Saturday, May 26, 2018
It is Saturday night here and we are getting our party started with two essential tracks by Belgian dance/electronica wizards Soulwax. We know they are essential, because they are titled "Essential Three" and "Essential Four", taken from the duo's upcoming June 22 release titled Essential. The album springs from an invitation to appear on BBC's Essential Mix program, which inspired Soulwax to create an hour of original music based on the word "essential".
Essential will be released in CD, vinyl and digital formats by DEEWEE / PIAS.
Links to pre-order Essential
Friday, May 25, 2018
Smokescreens was founded by Chris Rosi and Corey Cunningham, and now includes Brice Bradley and Jenny Moffett.
Bandcamp for Used to Yesterday
Links for pre-order of Used to Yesterday
Manchester's Jack Traynor records as Pale Green Things, crafting reflective, folky pop songs of quiet grace and beauty. His debut album is titled The Beast in the Hearts of Men, and is due in late June. But you can meet his music now via album tracks "Snakes" and "The Islands", which have been released as singles. Both songs are worth your attention, but we are particularly fond of "Snakes".
Bandcamp for "Snakes"
Bandcamp for "The Islands"
Thursday, May 24, 2018
TV Girls is a Los Angeles collective headed by songwriter/musician Brad Petering. We have been fans for years, enjoying their crisp synth pop and warm, hook filled arrangements. The lyrics can be bittersweet, or even dark, at times, but the music never fails to hit the spot. Their latest offering, wisely timed to coincide with their active summer touring schedule, is Death of a Party Girl. You can score a vinyl version via pre-order at the Bandcamp link, but you can get a free digital download right now. We recommend it highly, and have already added the ten songs to our permanently available TV Girl playlist. This album provides a chill soundtrack for your summer, and if you are a vinyl collector, the digital will keep you happy until your disc is ready later this year.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Missed Connection commences with the sunshine surf pop of "Summer Solstice", followed by the '90s alt rock "I Thought You Were There" and the upbeat power pop "Those Last Words", with oohs and swoops in the choruses. And for our money, those aren't even the best songs. What are the best songs? Well, the run of songs from track four through the closer, track 10, presents a wealth of choices so consistent that we can't decide for you. We've presented three candidates below, but we encourage you to stream the album on Bandcamp and decide for yourself.
For this album, Justin's band includes Joe Jensen (drums), Freddy Rivera (lead guitar), and Arianna Vazuez (bass). Missed Connections is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Stockholm's PNKSLM Recordings.
Bandcamp for Missed Connections
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Love is out now in digital, vinyl, and cassette formats via Helsinki's Soliti Music.
Bandcamp for Love
Soliti Music page for Love
Monday, May 21, 2018
Another record by Martin Newell, AKA The Cleaners From Venus, isn't really a surprise, although it is thoroughly welcome. The new Star Cafe even has a bit of a twist as it is a concept album, or perhaps a play waiting for a troupe of willing performers. It is packed with great storytelling, loosely based on Cinderella and set in a cafe (with the thought that the audience can be the customers). It offers family drama, hopes and dreams, and the awakening of second chances. Musically, it boasts the sort of timeless folk pop arrangements that the British do so well. The recording is lo-fi, but the execution execution and sincerity are top of the range.
Enjoy the album, and if you are tempted to stage a play, Martin has said he may even be willing to offer a bit of scriptwriting.
Bandcamp for Star Cafe
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Once again for your listening pleasure, London's Those Unfortunates. The London band, which released an excellent album last year (link), has followed their recent bus-themed single with a single about football (or soccer, for those otherwise inclined to confuse things). Consisting of two songs celebrating the beautiful game while showing two sides of jangle pop -- the energetic "Hornsey Automatic FC" and the folky "King of the Lane". This record is a great way to get into the mood for this summer's world cup.
Those Unfortunates are Ben Brill, Magnus Alanko, Henry Bird, and Seb Brennan. Two Songs About Football is out now in digital and cassette formats via Gare Du Nord Records.
Bandcamp for Two Songs About Football