Friday, July 26, 2019

Mike Gale - Summer Deluxe


Summer Deluxe, the recent album by Mike Gale, the former frontman for UK band Co-pilgrim, proves that the textures of summer need not only be variations of bright sunshine.  On this eleven-track beauty Gale wields keys and guitars to combine sparkling sunshine with hazy melancholy producing a multifaceted set of pop songs that delight with the first listen, yet manage to reveal even more with each repeat.  Romance, joy, peace, and moody reflection swirl through the songs buoyed by perfectly crafted arrangements.  In fact, a clear highlight is the instrumental title track -- a perfect summer song suggestive of sitting in the park sipping lemonade.  When it fades out we want to scream "No! Come back!"  But then we find that there is no need to panic, because the following "Jump Start My Heart" amply delivers the promise of its title.  And that isn't really surprising, because this album is packed with great songs.  As we head into the languid days of August, this may become your chosen soundtrack.

Summer Deluxe is out now in digital and CD formats.  See the Bandcamp link below.









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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Mick Trouble - It's The Mick Trouble LP

It's The Mick Trouble LP is an album that likely will put a smile on the face of guitar pop fans, especially the fans of '80s British guitar pop and some '60s British Invasion bands.  There is a back story about Mick Trouble being a UK musician from several decades ago whose recordings are finally getting the release they deserve.  It is a cute enough story, but we won't spend any more time with it because it isn't true (although we did fall for it hook, line and sinker when the EP was released last year).  In fact, Mick Trouble is Jed Smith of My Teenage Stride and Jeanines.  The important fact is that Jed has crafted a set of songs that could well have been written and performed by a decades-ago talent who was influenced by Nick Lowe, Television Personalities, The Jazz Butcher and Wreckless Eric. And that is more than enough for us.  Expect jangle, rubbery bass, pop hooks, a punk-influenced performance style and some tongue in cheek humor aimed at British culture.

Jed did all the work himself -- you should reward him.







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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

"More to Enjoy" by Cool Sounds

When searching for cool sounds to soothe your ears a good place to look is, well, Cool Sounds.  The perfectly named Melbourne band delights us with every recording, and new single "More to Enjoy" is as aptly named as its creators.  The release of the single also coincides with the announcement of the band's next album, which also is titled More to Enjoy.  The album will be out on September 20 via Osborne Again Music, Hotel Motel Records, and Meritorio Records, but you can pre-order it now.  And if you are in Europe, you may be able to here the new, cool sounds while the band is on tour.  Here is the link for European tour dates for Cool Sounds, Lachlan Denton, and Nathan Roche.




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"I Won't Be Found" by Galileo's Fan

A midweek gift for your ears: Please unwrap the sweet single "I Won't Be Found" by Galileo's Fan.  The band is comprised of siblings Fi and Martin Vass, who are from the Scottish Highlands.  The song is the title track for their debut album, which will be released September 16 via GF Records.  Today's treat features perfect vocals by Fi and an anthemic arrangement that evokes the wide open spaces of the northern coast of the Highlands.  Enjoy!



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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

"Patterns Prevail" by Young Guv


Yes, there is a lot of good new music out right now, but that won't keep us from thrilling you with "Patterns Prevail", another gem from the upcoming GUV I by Toronto's Young Guv.  Every song we have heard is top drawer, and you should be eager to add the album to your library.



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"In The Air" by Allah Las (video)

The wait for the next Allah Las album has been far too long, but it ends in October.  And while that still leaves us with a long wait, we have the video form of album track "In The Air" to help us bridge the gap.  The visuals should please fans of the cult movie Weekend At Bernie's, and the music should please fans of the band's heavenly brand of Southern California psychedelic pop.  For our part, we are very, very pleased.

Allah Las are Matt Correia, Spencer Dunham, Miles Michaud, and Pedrum Siadatian.  LAHS will be out on October 11 via Mexican Summer.



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Monday, July 22, 2019

Sail By Summer - Casual Heaven


William Hut (vocals/guitar) and Jens Kristian (keys/programming) have a magical artistic connection which manifests itself in grand-scale pop tunes inspired by the grandeur of Western Norway and shaded by Nordic melancholy.  The project is Sail By Summer, and the fruits of their collaboration are embodied in new album Casual Heaven.  The songs melodic and the arrangements are thoughtfully detailed without being fussy.  The emotional content is touching and genuine, but doesn't detract from the sonic celebration of the sea, the mountains, the fjords, and the whole of the natural beauty surrounding Bergen.  For us, a plane ticket to Norway is out of the question at the moment, but Casual Heaven will tide us over.  Quite simply, this music makes our hearts feel good.

Casual Heaven is released via Apollon Records.






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Shake Some Action - Thirty Nine

James Hall's Shake Some Action is a too-well-kept Seattle secret.  With echoes of The Feelies and R.E.M., the band flies the local flag for power pop and psychedelic rock.  Their extensive catalog can be accessed via their webpage, but we are writing today to focus your attention on their brand spanking new album, Thirty Nine.  The twelve tracks display plenty of muscle while not ignoring the pop end of the spectrum, resulting in a supercharged set of jangle, hooks, and rumbling bass and drums.  We assure you that Thirty Nine is a good way to start the week.







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