Thursday, October 17, 2019

Emma Russack and Lachlan Denton - Take The Reigns

When we write that we like everything about Take The Reigns, we mean everything. And that starts with the cover art. There is no stylish 'we could be models' shot, no arty arrangement of the two artists staring in different directions, no defiant 'rebels with a cause' pose. Instead, we have a shot of two real people: Emma with her mouth full and pointing at Lach; and Lach with a can of beer sitting in front of him. They could be in your back yard (and we wish they were in our back yard). The artists are Emma Russack and Lachlan Denton, both well known in Australia (and in knowledgeable circles in the wide world) for their solo work, their two prior records together (Keep On Trying and When It Ends, both in 2018), and for Lach, as a member of Ocean Party.

For this record, the duo have collaborated on ten sparkling songs that, for the most part, walk the sunny side of the lane. We have already shared "Catch" (link), "Help" and "Love For Myself" (link), three bouncing pop songs that any songwriter with a heart and a brain would be thrilled to claim. Of course, the easy tactic here would be to stream them again because their memorable melodies, hooks, and smart lyrics would make us look clever for choosing them. But that approach wouldn't expose you to other gems, so we have offered a few more below. The right choice for any reader would be to stream the choices below, then hit the Bandcamp link and stream the entire album while choosing your desired version. Be assured that it goes well with breakfast, when the sun goes down and anytime in between. We consider it a warm hug of an album -- but not the kissy kissy pink unicorns kind of hug. This is the kind of genuine hug between adults that still leaves room for saying "you could use a haircut", "you forgot to pick up the stuff at the cleaners", or "you weren't as charming as you thought you were after that third glass of wine". It is friendly and accessible, yet manages to be totally terrific (just like us after three glasses of wine, we think).

Take The Reigns is out today via Osborne Again, Bobo Integral, and Spunk Records. You not only want it, you need it.








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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bluey - Bluey EP

Lachie Gilmour is known as a songwriter and guitarist for Melbourne's terrific IV League. But he has expanded his repertoire by fronting his own project, Bluey.  Closely following the single release of lead track "No Plans", Lachie has now revealed the Bluey EP. The record consists of five immaculately constructed songs spanning psych pop, guitar pop, and soaring New Order-ish synth pop. From the upbeat "No Plans" and "That's Life" to hazy "Morning Sun" to the more downbeat "Broken Heart" to the bright indie pop of "Best Friend", the common thread is a superb sense of melody and thoughtful arrangements. This EP is a stunning and triumphant debut release. While we hope that IV League continues, we wholeheartedly endorse the Bluey venture as well, and hope to hear more soon.

Bluey EP is out now.





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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

SUPER 8 - Head Sounds The EP


Head Sounds The EP is both a stand alone EP and a trailer for the upcoming SUPER 8 full length titled -- you're never going to guess -- Head Sounds. You may or may not find that confusing, but I wouldn't dwell on it too much. The only important thing is that we have more good guitar pop from the UK's Paul Ryan, aka SUPER 8. Specifically, the EP consists of a spoken word into, four original songs, and a cover of the Beatles "Across The Universe". This band's music is invariably entertaining so give your ears a treat.






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"Cubs" by Lunir

Our favorite Scottish-German duo Lunir have returned with new single "Cubs". Think smart electro-pop with a wash of playful soul. It puts a bounce in our step for the morning, and we look sooooo good when we prance, if we can be honest.

Lunir are Becky Sikasa and David Scobie. Additional vocals by Hanna Sikasa.



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Monday, October 14, 2019

"Whats In A Name" by AA Matheson

AA Matheson (also known as Aaron Matheson and A. Wallace) has recorded an EP dealing with weighty topics such as grief, spirituality and friendship. Titled Trying, the record will be released this week via Marfa Lights Records. The first single, "Whats In A name", is already out and you can stream it below. As revealed in the lyrics (to be found at the Bandcamp link below), the song explores feelings of shame and regret in a simple and affecting manner. The man is a good songwriter, and we suggest checking it out. If you like it, consider pre-ordering Trying.





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Friday, October 11, 2019

Allah-Las - LAHS


If you had a magic lantern marked "L.A." you could rub it any time you needed or wanted and be bathed in sunshine, massaged by ocean breezes, and surrounded by sand and palm trees. Toss in some outdoor cafes, pan-pacific fusion taco trucks and some music clubs, and you have the perfect getaway from wherever you live that isn't Los Angeles. But if you are like us, you either don't have such a magic lantern, or you have accessed the genie too many times and he won't respond any more. Sad as that may be, we have a hack for you. Buy yourself a copy of LAHS, the new album by Los Angeles four-piece Allah-Lahs, and you can have Los Angeles any time you want, and as many times as you need.

Admittedly, we have little editorial detachment with respect to Allah-Las. For us, they are the shamans of SoCal psychedelic pop, the high priests of the LA vibe. But even with that disclaimer, we feel confident in writing that LAHS captures the magic, the glitter and the grit of Los Angeles in a way that no other band has, and them looks at the rest of the wide world through the same lens. It is their best work to date, and a thoroughly delightful album..

Allah Las are Matt Correia, Spencer Dunham, Miles Michaud, and Pedrum Siadatian. LAHS is available today, October 11, via Mexican Summer.  The band will be touring in support of the album beginning in November.  See the dates and venues at the bottom of the post.










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November 4th - Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ 
November 5th - Meow Wolf, Sante Fe, NM
November 7th - White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
November 8th - Trees, Dallas, TX
November 9th - Empire Control Room, Austin, TX
November 10th - One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
November 12th - The Basement East, Nashville, TN
November 13th - Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
November 14th - Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville, NC
November 15th - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
November 16th - The Black Cat, Washington, DC
November 18th - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
November 19th - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
November 20th - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
November 22nd - Corona Theatre, Montreal, CA
November 24th - Lee's Palace, Toronto, CA
November 25th - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
November 26th - Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH
November 27th - Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
November 29th - Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
November 30th - Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO
December 2nd - Slowdown, Omaha, NE
December 3rd - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CA
December 4th - Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT 
December 6th - Neumos, Seattle, WA
December 7th - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
December 8th - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
December 10th - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
December 11th - The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
December 12th - The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
December 13th - The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
December 14th - Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown, CA

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Persian Leaps - Electrical Living

If you like power pop, you like The Persian Leaps. The project of one Drew Forsberg and friends, they delighted us with several EPs of masterful, crunchy guitar pop, and then a superb, fully packed full length that served as a greatest hits album, as well as a swan song for that version of the band. But Drew has continued to write and record, and has just released a smashing set of songs titled Electrical Living that will power your weekend -- this weekend and probably many to follow.

For Electrical Living, Drew is joined by Jon Hunt, who also provided the album's cover art.








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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Echo Session - Wait And See

It seems like a long wait to hear these songs, as the good people of the Flowers in the Dustbin label have been teasing this album for over a year. But even if the wait was longer than we desired, consider the lads of The Echo Session. The Glasgow band, led by songwriter/vocalist Tam Maher, recorded these songs in the middle of the previous decade but were unable to gain label support for the release of an album. Fortunately, FitD stepped up a couple of years ago to release a single consisting of this album's showcase opening and closing tracks, and now has graced us with the ten-song Wait And See. The promise was an album that sounds like a long-lost doppelganger of the one and only album by The La's, with reminders of The Kinks as well. And in our view the finished product delivers with a strike to the bulls-eye. In particular, songs like "Down By The River", "Dear Old Sam" and "Sunshine in the Morning" sound like The La's and The Kinks got together in a back room after a Glasgow gig and hammered out a couple of future hits. For their part, the aforementioned bookend songs "But I'm Scared" (our favorite of the set) and "Wait and See", along with "Mystery Man" and "Barapba", have the charming earworm quality of '60s AM radio folk rock hits.

One run through this album and your heart will tell you that these are old, favorite song from your youth that you are thrilled to have rediscovered, even though your brain and the liner notes tell you that this is the first time (and maybe liner notes are the new fake news ...). But it really doesn't matter, as you have them now and they will be yours forever. Well, assuming that you hit the Bandcamp link below, they will be yours forever.








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"Sundown" by Pink Chameleons


We have been waiting patiently for Songs, the upcoming LP by Finland's Pink Chameleons. OK, semi-patiently. Having featured the first single from the album in August (link), we now can share the slow-burning garage brilliance of "Sundown". Think Lou Reed and The Jesus and Mary Chain finding themselves in a haunted house at when the sun goes down. The single is out via October 11 via Helsinki label Soliti Music.

Pink Chameleons are Paltsa-Kai Salama, Antti Sauli, and Ville Hopponen. Songs will be released on December 13 via Soliti.



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