Feels So Good // Feels So Bad is out today via Tender Loving Empire.
Feels So Good // Feels So Bad is out today via Tender Loving Empire.
Marta Del Grandi is known as a fine jazz vocalist. But on her upcoming album Until We Fossilize she expands her reach into other genres, including electronic ambient and retro pop. We don't want to give too much away now as the album will not be released until November 5. However, we have the new single to share with you. "Shy Heart" is presented her with its official video and a streaming version.
Until We Fossilize with be released via Fire Records.
Timeshare is the not Google-friendly project of Jordan Thompson, of Melbourne's beloved The Ocean Party. And because the members of The Ocean Party all contributed songs and lead vocals, the songs on Blue may have a hint of familiarity. But in our view that is something to welcome with open ... ears. This album is brief -- only six tracks -- but it is a fine showcase for Jordan's sharp and delightfully dynamic songwriting. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and will look forward to more Timeshare.
Sweet Nobody are Joy Deyo (vocals/guitar) and Brian Dishon (drums) with Casey Synder (lead guitar) and Adam Nolan (bass). We're Trying Our Best is out now via Daydream Records.
For this album Hits is leader Jen Weisberg (vocals/guitar/songwriting) joined by Brian Tester (drums/percussion/guitar/keys/recording), and Max Nordile (bass/percussion/Xaphoon). Cielo Nublado is out now via Paisley Shirt Records.
Smoke Bellow are Meredith McHugh and Christian Best, with recent addition of drummer Emmanuel Nicolaidis.
Open For Business is out now via Trouble In Mind
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.
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.
Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons are Good Morning. Barnyard will be out October 22 via Polyvinyl and Good Morning Music Company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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).
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.
Stay Foggy is out now via Meritorio Records (Spain), Emotional Response Records (United States), Royal Mint Records (Finland), and Lost And Lonesome Records (Australia).
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.
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.
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.