Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Party Store" by Cindy

 

San Francisco band Cindy makes dreampop that I don't want to live without. This isn't sunshine and lovers making puppy dog eyes at each other dreampop. But it is beautiful and, in an understated manner, packs a devastating punch. We have already featured two recent singles, "Be True" (feature here) and "Lost Dog" (feature here), and today share a third, "Party Store". All of the singles are taken from the band's upcoming third LP, 1:2.

Cindy's music is centered around the compositions of vocalist/guitarist Karina Gill. The other members of the band are Jesse Jackson (bass), Simon Phillips (drums), and Aaron Diko (keys). The songs are of moods, feelings and scenes, depicted in snatches more often than full narratives. The effect is a bit like slipping in and out of daydreams. The arrangements underscore the compositional approach with unhurried tempos and sparse instrumentation. The result is a beautiful musical haze with an unsettling dark streak.

The video for "Party Store" was made by two stalwarts of the San Francisco indie music scene. Kevin Linn of Paisley Shirt Records directed the video and Mike Ramos of Tony Jay shot the video. Mike also forms the other half of the duo Flowertown with Cindy's Karina Gill.

1:2 will be out via Tough Love/Mt St Mtn on October 1.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Suncharms - Distant Lights

 

The Suncharms produced a small number of short-form releases in the '90s, and then dropped off the music radar. They re-emerged midway through the last decade via a retrospective album. But thanks to Chicago's Sunday Records, the Sheffield, UK indie pop band now has released a debut album. Titled Distant Lights, it is a delightful collection of dreamy indie pop tunes with plenty of jangle, fuzz and hooks, and a somewhat shoegazey vibe. It references '90s British guitar pop, but doesn't seem at all out of place in today's indie pop world. Listen, and you, like us, will be happy that The Suncharms didn't give up on making a debut full length.

The main man of The Suncharms is Marcus Palmer. Distant Lights is out now in digital and CD formats. A vinyl version may be available later this year.




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"Burning" by Good Morning


Despite the pandemic, the boys of Good Morning appear to be having a good year. Evidence includes a fine two-song single a few months ago, their work at the decks for the upcoming album by Emma Russack and Lachlan Denton, and their upcoming LP Barnyard. Of course, they aren't unaware of the state of the world, and their views are reflected in "Burning", the new single taken from the album.

Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons are Good MorningBarnyard will be out October 22 via Polyvinyl and Good Morning Music Company.


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"Coolsville USA" by The Exbats

 

We have all heard that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but we do it from time to time anyway. I suspect that many of us have, from time to time, judged an album by its first song. If I were to take that approach after hearing "Coolsville USA" by Arizona trio The Exbats, I would declare the upcoming LP Now Where Were We to be a 'must have' album. I have listened to the single several times and considered my alternatives. I now declare the Now Where Were We to be a must have album. Smart, fun, and sassy with really good tunes -- what more do you want?

The Exbats are a garage band from Southern Arizona consisting of Kenny McLain, Inez McLain and Bobby Carlson Jr.

Now Where Were We is out October 22 via Goner Records.

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First single of "Now Where Were We," the new album from daughter / father garage pop band from Arizona! Recorded by the desert genius Matt Rendon, this might be the best-sounding record of the year! Timeless coming-of-age / smartass stories from drummer / songwriter Inez and guitarist / songwriter / dad Kenny.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

"Under The Rolling Moon" by Ducks Ltd.

 

One of my eagerly anticipated albums yet to be released this year is Modern Fiction by Toronto duo Ducks Ltd. The third single, "Under The Rolling Moon" dropped this week and matched the quality of its predecessors. The song is about helping a friend in need, riding an uptempo arrangement with backing vocals by The Beths.

Ducks Ltd. are Tom McGreevy and Evan Lewis. Modern Fiction will be out October 1 via Carpark Records and Royal Mountain Records.


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"Luxuries" by Astrid Swan

 

Today's first post brings you the third single from the upcoming D/other by Finnish award winning singer songwriter Astrid Swan. A perceptive and incisive songwriter and lovely vocalist, new music from Swan always is a cause for excitement around WYMA HQ. "Luxuries" is no exception, expressing a positive outlook and celebration of the moment in the face of life's uncertainties.

D/other is Astrid Swan's seventh album, and it will be released October 8 via Soliti Music.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Saint Etienne - I've Been Trying To Tell You

 


Whether their offerings are aimed at the dance floor or the heartstrings, Saint Etienne has long been included among the coolest and smartest electro pop bands. And despite their past success, their new album I've Been Trying To Tell You feels special in many ways. The product of the pandemic, it was recorded remotely rather than in a studio, working with several producers and collaborating with film and television composer Gus Bousfield, who contributed two of the songs. Samples are used extensively throughout, creating a nostalgic and diverse soundscape that intentionally refers to memories of optimism in late '90s UK. The album is atmospheric and dreamy in the most literal way -- the songs have the feel of drifting into and out of dreams of the past. Or an alternative version I like is that it is like watching a romantic movie from the '90s on late night TV, drifting into and out of sleep so you are only catching snippets of plot and suggestions of moods. But whichever interpretation you like the album is intriguing, full of sparkling warmth, and a worthy addition to Saint Etienne's discography. 

Saint Etienne are Bob Stanley, Sarah Cracknell, and Pete Wiggs. I've Been Trying To Tell You is out now via Heavenly Recordings. We also note that film maker Alasdair McLellan directed a film to accompany the album.






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"Done My Time" by Emma Russack and Lachlan Denton


 In our experience, music by Emma Russack means quality music. Likewise, music by Lachlan Denton means quality music. And although I was a liberal arts major rather than a math/science guy, my analysis tells me that music by Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton will be of high quality. To be fair, we don't have to guess because they have released three albums previously. As we announced recently, another album is on the way and we now have the second single, "Done My Time". A reflective and sentimental look at another way of life riding a relaxing but subtly bouncy arrangement, the song is a great way to end the day.

The album is titled Something Is Going to Change Tomorrow, Today. What Will You Do? What Will You Say? and will be released October 8 via Osborne Again Music, Spunk Records, and Bobo Integral Records.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

"Infinity" by Power Supply

 

In this ultra connected world we all need to know where to find a power supply. To our surprise, we now have a new one -- the Australian quartet known as Power Supply. The band's line-up defines 'power', consisting of Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control/The Green Child), Leon Stackpole (Sailors/Ooga Boogas), Richard Stanley (Onyas/Drug Sweat), and Per Bystrum (Exhaustion/Voice Imitator[Ooga Boogas). At least one project on the resume of each member has featured on these pages in the past, which is a pretty damn fine endorsement of quality in our obviously un-humble opinion. Power Supply will release their debut album titled In The Time Of The Sabre Tooth Tiger on October 22 via Anti Fade in Oz and Goner Records in the rest of the world.

But I digress -- the original point of this post is to bring you the lead single for the album. You can test drive it yourself, but this song is all we need to know that this album is a 'must have'.

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"Give It Hell" - Yumi Zouma


 Our favorite New Zealand synth poppers Yumi Zouma could have just announced their Spring 2022 European tour, but that is a bit staid. So the quartet accompanied the news with a new single and a lyric video. Please enjoy below, and you Euro types can check out the dates.

On "Give It Hell" the listener will find the band's trademark swoonable vocals, but also thrill to the explosion of textures and expanded dynamism in the arrangement.

Yumi Zouma are Christie Simpson, Josh Burgess, Charlie Ryder, and Olivia Campion.


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YUMI ZOUMA 2022 European Tour
03/17 - Birmingham, UK @ The Sunflower Lounge
03/18 - London, UK @ Lafayette
03/19 - Manchester, UK @ Yes
03/21 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s
03/22 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s
03/24 - Paris, France @ Le Hasard Ludique
03/25 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
03/27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
03/28 - Hamburg, Germany @ Turmzimmer
03/29 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Ideal Bar Vega
03/31 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren
04/01 - Oslo, Norway @ Krxsset
04/03 - Berlin, Germany @ Burg Schnabel
04/04 - Warsaw, Poland @ Praga Centrum
 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

"Laughing Wall" and "High Heel Heavy" by Mister Strange

 

You can call it indie rock, or you can call it punk rock, or you could take your cue from the band and call it Wonder Fuzz. But whatever label you throw at it, this music sticks with you. It is the music of our first forays into clubs and basement parties, in college dorms and apartments getting psyched for the big match, or in my case, listening at home and enjoying the reminder of my youth.

The band is Mister Strange, based in Manchester and recently signed to Swedish label PNKSLM. "Laughing Wall" and "High Heel Heavy" are two of the singles taken from debut EP I, which will be released Friday, September 10. Touchstones are The Ramones, Ty Segall, and Thee Oh Sees -- and any band can be proud to keep such company.

Mister Strange is Tomas Walmsley (vocals/drums), Callum Rogers (bass), Ste Bradbury (guitar/synths), and Daryl Taylor (guitars).


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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Stars On Fire - Ready, Steady, Go 7"


Tonight's treat is the jangling shoegaze of Stars On Fire. The project of Christopher Mark -- a Californian who resides in Seoul, South Korea His latest single is Ready, Steady, Go, a vinyl release that includes a digital download. This isn't the first time Stars On Fire has featured here, and I expect it won't be the last. To learn why, stream the single below and then hit the Bandcamp link for past treasures.

Ready, Steady, Go is released via Cloudberry Records.

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Monnone Alone - Stay Foggy

Two years ago Monnone Alone impressed us with the sunny powerpop album Summer of the Mosquito (our feature here). At the time the project was a quartet headed by Mark Monnone, the former bassist of The Lucksmiths. However, due to pandemic-induced subtraction Mark was forced to create the follow up album, Stay Foggy, as a solo effort.We are pleased to report that Mark was more than up to the task. Shifting effortlessly among powerpop, jangle pop, British Invasion, folk rock, psychedelic pop, and post punk, the album is a delightful assemblage of hooks, melodies and just damn good songs. We try to limit ourselves to three embedded tracks, but for this album the difficulty was leaving out any of them. Obviously, that means that the three below are but a hint of the goodies, so we suggest trying them out and, if you like them, go to the Bandcamp link and enjoy all of the tracks.

Stay Foggy is out now via Meritorio Records (Spain), Emotional Response Records (United States), Royal Mint Records (Finland), and Lost And Lonesome Records (Australia).



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"Without U" and "Only One" by Royel Otis

 

As those of us in the Northern Hemisphere search for ways to keep that summer vibe going as we slide into autumn, a rescue comes from Australian band Royel Otis, The duo comprised of Otis Pavlocic and Royel Maddel has shared two songs from their upcoming EP, Campus. And even though it currently is winter in Australia, the songs reflect Pavlocic and Maddel's upbringing on the sunny Bondi Beach coastline. "Without U" is a summer bop that reflects yearning for someone to love. "Only One" is a psychedelic pop tune with an infectious groove and a touch of surf. We think this project shows a lot of promise. And we note that their good instincts extended to the naming of the band. Pavlocic and Maddel are fine names, but doesn't quite have the snap of Royel Otis.

Campus will be available October 7 via House Anxiety / Ourness.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Bordellos - "All Psychiatrists Are Bastards" / "Will I Ever Be A Man"

Liverpool-area band The Bordellos make pop music like few others. Inventive compositions evincing bruised psyches and bleeding hearts, they always manage to draw a "wow" and repeated listens. And with a Twitter catch phrase "bring me the head of Justin Bieber" you know that they have their heads together. This week brought new single "All Psychiatrists Are Bastards" / "Will I Ever Be A Man". The A-side is a breathless rush of rhythm and rant with a '50s beat poet vibe. The B-side is a downbeat acoustic tune with enough charm to compensate for its sparse arrangement.

The single is out now via Sydney's Metal Postcard Records.


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"Stolen Beer" by Rural France

 

Rural France may seem an odd name for a UK indie rock band. It could be that when Tom Brown and Rob Fawkes decamped London for the more pastoral Wiltshire in 2017 the culture shock may have made the new home seem more like a move to rural France. However, despite the name, the music the duo create has more kinship with Teenage Fanclub and Guided By Voices than the French countryside. And, of course, that makes them a perfect fit for a blog named after a GBV song, like us.

Today brings the good news that Rural France has a new album coming out this autumn. Titled RF, it consists of 11 tracks recorded in true lo-fi fashion in Rob's garage. "Stolen Beer" is the first single, and it suggests that this new album will be a worthy successor to their fun debut Two Drink Maximum (link). Buzzing guitars, big drums, spirited vocals, wry humor and terrific melodies -- a perfect menu!

RF will be out October 29 via Meritorio Records.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Los Blancos - Detholiad O Ganeuon Traddodiadd Cymreig


 Detholiad O Ganeuon Traddodiadd Cymreig, the recent EP by Welsh band Los Blancos is very much a creature of the pandemic. A band that usually writes together in their practice space found themselves separated by COVID. While waiting for release they assembled all of their old demos and chose five songs -- one written by each of the band's members -- to include on this record.

Los Blancos' music is raw and passionate. But it also suggests a sense of purpose and an instinctive feel for creating appealing music. That the songs here were separately composed provides for a variety of styles. For example, compare the thumping rock storm of record opener "100 AD" with the relaxed country-influenced "Diogi" which follows(love that tune, by the way). But to appreciate the growth of the band, you must listen to all five songs. Overall less grungy than previous work, these songs have a pop-rock swing and sharp hooks. Good stuff, and we eagerly await their next album. 

The EP is out now as a digital release via Libertino Records.


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Monday, August 30, 2021

Deer Leader - We've Met Before, Haven't We?


 Although Scotland's pop bands populate all points in the music landscape, I believe that one style that its bands do better than bands from any other country is grand, wide-scope soundscapes. It is the kind of music that makes you feel you are standing on the top of a mountain looking out at the roiling seas. And just when I thought I knew all of the excellent groups creating in that space, I received We've Met Before, Haven't We? by Deer Leader. The band is comprised of multi-instrumentalists Suart McQuarrie, Ross Prentice, and Robin Pringle. The ingredients of their soundscapes are guitars, keys, beats, vocals, and samples, delivered with plenty of reverb. Lyrically, the album is introspective and searching with notes of melancholy contrasted with hope and contentment. The lyrics and the vocal samples are a true joy, and perfectly placed. However, the overall star of the show are the textures and layers of the sound,

Because I was not previously familiar with Deer Leader, I cued up my first listen casually while engaged in other projects. But I quickly realized that this album demanded my full attention. I now listen to it frequently start to finish. Every time I play it I feel more energetic, optimistic, and hopeful. What more could I want?

We've Met Before, Haven't We? is out now in vinyl and digital formats via Last Night From Glasgow.


Shrapnel - Alasitas

 In Alasitas, Sydney's Shrapnel has crafted a charming multi-headed beast comprised of artful post punk, pastoral British folk rock, and psychedelic pop, with touches of world beat and jazz. But rather than stare at each other across the divide, the various elements mesh together to provide a deep and enthralling listening experience bound together by pulsating rhythms and deft musicianship. Those of us with familiarity with British folk rock, psychedelic and prog rock of the '60s and '70s can find pleasant echoes in Alasitas. But even if that is a conscious springboard for the band, Shrapnel broadens the sound with new and interesting elements that leaves the past as mere reference points. Whether Shrapnel continues down this path or leaves it as a one-off experiment, they have created a truly fine piece of music.

Shrapnel is Sam Wilkerson, Matt Neville, Nicholas Johnson, Toby Baldwin, Lani Crooks, and Caroline de Dear. Their DNA includes three members of the beloved Day Ravies. Alasitas is out now via Tenth Court Records.




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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Snowy Band - Alternate Endings


 This week brought a musical treasure box titled Alternative Endings. The band is Melbourne's Snowy Band, and this is their second album of the pandemic, following last year's Audio Commentary. The music is dynamic and varied, with sharp details, multiple but unfussy melodic layers and superb musicianship. This four-piece can slay you with sparse, slow tempo arrangements and hushed voices, and then get your heart racing with a killer pop tune. The lyrics are economical, but pack a sly impact that you might miss among the hooks on first listen. From the first song we heard, "Living With Myself" (our feature here), we suspected that the album would be special. And, as almost always is the case, we were correct.

Snowy Band are Liam Halliwell (vocals/guitar/other), Emma Russack (vocals/guitar), Nathalie Pavlovic (vocals/bass), and Dylan Young (vocals/drums). Alternate Endings is out now via Spunk Records, Osborne Again, and Palo Santo (Texas).




Thursday, August 26, 2021

"When This Gets Out" by The Persian Leaps


 Minnesota's The Persian Leaps have long been a go-to band for us when we hunger for power pop, jangle pop and fuzz. We are thrilled that a new EP is on the way, and we have a taste via the opening track, the crunchy, muscular "When This Gets Out". That a swing at our most recent past President is icing on the melodic cupcake.

The Persian Leaps for this outing is Drew Forsberg doing everything due to pandemic restrictions. Drone Etiquette EP is due October 1 via Land Ski Records.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

"The Past Is Our Plaything" by Dean Wareham

 

When you have fronted Galaxie 500, been part of Dean and Britta and Luna, and released solo work, just stating your name is Dean Wareham should be introduction enough.

So, introductions out of the way, Dean has a new solo album titled I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of L.A. coming on October 15. The first single is the jangling and chiming "The Past Is Our Plaything". A vivid slice of '60s-washed folk rock, it set our synapses firing and is all we need to eagerly anticipate the album.

I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of L.A. will be released via Double Feature Records.


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Monday, August 23, 2021

Tibetan Miracle Seeds - Inca Missiles

 

The inbox can be a scary place these days with messages about missiles aimed at targets innocent and otherwise and sketchy outfits selling potions, pills, roots and seeds that you allegedly need to be healthy. And into this ball of confusion we step in to promote Inca Missiles, a product of Tibetan Miracles Seeds. We assure you that these missiles have no warheads, but they do penetrate your cranium and explode in your brain. Fortunately, either (1) the explosion is causes no harm and only promotes pleasure, or (2) the explosion actually kills you, but the afterlife is sweetly melodic. However, as we are not licensed to provide end-of-life counseling, we will have no further comments on that score.

What we will say is that the psychedelic compositions that comprise  Inca Missiles are an off beat but thoroughly enthralling trip down a drone/psych rabbit hole that thrilled us at first listen and had us coming back for more. The artist is Tibetan Miracle Seeds, otherwise known as Jack McAfee of Dundee, Scotland. Jack wrote, recorded and produced all of the songs on the album, with help from some friends. Always interesting and, at its best, transcendent, this album is a welcome addition to our personal August playlist.

The digital version of Inca Missiles is out now via the Bandcamp page linked below. That page also has a link to source the vinyl version of the album.




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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Flowertown - Time Trials

 

Mike Ramos (Tony Jay/others) and Karina Gill (Cindy) are wonderful in their other musical roles, but their combination as Flowertown defies simple arithmetic. The delectable self-titled debut from this prolific duo graced out pages fewer than two months ago (link), impressing us with its lo-fi perfection and quiet power. Yet the new LP Time Trials still seems like a step up in consistency and melodic scope. While assigning a style to talents such as these are at best a guideline, the previous album seemed to us more slowcore while Time Trials fits better in dream pop territory, albeit dream pop in a haze of San Francisco fog rather than bright sunlight on the beach. Karina and Mike evince a comfort in performing together that is remarkable for a recent and spontaneously generated collaboration. Moreover, their generosity in gracing each other's songs adds a special finish to the material. This album is excellent at the first listen, and only grows on you more with each play. 

Time Trials is available in digital and vinyl formats via Paisley Shirt Records.

And because one play of "Time Trials" isn't sufficient --

"Little Brick", a touch of VU --

The janglefest that is "The Door The Thief The Light" --

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Friday, August 20, 2021

"My Own Hollywood" by The Bevis Frond

 

Among the positive surprises I have had this summer is the news that the UK's The Bevis Frond has a new album coming out. The Bevis Frond is the long running (35+ years) project of Nick Saloman, and he has lasted that long for a reason. Little Eden will be out in September via Fire Records, and it boasts 20 tracks of top quality pop songs delivered in in the form of crunchy, spiky, guitar rock. Think early R.E.M. or The Feelies playing Beatles songs and you will have a notion. Or to make it simpler, if you like the first decade of Teenage Fanclub, you will love The Bevis Frond.

While it is too soon to discuss the album in more detail, we can share the latest single, "My Own Hollywood. I think this one has a very appealing TFC vibe, and it begs for repeated replays. And be sure to come back for our coverage of the album. It is a 2XLP/2XCD release, so there is a lot to love!


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

"How Lonely Are You? (Feat. The Beths)" by Ducks Ltd.

 

Toronto's Ducks Ltd. create cheerful soundings songs that often are not, in fact, cheerful. Perhaps in the case of new single "How Lonely Are You?" the title tips us off. But the music is glorious, featuring a brisk tempo, jangling guitars and pummeling drums. It sounds a bit like a top '80s New Zealand band playing a Creation Records tribute show, and that is a high compliment. And how lonely could Tom McGeevy and Evan Lewis really be with label siblings The Beths providing backing vocals on the song?

"How Lonely Are You? (feat. The Beths)" is taken from Modern Fiction, the band's upcoming LP which is due in October via Carpark Records.



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"Lost Dog" by Cindy

 

Mark my words, one of the top albums of Autumn will be 1:2 by San Francisco dream pop band Cindy. A masterclass of .... well, I really should wait until the album is closer to release to swoon publicly. However, we all can experience a portion of its charms via "Lost Dog". An unassuming but truly delightful pop tune, it is artfully pared down to its hushed, melodic essence and then decorated with the finest instrumental ornaments. Feast your ears.

Cindy are Karina Gill (guitar/vocals), Aaron Diko (keys), Jesse Jackson (bass), and Simon Phillips (drums). Depending on your location and desired format, 1:2 will be available via Mt.St.Mtn., Tough Love Records, and Paisley Shirt Records. The date for digital release in October 1, and the date for the vinyl release is November 1.


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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Tidal Rave - Albumette

 

It seems that our Wellington musical friends Tidal Rave were in a serious mood when writing Albumette. It seems that lockdowns, social unrest, income disparities and other ills can do that for you. But sometimes those feelings can translate to compelling music, and such is the case here. With an aggressive strike to the jangle, plenty of spikiness to the guitars and a decided edge to the staccato group vocals, this is post-punk/garage rock with an attitude and a purpose. But despite the 'wall closing in' atmosphere, it also is melodic and, ultimately, liberating. Albumette is a good album, and a good album for the times.

Tidal Rave are Emmie Ellis (vocals/guitar), Esther Gedye Taylor (vocals/guitar), Kristen Paterson (vocals/guitar/keys), Ann-Marie Keating (vocals/keys/guitar), Frank Eggleton (bass/keys), and Scott Hakkaart (drums). Albumette is out now via Fishrider Records.



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"You Don't Want This" by Pip Blom

Our first feature for Tuesday is "You Don't Want This", even though we suspect that you do, in fact, want this. The single is taken from the upcoming sophomore album Welcome Break by Dutch quartet Pip Blom. Effervescent and hooky with a touch of chaos, it is like a bouquet of helium and sparkle-filled balloons popping one after another. In other words, captivating and irresistible. 

Welcome Break will be out October 8 via Heavenly Recordings.


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Monday, August 16, 2021

"If I Could Choose" and "Undone" by The Shivas

 

One of the treasures of the Pacific Northwest indie rock/psychedelic scene is Portland's The Shivas. They intend to make everyone's autumn music playlists better with a new album titled Feels So Good//Feels So Bad (which, despite appearances, is not about my pre-marriage relationships). But you don't even need to take our always reliable opinion, because you can listen to two tracks below. Then you can pre-order the album and feel very good about what you have accomplished.

Feels So Good//Feels So Bad will be out September 24 via Tender Loving Empire.

"Talking to Myself" by Declan Welsh & The Decadent West


 We are now less than a month from the release of It's Been A Year, the new EP from Scots indie rockers Declan Welsh and the Decadent West. We don't wait well, to be honest. But in this case we satisfy ourselves with the catchy new single "Talking To Myself". It is big and bold out of the gate, and just gets bigger and bolder.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

"Not Your Mom" by Astrid Swan

 

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Astrid Swan has announced a new album titled D/Other. The album, her seventh full length, is said to focus on the topic of motherhood, both from the perspective of a mother and a daughter. Today we bring you the charming pop track "Not Your Mom", which addresses the one time of day when a mother is not serving as a mother -- when she is asleep. The song has an engaging bounce and bright tones. Quite frankly, we cannot think of a better song to kick off the first day of our work week.

D/Other will be out October 8 via Soliti Music.

"Call It A Day" by Snowy Band

 

"Call It A Day" indeed! But who the hell wants to throw up their hands and call it a day when you can listen to music like this a few more times? And the video makes it even more special, beginning with Snowy's rock god pretensions but then expanding to a wild and wonderful set of images that matches the sprawling musical landscape of the song. By the way, the single is the third to be taken from Snowy Band's upcoming album, Alternate Endings. If you haven't pre-ordered, your finger should be inching in that direction now.

Alternate Endings is due August 27 via Spunk Records, Osborne Again, and Palo Santo (Texas). 

Snowy Band are Liam "Snowy" Halliwell (vocals/guitar/other), Emma Russack (vocals/guitar), Nathalie Pavlovic (vocals/bass), and Dylan Young (vocals/drums).


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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

"Country" by Good Morning


We have loved Good Morning just the way they were. But the duo of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons are challenging us to still love them as they change a bit. They are recording with an outside engineer and releasing their new album on a notable label -- Polyvinyl. But despite the more upscale trapping, single "Country" tell us that they are still the lo fi singer-songwriters and guitarists that can tap into themselves in a way that helps us tap into ourselves, and sound damn good while doing it. Great tunes and no therapy bills, what's not to love? And its OK Liam, I had some fun in scouting too.

The upcoming album is tiled Barnyard, and it will be out October 22 via Polyvinyl Record Co.



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"Before You Gotta Go" by Courtney Barnett

 

We are big fans of mid-week presents, and today brings us the extra special new single from Courtney Barnett. "Before You Gotta Go" starts out modestly and then swells in full color splendor with gorgeous guitars, synths and driving percussion. The lyrics are wry and knowing with a clever take on the 'kiss off' line. This song is easily among the best songs we have heard this summer.

"Before You Gotta Go" is taken from Courtney's upcoming album Things Take Time, Take Time, which will be released November 12 via Marathon Records and Mom+Pop. Courtney also will be touring North America from November through February.


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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Sister John - I Am By Day

 

Glasgow band Sister John earned justifiable praise for their 2017 album Returned From The Sea and the self-titled sophomore LP two years later. However, it seems to me that their new album, I Am By Day, has a greater reach and, if life is fair, bring the band a much wider audience. While Amanda McKeown's songwriting has been a hallmark of Sister John from the beginning, the songs on this effort are even sharper, more complete, and more adventurous. Ranging from the bright pop of opener "I'll Be Your Life" and the irrepressible sassy peppiness of "In My Place" to the delicately folky electronica of "The Sound of You" to the trance inducing "How Can I Keep It Alive?", I Am By Day is packed with good and well-executed ideas. The three songs that earn the most replays from me are "In My Place", "Strange Ideas", and the glorious album closer, "Glasgow Is A Rainbow", but every track here is worthy of your ears.

Sister John are Amanda McKeown, Jonathan Lilley, Sophie Pranell, and Heather Phillips. I Am By Day is out now via Last Night From Glasgow.