Saturday, September 5, 2020

"Love Me Do" by Fort Not

The human mind tends to categorize. There is nothing wrong with that -- it is quite natural. But that doesn't mean our mind's attempts to categorize things will always be correct. We were reminded of our potential, OK, occasional ability to be wrong when listening to the singles released so far from The Club Is Open, the forthcoming LP by Fort Not.  Just listen to the tasty jangle pop gem of "Love Me Do", the latest release from the album and your mind. like ours, might assign a location such as Glasgow, Seattle, or Melbourne. But our preconceptions are dashed to discover that this Pavement-meets-Flying Nun gem originates from Gothenburg, Sweden. But regardless of location, it is one of our favorite singles in recent memory, and cements our determination to dive into the album when is is available to us.

Fort Not are Fredrik Soderstrom (lead vocals/organ/piano/keys), Robert Carlsson (guitar/backing vocals), and Emanuel Hllongreen (guitar/bass/drums/keys/percussion/backing vocals). The Club Is Open is out September 18 via Spain's Meritorio Records.

Bandcamp to pre-order The Club Is Open
Meritorio Records

Thursday, September 3, 2020

No Joy - Motherhood

Breathtaking in scope, delightfully varied and joyously performed, Motherhood is a giant step forward into a bight future for No Joy. Jasmine White-Gluz, the Montreal musician and composer, uses the shoegaze foundation she knows so well and has added dreamy indie pop, dancefloor beats, heavy rock and trip hop. It seems to us that she has reached into the future, grabbed this batch of gems and proclaimed "this is what art pop will look like when everyone catches up". The songs are busy, with disparate elements that sometimes come close to clashing. But White-Gluz adeptly melds them with the precision and flair of a celebrated sushi chef wielding his favorite knife. A truly exhilarating journey for your ears.

The songs were written by White-Gluz and Jorge Elbrecht. Motherhood is out now via Joyful Noise. See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for Motherhood
Various links for Motherhood

Tuesday, September 1, 2020


RULES is synth pop band, and it is very, very good synth pop band. But you don't even have to be a fan of the genre to appreciate the beauty and craft of their new self-titled album. The vocals are sublime, and the melodies sound like favorite songs from the '80s you have been trying to remember but find they are just beyond your memory. The lyrical content is literary and absorbing, and the production is sublimely layered. It is no surprise that all of this makes this set of songs a perfect debut. Based on our experience the last few weeks, you won't want to stop playing RULES.

RULES are Iiti Yli-Harja (lead vocals/synth), Sarra Keppola (synth/guitar/backing vocals), and Oskari Halsti (drums/guitar/backing vocals). The album is out now via Helsinki's Soliti Music.

Bandcamp for album
Soliti Music


Monday, August 31, 2020

Mark W. Georgsson - Comes A Time 12"

Scots musician and singer-songwriter Mark W. Georgsson has delivered a very impressive variety six-pack of tunes on his new EP, Comes A Time. Want a love song? The EP offers a deeply affecting one. Need an Americana shaded stomper? Mark has you covered. Pop, rock, a bit of folk? Sure thing, with plenty of delightful changes of direction mid-song In our opinion, this record is a mature, artfully constructed set of songs and an absolute pleasure of our ears.

Comes A Time is available now via Last Night From Glasgow. It is available on streaming and digital download services, and on vinyl from the label.

Last Night from Glasgow page for vinyl