Friday, September 13, 2019

Mermaidens - Look Me In The Eye

For Look Me In The Eye, their third album, Wellington, NZ trio Mermaidens look to expand their reach beyond dream and fuzz pop, and in the effort craft an intriguing album of light and dark, pop hooks and arty textures.  Expanding use of synths combined with twin vocals, guitar, bass and drums result in a sound that is varied and dense, while remaining nimble. The songs are shaded with moody themes and emotional contrasts, expressed with confidence and clarity. Our take is that Mermaindens are a band that knows what they want to say, and says it very well, indeed.

Mermaidens are Gussie Larkin (vocals/guitar), Lily West (vocals/bass), and Gabe Hollingsworth (drums). Look Me In The Eye is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Flying Nun Records.

The band is touring in the UK in the latter half of September.









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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lost Ships - All Of The Pieces EP


We think that making it to Wednesday means we deserve a slice of heaven, and we get exactly what we want via All of the Pieces, the new EP from Portsmouth, UK's Lost Ships.  The band boasts a robust power pop sound, plenty of jangle, and big hooks and choruses. Unsurprisingly, they earn references to Teenage Fanclub. And while it is nice to be compared to the heroes of jangling power pop, this band carves out their own identity. This EP is a terrific addition to our library and will be an essential part of our Autumn soundtrack.

Lost Ships are Dave Sarney (bass), Simon Rapsey (drums), Dev Cross (guitars/vocals), and Ashley Chaplin (guitars/vocals). All of the Pieces is available now in digital and CD formats via Subjangle.






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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Champion of Youth - Champion of Youth

Some days we are racked with indecision. For example, is Champion of Youth a new band for us, or an old band?  In support of the former proposition, we haven't previously featured any music by the band. For the latter position, we note that we have featured music by Amida, a band whose membership apparently overlaps with the players in Champion of Youth. Fortunately, like all well-run institutions we have a procedure for addressing such dilemmas.  We gather together, drink a few beers, and then cop out.  In this case, the cop out is deciding that Champion of Youth is a 'new old band'.

With that heavy lifting our of the way, please welcome the new old band's self-titled mini-album to your ears. Are you stuck in a rut on a Tuesday with a crying need for pep? Do you need some pop hooks, rumbling riffs, humor, jangle, and energetic performances? These guys have you covered.  It is just the sort of thing you would want, and expect, from a live show.  And while you won't get a live show unless you go to Manchester, you can grab the music from Bandcamp right now.








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Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Memory Fades - Space Pilot


Every recording by The Memory Fades earns a special place in our music library, and we are thrilled that Space Pilot is the second EP by the project this year (the first was She Loves the Birds (link)). But this one may be extra special because it evokes WYMA favorites The Jesus and Mary Chain.  In fact, the second track even is titled "Listening to the Marychain", although the lead track bears the strongest resemblance.  The third and fourth tracks are lovely jangle pop gems that finish off the EP line a top chef's special dessert.

For this EP, The Memory Fades' Stephen Maughan is assisted by Pete Bowers, Estella Rosa, Joanne Galley, and Max Saidi.  Space Pilot is available in CD and digital formats - see the Bandcamp link below.






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Friday, September 6, 2019

L.A. Mood - Breakfast At Sassy's


Someone has some explaining to do. Despite us writing about the wonderful Courtney Barnett from time to time, and despite writing about some of the fine releases from Melbourne's Hotel Motel Records, when Dave Mudie, who is Courtney's drummer, releases a record via Hotel Motel -- even under the assumed name L.A. Mood -- no one bothers to tell us (moreover, it is his second EP). Yes, some people decided to ignore our exclusive* readership of over 3,000,254 persons**, leaving us to find the album on our own.
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However, despite our disappoint, hurt, and a few tears, we are professionals and will bring Breakfast At Sassy's to our readers' ears.  And we'd be fools not to, because this EP is really excellent stuff. The vibe is '90s/'00s rock that sounds like it was cooked in a garage with a touch of blues on the side, and we have it cycling through our sound system on permanent repeat today.  It is a digital release costing five Australian dollars, and if you get it right now you'll have if for the weekend. Trust us, you want it for the weekend. You probably even need it for the weekend.



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Broken Chanter - Broken Chanter

We have been fans of David MacGregor since we first became aware of his performances and songwriting as a frontman for Kid Canaveral.  During some recent down-time for that project, David began work on his debut solo album as Broken Chanter.  The self-titled record arrives today, and we are pleased to report that it bears testimony to all of David's strengths.  The songs are superbly crafted, with strong melodies and sparkling production.  As readers familiar with David's style would expect, the songs are heartfelt -- and heart on the sleeve. But the added dimension, at least to our ears, is the broad scope of the arrangements.  This music doesn't want to be contained by four walls. Rather it invokes the Scottish Highlands and the coasts of Scotland and Ireland.  There really is no substitute for music that makes you feel better about being alive, and this music does just that.

We previously shared "Should We Be Dancing?" and "Wholesale", so we have chosen a few other dandies to give you a sense of the album.  But if you are a fan of MacGregor, you should already be purchasing Broken Chanter. If you are not yet a fan, we recommend trying a few of of these songs or, better yet, listen at your favorite streaming site.

Broken Chanter is out today via Olive Grove Records and Last Night From Glasgow.








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Thursday, September 5, 2019

"Hula Hoop Group" by Cool Sounds


No, More To Enjoy, the debut LP by Melbourne's Cool Sounds is not out yet. You'll have to wait two more weeks.  However, album track "Hula Hoop Group" now is available as a single.  On this outing, the band updates their '70s pop/rock sound with a touch of funk and a dose of strut (yes, that is a 'thing' - you probably can ask Alexa about it).

And just know that there will be more to enjoy when More To Enjoy hits the streets via Osborne Again Music, Hotel Motel Music, and Meritorio Records




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"Try Not To Hang So Hard" by Young Guv

At the beginning of August we featured the thrilling power pop of Young Guv's GUV I (link). Some alert readers may have wondered why the Roman numeral "I" was part of the album's title. The answer becomes clear today with the announcement that GUV II will be released on October 25. It seems that when Ben Cook was writing the first album, he just kept going.  And we think that is very good news for all of this with functional ears.

Our first hint of the second album also comes today, via the stream for album track "Try Not To Hang So Hard", a sentimental song with a rocking edge. Like its predecessor, GUV II will be released via Run For Cover Records.



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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

"No Plans" by Bluey

Lachie Gilmour is known as a guitarist and co-songwriter for ace Melbourne band IV League. But he also is striking out as a solo artist under the name Bluey.  His debut EP is on the horizon,and you can hear "No Plans, the first song shared from the record, below.  An upbeat tune with swaths of bright colors, it has supercharged our evening.




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Helene Barbier - Have You Met Elliott?

Indie pop with a French Canadian accent is on the menu today.  The artist is Helene Barbier, a French-born, Montreal-based performer who combines an affecting melodicism with the DIY spirit of The Raincoats, Slits and Lizzy Mercier Descloux.  Previously a member of bands Moss Lime and Phern, her solo debut is Have You Met Elliott? The songs are fresh, spontaneous and, at times, appealingly raw and almost adolescent.  The overall effect is fun and tres charming.  May we suggest that this is a fine listen to get you through the mid-week slump?

Contributing players include Christian Simmons, Emma Coldwell, Matt Robidoux, and Elise Paradis.
Have You Met Elliott is out now in digital and vinyl formats via Emotional Response Records.







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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"Looks Like I'm Running Out" by David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights

David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights has shared another song from their September 20 album Bobbie's A Girl.  "Looks Like I'm Running Out" isn't a classic surf song, but as the video below demonstrates, its relaxed vibe fits perfectly with some winter longboard action.

Bobbies A Girl will be release via Merge Records.



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"Should We Be Dancing" by Broken Chanter

In May we featured "Wholesale", a single taken from the upcoming debut album by Broken Chanter, otherwise known as David MacGregor, the primary songwriter and vocalist for Kid Canaveral.  With the release date for the self-titled album arriving at the end of the week, we can't resist sharing another of the fine songs included therein: "Should We Be Dancing".

Broken Chanter is out September 6 via labels Olive Grove Records and Last Night From Glasgow.




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Friday, August 30, 2019

Cleaners From Venus - Essex Princess

We think that life always is better with new Cleaners From Venus.  We think many of our readers agree, and I suspect that the Martin Newell and the other boys from the band would hit the "like" button if we had one, which we don't.  And all of that (except for the button nonsense) is relevant today because the band has gifted all of us with a 'name your price' release titled Essex Princess.  Consisting of three songs, including the incredibly catchy title track, we think it will give everyone a nice 11-minute break from their work day.



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Thursday, August 29, 2019

"1985" by Cafolla

Our nearly-the-end-of-the-work-week-and-holiday-weekend-ahead-but-two-projects-to-complete shot of energy needs to come from somewhere, and we've already exceeded our daily recommended dose of caffeine (and here in Seattle, the recommended dose isn't for the faint of heart).  So we turned to the new song from Scottish artist Cafolla. The man has spent the last decade heading the Federation of the Disco Pimp through a few albums and earned awards in the process.  He now is making his mark solo -- well, solo with some guest vocalists.  The first song shared from the upcoming album, and our end of the work-week fuel, is "1985" with guest vocalist Brian Collazo.  Time to move those feet, ladies and gents, we have some Prince-like music below.

"1985" is the first single from Cafolla's debut solo album, Cowboys & Africans, which is due in November via Dusty Reel Records.





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Sunny Sunday Smile: A Sunday Records Compilation

If you are inclined to trust our recommendations, very few words are needed for this post. If you aren't so inclined, ignoring us on this one is your loss if you are an indie fan.  Chicago's Sunday Records is one of the finer indie pop labels in our universe, releasing vital music by treasured artists, many of whom would be in our hall of heroes if we had one.  Today, the label is releasing Sunny Sunday Smile: A Sunday Records Compilation featuring 28 songs from two compilations they released in the early to mid '90s. The artists include The Proctors, Bulldozer Crash, Kosmonaut, The Pristines, Dolores Haze, Mosaic Eyes and many others.  The music ranges from the solidly twee to guitar pop with fuzz and muscle, but it is all characterized by good songwriting and the emotional touch that makes indie pop such and addictive genre.  That the compilation is available for 12 dollars in digital and two-CD formats is shocking enough to have prompted us to wonder whether it was a misprint.

Get busy people, this is a deal.














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Secret Treehouse - The Big Rewind


Yesterday we featured an album by Frog; today we begin with an album that opens with "Fear of Frogs".  Just a coincidence ... we think.  The song is the initial jewel of soaring, brightly textured sonic bliss by Norwegian band Secret Treehouse.  The following "Hero" displays a different side of the band, a pensive, slow-tempo song performed beautifully by vocalist Anja Bere.  And the various facets of the band continue to play off each other throughout the album, with upbeat pop/rock standouts such as "Fear of Frogs" and the title track balanced by power ballads such as the touching "Really Nervous" and "Sinking".  However, with five accomplished members, every song -- regardless of tempo -- is richly detailed, shimmering and sparkling as the arrangements build to a powerful finish.  Indisputably, the vocals star in these songs, but there is so much more to enjoy.

Secret Treehouse are Anja Bere, Trond Espen Teigen Bjoland, Sveinung Fossan Bukve, Tormod Smith Svanevik, and Marius Mathisen.  The Big Rewind is out now, check your preferred digital source.






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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

"Believer" by Dyson Stringer Cloher

Today's email missives brought us the good news that occasional Australian indie super group Dyson Stringer Cloher has put pen to paper and fingers to strings to create a new album.  The self-titled release will arrive the first week of October via Milk! Records and Remote Control.  Our first listen is via the inspirational "Believer", centered around the dedication of Cloher's neighbor Lulu to play Australian Football.  Excellent song, and all of us at WYMA HQ are cheering for Lulu to make it to the big league.

The band members are Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher.  They will be touring in Australia in November.




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Frog - Count Bateman

Mid-week listening rarely sounds this good. Please give a warm welcome to Count Bateman, the latest album by Queens musician Frog. Previously a duo, for this album the band is singer songwriter Danny Bateman.  And here he offers ten tracks with his observations of his current circumstances and memories of the past.  The songwriting is sharp without being flashy, and the album has the ambiance of a intimate storytelling session with a newly-discovered favorite author. Stylistically, the songs embrace pop, folk, Americana and soft rock, but it melts together like your favorite grilled cheese sandwich.  For that matter, think of this record as aural comfort food -- if you need a warm cuddly feeling today, this is your recommended source.  I don't know whether I am hugging this album, or it is hugging me, but someone is being hugged and it sure feels good.

Count Bateman is out now via Audio Antihero and Bateman's own imprint, Tape Wormies.







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Monday, August 26, 2019

Hearts and Rockets - Power

We could just apologize for ignoring the blog for several days while enjoying the sunny weather of our last full month of summer, but the more rock and roll approach would be to dish some attitude at our readers.  This presents us with a dilemma, because we really are quite nice people.  However, rock and roll wants what rock and roll wants, so we have arrived at the solution of having Hearts and Rockets bring the attitude for us.  Accordingly, we welcome ourselves back with Power by Hearts and Rockets.  The band is a Melbourne-based duo consisting of Kalindy Williams and Kurt Eckardt, and their music is a punkish indie rock with noise and attitude.  The band apparently calls it 'brat-wave', and that description works fine for us.  And what really works as well is just what the title promises - the power.    Of course, if it were just power and attitude, it wouldn't be enough.  But Power has hooks and a consistently infectious groove underpinning every song.  Hearts and Rockets wades into your brain with an uncompromising swagger, and lives there for 14 tracks that will leave you breathless.  Check it out.

Power is out now via Psychic Hysteria Recordings.







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Friday, August 23, 2019

"Not A Dream" by Spinning Coin


About a month ago we shared "Visions At The Stars" (link), the title track for the upcoming two-song single by one of our favorite Scottish bands, Spinning Coin.  With the August 30 release date for the single on the near horizon, the Glasgow band is sharing "Not A Dream", the B-side.  A shaggy ode to trying to escape modern information overload, it further cements our love for Spinning Coin's brand of guitar pop.

Spinning Coin are Sean Armstrong (vocals/guitar), Jack Mellin (vocals/guitar), Rachel Taylor (bass/vocals), and Chris White (drums).  Visions At The Stars will be released in digital and vinyl formats via the Geographic Music imprint of Domino Record Company.



And for those of you with short memory or for some odd reason, unlike us, do not have an obsession with Spinning Coin, here is a reminder of the superb A-side:




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Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Umbrella Puzzles - The Umbrella Puzzles EP

We noticed in the past 24 hours that several people who have what we consider to be very good taste in music have been chatting about The Umbrella Puzzles.  So naturally we decided to check them out for ourselves.  What we have discovered is (1) "them", is actually a "he", that is Ryan Marquez, (2) Ryan's other projects include Apple Orchards and Golden Teardrops, (3) Ryan has a knack for a knockout melody, a gentle hook and a plaintive vocal to ride the tune, and (4) his self-titled six-song EP is available for 'name your price'.  Obvious references (to our ears) include The Go-Betweens, Galaxie 500, and Peter Astor.  This is a great EP for sitting on the deck on a gentle summer night with the automatic replay button engaged and a chilled bottle within reach.

The Umbrella Puzzles EP is a digital release via Boring Spaghetti Records; see the Bandcamp link below.






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"Melting Face" by Pink Chameleons

In January we featured new Finnish band Pink Chameleons via their single "Religion" (link).  We are happy to report that the band's debut EP will be released this fall via Soliti Music, and we have our first hint at the content with EP track "Melting Face".  An urgent psych/garage rocker of a tune, it reminds us of The Jesus and Mary Chain, as well as frontman Paltsa-Kai Salama's former outfit Black Lizard.  And that means we like it a lot.

In addition to Salama, Pink Chameleons are Antti Sauli and Ville Hopponen.  Backing vocals for "Melting Face" were provided by Tytti Roto of Plastic Tones.  By the way, the video features flowers from Salama's garden.






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The Irony Board - Unfinished Business


Like many who are obsessed with indie music, we can be a bit elitist about knowing of bands that most people haven't heard of. So we can walk down the street with our ear buds firmly in place, smugly listening to the demos by Big Nose Betty and Her Blonde Zulu Surf Dudes. But we have to remind ourselves that this blog exists to actually share that information with you (well, not about BNB&HBZSD, they are still looking for a permanent drummer). And we don't have to look hard for the subject of this post, because we have listened to Unfinished Business four times today, four times yesterday, and numerous other times over the past two weeks.  The band is The Irony Board, an unsigned British group that should have, and deserved to, make a splash in the '90s. Sadly, that didn't happen for them, and their music would have been lost if not for Wally at Canadian label The Beautiful Music. 

The ten songs on the album are an absolute treat, with a simple and melodic DIY guitar pop style, affecting themes, sincere lyrics and a performance style that spans Television Personalities, The Razorcuts, and even The Beat Happening. We don't even know the names of the players other than Johny Nocash.  And you probably won't be surprised to learn that even if the man has no cash, that isn't his real name.  But if John Hartley wants to be known as Johny Nocash that is ok with us and his secret is safe in our hands.

Take the three tracks below for a test drive. If you are like us, you will decide that you need this album. Remember, it had to be rescued once, you can't count on that happening again.

Unfinished Business is out now in CD format via The Beautiful Music. We understand that the label will have a digital version available soon.










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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fashion Brigade - Fvck The Heartache


We have been told that self-care is important to mental health.  While we aren't experts on the subject, we have been called crazy often enough that taking a few precautions seems appropriate.  So today we are treating our ears very, very well. Of course, we always give our ears good music, but the current selection is especially melodic.  And being of kind disposition, we are going to share our medicine with you. Accordingly, please welcome Fvck The Heartache by Fashion Brigade.

Fashion Brigade is the project of Elia Einhorn, the driving force behind the late, lamented Scotland Yard Gospel Choir. For Fvck The Heartache Elia has fashioned 11 lush, melodic and exceptionally clever pop gems.  The magic, in addition to ace songwriting, is that each track has one or more stellar collaborators.  And what a roster - Frankie Cosmos, Exene Cervenka (of X), Thor Harris, and members of LCD Soundsystem, Dirty Projectors, Icy Demons, Prince Rama, Phosphorescent, and others.  When you file this album away, you probably will file it near Magnetic Fields, Belle and Sebastian and, of course, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir.  But you'll have time to think about it because we suspect that you won't want to file it anywhere any time soon

Fvck The Heartache is out now in vinyl and digital formats via Gentle Reminder Records.







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Monday, August 19, 2019

Life Strike - Primitive Future

A couple weeks ago, we had never heard of Life Strike, but now their debut album Primitive Future is a staple of our daily listening.  Frankly, it is things like that that keep us going at WYMA.  Formed by Nick Pratt, ex-Deaf Wish bassist and songwriter, and Guitarist Patrick McCabe of Brisbane's Dollar Bar, Life Strike launches from the rich guitar pop history of Nick's native New Zealand with songs that variously bring to mind The Verlaines, The Bats, and The Clean, among others.  The songs reflect a knack for melody and simple but effective song structures, but manage to convey a sharp, dark edge as well.  Of the more pop oriented songs, "Pages" is a standout, but "Econo" and "Megabytes Are Dying" are strong contenders.  In the garage rock vein, the three opening tracks are excellent, with "Black Curtain" drawing favorable comparisons to The Black Lips.  "Contact, No Contact" reminds us of post-Genesis Peter Gabriel and The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience.  But there really isn't a weak song in the set.  Primitive Future is another triumph in the seemingly inexhaustible river of good music coming out of Melbourne

The band has been through several drummers.  Ollie Mackay served for the recording of Primitive Future, but the role now filled by Scotty Birque.  We don't want to start unfounded rumors, but when we read that Nick and Patrick both have suffered serious accidents requiring insertion of titanium in their bodies, and that the band is on their third drummer, one wonders if drummer auditions inadvisably involved trial by combat.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Introducing Tibetan Miracle Seeds

No, this is not an infomercial aimed at home gardeners. This is about a newly discovered band called Tibetan Miracle Seeds.  They are from Scotland, and the members are Kieran Smith (drums), Lefty (tanpura/flute), and Jack McAfee (vocals/guitar/bass/didge), we don't know anything about them.  You can grab "Ideas" from Bandcamp, but it also is rewarding to wander on their Soundcloud page, which is where we found "Alone".  We also include a stream of "Mirage" from early 2018.  We certainly can't say these guys are rushing too fast in delivering an album, can we?








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"My Girl" by ST.MARTiiNS

Katie Lynch and Mark Johnston, the Dundee, Scotland duo that calls themselves ST.MARTiiNS, is back with a breezy pop song about friends.  We think "My Girl" has just the right vibe to launch the final workday of the week.  Give it a spin below.



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Thursday, August 15, 2019

"O'n ni'n Ffrindia" and "When He's Gone" by Papur Wal


As long as our ears are tuned to Wales, we think you should know about the two songs by slacker pop aces Papur Wal.  Their two latest releases via the fine Welsh label Libertino Records are "O'n ni'n Ffrindia" and "When He's Gone".  Other factoids of possible interest are that the name of the band means wallpaper in Welsh, and the band is led by vocalist and guitarist Ianto Gruffydd.





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"Throw It Up" by Seazoo

When our inbox recently displayed a message about a fresh new song by Seazoo, we thought the name of the band sounded familiar.  A search through our archives (a scary place, indeed) revealed a feature of previous track "Dig" (link). So we have concluded that (1) our memory banks still function, and (2) after playing "Throw It Up", we remain impressed by this band from Wales (or "Whales", as some reality TV characters would have it).  Seazoo's sweet spot is a noisy brand of guitar pop that falls between Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Pavement, and we think you will like it.  And if you do like it, check out their 2018 album Trunks at the final link in this post.



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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

"Polar Onion" by Allah Las

We still are a couple of months from the release of LAHS, the new album from Los Angeles band Allah Las.  But we have heard it, and it is one of our favorite albums of the year.  However, we aren't writing this post just to tease you, as we now can share album track "Polar Onion" with you.

Allah Las are Matt Correia, Spencer Dunham, Miles Michaud, and Pedrum Siadatian. LAHS will be available October 11 via Mexican Summer.  The band will be touring from now until mid-December in support of the album.  See the dates and venues at the bottom of the post.



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August 14th - The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI
August 16th - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
August 17th - Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago, IL
September 14th - Huichica Music Festival, Walla Walla, WA
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

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sweet Whirl - Love Songs & Poetry

Sweet Whirl is the musical platform for Melbourne musician Esther Edquist.  After a couple of releases on the Bedroom Suck with her former band Superstar (which we featured in 2015: link), Esther has marked her signing with Chapter Music by releasing a six-song EP titled Love Songs & Poetry.  The songs are introspective and incisive, written with intelligence and played with confidence.  The arrangements are pleasingly melodic and leave ample space for Esther's vocals and bass to star.  Love Songs & Poetry is a perfect play for the evening of a summer day.  And it is just what we are playing every night this week.

In addition to Esther, Sweet Whirl includes James Vinciguerra and Liam Barton.  Love Songs & Poetry is out now in digital and cassette formats via Melbourne's Chapter Music.






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Purple Pilgrims - Perfumed Earth

As Purple Pilgrims, Valentine and Clementine Nixon have crafted Perfumed Earth -- a lush, enthralling dreamscape of electronic folk and dream pop adorned with their crystalline soprano vocals.  Recorded in a shed in the New Zealand woods, the tracks conjure thoughts of Gothic spells and twisted tales with a nearly spiritual tone, all while pleasuring your ears with melodies and vocals that are as addictive as they are sweet.  The magic here is in the instrumental and vocal textures layered through the arrangements.  This album may be different than any other music to which you ordinarily listen, but we don't think you will be able to stop listening to it.  We certainly can't.  The standout tracks are plentiful, and we have provided a few below.  That said, we must admit a nostalgic fondness for the sisters' achingly sweet cover of "I'm Not Saying", one of our favorite Gordon Lightfoot songs.

Perfumed Earth was recorded with contributions by Gary War, Jimmy Mac, Joshua Kennedy, Jeff Henderson, Roy Montgomery, and perhaps others. It is out now via Flying Nun Records.








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Friday, August 9, 2019

"Timebomb" (feat. Lisa Mychols) by SUPER 8

Pop maven Paul Ryan, aka SUPER 8 is offering you a name-your-price slice of summer power pop to super8charge your weekend.  Unusual for a  SUPER 8 recording, Paul is handling the instruments and production, but has handed the mic to the talented Lisa Mychols.  You can grab "Timebomb" from Bandcamp, but don't miss watching the fun video -- those clay creatures worked very hard.






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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Mark Mulcahy - Gus

Here at WYMA we don't just feature music that we select from submissions, we do the hard gumshoe work of sifting through vast amounts of music that no one has chosen to send us, looking for gems worthy of your attention.  And while so engaged we discovered Gus.  No, we aren't talking about your cousin Gus, the one who always plays practical jokes on your mom and is offended when no one thinks he is funny.  We mean the new album by Mark Mulcahy.  Mark was, and we guess still is, the frontman for Miracle Legion.  But more recently he has focused his creative efforts on solo albums, one of which we featured in 2013 (link).  As demonstrated by the songs on Gus, Mulcahy combines a singer songwriter approach to crafting colorfully illustrated stories.  The arrangements vary from rolling rockers to an edgy Americana.  The melodies are entertaining and the performances enthusiastic and energetic.  This album is a triumph well deserving of your ears based on songwriting alone.  But it is so much more.

Gus is out now via Mezzotint.








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The Black Watch - Magic Johnson

The Black Watch is the long-running musical project of California English professor, painter, and author John Andrew Fredrick. This past June Fredrick released both a career retrospective and a new set of songs titled Magic Johnson. Consisting of a generous 16 songs reflecting Fredrick's appreciation for British psychedelic rock and Flying Nun guitar pop of from the '80s, and his love of guitars, Magic Johnson continues the band's run of engaging and satisfying albums.  In style, the album seems both nostalgic and fresh -- the latter quality perhaps attributable to the enthusiasm of Fredrick and his mates as well as their restraint in weaving elements from their influences. You really owe it to your ears to check out this album at the Bandcamp link below.

In addition to Fredrick, the players on Magic Johnson are Chris Rackard (bass), Andy Creighton (guitar), and Rick Woodard (drums). The album is out now via ATOM Records.











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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hannah Barberas - Dial H For Hannah Barberas

London fourpiece The Hannah Barberas have given you a couple of months to digest their Spring release compiling their EPs to date (our feature here).  But knowing that you all have the attention of fruit flies, they have wisely decided to dangle another bright, shiny piece of music near your ears. So on September 6 we can all welcome Dial H For Hannah Barberas.  Take a couple of the six tracks for a test drive below -- you'll be glad you did.

And why are we telling you about the EP a month ahead of time? First, because you can stream and pre-order now, so there is no reason to wait.  Second, while the number of digital copies presumably is unlimited, the CD version is very limited and only a few remain available.

The Hannah Barberas are Damien, Lucy, Doug, and Matthew.  The EP is released via Subjangle Records.






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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

"Mystery Man" by The Echo Session

Tam Maher (vocals/guitar), Alistair Morrow (guitar/vocals) Stuart Morran (bass/vocals, and Ryan Rimkus (drums/vocals) are The Echo Session.  In the mid-'00s the Glasgow band recorded a number of songs that, save a few, were never released.  Their fans have been hoping for almost 15 years that this omission would be rectified.  Some of us joined in the hope in 2016 when the Flowers In The Dustbin label ("FITD") released a couple of the songs.  We are happy to report that the album, titled Wait And See (the "wait" in the title might seem ironic, but the album is named after the closing track), will be released October 25 in digital and CD formats.  The full release will be preceded by a single release of "Mystery Man", the album's second track.  A note-perfect '60s/British Invasion-style tune, the single draws you into the world of The Echo Session.  Garage pop, '80s British guitar pop and British Invasion are on offer, fresh, genuine and blessedly uncomplicated.  We will have more to say about the entire album closer to October, but for your Tuesday treat, here is "Mystery Man".

Wait And See will be released via FITD, which in our view is a superb label.  An indication of their quality is demonstrated by their 10-year retrospective, Under the Paving Stones (our feature here).






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Monday, August 5, 2019

Lachlan Denton & Studio Magic - A Brother


So you need to ask yourself, do you cry or do you smile.  It is a hard but fair question -- we have asked the same question of ourselves when we play A Brother.  The reason for tears is obvious.  Lachlan Denton's brother Zach -- younger sibling, friend, bandmate, and talented musician involved in several bands -- suddenly died last year.  This wasn't one of these rock star flame out deaths, but rather, if we understand correctly, a medical condition involving a cranial cyst (it hits home, our main writer has a cranial cyst).  Zach died, his musical contributions ceased, and Lachlan lost a brother.

But the case for smiling is strong.  Lachlan Denton & Studio Magic, a collaborative effort between Lachlan and friends and other bandmates of the brothers, has produced an album of remarkable quality. Consisting of nine original compositions and a closing cover of "Spat Out" from Zach's Hobby Farm project, A Brother presents a poignant and at times heartbreaking  remembrance of Zach Denton, wrapped up in some of the most beautiful songs you will hear this year.  Nicely balanced between soft, reflective tunes and the sort of breezy up-tempo numbers we recall from The Ocean Party, it is a terrific listen every time through.  There is sadness and love, and we can't think of a finer tribute to Zach.

Life is complicated, and the best music reflects the complications and conflicts, the memories and losses.  So do we cry, or do we smile? Our choice thanks to A Brother: We smile through the tears

In addition to Lachlan, Studio Magic are Ambrin Hasnain, Dainis Lacey, Liam Halliwell, Roe Kean, Anila Hasnain. A Brother is out now via Osborne Again Music, Spunk Records and Bobo Intregal.








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Friday, August 2, 2019

The Vapour Trails - See You In The Next World

The Aberdeen, Scotland of 2019 is a long way, chronologically and geographically, from 1960s California.  But the debut album by Aberdeen's The Vapour Trails bridges that gap with remarkable agility.  Cue up See You In The Next World, close your eyes, and you are transported to the world of The Byrds, West Coast folk rock, and Laurel Canyon.  Chiming and jangling guitars and psychedelic washes combine with endearing melodies and sweet harmonies.  Perfectly timed for your last month of beach trips and backyard picnics, this is a summertime treat for your ears.

The Vapour Trails are Scott Robertson, Kevin Robertson, Nicholas Mackie, Andrew Crossan, and Kenny Munro.  See You In The Next World is out now in CD and digital formats via Futureman Records.







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