Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Stars On Fire - Blue Skies Above

Stars On Fire is Christopher Mark, a Californian residing in Seoul.  His music attracts labels such as shoegaze, indie pop, jangle pop and noise pop.  But Christopher describes it as scrappy jangle pop for people with short attention spans, and we think that fits just fine.  But you don't need to take our word for it, or even Christopher's word for it, as his debut album Blue Skies Above is right here, right now.  As advertised, it is a noisy, jangling rush of melancholy pop that suits our ears.  We intend to give it plenty of play this holiday weekend under our own (we hope) blue skies.  We suggest that you do the same.

Blue Skies Above is available now in digital and CD formats via Jigsaw Records.  See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for Blue Skies Above

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Chris Staples - Holy Moly

Chris Staples' career spans groups and solo work in indie rock, pop, and folky singer songwriter ventures.  He began in Florida, but now resides in Seattle.  As a solo artist, Chris' songwriting is introspective.  However, the execution -- even with gentle, slow tempo tunes -- displays a knack for melody and pop expression.  His talents are well displayed on Holy Moly, which was released via Barsuk Records last week.  The album begins with the comfortable pop of "World On Fire", and then invites everyone to wiggle their hips with title tune "Holy Moly".  The following tracks find the album settling into a soft, summery folk-pop.  If one had heard "Holy Moly" first, one might initially be disappointed that the other songs are not similarly constructed.  But we suggest giving the entire album a chance.  In fact, it may well compete to be your music of choice for time in the afternoon breeze with a favorite beverage.

Bandcamp for Holy Moly
Barsuk Records

Monday, July 1, 2019

"I Might Disappear" by Mermaidens

Today brought the good news that New Zealand post punk trio Mermaidens will release new album Look Me In The Eye on September 6 via Flying Nun Records.  They also announced September shows in the UK, which we have listed at the bottom of the post.  But for our immediate enjoyment, we have album track "I Might Disappear", as the soundtrack for a video of the band enjoying their time on tour.  They seem to like beer and wine -- perhaps we should audition.

UK Tour Dates
Saturday 21st September - Elsewhere, Margate
Sunday 22nd September - The Library, Oxford
Monday 23rd September - The Hug And Pint, Glasgow
Tuesday 24th September - Picture House Social, Sheffield
Wednesday 25th September - Old Blue Last, London

Summer Cannibals - Can't Tell Me No"

Can't Tell Me No is well conceived and well performed rock and roll with a big dose of  'don't tread on me' defiance (personal, not political), arriving just in time for your summer playlists (and for our US readers, your July 4th barbecue).  The album is the fourth from Portland band Summer Cannibals, and is their first for the Tiny Engines label.   While the band's approach to their craft varies little - expect riffs, hooks, big choruses and noise -- their execution hits the sweet spot and the lyrics have a genuine bite born of fraught personal and professional relationships.  This album is the soundtrack of a band reclaiming their professional and personal lives, and they do it with passion and flair.

Summer Cannibals are Jessica Boudreaux, Cassi Blum, Devon Shirley, and Ethan Butman.  Can't Tell Me No is out now in all formats.  See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for Can't Tell Me No
Tiny Engines pre-order page for album