Thursday, October 15, 2020

Slomosa - Slomosa

As a tough work week draws to a close we found ourselves desiring music with sonic heft, and we didn't have to look far. The self-titled album by Bergen, Norway's Slomosa is a heavy, swirling stew of desert rock built on a stoner groove. Admittedly, desert rock from a cold country with plenty of rocks, trees and water, but no sand, seems odd. And there have been quips that the play 'tundra rock'. But our ears tell us that this band's version of desert rock sounds pretty damn authentic to us, and their own unabashedly heavy and energetic performance makes Slomosa a winning album.

Slomosa is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Apollon Records.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Supercrush - SODO Pop


About 18 months ago we featured a collection of singles by Supercrush (our review here), a band which quickly became one of our favorite powerpop groups. To our great delight, frontman Mark Palm recently let us know that Supercrush has released a full length titled SODO Pop. We wasted zero time finding our way to the album and pressing "play", and were rewarded with ten tracks of the kind of powerpop that made Teenage Fanclub beloved. Remarkably, Palm has spent much of his career in punk and hardcore groups, but his feel for powerpop and talent for songwriting is manifestly evident here. In fact, this album sounds and feels like a greatest hits album to us, and it may well to you as well. Give it a shot, your day will be better for doing so.

For this recording, Supercrush are Mark Palm, Phil Jones, Allen Trainer, Bob Reed, Inna Showalter, Greg Ehrlich, and Jay Kardong. SODO Pop is out now in all formats via Don Giovanni Records. By the way, the album title is a Seattle in joke. While it looks like Mark misspelled "soda", he actually is referring to the name of the neighborhood of Seattle south of the downtown business district.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Flatmates - The Flatmates

There are some albums that leave you breathless, as if you just finished an enjoyable bout of strenuous exercise. You glow, you feel alive, and you want to do it again. The new self-titled album by Bristol's The Flatmates is such and album. Played at a pop punk pace with loads of fuzz and melody and hooks riding the wave, it is C86 revisited on steroids. The drums and bass are appealingly high in the mix, but then, everything else is too. And to for us, it is a confection that is easy to love. We assure you, this version of The Flatmates is a welcome addition to the indie scene, and this album is prominent in our rotation this month.

The Flatmates are Lisa Bouvier (vocals/backing vocals/bass/guitar), Martin Whitehead (guitar/backing vocals), Mattias Lidehall (bass), Rocker (keys/programming/backing vocals), and Brian Price (drums). The Flatmates is available in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Bristol label Local Underground.


Bandcamp for the album

Local Underground

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Latitude - Mystic Hotline

There is indeed magic in the universe, and a telling clue is that something precious like Mystic Hotline by San Francisco five-piece Latitude can come into your life. The magic wand of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Amy Fowler artfully blends '70-'80s pop rock/power pop that will pleasantly call to mind Fleetwood Mac, The Go-Gos, The Nerves and The Bangles. But listen a bit of longer and you'll hear something more sophisticated in the rhythms and a bit darker in the themes (listen to "Checkmate", for example). The band is a pleasure machine of melody and hooks and the entire album sparkles and shines with just the right amount of gloss. If we still had radio that strove to be curators of worthy music rather than pushing narrowly drawn playlists from major labels (yes, I know we have a few good ones like KEXP), Mystic Hotline would be dominating the airwaves right now.

In addition to Ms. Fowler, Latitude is Josh Miller (guitar), Justin Frahm (keys/vocals), Rob Duncan (bass), and Joe Z. Armin (drums/vocals). Mystic Hotline is out now in digital and vinyl formats via Emotional Response Records.

Bandcamp for Mystic Hotline