Saturday, November 11, 2017
A slinky rhythmic intro to a gritty, soulful vocal. Indeed, this is the way to end the day. The song is "The Day I Die", and it is excellent. While allegedly no man is an island, apparently Londoners Rollo Doherty, Jack Raeder, James Wolfe and Toby Richards are Island. The song is from the band's debut album Feels Like Air, which will be released via Frenchkiss Records on April 6, 2018. We're going to look forward to that one, and we suggest you do so as well.
Links to pre-order Feels Like Air
Friday, November 10, 2017
The Zephyr Bones are Brian Silva (guitar/vocals), Jossip Tkalcic (guitar/vocals/synth), Marc Lopez (drums), and Carlos Ramos. The band is based in Barcelona, which is the hometown of Marc and Carlos (bass). Brian and Jossip originally are from Chile. Secret Place is out now in CD, vinyl and digital formats via La Castanya.
Bandcamp for Secret Place
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The members of Steve Buscemi's Dreamy Eyes are Tilde Hansen, Siri Sjoberg, Elias Mahfoud, and Edvin Srleskar. Four Waters will be available via the usual digital outlets, and as a limited vinyl release via Rama Lama Records.
Rama Lama Records
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Even with three members of the former group, Last Leaves isn't just a continuation project, but rather a new take on the members' guitar pop vision. There is plenty of melody, but this band also embraces their guitars' fuzz and rumble as much as the jangle. Take for example, the grit and swagger in "Love and the World Well Lost" and "The World We Had". There is a bit of The Posies or Teenage Fanclub here, and you'll never hear us complain about that. Donald's songs are superbly drawn, with a look back on relationships as well as some peeks forward to the future, resulting in a lyrical atmosphere that is both sentimental and hopeful. This is great stuff for the folks down under anticipating summer, and for those of us up north trying to hang on to the last vestiges of ours.
Other Towns Than Ours is out now via Matinee Recordings in North America and Lost and Lonesome Recording Company in Australia.
Matinee Recordings page for album
The Lost and Lonesome Recording Company Bandcamp page for album
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
However, at the other end of the spectrum is Melbourne's The Ocean Party. Considering the relatively short period of time (in terms of music production) of calendar year 2017, the prolific band has released a collection of B-side type material (our feature here), a tour tape (our feature here), the massively impressive LP Beauty Point (our feature here), and soon the Guilt EP. This material was played to our test subjects in addition to other projects involving band members, such as Ciggie Witch, and attending The Ocean Party's show earlier in the year. And despite all of that music, not one of our test subjects hit saturation point for The Ocean Party. In fact, they all begged to hear the upcoming EP. Of course we didn't allow them to do that, because "upcoming" has to mean something, and even we have ethics (unless procurement of beer is involved). But we can share with you one of the six EP tracks, "Tell". The song underscores the band's ability to provide introspective lyrical content in a universally relatable manner and wrap it up in a glistening pop song.
Guilty will be out in early December via Spunk Records.
Spunk Records' shop
A Certain Smile consists of Thomas (vocals/guitar), Casey (bass), Zach (guitars/keys), and Ian (drums). Additional performances provided by Ryan, Lisle, and Kitt.
Bandcamp for Fits & Starts
Sunday, November 5, 2017
We have been dedicated fans of Los Angeles' Allah-Las for several years. In fact, our first post about them appears to have been in 2011. While we always are thrilled to be able to bring you new music from the band, their distinctive sound is welcome on treatments of other artists' work, as well as their own compositions. While working on their next full length, Allah-Las have recorded Covers #1, a 10" consisting of songs by George Harrison ("Fish On Sand"), Television ("Hard On Love"), Further ("JO. Eleven"), and Kathy Heideman ("The Earth Won't Hold Me"). The record is available via Mexican Summer in a high quality vinyl package and as a digital download. In choosing a format, note that the cover of Further's "J.O. Eleven" is only available on the vinyl version.
Allah-Las are Miles Michaud (vocals/rhythm guitar), Matthew Correia (drum/vocals), Pedrum Siadatian (lead guitar/vocals), and Spencer Dunham (bass/vocals).
Bandcamp for Covers #1
Spotify link for Covers #1
Mexican Summer order page