Thursday, May 23, 2019

No Local - The End Again


One of our favorite albums of the spring has been The End Again by No Local.  The album was created by two members of The Ocean Party, Liam Halliwell (aka Snowy) and Zac Denton, with additional assistance on vocals from Emma Russack, Ashley Bundang, Lauren Huynh, Rea Caldwell, and Sophie Treloar, and some stellar saxophone from Tren Garner.  Sadly, Zac, who also was a member of Ciggie Witch, Pregnancy, and Hobby Farm, passed away subsequent to the recording of the album.

The music is rhythmic, inventive, melodic, and just oddball enough to make the listener believe that they have stumbled on something personal and magical.  Of course, in our view the listener would be correct.  Opening track "The End" begins with a thick, rubbery bass line and then builds with vocals and horns to a shimmering, '80s-style anthem.  In fact, the bass remains prominent throughout the song -- and for most of the album -- which is just another reason we love it.  The shimmer remains as well, but the treats don't end there.  We also have false endings, robot-love dialogue (no, we won't explain, just listen to the album), and lush synths and horns.  "Nothing More To Give", which is the most "Ocean Party" of the songs on the album, probably would win a listeners' vote for the showcase song.  But all ten tracks are prime examples of sharp songwriting and daring performances.  That The End Again has not yet received the press it deserves saddens and surprises us, but you can do your part -- get it and tell a friend.  Better yet, buy a copy for a friend.  You don't want us to think that you don't have friends, do you?

 The End Again is out now via Osborne Again Music, with Arizona's Emotional Response Records handling North American Distribution.  You can get the album in digital format.  Osborne Again Music has sold their vinyl stock, but Emotional Response may still have some copies.








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Slow Pulp - Big Day EP

Are you going to have a big day today?  Perhaps we can help.  Slow Pulp, a Wisconsin band now residing in Chicago, recently released their Big Day EP, and we think that is just the soundtrack for all of us to have a big day.  Melding elements of shoegaze and melodic alt rock, they deliver a full but breezy sound that is undemanding but highly enjoyable.  Check a couple of our favorite tracks below or stream the entire EP at the Soundcloud link or your favorite digital source.

Slow Pulp are Teddy Mathews (drums), Emily Massey (guitar/vocals), Henry Stoehr (guitar) and Alex Leeds (bass).  Big Day EP is out now as a digital release.





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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

"Recognise Faces" and "Four Poets" by hd hausman

UK collective hd hausmann releases new music way too infrequently, but when they do we pay attention.  The latest song is "Recognise Faces", which follows the late 2018 single "Four Poets", both of which display hd hausmann's ability to deliver dynamic but peaceful music.  The songs can be streamed below and are available as digital releases, and we highly recommend them.





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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Alex Lahey - The Best of Luck Club

Best of Luck Club is the sophomore album from young Australian indie rock talent Alex Lahey.  Recorded in Nashville, where a sign on the exit door of a dive bar gave the album its title, it finds the artist refining her hook-filled indie rock and growing in confidence as a songwriter and performer.  Autobiographical in focus, the album wears it heart on its sleeve, addressing the travails of being in one's '20s.  So we get tales of love, break-ups, and burn-out, but Lahey saves room for humor as well.  The result is an album that we will have on our player for months, and then look forward to the third album from Alex Lahey.

Best of Luck Club is out now via Dead Oceans.








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"Wholesale" by Broken Chanter

The name Broken Chanter may be a new one for our readers, but the man behind the name, David MacGregor, has appeared here several times as the primary songwriter and vocalist for Kid Canaveral.  David has add this solo project to his repertoire, and we get our first listen via his debut single "Wholesale".   Of course the song boasts MacGregor's distinctive vocals, but the arrangement is imbued with darker tones than generally found in Kid Canaveral's snappy, jangly guitar pop.  And for further enjoyment, we have a dark little video story to accompany the track.

Broken Chanter is releasing "Wholesale" as a digital release and limited 7" on May 24 via labels Olive Grove Records and Last Night From Glasgow.  The debut solo album will be available this fall.







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Monday, May 20, 2019

"Nihilist Kite Flyer" by Loving

Although nothing we see outside our window supports the notion that summer will be here soon, we our unwavering in our belief that it will come.  And our hopes are bolstered by the dreamy, summery new song "Nihilist Kite Flyer".  The creation of Victoria, British Columbia's Loving, the song demands nothing of the listener, but delivers a full dose of good vibes.  This is about the best medicine to chill your life that you are going to find today.

Loving are David Parry, Lucas Henderson, and Jesse Henderson.  They are signed to Last Gang Records.



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"Strange To Know Nothing" by Walt Disco

Gothic disco? Noir dance pop? We are struggling a bit to categorize Walt Disco, but we suspect that Walt Disney wouldn't have like them.  And we feel pretty good about that.  But we feel even better about "Strange To Know Nothing", the Glasgow band's new single.  Glammy, groovy, with crooning lead vocals and an anthemic chorus, it strikes us as fresh and exciting, while still reminding us of some of our favorite '80s acts.

The single is out via IHEARTCOMIX's 1NFINITY label.




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Friday, May 17, 2019

Cat Princess - Forbidden Items

On their debut LP, Forbidden Items, Sweden's Cat Princess crafts a set of 11 impressive songs craft in equal parts of glam, art pop, and indie pop/rock (think Orange Juice, Talking Heads, David Bowie and Franz Ferdinand).  This is music that is smart, danceable, and performed with skill and confidence.  We suspect that this band delivers an incredible live show, but listening to them is pretty special as well.

Cat Princess are Nils Krang, Robin Aberg, Robert Lanneborn, Isabelle Friberg, and Victor Klint.  Forbidden Items is out today via Stockholm's Rama Lama Records.







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"Holy Moly" by Chris Staples

Chris Staples is one of the Pacific Northwest's cherished musical secrets.  We feel a bit bad about that (the secret part, not the cherishing part), so we here at WYMA have resolved to introduce you via his June album Holy Moly.  However, our editorial standards preclude talking about a June 28 release on May 17, so we will settle for a pre-introduction via the video for the title track.  A solid rocker with a danceable groove, we endorse "Holy Moly" for beginning your Friday with a wiggle in you hips.

Holy Moly will be released via Barsuk Records.




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Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Perfect English Weather - Call Me When The Rain Comes EP


We never get enough of The Perfect English Weather. No, not "that" perfect English weather with the rain and fog - we have enough of that is Seattle.  We mean the project of Wendy and Simon Pickles, who have chosen that name for their musical creations separate from their larger, long-running guitar pop band The Popguns. Astute readers (we always assume that some of you qualify), may ask why, when last fall the duo released an album titled Don't You Want To Feel The Rain (link to our feature), they are now following six months later with Call Me When The Rain Comes EP.  The answer is that there were three songs that weren't quite 'baked' sufficiently for inclusion on the Fall 2018 album (and the album already had 13 tracks).  However, Wendy and Simon deemed the three songs to be ready for our ears, and have released them with a new mix of the title track from the aforementioned album.  To our ears, The Perfect English Weather have gotten it exactly right on this EP.  The lead track pops with new drumming from Spiritualized's Jonny Aitken and the three new tracks are terrific.  Of the four songs, we are particularly taken with the delicate beauty of  "She Isn't Counting On A Miracle", and the more robust pop delights of the emotional "How Could I Ever?".  Truly worth your time.

Call Me When The Rain Comes EP is out this weekend in digital and CD formats via Matinee Recordings.



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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

"The Enemy" by Carl Lewis

We start our music day with our ears turned to Norway -- all the better to hear "The Enemy" by Carl Louis.  Carl has made a name for himself in the production/electronic/DJ genre as one half of  CLMD, but has launched his solo project under his own name.  With two previous EPs out in the world, he is preparing to release his debut LP this summer, and this single gives us our first taste.  We are advised to expect the synths to be supplemented with guitars, drums and Carl's own vocals to bridge between his past work and the Scandinavian indie pop of Miike Snow and The Radio Dept.  We expect good things.

"The Enemy" is out now via Norwegian label Toothfairy, and should be available at your preferred digital source.




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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Catherines - Please Don't Freak Out While You Drive My Car / Jingle Jangle

Our indie pop friends from Hamburg, Germany, -- The Catherines --have dropped another single.  This time it consists of three songs.  The first is a new composition, the second is a cover of "Jingle Jangle" by The Archies, and the third is a new version of their first single.

The Catherines are Heiko Schneider and Sandra Ost.  The duo is prolific, so take the time to check out their other recent releases at the Bandcamp link.



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Monday, May 13, 2019

"Regrets" by Jorgen Sandvik


We begin the week with "Regrets", a wonderful blues/folk track from Norwegian artist Jorgen Sandvik.  Jorgen released a well-received album titled Permanent Vacation last year, winning the Norwegian recording industry's prize for best blues album.  He previously recorded with award-winning folk/pop band Real Ones.

"Regrets" is available as a digital download via Lekrofon, check your preferred digital retailer.


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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Emma Russack - "Winter Blues"

We count ourselves among the fans of Australian singer songwriter Emma Russack.  Admittedly, we have plenty of company in the fanclub, but this is one of those occasions where going along with the flow is indisputably the correct decision.  Emma will be releasing Winter Blues, her new album, on July 5, and we expect a genuine treat.   Of course, it isn't July anywhere yet, but here, for your listening pleasure, here is the title track, which is now available as a single.  The song is an excellent example of the songwriting art -- concise, melodic and unfussy.  And as to Emma's point that it is too easy to blame our failings on external influences such as seasonal blues, we have known people who do just that, although we certainly never would do so.

The album will be release via Osborne Again and Spunk Records in Australia and New Zealand, and Melodic Records in the UK.







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Friday, May 10, 2019

Monnone Alone - Do It Twice


One of the best, upbeat and straightforward rock and roll songs we've heard lately is "Do It Twice".  We wouldn't have been surprised to find it on a long lost album by a criminally overlooked California band, but in fact it is the title track of a two song single by Australian band Monnone Alone.  The other track is the lower key but delightful "The Sea and the City".  In case you are wondering, the "Monnone" of Monnone Alone is Mark Monnone, of Aussie legends The Lucksmiths.  Mark has been carving out a deservedly well-regarded solo career, of which this is an excellent example.  The songcraft and performances are excellent and we commend it to any fan of guitar pop.

Sadly, we must report that Mark has engaged in false advertising.  In addition to Mark providing vocals and guitar, Monnone Alone includes Gus Franklin (drums/backing vocals), Joe Foley (bass/backing vocals), and Louis Richter (12-string guitar).  So, Monnone is not really alone after all.

Note that the links below allow you to obtain the single from the source local to you, with choices in the US, Australia, Spain, and Finland.



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Carlton Jumel Smith - 1634 Lexington Avenue

We decided at a very young age that weekends are made for R&B and soul, so we will suggest to you that your weekend will not be complete without 1634 Lexington Avenue.  The creation of New York City's Carlton Jumel Smith, and named for his childhood address, the album is nothing less than a note-perfect celebration of classic R&B sounds, one of the most beloved and enduring genres of pop music.  Working with backing band Cold Diamond & Mink, the house band and production crew at Timmion Records, the Helsinki soul label releasing this album, Smith transports us to neon-lit urban streets and romantic encounters.  It is a world of swagger, promise and romance, accented with deep, satisfying grooves, horns, and backing vocals.  Of course, the star is Smith, whose tone, phrasing and passion bring to mind favorable comparisons with past greats Al Green, James Brown, Otis Redding, and Curtis Mayfield.  This album may have a permanent spot on the WYMA playlist.

1634 Lexington Avenue is out today in digital, vinyl and CD formats.  And a backing band this good deserves specific mention: Seppo Salmi (band leader/guitar/organ) Sami Kantelinen (bass), Jukka Sarapaa (drums), Jukka Eskola (arranger/trumpet), Pope Puolitaival (baritone sax), Jimi Tenor (sax), Janne Auvinen (congas), and Tuomo Prattala (organ/piano/backing vocals).








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"Fetch You Roses" by Sail By Summer

One of our favorite new bands is Scandinavia's Sail By Summer, and not only because we are fans of sailing and summer.  Earlier this year we brought you their shimmering "Facing Dullness".  As we inch towards the August release of the project's debut album, we are presented with "Fetch You Roses", the band's new single.  Melancholy but beautiful, and thoughtfully detailed, it is a highly recommended listen.

Sail By Summer are Norway's William Hut (vocals/guitar) and Denmark's Jens Kristian (keys)."Fetch You Roses" is out today as a digital release via Apollon Records.



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Thursday, May 9, 2019

"Winter In The Dark" by Jeanines

One of the jangle pop delights of the early summer, and a candidate to be the jangle pop album of the entire season, will be Jeanines' self-titled debut.  And while it is not yet time to discuss the delights that await all of us, it is the perfect time to bring you the Brooklyn band's new single from the album.  "Winter In The Dark" is an intriguing burst of jangle and melancholy energy, pulling the listener into the shady swirl and then quickly releasing us again.

Jeanines are Alicia Jeanine (guitar/vocals) and Jed Smith (drums/bass).  The album will be released via Slumberland Records.



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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

ALASKALASKA - The Dots


Sophisticated, adventurous, and a bit weird, South Londoners ALASKALASKA have created a top class melange of art pop on their new album The Dots.  With substantial grooves, jazz fusion, layers of textures, and a good dose of horns, the band gives the listener a 12-course musical feast.  This album likely will not remind you of anything else on your playlist, and quiet frankly, a lot of what is on your playlist may seem a bit plain in comparison.  Don't blame us, blame ALASKALASKA.  Then thank them.

ALASKALASKA are Lucinda John-Duarte, Fraser Rieley, Calum Duncan, Fraser Smith, and Gethin Jones.  The Dots is out now via Marathon Artists.









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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

"That's Not Me" by Trudy and the Romance

Focusing on vocals and melody, Liverpool's Trudy and the Romance stroll into our lives like a welcome fresh breeze.  "That's Not Me" is the third single from debut album, Sandman, which will be released on May 24.  Yes, it is a break up song, but it builds beautifully and soothes the soul none the less.



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"Rocko's Theme" by Cat Princess


Some bands enter the room shyly, hoping for some positive notice. Sweden's Cat Princess in not one of those bands.  Preferring to strut in with the brashness of, say, a '00s-era Franz Ferdinand and a love of the dance floor.  Their debut album Forbidden Items comes next week, but today we celebrate "Rocko's Theme", the final single.  It seems to us to be the perfect mix of art pop, glam, and gritty guitar pop, with a Memphis rhythm section.

Forbidden Items will be released via Rama Lama Records.



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Monday, May 6, 2019

Corasandel - All The Hours Are One

Corasandel makes atmospheric shoegaze, perfect for late nights under the stars.  Named for Norwegian painter Cora Sandel, the band records outside, at night, with the wind as a power source.  Their recent EP is All The Hours Are One, which also is the soundtrack for the award-winning theatrical production Maisie Says She Loves me.

All The Hours Are One is out now as a digital release.  See the Bandcamp link or your other preferred digital outlet.





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John Girgus and The Legendary House Cats - Act Two

John Girgus and The Legendary House Cats are John Girgus (vocals/guitar/synths), Jim Rivas (drums/tambourine), and Chris McRitchie (bass).  John was a founder of the late, beloved Aberdeen, but he now devotes his musical energy to TLHC.  And that is fine with us, as we eagerly await each release from this project.

Their latest effort is a two song single titled Act Two.  The title track is nearly four minutes of The Jesus and Mary Chain meets New Order meets Red Sleeping Beauty goodness, and the b-side continues the joy with an acoustic remix of "Act Two".  Relaxing and uplifting, these songs will supercharge you every time you play them.

Act Two is out now as a digital download.  See the Bandcamp link below.




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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Patience - Dizzy Spells

If we were concerned about complete precision, we might obsess over whether Patience marks a musical rebirth of Roxanne Clifford, or an artistic evolution.  But innate laziness and a lack of editorial standards, buttressed by a suspicion that the answer would only matter to people who are paid to write (which certainly does not include us), prompts us to ignore the point.  However, we can't ignore Dizzy Spells, the debut album from Clifford's new project.  In fact, we can't stop playing it.

Clifford first entered our consciousness about a decade ago via her former band Veronica Falls.  Their music was taut, darkly-shaded guitar pop and was one of our favorite bands of that era.  Since VF's demise Clifford has moved from the UK to Los Angeles, and matched the stark change in scenery and vibe with an equally dramatic change in music.  The Roxanne Clifford of 2019 is a master of danceable synth-pop.  Her skill with melody and hooks in the guitar pop realm has translated seamlessly to the new genre, and her songs reflect sophistication and polish.  There is joy and tears, a fun bit of sass, as well.  We know the market is flooded with synth-pop albums, but trust us -- this is one of the most satisfying, and you'll be happy to have it for a very long time.  Perhaps even until the next Patience album.

Who knows what the future will bring for Clifford, whose life has taken her from Manchester to Glasgow to London to LA, and from guitar noir to bright synth pop.  But the music world will have no complaints if she retains the Patience mantle for a while.

Our favorite songs include "White Of An Eye", "Voices In The Sand", and "Moral Damage".  Dizzy Spells is out on May 5 via Night School Records in digital, vinyl and CD formats in the UK/Eur, and Clifford's on Winona Records in North America.









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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

"Passing Ships" by Swimming Tapes

A recent, and happy, discovery for us at WYMA is London's Swimming Tapes.  We will have a better chance to explore their music in late May when they release debut album Morningside.  However, you can take a taste now via the video for album track "Passing Ships".  Dreamy and jangling, it is the perfect song to end a warm, sunny spring day.

Swimming Tapes are Robbie Reid, Jason Hawthorne, Louis Price, Paddy Conn, and Andrew Evans.  Morningside will be release on May 24 via Hand In Hive.




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The Hannah Barberas - Get Physical


We aren't going to embarrass our fine readers by naming names, but we know that some of you have been too lazy to acquire each of the three EPs released by London's The Hannah Barberas when they first became available.  We know what it is like, life is busy and it takes time from watching GoT or paying attention to your fantasy sports teams, but now you feel bad that you have failed to support a very fine band, a band whose scrappy, jangling and hyper upbeat guitar pop is just what you need.  Not that you necessarily deserve it, but the fine foursome has bailed you out.  Combining with Subjangle Records, The Hannah Barberas  have released Get Physical, 11 tracks comprised of the best of their three EPs plus three new songs.  Now you can easily acquire the songs you want with one easy internet shopping trip -- no jacket or umbrella needed.  And you can even get Get Physical in physical format, if so so desire.  Sample the goods (including two of the great new songs) below, and then do what you know you should do.

The Hannah Barberas are Damien, Lucy, Doug, and Matthew.  Get Physical is out in digital and CD formats on May 3 via Subjangle Records.








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Monday, April 29, 2019

Bubblegum Lemonade - Desperately Seeking Sunshine


Every release by Bubblegum Lemonade is a cause for celebration at WYMA, and I suspect among jangle pop fans everywhere.  One of the musical projects of Glasgow's Lawrence "Laz" McCluskey, it is born of an unwavering conviction that sounds of The Monkees, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Byrds, Velvet Underground and the Rickenbacker guitar are the perfect inspiration for vital music.  And it is a thesis that we find to be correct in every respect on the latest album, Desperately Seeking Sunshine.

While that jangle is omnipresent here, and very satisfying, it isn't even the star of the show.  You see (or, more precisely, hear), Laz is a wiz in crafting melodies and infusing pop dynamics with the dedication and speed of a man bailing out his leaking lifeboat while sharks circle.  If Laz's life depends and a good song, he may live forever, and the result of his efforts is the best and most consistent set of songs yet.  Whether offering sugary '60s inflected pop such as "Warm Heart Cold Feet" and "Just An Album Track", or Byrdsian instant classics such as "First Dance for the Last Time" (terrific song title, by the way) and "Girls In The Song" or, well, any other song on this album, Desperately Seeking Sunshine delivers a perfect rush of songs that look forward to summer, and sunshine.  Promise made in the title, promise delivered on tape.  What more could we want?

Desperately Seeking Sunshine is out now in digital and CD formats via Matinee Recordings.







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Friday, April 26, 2019

The Tallest Man On Earth - I Love You. It's A Fever Dream


Kristian Matsson is The Tallest Man On Earth.  We know that because is says so on the album cover and the press releases.  And that is all well and good, but this is a music blog, so the real issue is whether his new album, I Love You. Its A Fever Dream, is worth your ears.  The answer for us is a definitive "yes".   The ten songs transcribe the artist's musing about the world and his travels as a performer while he comes to grips with the rhythms of his post-divorce life.  The arrangements are economical, but the songs resonate with depth and sincerity, voiced by Matsson in his characteristic expressive and well-worn style.  The songs include themes of loneliness, weariness, and sorrow, and ultimately a ray of hope.  The language is poetic, and the presentation is sublime.  I Love You. Its A Fever Dream is a chronicle of Matsson's interior space, but for all of us who have lived, loved, and lost, the connection with the listener is easily made.

The album is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Rivers / Birds Records.







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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SUPER 8 - Backers & Maracas

SUPER 8, known to his friends and creditors as Paul Ryan, has crafted another set of infectious guitar pop.  The new album is titled Backers & Maracas, and contains 11 original songs and two covers, including a swinging version of Neil Diamond's "Cherry Cherry".  Ryan is one of the most prolific songwriters that we follow, and he never fails to entertain.  For us, the second half of the album is particularly strong, but you should browse through it and choose your own favorites.

Backers & Maracas is out now in digital and CD formats via Subjangle Records.









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Elva - Winter Sun

Elva may not be a name known to most indie pop fans, but interest blossoms when it is known that one half of the duo is Elizabeth Morris of the late, beloved Allo Darlin'.  The other member is Elizabeth's husband, Norwegian musician Ola Innset (of Making Marks and Sunturns).  Both Morris and Innset have impeccable pop chops as songwriters and performers, and Elva allows them to combine their strengths and share the workload of creating music.  Their debut album is Winter Sun, ten songs inspired by nature, specifically hot summers and cold winters (Morris is from Australia, famed for its hot summer months) and the birth of their child.  The arrangements are varied, including delicate acoustic tunes as well as noisier, up-tempo romps.  It is a rewarding listen, leaving feelings of sweet moments and warm memories.  And of course, unless you are a determined to be unhappy, you will want to replay it over and over.

For Winter Sun, Morris and Innset were assisted by Dan Mayfield, Ofelia Ostrem Ossum, Michael Collins, Diego Ivars, and Jorgen Nordby.  The album is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Tapete Records.






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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Cupholders - The Conor Byrne EP

Our friends in The Cupholders, Seattle's contribution to bands named after useful items, now have unleashed their latest tribute to a Ballard watering hole -- the four track The Conor Byrne EP.  It is part of their continuing series about the Seattle neighborhood bars that have played a role in their musical lives over the years.  This is joyful, exuberant, and impeccably soulful rock and roll, and you owe it to yourself to let it spark up your life.  We guarantee that it will put a spring in your step that your significant other will notice (they may run and hide, but they will notice).

And while I don't want to embarrass anyone, and the guys are too proud to mention it, they are only short about 3,567,190 download purchases in order to realize their hope of renting a limo to travel to the pub that will host the final EP in the series.  Help them achieve their dream.

The Cupholders are Bart Cameron, Casey Ruff, and Doug Hood (the sometimes employed alter ego of Sam Russell), with help from friends Kubby Casual, Dave Forrester, Joy Mills, Colin J. Nelson (who also recorded and mixed the album), Kate Noson, Ken Nottingham, and Shadrack Scott.  The Conor Byrne EP is a digital release available at the Bandcamp link below.



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Bayonne - Drastic Measures


We get a large number of submissions, and it is an unavoidable fact that we will miss posting about very worthy music.  Sometimes we have the chance to go back and sample a few submissions that flew under our sometimes faulty radar.  Fortunately, one such recent foray brought to out ears Drastic Measures, the February release by Austin, Texas' Bayonne.  The ten songs on the album are drawn in vivid colors, with delightful melodies layered with orchestral detail and snatches of field recordings.  The final result is an album of incredible depth and complexity, and a thoroughly magical listen from start to finish.  We have played it daily since our belated discovery, and we don't intend to stop soon.

Bayonne is Roger Sellers, with some help from additional instrumentalists.  Drastic Measures is out now as a digital release via Mom + Pop Records.







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"Wasting Time" by Talkboy


As of a couple of days ago, we had never heard of Talkboy.  Thanks to an email from some nice people, we now know that Talkboy is a Leeds-based pop band.  We also know that the six-piece makes good pop music.  Last Friday marked the digital release of "Wasting Time".  If you are able to waste some time today, take a listen.  But it really won't be a waste of your time.  Is that false advertising?  Maybe, but it is a very nice song.




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Friday, April 19, 2019

Zebra Hunt - Trade Desire

We don't have a house band at WYMA, mostly because we don't have a group house.  Well, because we don't have a group house and because of a (probably well-founded) fear of being rejected by our desired candidates.  So we settle for virtual house bands.  The process is so simple: We name the band a house band, post some of their music, and play their albums at home.  The band need do nothing, and if they don't read the blog, they aren't even aware of the honor bestowed upon them.

With that out of the way, we'd like to celebrate the latest album release by When You Motor Away's virtual house band, Seattle's Zebra Hunt.  Titled Trade Desire, the album features eight tracks of the sort of guitar pop that we love.  There is plenty of jangle and no shortage of hooks, lending comparisons to bands from New Zealand and Melbourne (something these guys read quite a bit when reading about themselves, we suspect), as well as Bay Area bands such as the Fresh and Onlys and The Mantles.  But to our ears Trade Desire represents more than simply continuing a good thing.  For one thing, while their songwriting has always been good, this set appears to us to be the most consistent to date.  For another, this album seems lean toward a beefier rock sound -- on some tracks the rhythm section rumbles with satisfying authority.  Perhaps it is partially due to Robert Comitz's production, but whatever the reason, we applaud the increased sonic depth.  Finally, after a few years as a foursome, Zebra Hunt's performances are uniformly tight and confident, and that is fully evident on Trade Desire.

Zebra Hunt are Robert, Mitch, Aaron, and Erik.  Trade Desire is out now in digital and vinyl formats via Spanish label Tenorio Cotobade.






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The Leisure Society - Arrivals & Departures


Generous in spirit (and its nearly one hour run time), emotionally resonant, and superbly crafted, Arrivals & Departures is an album that you could spend your weekend playing over and over and not regret a moment.  The creation of UK chamber pop band The Leisure Society, it is delightfully detailed and and varied.  The album has 16 tracks, each consisting of six songs, and the vinyl version is recorded on two discs - Arrivals, and Departures.  Both sets are packed with excellent songs and intriguing musical moments, although to our ears the second disc is more expansive (although not happier) and has earned a few more listens around headquarters.  Oh, we should also mention that the album also chronicles the breakup of the romantic partnership of two members of the band, which is relevant to the listener as it explains the emotional heft of several tracks.  Four years in the making by a talented band, this is a highly recommended release.

Arrivals and Departures is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Ego Drain








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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Possible Humans - Everybody Split


The world is full of possibilities, and promise inherent in that fact seems to be the fuel for the creative impulses of Melbourne's Possible Humans.  On Everybody Split, their new album, the five piece digs deep into intriguing guitar jams that adroitly walk the tightrope between guitar pop and free form rock.  With riffs neatly balancing hooks, and the urgency of tracks like "Stinger" balanced by the psychedelic pop of "Born Stoned" (almost 12 minutes long, and worth every second of your time), the alleged homo sapiens seem about as far away from corporate rock as you can get, and they do it with joy, skill and a lack of pretense.

The five guys that are Possible Humans are Leon Cranswick, Samuel Tapper, Steve Hewitt, Adam Hewitt, and Mark Hewitt.  Everybody Split is out now as a digital download (the limited run of vinyl is sold out) via Melbourne label Hobbies Galore.










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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

L I P S - L I P S EP

The five tracks on the debut, self-titled EP by LIPS may well convince you that you have a new addition to your list of favorite dream pop bands.  The melodies bear a trace of the '80s, and the arrangements are fuzzy and jangling, all in fine support of the pristine, floating vocals of Rachel Anstis.  Cue up the EP and let them ease you into a good evening.

LIPS EP is out now in digital and CD formats via Sunday Records.




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Red Sleeping Beauty - Stockholm

In our opinion April is turning out to be a good music month, and one only need to consider Stockholm to know that we are correct.  No, not the city, although a friend that visited last year raved about its charms.  We are referring to the new album by Sweden's Red Sleeping Beauty.  Continuing their return from a long hiatus, the band proves themselves synth pop creators of the highest level, perfectly balancing pop euphoria, swirling moodiness, and club hits.  For some of us, the right kind of music floods the brain with pleasure, perhaps the best natural drug on can achieve standing up.  This is an album that delivers that feeling in large, glorious doses.

Red Sleeping Beauty are Niklas AngergĂ„rd, Kristina Borg, and Mikael Matsson.  Stockholm is out now in digital and CD formats via Matinee Recordings.




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Friday, April 12, 2019

Melby - None of This Makes Me Worry

In their approximately three-year existence Sweden-based Melby has emerged as an undeniable guitar pop talent.  On their debut full length album, the just released None of This Makes Me Worry, the band eschews choosing a narrow channel for their art, instead offering indie pop, psychedelia, jangle pop, and various other sub-genres.  And when you do everything as well as they do, there is no need to choose.  While admitting that we are most taken but the uptempo songs, every track on the album has charm, and none of them are skipped when we listen.  Matilda's vocals are near magical and the arrangements and performances are smart and dynamic.  A pleasure awaits you ...

Melby are Matilda Wiezell, Are Engen Steinsholm, David Jehrlander, and Teo Jernkvist.  None of This Makes Me Worry is out today in vinyl and digital formats via Rama Lama Records.








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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Nah - Apple Blossoms

Dutch-German project Nah as gifted us with the breath of spring on their new single. Apple Blossoms.  The title track is especially gorgeous, with dual vocals by Estella Rosa and Sebastian Voss, but the b-side charms as well.







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"I Could Really Use Your Love" by Vic Park


Young Jack Poulson makes good music.  In fact, he's a bit of a genius to our cultured ears.  Jack formerly made music as JP Klipspringer, but that didn't quite do enough honor for his other passion -- Collingwood, a team that plays Aussie Rules football.  So Jack has renamed his musical self Vic Park, in tribute to the grounds where Collingwood plays.  But fans need not worry, the Jack that is Vic Park makes stunningly engaging guitar pop that would make any musician proud, even the late, great JP Klipspringer.

Vic Park's new single is "I Could Really Use Your Love".  Romantic and upbeat in all the right ways, with none of those cloying elements that crop up in corporately manufactured pop tunes, this song has made our Seattle day seem sunny, despite the real weather forecast.  Check it out below.



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"Turtleneck" by Elenin

We begin our musical Wednesday with Elenin, a five-piece shoegaze band from Jakarta, Indonesia.  Their chiming guitars and superb melodic sense are on fine display in "Turtleneck", a single released in February via Indonesian label Don't Fade Away Records.

Elenin are Ramadhina Dewi (vocals/synth), Aga Rasyidi (guitar/vocals), Yudistira Abjani (guitar/vocals), Adrian Rinaldi (bass/vocals), and Niko Bimantara (drums).



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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Memory Fades - She Loves the Birds EP

When we learn that Stephen Maughan is involved in a project, our assumption is that quality music will result.  And we have never been disappointed, having thrilled to Bulldozer Crash and Kosmonaut records.  Stephen's new project is The Memory Fades, and it does nothing to change our minds.  Our introduction to the new project is four-track EP She Loves the Birds.  Kicking off with the standout title track, and then sliding into the breezy and poppier "Picture of You", the listener baths in a marriage of '60s garage/psych and '80 New Zealand guitar pop.  Things shift more to the rock and fuzz end of the spectrum with "Am I Losing You?".   The terrific closer is the jangling "Mining For Diamonds", which brings to mind The Jesus and Mary Chain and Bulldozer Crash with a dash of Velvet Underground.  This is a little record with a big punch -- don't miss it.

For this EP Stephen worked with Marc Elston (who was Stephen's partner in Bulldozer Crash), Graeme Elston, Joyoti Mishra, and Chris Morgan.  She Loves the Birds is out now via Sunday Records.




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