Friday, October 25, 2019

Young Guv - GUV II

Recently Ben Cook -- aka Young Guv -- observed that he had "accidentally" recorded a double album. We cannot verify that the size of the end product was accidental, but we will advise you that Guv I (our August 1 feature here) and today's subject, Guv II, are each possibly the most hook-filled, hyper-melodic songs you are going to have the delight to experience this year. Guv II unspools like a hit machine -- from the jangling, crunchy power pop of "She's A Fantasy", "Try Not To Hang So Hard", and "Can I Just Call You", to the mirror-ball dance pop of "Caught Lookin'" and "Trying To Decide", to the Britpop of "Song About Feeling Insane", to the glistening synth pop of "Can't Say Goodbye" the material leaves us breathless and awestruck. Young Guv is a one-man prime time radio show. You can tune in any time you like, but you will never want to leave.

Guv II is out today via Run For Cover Records. Note that you can purchase both albums together (plus two bonus tracks) as Guv I  & II (link)

Run For Cover Records page for Guv releases

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Neilson Family - Double Life

We are very busy doing things other than music blogging today (yes, that happens sometimes), but we didn't want our dear readers to think we have forgotten them. So we will share with you exactly what we are listening to while researching arcane legal points and writing memos. Here is Double Life, an energetic, full-speed dose of jangling indie pop from Portland, Oregon quartet Neilson Family. With two guitars, a rhythm section clearly having fun, and male/female vocals, this is the kind of music that never goes out of style around here.

Neilson Family are Jamie Neilson, Annie Fifer, Amit Gordon and Max Miller. Double Life is out now in digital and CD formats via Jigsaw Records.

Bandcamp for Double Life

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

"Wonder" by The Springfields

A couple of weeks ago we shared the good news that Slumberland Records will be releasing Singles 1986-1991 -- a compilation of singles by beloved guitar pop band The Springfields. Although the release date still is about three weeks away, we have another track to pleasure our ears. Here is "Wonder":

Various links for album
Bandcamp for Album
Slumberland Records

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

"3's & 4's" by Sprinters

We suppose one could look at the title of this post and wonder whether it is a training plan for track athletes. That would be wrong -- understandable, but very wrong. But it isn't our fault, as we don't name the songs.  However, whether or not you are a runner, you should pay attention to "3's & 4's" because it is one of the many excellent songs to be found on Struck Gold, which we are confident will be one of the best November releases this year. Sprinters is the project of Neil Jarvis, although for this album we understand that the effort included three others, as well. We will discuss the full length closer to its release date next month, so we will leave you with "3's & 4's", a sad tale with a beautiful, melodic wrapper.

Struck Gold will be released via Meritorio Records.

Bandcamp for Struck Gold
Meritorio Records

Monday, October 21, 2019

GospelbeacH - Let It Burn

The alchemy wielded by Brent Rademaker should thrill any fan of American rock. On Let It Burn, the new album for his GospelbeacH project, Brent and his mates blend a California strain of classic rock with Americana, and country, suggesting Tom Petty and the Grateful Dead recording in Laurel Canyon. But that won't surprise fans of his previous projects, such as Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde. With adept, and at times scorching, guitar work by former Beachwood Sparks compatriot Neal Casal (who sadly passed away this summer) and keys by Jonny Niemann, the album serves up ballads, mid-tempo slow burners, power pop, and classic rock, all with sincerity and a heaping dose of California sunshine.

Check this one out -- it may help you hang on to that summer feeling for a few more weeks.

Let It Burn is out now via Alive Naturalsound.

Bandcamp for Let It Burn
Label page for Gospelbeach/

"Come On Down Jupiter" by The Orielles

Halifax, UK's fourpiece The Orielles has announced their second LP for Heavenly Recordings/PIAS. It will be titled Disco Volador, and is scheduled for release on February 28, 2020. Accompanying the announcement is a video for album track "Come On Down Jupiter". Building on their dance oriented pop rock, the song features propulsive beats and rich textures. And the video provides a fun drama built on the daily mundane.

The Orielles are Esme Dee Hand-Halford, Sidonie B. Hand-Halford, Henry Carlyle Wade, and Al Morgan Stephens.

Heavenly Recordings' site for pre-orders of Disco Volador