Friday, November 22, 2019

"Backyard" by L.A. Mood

Dave  Mudie has been a sought after drummer for hire, and is the current timekeeper for Courtney Barnett. As it turns out, he is a damn good front man for his own project, L.A. Mood. We featured his EP Breakfast at Sassy's a couple of months ago (link), and he is back now with a single titled "Backyard"). A '70s road house rocker of a tune, we think it is just the right fuel for the start of our weekend. Perfect timing--thanks, Dave!

"Backyard" is a digital release via Hotel Motel Records.

Bandcamp for "Backyard"
Various links for "Backyard"

Thursday, November 21, 2019

"Comfort Zone" by Fabric Bear

Mental health is an important topic, so we think everyone should give some thought to their comfort zone. And to help you get started, how about listening to the most excellent "Comfort Zone" by Edinburgh's Fabric Bear.  It has us happily bouncing around the premises here at WYMA World Headquarters.

Fabric Bear are Ryan Hunter, Callum Jones, Matt Graham, and Stewart Clark.


"Feather Soul" by Lilla Parasit

Today brings "Feather Soul", the second single by Swedish band Lilla Parasit.  The band is a project of Are Engen Steinsholm of Melby, joined by Amanda Lindgren (Systraskap), David Svedmyr (Me and My Kites) and Jessica Klingsell. Signed to Rama Lama Records, they will release a mini album in 2020.  The single is dreamy celebration of sibling bonds, buoyed by a sturdy and well-detailed arrangement, and has brought warmth and sunshine to us on a chilly November morning.

Bandcamp for "Feather Soul"
Various links for "Feather Soul"

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

"Anthem For A Doomed Youth" by Dictator

One of our favorite inbox nuggets lately is "Anthem For A Doomed Youth". Featuring a deep groove and a psychedelic touches, it fuels our mornings as we get a grip on the day. The creators are Dictator. , a Scottish four-piece draws that draws comparisons to The Charlatans and fellow Scots Primal Scream. We think that is really fine company to keep.

Various links for single

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Romantic States - Ballerina

Romantic States is a Baltimore band that plays minimalist, lo fi pop that strikes us as the sound we might encounter if Beat Happening and Yo La Tengo combined, slowed down and were fronted by a more talented (and melodic) version of Nico.  And as good as the sound is on their new album, Ballerina, the real treat may be the lyrical content. This is a band that drills down to the exposed nerve -- and then keeps drilling. Honesty is good; honesty can also be uncomfortable. But we can't look away when it sounds this good. Please listen to the album at the Bandcamp link and be sure to select the "lyrics" button. Our favorite songs are "Changed Your Mind", "Real Real Blonde", "XstrawberryX", "Son Of Barb", and "Ballerina". But you really don't want to miss any of them.

The original members of Romantic States are guitarist Jim Triplett (of Videohippos) and vocalist Ilenia Madelaire (of Amor Fatigue). For this outing they add drummer Shawn Durham (Gauche/Snail Mail), and bassist Alan Everhart (Wildhoney/Dummy). Ilenia also drew the affecting cover art. Ballerina is out now via Gentle Reminder Records.

Bandcamp for Ballerina
Gentle Reminder Records

Night Hikes - Chalice

We look worldwide for interesting new indie music, but it would be foolish for us to ignore the talents in our backyard. Today we want to introduce you to a fine Seattle band named Night Hikes. For Chalice, the duo of Olivia Godby and Matthew Farrell craft evocative stories with dream pop and shoegaze textures. Perceptive lyricists and evocative vocalists, they provide an intimate soundtrack for late night listening. Our instincts tell us that we can expect a lot more good material from Night Hikes.

Chalice is out now as a digital release. See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for Chalice

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Springfields - Singles 1986-1991

We know that there is a jangle pop god, and we know that this god bestows favors on devotees of the genre. Often those favors are in the form of new recordings by current bands. But occasionally the jangle pop god delivers an extra special treat in the form of long-lost gems resurrected for our pleasure. Today, working through faithful servant Slumberland Records, the jangle pop god reveals Singles 1986 - 1991. The album collects the tunes from all five singles by The Springfields, which were released between 1986 and 1991 on various labels including Sarah Records. The Springfields were just one of the bands that offered the combined talents of Ric Menck and Paul Chastain, but may have been the highest expression of their art. Crafting and covering songs that reflect and project the golden tones of indiepop from the British Invasion through the current decade, Menck and Chastain's five-year run in this band serves to sum up the best of 50-plus years of the genre despite arriving in the middle of the span. Quite simply, you cannot be a jangle pop fan and turn your back on this record. The god has been good to us, accept her gift.

The album is out now in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Slumberland Records.

Bandcamp for album
Slumberland Records