Friday, June 7, 2019

The Royal Landscaping Society - Goodbye


The Royal Landscaping Society is a Spanish duo consisting of Cris Romero (vocals/guitar/synths/electronics) and David Vidal (bass/synths).  Despite the name of the band, don't expect them to cut your lawn or trim your hedge.  However you can count on them to deliver some sweet pop music.  Our exposure to their art so far has been via songs on compilations (although they did release a self-titled album in 2014)  But now we have Goodbye -- a two-song digital single released by Matinee Recordings.  The lovely title track is embedded below.  The B-side is "A To Fade In", and while we don't have a stream for you, we assure you that for our ears, this single is a double A-side.



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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Monnone Alone - Summer of the Mosquito

Today's second feature is Summer of the Mosquito by Mannone Alone.  The band is the not really solo project of Mark Mannone of The Lucksmiths.  We gave you a taste of it a month ago with a feature of a two-song single headlined by this album's naughty closing track (link).  But now you have the full summer celebration -- a noisy power pop and classic rock tribute to summertime fun, frolic, foibles and memories.  Riffs, hooks and harmonies abound, and everyone -- both in the band and in the audience -- should be smiling throughout.  This may just be your summer power pop album of choice.

Monnone Alone is Mark Monnone (vocals/guitar) Gus Franklin (drums/backing vocals), Joe Foley (bass/backing vocals), and Louis Richter (12-string guitar).  We have provided links below for sourcing the album from the US, Australia, Spain, and Finland.








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Seablite - Grass Stains & Novocaine

The focus for today's first feature is Grass Stains & Novocaine, the first full length album by the Bay Area's Seablite.  Your ears will identify touchstones such as C86, shoegaze, Sarah Records, '80s Glasgow.  We expect that any competent group of musicians can work with those ingredients, but it takes rarer skill and true inspiration to mesh them into a set of songs like these.  Fuzz, feedback, chiming guitars, melody and hooks swirl through the arrangements with a concise urgency while the dual female vocals float and tease.  Our favorites change each time we run through the album.  Currently we are especially taken with "Pillbox" (the best Shop Assistants song that isn't a song by the Shop Assistants that we've heard in a long, long time), "Heart Mountain", the dreamy "(He's A) Vacuum Chamber", the jangling "House of Papercuts", and "I Talk To Frogs".  But how could we omit "Haggard" and "Won't You" -- oh hell, really, every song is just so damn good.

Seablite are Lauren Matsuir (vocals/guitar), Andy Pastalaniec (drums), Galine Tumasyan (bass/vocals), and Jen Mundy (guitar).  Grass Stains and Novocaine is out Friday, June 7, via Emotional Response Records.





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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Rich Aucoin - Release

As running and cycling enthusiasts, we are inclined to respect Rich Aucoin without regard to his music.  He has toured across North America by bicycle twice for charity, scheduling his shows to accommodate his mode of travel, and has participated in half marathon charity runs as well.  However, our focus here is music, and Aucoin's most recent musical effort has captured our attention.  The 11-track Release is a pop album of impressive breadth, with propulsive rhythms tugging at your dance impulses and pop hooks stimulating your brain.  And it is realized in vivid colors and sparkling details.  The arrangements are spacious and dynamic, embracing changes in tempo and volume, and allowing pauses to embellish the hooks.  The compositions are thoughtful and fully formed, but there is nothing precious or fragile in Release.  This is an album bursting with energy and purpose.  Cue it up, expect to be entertained.  You won't be disappointed.

Release is out now via Dine Alone Records.







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Roman Lewis - Heartbreak (For Now) EP

We begin the day playing acoustic-based pop from Roman Lewis.  The young UK musician has a knack for writing a good tune and delivers his songs with charm and conviction.  His Heartbreak (For Now) EP is available, and he plans a second EP later this year.  We think his talents show best on the more upbeat tracks, but the entire EP is worth your ears.





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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Wrest - Coward Of Us All


Coward Of Us All is the debut album by Edinburgh's Wrest.  Featuring widescreen, atmospheric arrangements, soaring guitars and raw, incisive, and emotion-packed lyrics, it is a fine addition to the sort of melodic alternative rock that the Scots have done so well this century.  Our first exposure to the band was via album single "Human", the excellence of which prompted us to seek out further singles "Adventurers" and "Hope Springs".  By that point, we counted ourselves as fans and dove more deeply into the entire album.  We are happy to report that the rewards for the listener are rich and plentiful.  The sound is full, and the rhythm section robust.  The songs are well-crafted and thoughtfully performed.  This is a rock album with plenty of warmth, heart and charm, and it makes our day better every time we play it.

Wrest are Stewart Douglas (lead vocals/guitar), Stephen Whipp (vocals/guitar), Craig Robertson (bass) and, now, Jonny Tait (drums), although for the recording session John Alexander provided the drumming. Coward Of Us All is out now in digital and CD formats.







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Monday, June 3, 2019

Tennis Club - Pink

Monday mornings can be a bit delicate around WYMA headquarters. so the choice of the office soundtrack typically involves convoluted negotiations (bribery is not unknown).  However, today we quickly settles on Pink.  Of course, pink is a color, but we are referring to an nine-song gem by Joplin, Missouri trio Tennis Club.  This is fresh-faced, straight ahead garage rock with a substantial vein of surf rock.  A totally great listen that demands repeats, we encourage you to give it a chance.  If it was a stray dog and it followed you home, you would ask your parents to let you keep it.  But you are an adult with money -- you don't need to ask anyone, and it is only five dollars.

Tennis Club are Wilson Hernandez (guitar), Sean O'Dell (drums), and Tehya Deardorff (bass).  Pink is out now via Elefant Records'







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