Friday, August 31, 2018

Terry - I'm Terry

I'm Terry is the third album in three years from Melboune's Terry.  And given that other projects for the members of this talented quartet include Dick Diver, Total Control, Mick Harvey Band, School of Radiant Living, Eastlink, and Constant Mongrel, the production alone in impressive.  But spend some time with the ten tracks on this album, and you are likely to conclude that the volume of their work pales in comparison with the breathtaking quality.  The songwriting is terrific, adroitly balancing clever wordplay, socio-political commentary, and humor.  The vocal delivery is deadpan, and at times almost percussive, which has the effect of allowing the lyrics and arrangements to step into the spotlight.  The result is an album that is entertaining, emotionally affecting, and completely accessible.  Sometimes it seems like the good people of Terry are playing the game at a different level than many of their peers, and we are the lucky beneficiaries.

Terry are Al Monfort, Xanthe Waite, Amy Hill, Zephyr Pavey.  I'm Terry is out now via Upset The Rhythm.





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"Judy's Lament" by Yakima


Today's first feature is "Judy's Lament" by Glasgow shoegazers Yakima.  To be honest, I was attracted to their name even before I heard their music because I live a couple of hours' drive from a city named Yakima.  But that tenuous connection became irrelevant when I heard this song, a lovely, mid-tempo guitar pop tune with shades of melancholy.  The song is available today on digital platforms, and the band is working on their debut album.

Yakima are Neil McArthur (bass/vocals), John Houston (vocals/guitar), Kay McLaren (drums), and Paul Bradley (guitar).




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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Two new songs by Drew Beskin


Drew Beskin has had several guises since we first encountered him fronting The District Attorneys.  He also has been in Party Dolls and Purses, and we have covered them all.  You see, Drew is a top level songwriter, sincere performer, and has the southern-rock-meets-indie-pop connection in his DNA.  He first solo album, Cha-Ching Machine, was released in the first half of 2017.  Solo number two, Nostalgia Porn, arrives in mid-October.  Of course, we are expecting good things.  That doesn't mean we are geniuses, it means that we have heard two of the eleven tracks, and have concluded that they are wonderful.  Geniuses? No. But also neither stupid nor deaf.  "Suspicion From The Start" was released earlier this month, and the second single, "Midnight Avenue Edge", is available tomorrow.  The singles and the album are released via Laser Brains Records.

So, I suppose you want to hear them as well.  We have you covered below, plus a video for "Suspicion From The Start".









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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

DIET - Sundown EP


The public line is "let's all be body positive", but we'll be honest -- we all know lots of people who need to lose weight, and some of those people even try.  And everyone wants to be an expert on the best method, so why the hell should we be different?  So, we now want to tell you about a great new diet.  Moreover, it is a diet that is particularly enjoyable, because it doesn't involve giving up any food or beverage.  And what is this diet called? It is called DIET, and it is a five-piece band from Melbourne, Australia.  They have just released the Sundown EP, and it delivers six slices of Britpop-influenced guitar pop. Or maybe the better description is that it reminds us of The Cure, if The Cure were a happy bunch.  Yes, this band sounds happy, and their music is upbeat and tightly performed.  This could well be your find of the week.

DIET is Ben O'Loughlin (vocals/guitar/synths), Carlos Tinsey (bass/vocals), Ted Mitchell (guitar), Andy Taylor (guitar/vocals), and Will Clancy (drums).  Sundown is the band's second EP, and is available right now.  Check out the Bandcamp link below.

Disclaimer: Neither WYMA nor the band makes any claims regarding weight loss as a result of using this product.  In that respect, it is like any other diet, so you have nothing to lose.  But because it is good music, you have an upside no other diet can give you.






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"The Martyr" by SRSQ


We start today with "The Martyr", an emotional, grand-scale song that serves as your introduction to SRSQ, the solo project of  Kennedy Ashlyn of Them Are Us Too.  Ashlyn's colleague in that band, Cash Askew, perished in the  2016 Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, California.  The solo project's name is pronounced "seer-skew".

The production for "The Martyr" is full and lush, but the star is Kennedy's vocal performance, which may remind listeners of Kate Bush guesting with Cocteau Twins.  The song is taken from SRSQ's solo album, Unreality, which will be released on October 26 via Dais Records.  It is a rewarding listen and portends well for future material from this project. 



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tunng - Songs You Make At Night


Fifteen years after forming English band Tunng still has the capacity to delight.  In fact, long time fans will rejoice in knowing that for the band's new album, Songs You Make At Night, the original line up, including founders Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders, was assembled for a recording for the first time since 2007.  While often labeled a folktronic band, the group's broad palette encompasses dream pop and synth pop, and with samples and inventive rhythms, they sometimes appear heirs to The Beta Band's groovy niche.  The songs are richly detailed, but not ornate, and adventurous without becoming overly precious.  This is a masterfully conceived and executed album and we thoroughly enjoy it.  At this point our favorite tracks are "ABOP", "Sleepwalking", "Dark Heart", and "Flatland".

Songs You Make At Night is out now via London label Full Time Hobby.






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Monday, August 27, 2018

Basement Revolver - Heavy Eyes

Gathering some well-deserved buzz from their initial single and the following EP, Canada's Basement Revolver shows us that they have the chops on their debut LP Heavy Eyes.  Starting with the beefy noise of '90s alt rock and then accenting it with shoegaze and dream pop, the trio has a sound that is familiar, but also manages to be distinctive.  Thematically, this is hear-on-the-sleeve stuff, direct and cathartic, but nevertheless accessible and graceful. The arrangements are dynamic and varied, providing a pleasing aural experience from start to finish.  And make no mistake, frontwoman Chrisy Hurn is a vocalist capable of matching just about anyone in the indie pop space.

Basement Revolver are Chrisy Hurn (guitar/vocals), Nimal Agalawatte (bass/synths), and Brandon Munro (drums).  Heavy Eyes is out now via Fear of Missing Out Records.







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