Friday, August 30, 2019

Cleaners From Venus - Essex Princess

We think that life always is better with new Cleaners From Venus.  We think many of our readers agree, and I suspect that the Martin Newell and the other boys from the band would hit the "like" button if we had one, which we don't.  And all of that (except for the button nonsense) is relevant today because the band has gifted all of us with a 'name your price' release titled Essex Princess.  Consisting of three songs, including the incredibly catchy title track, we think it will give everyone a nice 11-minute break from their work day.



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Thursday, August 29, 2019

"1985" by Cafolla

Our nearly-the-end-of-the-work-week-and-holiday-weekend-ahead-but-two-projects-to-complete shot of energy needs to come from somewhere, and we've already exceeded our daily recommended dose of caffeine (and here in Seattle, the recommended dose isn't for the faint of heart).  So we turned to the new song from Scottish artist Cafolla. The man has spent the last decade heading the Federation of the Disco Pimp through a few albums and earned awards in the process.  He now is making his mark solo -- well, solo with some guest vocalists.  The first song shared from the upcoming album, and our end of the work-week fuel, is "1985" with guest vocalist Brian Collazo.  Time to move those feet, ladies and gents, we have some Prince-like music below.

"1985" is the first single from Cafolla's debut solo album, Cowboys & Africans, which is due in November via Dusty Reel Records.





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Sunny Sunday Smile: A Sunday Records Compilation

If you are inclined to trust our recommendations, very few words are needed for this post. If you aren't so inclined, ignoring us on this one is your loss if you are an indie fan.  Chicago's Sunday Records is one of the finer indie pop labels in our universe, releasing vital music by treasured artists, many of whom would be in our hall of heroes if we had one.  Today, the label is releasing Sunny Sunday Smile: A Sunday Records Compilation featuring 28 songs from two compilations they released in the early to mid '90s. The artists include The Proctors, Bulldozer Crash, Kosmonaut, The Pristines, Dolores Haze, Mosaic Eyes and many others.  The music ranges from the solidly twee to guitar pop with fuzz and muscle, but it is all characterized by good songwriting and the emotional touch that makes indie pop such and addictive genre.  That the compilation is available for 12 dollars in digital and two-CD formats is shocking enough to have prompted us to wonder whether it was a misprint.

Get busy people, this is a deal.














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Secret Treehouse - The Big Rewind


Yesterday we featured an album by Frog; today we begin with an album that opens with "Fear of Frogs".  Just a coincidence ... we think.  The song is the initial jewel of soaring, brightly textured sonic bliss by Norwegian band Secret Treehouse.  The following "Hero" displays a different side of the band, a pensive, slow-tempo song performed beautifully by vocalist Anja Bere.  And the various facets of the band continue to play off each other throughout the album, with upbeat pop/rock standouts such as "Fear of Frogs" and the title track balanced by power ballads such as the touching "Really Nervous" and "Sinking".  However, with five accomplished members, every song -- regardless of tempo -- is richly detailed, shimmering and sparkling as the arrangements build to a powerful finish.  Indisputably, the vocals star in these songs, but there is so much more to enjoy.

Secret Treehouse are Anja Bere, Trond Espen Teigen Bjoland, Sveinung Fossan Bukve, Tormod Smith Svanevik, and Marius Mathisen.  The Big Rewind is out now, check your preferred digital source.






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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

"Believer" by Dyson Stringer Cloher

Today's email missives brought us the good news that occasional Australian indie super group Dyson Stringer Cloher has put pen to paper and fingers to strings to create a new album.  The self-titled release will arrive the first week of October via Milk! Records and Remote Control.  Our first listen is via the inspirational "Believer", centered around the dedication of Cloher's neighbor Lulu to play Australian Football.  Excellent song, and all of us at WYMA HQ are cheering for Lulu to make it to the big league.

The band members are Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher.  They will be touring in Australia in November.




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Frog - Count Bateman

Mid-week listening rarely sounds this good. Please give a warm welcome to Count Bateman, the latest album by Queens musician Frog. Previously a duo, for this album the band is singer songwriter Danny Bateman.  And here he offers ten tracks with his observations of his current circumstances and memories of the past.  The songwriting is sharp without being flashy, and the album has the ambiance of a intimate storytelling session with a newly-discovered favorite author. Stylistically, the songs embrace pop, folk, Americana and soft rock, but it melts together like your favorite grilled cheese sandwich.  For that matter, think of this record as aural comfort food -- if you need a warm cuddly feeling today, this is your recommended source.  I don't know whether I am hugging this album, or it is hugging me, but someone is being hugged and it sure feels good.

Count Bateman is out now via Audio Antihero and Bateman's own imprint, Tape Wormies.







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Monday, August 26, 2019

Hearts and Rockets - Power

We could just apologize for ignoring the blog for several days while enjoying the sunny weather of our last full month of summer, but the more rock and roll approach would be to dish some attitude at our readers.  This presents us with a dilemma, because we really are quite nice people.  However, rock and roll wants what rock and roll wants, so we have arrived at the solution of having Hearts and Rockets bring the attitude for us.  Accordingly, we welcome ourselves back with Power by Hearts and Rockets.  The band is a Melbourne-based duo consisting of Kalindy Williams and Kurt Eckardt, and their music is a punkish indie rock with noise and attitude.  The band apparently calls it 'brat-wave', and that description works fine for us.  And what really works as well is just what the title promises - the power.    Of course, if it were just power and attitude, it wouldn't be enough.  But Power has hooks and a consistently infectious groove underpinning every song.  Hearts and Rockets wades into your brain with an uncompromising swagger, and lives there for 14 tracks that will leave you breathless.  Check it out.

Power is out now via Psychic Hysteria Recordings.







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