Saturday, May 25, 2019

"Outdoors" by Surf Friends

Brad Coley and Peter Westmoreland are surfing friends.  More precisely they are Surf Friends, an New Zealand duo that updates the California surf sound with some sampling and programming to go along with the guitar.  They are helping us welcome summer with their new single "Outdoors".  And this is a good time to tell you that the single is taken from their upcoming album, Doing Your Thing, which will be released via Flying Nun Records.  Enjoy the video for "Outdoors" below.





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Friday, May 24, 2019

"Easy" by Subshine


Ole Gunnar Gundersen's musical reputation was originally attributable to his role as frontman for the band Lorraine.  Now working as a solo artist under the name Subshine, he will release his debut album, Easy Window, next month.  Inspired by the Norwegian landscape and crafted with vintage synthesizers, it promises to be inspiring music.  But you don't have to wait another couple of weeks to get a hint, because a lyric video for album track "Easy" is available right here, right now.  Enjoy!

Easy Window will be released on June 7 via Apollon Records.




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Gisli - The Skeleton Crew

We had a publication schedule for the weekend, and The Skeleton Crew wasn't on it.  But we gave the album a spin last night after discovering it in our Thursday mail.  One listen and our schedule was rearranged to give some time for this charming release.  The album is a new solo effort by Gísli Kjaran Kristjánsson, who records under the simple GisliGisli's career has taken him from Iceland to Norway, Los Angeles and London, and now back to Iceland, and has included performing with a band, producing and writing for other artists, collaboration with Norway's William Hut, and solo work -- although his last solo album was 15 years ago.

The Skeleton Crew consists of eight tracks, divided between rousing rockers like "Tidal Wave", "Your Personal Hell", and "Out Of Control", and Americana-shaded "Sweet Surrender" and "Mechanical Birds On The Wire".  Each song seems perfectly formed and reflects the artist's complete comfort in expressing himself musically in any style.  The lyrics are high in the mix and are worth your attention.  We loved the album at first listen, but we like it even better with each repeated play (and I think we are up to five this morning already).

By the way, the title reflects Gisli's decision to handle nearly all instruments, programming and vocals himself, with a bit of violin and backing vocals from partner Eliza Newman and some spontaneous percussion by their five year old daughter Salka.

This gem of an album is out today, look for it at your preferred digital outlet.







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Thursday, May 23, 2019

"Rock Paper Scissors" by Lemonade Kid

Here is some wonderfully dirty electro rock from Lemonade Kid.  The base track is "Rock Paper Scissors", but the record includes three diverse remixes.  It is late at night and I can't stop playing it.  I'm going to be a bit tired at my desk in the morning.

Lemonade Kid is Dominic Lack.  For "Rock Paper Scissors" he was assisted by Jarrod Jones on bass and guitar.




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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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