This is not music criticism. On this blog, you will only read about music we like.
Monday, January 31, 2022
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Sad Eyed Beatniks - Claudia's Ethereal Weaver
Claudia's Ethereal Weaver is out now via Paisley Shirt Records and Spain's Meritorio Records.
Josephine Foster - Godmother
Godmother is out now in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Fire Records.
Friday, January 28, 2022
"Strawberry Boy" by Boy With Apple
Sweden's Boy With Apple is new for us, but they certainly have grabbed our attention with their new single "Strawberry Boy". It is a fully fleshed out post-punk track with soaring '80s synth pop vibe that just makes us feel good all over. The Gothenburg-based trio is releasing three singles this spring, and then will record an LP.
The members of Boy With Apple are Zara Henriksson, Saga Fransson, and Tim Hedlund. "Strawberry Boy" is released via VARO Records.
Thursday, January 27, 2022
"Let's Pretend We're Not In Love" by The Reds, Pinks & Purples
"High Street" by Team Me
March will bring the end of winter and first hints of spring, at least around WYMA World Headquarters. It also will bring Something In The Making, the third studio album by Norway's art pop band Team Me. The band has earned justified acclaim over their 10 years together, and we are looking forward to this next chapter in their musical story. You can enjoy "High Street", the first single from the album below.
"High Street" and Something In The Making are released via Propeller Recordings.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
"Aihai" by Pintandwefall
We are certain that it is due to long-time conditioning, but the word "pint", alone or in combination with other words, triggers happy sensations. And those happy sensations include our feelings in learning that Finnish indie pop band Pintandwefall will release their new album February 25. Titled Seventh Baby, it will be available in vinyl and digital formats via Soliti Music. We will have more for you closer to the release date, but we can share the first single, the soaring "Aihai.
Pintandwefall are Sanna Komi, Ninni Luhtasaari, Ringa Manner, and Iiti Yli-Harja, all of whom are involved in other excellent projects as well. They have released six albums and additional EPs and videos.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
"Melon Dating Simulator" by Peter Cat
Peter Cat are Graham Neil Gillespie and some like-minded collaborators.
Monday, January 24, 2022
"Middleman" by The Saint Larsen
Our congratulations to Northern Portrait vocalist and rhythm guitarist Stefan Larsen on his promotion to The Saint Larsen, especially as such designations typically are bestowed posthumously. Although Northern Portrait remains a working band (a new album will be released soon), Stefan has been writing and recording on his own. We only have the one song - "Middleman" - to evaluate, but it suggests that the upcoming album Show Geezer will capture our ears. "Middleman" is a deft bit of songcraft with hints of '60s/70s songwriters Emitt Rhodes and Harry Nilsson.
"Middleman" is out now via Matinee Recordings, which also will release the album.
Kids On A Crime Spree - Fall In Love Not In Line
Kids On A Crime Spree are Mario Hernandez (bass/vocals), Becky Barron (drums), and Bill Evans (guitar). Fall In Love Not In Line is out now in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Slumberland Records.
"Clown" by Pale Moon
I guess I am a bit late to the party with respect to Pale Moon, as the band has been together for a couple of years. But I will not allow a bit of tardiness to cause me to continue to ignore them. Pale Moon is a duo consisting of Icelandic musician Arni Gudjonsson (Of Monsters and Men) and Russian vocalist Nata Sushchenko. Having released several well-received songs and videos, they plan to release their debut album this year, and have just dropped their first single of 2022, "Clown". The song displays the duo's '70s-influenced approach to warm, accessible pop, and is a great way to brighten the start of the week.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Armstrong - Happy Graffiti
Happy Graffiti is out now via Country Mile Records in the UK and The Beautiful Music in Canada.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Nicfit - Fuse
Nicfit are KenKen (bass), Kuwayama (drums), Charley (guitar), and Hiromi (lead vocals). Fuse is out now via Upset The Rhythm.
"Right Here" by Partner Look
Partner Look are Lachlan Denton (The Ocean Party/Pop Filter/others), Dainis Lacey (Cool Sounds), and sisters Ambrin Hasnain (Cool Sounds) and Anila Hasnain (Studio Magic). The name of the upcoming album is By The Book , and it will be released February 4 via Trouble In Mind in North America, and Spunk Records and Osborne Again in Australia and New Zealand.
"Sun Is Always In My Eyes" by Kindsight
Kindsight are Nina Hyldgaard Rasmussen (vocals/guitar), Soren Svensson (guitar), Anders Prip (bass), and Johannes Jacobsen (drums). Don't You Grow Up" is out now via Stockhom's Rama Lama Records, which also will release the album.
Sunday, January 16, 2022
The Lucksmiths - Why That Doesn't Surprise Me (20th anniversary edition)
We don't mean to be judgmental, but if you are here you are likely to be an indie pop fan. And if you are an indie pop fan Australian guitar pop heroes The Lucksmiths are known to you. You probably also know that the group is no loner active. But like all artists that make good music the band lives on through their songs and Matinee Recordings is giving them extended life via the 20th anniversary release of The Lucksmiths' seminal 2001 album Why That Doesn't Surprise Me. The album was the fifth by the trio of Marty Donald, Tali White, and Mark Monnone, but it marked their first use of a professional studio and producer. The choice not only led to higher production values but also a expanded sonic textures.
The release is available in CD and vinyl formats via Matinee Recordings and Lost and Lonesome Recording Company in Australia.
Die Schiefe Bahn - 6 Song Demo EP
Friday, January 14, 2022
The Royal Landscaping Society - Means of Production
Today our thoughts turned to landscaping. We didn't actually go out and tend the garden. Instead we nestled in our favorite chair and cued up Means of Production, the new album by The Royal Landscaping Society. The album is a stunningly lovely and uplifting landscape of romantic pop songs. Generously packed with 17 songs collected from various past records and covers of worthy indie pop peers, it is an album to cherish and will seem as fresh in a decade as it does today. We intend to sit by the fire and listen to this one several more time before bed.
Based in Seville, Spain, The Royal Landscaping Society is a duo consisting of Chris Romero (vocals/guitars/synths/machines) and David Vidal (bass). Means of Production is out now via Matinee Recordings.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
"In The Eyes Of Our Love" by Yumi Zouma
Yumi Zouma is Christie Simpson, Josh Burgess, Charlie Ryder, and Olivia Campion. All are New Zealanders although some now reside in New York and London. Present Tense will be their fourth and will be released via Polyvinyl.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
"Breadcrumbs" c/w "Ink Bleeds" by Seablite
Seablite are Lauren Matsui, Galine Tumasyan, Jen Mundy, and Andy Pastalaniec (Chime School). The single is out now via Emotional Response Records.
Sunday, January 9, 2022
"I Still Owe You Everything" by The Reds, Pinks & Purples
The Reds, Pinks & Purples is setting the standard against which we are measuring indie pop these days. Is that fair? Maybe, maybe not. But the heart does what the heart wants to do. Of course, there is a wide variety of pop music, and we don't expect, or want, everyone to have the same lyrical shading or hushed, love-scarred vocals. But Glenn Donaldson's knack for melody and crafting tune after tune that you feel you must own -- and own right now -- is a high bar. And Glenn has done it again with a new two-song single titled "I Still Owe You Everything". It is available digitally for 'name your price'. Happy Sunday evening!
Saturday, January 8, 2022
The Sweetheart Revue - Good News, Bad News
Not all albums live up to their names, but Good News, Bad News is not just any album. The band is Glasgow's The Sweetheart Revue, headed by singer-songwriter-guitarist Gerard Sampaio, who is joined by Jack Cocker (guitar/vocals), Liam McArdle (bass), Heather Phillips (violin/vocals), Moshe Price (drums), and Jen McKee (cello/accordion/piano/vocals). They have been together since 2007, but recording Good News, Bad News presented two special challenges: Recording an album during a pandemic with several associated lockdowns; and Gerald's inoperable brain tumor. Not surprisingly, the latter challenge provides the "bad news" portion of the proceedings, addressed in several songs with an admirably positive outlook. However, the album contains good news songs as well. But whether delivering good news or bad news, the songwriting and performances are top shelf. Rarely do we encounter an album with this level of humanity and connectedness, and we treasure it. We encourage you to do so as well.
In addition to the members listed above, additional assistance was provided by Tim Davidson (pedal steel guitar), Jamie Houston (keys), J.P. Berrie (horns) Gordon Kyle (horns).
Good News, Bad News is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Last Night From Glasgow.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Announcing: Upcoming album by Kids On A Crime Spree
Oakland's Kids On A Crime Spree is one of the best power pop/noise pop bands making music these days. Unfortunately, getting noticed in the biz is a bit difficult. And that is where we come in. We want all our readers -- yes, both of you, pay attention -- to know that the trio will release an LP titled Fall In Love Not In Line on January 21 via Slumberland Records. You don't have to just take our word for the band's quality as we have provided the three tracks from the album released to date below. "Goods Get Got", "All Things Fade", and "When Can I See You Again" are melodic, punchy, concise and warm, and they suggest good things for the album.
Kids On A Crime Spree are Mario Hernandez, Becky Barron, and Bill Evans.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Makthaverskan - För Allting
The pandemic seems to have given many artists the time to focus on creating music. As a result, we are still devoting space to worthy releases from 2021, despite our calendars showing 2022. Of course, we won't get to all of them, but we will get to as many as we are able while still championing current releases. And that brings us to För Allting, the latest album by Gothenburg, Sweden's Makthaverskan. This quintet writes with a broad scope, embracing post-punk, shoegaze, dream pop and some jangle pop without putting a wrong foot forward. Always evincing a fierce passion, the band upped the production values for this album and to our ears it is their best effort yet. Although the band was formed in 2008, they still sound fresh, focused and sincere.
För Allting is out now via Run For Cover Records.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
"Try Try Try" by Ian McKelvie
We have been enthralled by the guitar pop creations of Ian McKelvie, recording as The Colourful Band, in the past decade. But Ian has taken a risk for his latest single, reimagining himself in '70s R&B style. It isn't a shift we would have anticipated but we have to say that he has nailed it. Take "Try Try Try" for a test drive below and if it warms your winter heart note that it is available for 'name your price' on Bandcamp.
Monday, January 3, 2022
The Fish John West Reject - Best Steet
Best Street is a delightful representation of their talents. Opener "Southwesterly" is an jangle pop gem in true Australian style. The following "Elwick Drive-In" is a power pop standout. The following three songs display the band's ability to rock with style.
The players on the EP are Mark Narkowicz (vocals/guitar), Andrew Viney (vocals/bass), Graham Rankin (drums), Harvey Saward (acoustic guitar/keys), Ted Lethborg (guitar). The songs were written by Narkowicz, Rankin, Viney and M.D. Witheford. Unfortunately, Witheford has passed away and the EP is dedicated to his memory.
The Fish John West Reject has self-released Best Street, so Bandcamp may be your best source.
Color Dolor - Blurry Things
Finnish duo Color Dolor are versatile, with past recordings bearing elements of dreampop, electronica, R&B, and club music. However, for the recently released Blurry Things Stina Koistinen (vocals) and Nicolas "Leissi" Rehn (instruments and programming) have focused a bit more tightly in the dreampop realm. The promo promises magical sounds and, to our ears, the band delivers on the promise. The songs on Blurry Things are bright, colorful, and dynamic with a plentitude of delightful details sprinkled in like extra ribbons on the presents we opened last month. This album really is like just now finding a lost pile of presents that were overlooked at the side of the overstuffed chair on Christmas morning.
Blurry Things is out now via Helsinki's Soliti Music.