Friday, August 21, 2020

"Warwick" by The Bats

The familiar jangle and chug of The Bats is one of our more beloved sounds in music. And since they have been a group for nearly four decades with no lineup changes and nine albums, we haven't had to do without that sound. Oh, did we write "nine" albums? Our mistake - number ten, tilted Foothills, is but a couple months away. Today we -- and the 'we' includes you -- can hear the first single from the album. The gang sounds as good as ever, and the video is a treat as well.

Foothills will be released on November 3 via Flying Nun Records. See the Bandcamp link below for pre-orders.

Bandcamp for single
Various Links for "Warwick"
Bandcamp for Foothills

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Chamber Strings - Gospel Morning

If you have a copy of the original Gospel Morning from the '90s, you are both a savvy music consumer and a lucky person. And it goes without saying that you have excellent taste. However, for those readers who are not covered by the first sentence, but believe that you are described in the second sentence, here is your chance. The album is the glittering debut album by The Chamber Strings, a band headed by the inimitable Kevin Junior (also of The Rosehips and Mystery Girls, as well as solo work). Sharing influences of '70s glam, alternative rock, pub rpclpower pop, and a bit of soul, the album offers a toothsome array of excellent songs, all linked by superb songwriting. Influenced by the '70s, written and recorded in the '90s, but undeniably timeless.

Gospel Morning is available in digital, CD and vinyl formats. See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp Gospel Morning

Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Hannah Barberas - Fallow Days EP

Do good by acquiring good music? Here is your chance to contribute to a good cause with very little effort on your part and the added bonus of permanently possessing four new, delectable indie pop tunes. Despite dropping their debut full length earlier this year (our feature here), The Hannah Barberas have been busy during lockdown and home recorded the Fallow Days EP. Sweet peppy and so very fresh. And all the proceed go to the Lewisham Foodbank. Get a copy for yourself, and get a copy for a friend.

The Hannah Barberas are Damien (guitar/vocals), Lucy (vocals), Ian (bass/vocals), and Matthew (drums/vocals).


The Yellow Melodies - We All Deserve A Chance"

Whenever we learn of a new record from Spain's The Yellow Melodies, we cover it. The reason is simple: Headman Rafa Skam has a genius for pop melodies, surrounds himself with adept players, and churns out memorable record after memorable record. It would be malpractice to not cover them. Take, as a current example, the new We All Deserve A Chance. The three tracks lift our souls and make us smile. The lead track is an indie pop dance tune -- twee disco, perhaps. Our current favorite is the second song, "Silhouette In Blue", a lovely keys-driven tune. "Once Upon A Time" closes the proceedings with a pleasant jangle and a terrific hook. As always, to level stuff from a band that all indie pop fans should follow.

We All Deserve A Chance is available in digital and vinyl 7" formats, see the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for record