Saturday, May 9, 2020

Vulture Party - Vulture Party

Today's first feature reminds us not to jump into assumptions about a band based on the name. When reading the name Vulture Party, it is tempting to expect death metal, Gothy emo, or maybe a bro bar band with a sense of humor. However, such thinking would amount to our first (or at least early) error of the day, because this Vulture Party is quite different than all that. They describe themselves as "disquieting alt pop for the socially conscious", which seems to hit the mark quite well, even if we didn't think of those words ourselves. On their self-titled album, the band thrills us with music that is melodic, carefully constructed, and at times haunting and disquieting. In fact, for our ears, it is the juxtaposition of the melodic tones and the disquieting atmosphere that makes this music so compelling. If we can make a serving suggestion, this album goes quite well late in the evening with the lights low and the adult beverage malty and Scottish.

Vulture Party are Louise Ward, David King, and Dickson Telfer. For the album, drums were played by Lee Burgoyne, and violin by Rebecca Culllen. Organ, acoustic guitar and programming was provided by James Anderson Taylor. Additional vocals were supplied by Macy McLeod, Elsa Hendry, Anna King and Lucy King. The album is released via The Hive imprint of Last Night From Glasgow.

Bandcamp for Vulture Party
Last Night From Glasgow page for album

Friday, May 8, 2020

Various Artists - Shelter (round two)

We are pleased to bring you another Shelter compilation from the good people at Sunday Records. The lovely songs will give you joy as you stay at home, and they are free. We strongly suggest that after you grab the goodies, you visit the other material from the featured bands via the links on the Bandcamp page. These are terrific indie bands and you may discover some music that will enrich your life.

Bandcamp for Shelter
Sunday Records

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Girlatones - Horn If You're Honky

Having featured a Melbourne guitar pop band's record released by Meritorio Records earlier in the week, we were concerned that the rules would prohibit another feature of another Melbourne guitar pop band's record released by Meritorio so soon. However, after creating a study committee and spending hours analyzing the matter, and drinking plenty of beer, we remembered that we make the rules. Or, more precisely, we haven't bothered to make any rules but if we did, they would be the rules we want. So, Horn If You're Honky, this is your time.

As even the dazed and confused can discern from the opening paragraph, Girlatones, the proud parents of Horn If You're Honky, are from Melbourne. The album is their second, and it is packed with appealing tunes that span woozy pop, bubblegum, powerpop, ballads, and upbeat and slightly left field garage pop. The band is inventive and confident, and their pop craftsmanship is impeccable. This is an album you will enjoy today and forever.

Girlatones are Jesse Wiliams (vocals/guitar), Leah Senior (guitar/vocals), Tam Matlakowski (bass), and Fabian Hunter Shaw (drums), previous members of The Stevens, T.V., and Pop Singles. The album is out now via Meritorio Records and Lost and Lonesome Recording Company (Aus).

Bandcamp for record (Meritorio Records)
Bandcamp for record (Lost and Lonesome Recording Company)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

"Giant Hoof" by Love Sport

And Justice for All, the upcoming album by Finland's Love Spot is still a bit more than two weeks from launch, but that leaves a bit of time to entrance you with the noise rock delights of album track "Giant Hoof. Rock and roll, done well. A good bit of Velvet Underground in the DNA, at least to our ears.

Love Sport are Teemu Tanner (lead vocals, guitar), Mikko Sulonen (guitar), Max Mäkinen (dums) and Aki Pohjankyrö (bass). And Justice for All will be out May 22 via Soliti Music.


RIP Millie Small

Millie Small died yesterday. In 1964 the Jamaican teenager thrilled the music world with "My Boy Lollipop". Over 50 years later, it still makes us happy. Thanks, Millie. RIP!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Go Get Mum - OK Now What EP

Discoveries like OK Now What are what keep us writing this blog for no pay and those lousy bosses we see every time we look in a mirror. It is the second EP by Melbourne quartet Go Get Mum, and while the name of the band and title of the EP are unassuming, this record features the sort of charmingly ragged but inspired indie that we find utterly captivating. The direct but engaging storytelling, jangling guitars and half spoke singing invite comparisons to the Boomgates and to some of our heroes of the '80s New Zealand guitar bands. Yes, that puts Go Get Mum on a pretty high shelf in our trophy room, but if it only took six songs to reach that level, think what joy they may bring us in the future. But you shouldn't be thinking about the future, you should be thinking about getting OK Now What, right now. Everyone needs some new best musical friends.

Go Get Mum are Garry Westmore (guitar/vocals), Izzy Tolhurst (guitar/vocals), Woody Eke (drums), and Sam Chin (bass). OK Now What is out in digital and vinyl formats via Meritorio Records.

Bandcamp for OK Now What
Meritorio Records

"Trapped in Amber" by Jetstream Pony

It is a gloriously sunny Monday morning for us. But it still is a Monday. So to break us out of our post-weekend malaise, exacerbated by being trapped at home, we turn to the new blast of bright and shiny pop energy, "Trapped in Amber". The song is the second single from the upcoming self-titled album by Jetstream Pony. Such is the power of this song, that even Monday morning is looking pretty damn good to us.

Jetstream Pony are Beth Arzy, Shaun Charman, Kerry Boettcher, and Hannes Mueller. The album will be released in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Shelflife Records and Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten.

Bandcamp for "Trapped in Ambe"r
Bandcamp for album

Sunday, May 3, 2020

"Other Side" by Heart Beach

Heart Beach is a well-traveled band. Starting in Tasmania, then moved to Canada a few years ago. Now, they reside in Melbourne. But wherever they are, they make music. And today they offer you a 'name your price' scuzz pop gem titled "Other Side". Be sure to thank the nice people.