Friday, October 6, 2017
On this outing the band really don't do anything dramatically different -- nor should they have. They know their sweet spot and they work it to great effect. Their melodic sense is superb. The compositions choose warmth over drama, painting in pastels and wrapped in gauze, but their arrangements manage the tricky feat of being dynamic as well as gentle. The rhythm portions of the track are inventive, interesting, and drive the songs perfectly. The genre is synth pop/electro pop, but many of these songs would slot into a dancefloor mix quite comfortably. If you like synth pop, you really need to explore this album.
Yumi Zouma is Christie Simpson, Sam Perry, Charlie Ryder and Josh Burgess.. Willowbank is out now via Cascine.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
The songs here are fully fleshed out, with robust arrangements and confident vocals. The performances are tight, and repeated listens will reveal an appreciated attention to details in the soundscapes. As is appropriate for an album focused feelings, and mostly good feelings, the hooks are plentiful and reach for the stars. And while the Shout Out Louds are a band that doesn't mind rocking out a bit, the classic gloss of Swedish pop is in evidence as well. Take this album on its own terms, and you'll find it giving you an abundance of pleasure, demanding nothing of you other than your ears and a desire to ease your mind.
Shout Out Louds are Adam Olenius, Ted Malmros, Eric Edman, Bebban Stenborg, and Carl von Arbin. Ease My Mind is out now via Merge Records.
Bandcamp for Ease My Mind
Merge Records page for Ease My Mind
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Morning TV is Brit (vocals/guitar), Ana (bass), Tim (guitar/vocals), and Cam (drums). Sun is out now as a digital download via Habit Music Company. See the Bandcamp link for a stream and other details.
Bandcamp for Sun
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
What Danny Carroll (vocals/guitar), Keith Broni (bass) and Josh Donnelly (drums) deliver is Weezer's hook-infused choruses and Dogs Die In Hot Cars' manic energy. The songwriting is smart and humorous, and the lad's battles with first world problems and modern complacency are colorfully illustrated. Take, for example, a song in which Danny's job in the cancellation department of a satellite TV and broadband provider results in comparing his manager with Benito Mussolini ("Temp Life"). In fact, my only complaint about this album is not having the lyrics, but the vocals are high enough in the mix that you probably can work it our well enough. Aurally and lyrically, this is a real treat, and don't you deserve a treat this week?
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ is out now in digital and CD formats via Jigsaw Records and Little L Records. Check the Bandcamp link below for details.
Bandcamp for album
Little L Records
Today we begin with a public service announcement: Check your damn email, people! Over a week ago I was sent an alert about a single from Glasgow songwriter and poet Ewan Cruickshanks. As I've been very busy, I overlooked it. If I had seen it, you would have known about Dreams before it was released last Friday. As it is, you'll have to accept notice now. The lovely little release consists of three songs that are satisfyingly different. Title track "Dreams" features guest vocals by Siobhan Wilson, and sparkles and jangles in brilliant fashion. The middle track is "Serial Killer", a very humorous tale of a young man whose murderous impulses took his life off the rails (we must admit that the subject of that one may be a bit raw for American readers at the moment). The final track is an ode to the delectable scone. The songwriting is sharp, and the Glasgow accent is thick. Good stuff, we say.
Dreams is a digital release, available via Armellodie Records on Bandcamp or you other favorite digital retailer. Armellodie will release Ewan's full album, A Glasgow Band, in January.
Bandcamp for Dreams
Sunday, October 1, 2017
And it is cool. Trust us.
Noire are Jessica Mincher (vocals/synths) and Billy James (guitar). Some Kind of Blue is out now via Spunk Records.
Salad Boys on this outing are Joe Sampson, Ben Odering, Matt Scobie, and Olly Crawford-Ellis. They are based in Christchurch.
Bandcamp for album