Friday, July 6, 2018
Thursday, July 5, 2018
The band was formed in the late '90s and were based in Brooklyn for many years, although now are variously located in Vermont and Montana. They were considered part of the Elephant six scene and shared members with chamber pop band Ladybug Transistor. Although psychedelia was present in their earlier work, the songs on Hardly Electronic lean more toward folk rock with some chamber pop and country, although they can rock out when they want to (check out "Catatonic" below). The sound is a layered and fulsome combination of keys and guitars, with well-delivered vocals and a high energy delivery. This is a band that has matured without getting complacent, and gloriously overcome the hurdles to writing music while living far apart. If you are looking for a new album for your summer soundtrack, check out the tracks below and stream it in its entirety at the Bandcamp and Soundcloud links.
And that reminds us of a fourth truth, the twelve year wait between the preceding album and Hardly Electronic is far too long to wait.
The Essex Green are Jeff Baron, Sasha Bell, and Chris Ziter. Hardly Electronic is out now in digital, CD, and vinyl formats via Merge Records.
Bandcamp for Hardly Electronic
The Essex Green on Soundcloud
In September, the resurrection chapter of The Chills continues with a new album titled Snow Bound. The long-running New Zealand guitar pop band, headed by Martin Phillipps, still delivers its now classic guitar pop sound, but the lyrical content confronts the passage of time. Think of it as summer anthems with an autumnal shading. Two of the songs, "Complex" and "Lord of All I Survey" are available now as a digital single. Long live The Chills!
Snow Bound will be released by Fire Records. The band will be touring New Zealand in September and October.
Fire Records pre-order page for Snow Bound
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Discogs page for label
The Rareflowers are Jimmy Maraday (guitar/lead vocals), Kane Maraday (bass/vocals), and Aaron Gollubier (drums). The Rareflowers EP is out now via Brooklyn's Good Eye Records.
Bandcamp for The Rareflowers
Good Eye Records
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Time for a bit of education. The Smittens is a term that describes a talented indie pop band from Burlington, Vermont. Fika Recordings is London-based record label that releases quality pop music. "Love Is A Word", well, yes. But it also is a name of a song by The Smittens and released by Fika Recordings, which also will release The Smittens' August 3 LP City Rock Dove. So there - learning doesn't have to be boring or painful.