Midnight World Pop Scout returns with four bands, one from Finland, one from LA, one from Estonia, and one from Jamaica. Explore and enjoy!
The New Tigers are from Finland. They play a dense but melodic brand of guitar pop. Think Galaxie 500 or Yo La Tengo. The band released their self-titled debut album on September 21, and the following video is of the album track "Velvet Jam":
The band is Janne Kauppinen (bass), Kece (drums), Appu Jasu (guitar/vocals) and Valtteri Virtanen (guitar/vocals).
And here is a live version of "Pocketful of Sand"
Los Angeles' High Places is comprised of Robert Barber and Mary Pearson. They play experimental, atmospheric electro rock. The album Original Colors due on October 11 on Thrill Jockey.
Here is a live performance of "Year Off" for Fader TV:
What do we know about Taavi Peterson & Üdi?Singer Taavi Peterson initially trod a more mainstream route, entering and finishing third in the Estonian version of Pop Idol. The next year he formed Üdi (which I'm advised means “bone marrow” in Estonian). The group focuses on indie rock, although Peterson does some solo work as well. "Tibet Ocean" is a recent song from the group:
This song is from the first year of the band:
Rootz Underground was featured in one of our Midnight World Pop Scout posts earlier this year. They are a modern roots reggae band with a rock edge, and are based in Kingston, Jamaica. We mention them again because they recently released a nice song featuring Sherieta Lewis, and it is a free download at the Bandcamp site.