor Boy", or one of the other songs. There is something for everyone here, and we think it goes down well for any picnic or backyard gathering. BYOB.
The Deslondes are Sam Doores, Riley Downing, Dan Cutler, Cameron Snyder, and John James Tourville. Hurry Home is out now via New West.
Bandcamp for Hurry Home
New West Records
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
For Your Move Vol. 1, Young becomes an electronic producer, creating five spacious instrumental tracks that are upbeat, sunny and cinematic, with a solid core of pop smarts. Young is a Jedi master of aural seduction -- catching your ear and rubbing it where it produces the most pleasure. And if we weren't all consenting adults here, there could be some codes violated. But happily, we are adults and can sit back and enjoy one of the premier left-field standouts of the year.
Your Move Vol. 1 is out now in digital, vinyl and cassette formats. It is the first of a series of synth pop albums by different artists that will be released by Moniker Records in the ensuing months. The unusual name has an interesting explanation. Each artist will make a move on a chess board when the artist's album is released. Then Moniker will make a move, followed by the next artist, and so on.
Bandcamp for Your Move Vol. 1
After a long holiday weekend, we are going to start off with something a bit quieter than usual. Specifically, we present Portraits by Chicago's Pygmy Tribe. Featuring delicate, earnest vocals and subdued but interesting arrangements, it has brought a welcome calm to our hectic Wednesday. We also appreciate the band providing lyrics with the stream. A few of our favorites are below. If you like them, you can stream the entire album at the Bandcamp link.
Pygmy Tribe is Sal Plan, Daniel Lyter, and Jon Westbrook. Portraits is available as a digital download.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Principe Valiente is Fernando Honorato (vocals/bass), Jimmy Ottosson (guitar), Rebecka Johansson (keys), and Joakim Janthe (drums). The EP is out not via AF Music.
Bandcamp for EP