Copenhagen – Just a couple days ago, female artists Soleima released her single “Once Was” from her upcoming EP that is still untitled. I think the simplest word to describe this track is lush. The synthpop on this track is absolutely insane – there are so many layers that beautifully intertwine with each other on the track to create such a rich sound. Soleima’s vocals are light, which contrasts nicely with the heaviness of the synthpop. I’m always surprised when the track ends because I just want to be extended by a minute or two. “Once Was” might be a little too lit to start off your week but go big or go home.
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Start your Monday with some fresh indie pop from Leeds-based band The Hubbards. “Cold Cut” is taken from their upcoming debut EP Cold Cut and it has a taste of the britpop that gives the song that hint of jangly pop sound and it makes the song pretty catchy. The vocals are pretty pop-y but works really well with overall sound of the track and gives me some Alex Trimble vibes. The chorus is also really good, which I usually don’t like but I just love the melodies that coalesce.
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Start your Saturday morning with some post-punk energy from Adult Books. Taken from their upcoming debut Running from the Blows is “Nihilism For Beginners”. Compared to the rest of the album, I think this song really stands out because most of the debut is the classic surf and garage rock that Lolipop Records usually releases. But “Nihilism for Beginners” takes me back to New Order, right after the dismantling of Joy Division. I love the heavy reverb, verging on noise pop but just enough of a taste that it still has that it has the new wave sound.
Another track on the album that has a similar post-punk vibe is “Firewalking”, which is also a great track but I personally prefer “Nihilism for Beginners”. For “Firewalking”, the intro guitar reminded me of Beach Fossils but with the heavier Joy Division dark new wave influence.
I really love Running from the Blows because there is such a great range of rock. With “In Front of Myself”, you get a the light surf rock sound if you’re looking for something to vibe out to under the sun. “Hours on Hands” you get a bit of the Beach Fossils and Craft Spells sound with the hazy indie rock sound. “Vision Revisions” has the sound of the 90s garage rock vibe, when teen spirit was alive and burning with fire. You’ll definitely find a song, if not a couple, that suits your tastes.
Running from the Blows will be released on March 4th via Lolipop Records / Burger Records.
In Front of Myself
Nihilism for Beginners
Hours on Hands
I’ve become extremely picky about the house music that I listen to because at some point, they all just start sounding the same. However, ES.P recently shared a new track titled “Up To The Sun” that does have some future house but he makes the song quite dynamic that keeps really interested. I love the mellow beginning and it really keeps the house minimal. But the song then slowly adds on more and more layers until we get the meat of the future house. ES.P fluctuates the track with parts that are heavy in house to parts that have a heavier electropop vibe. Overall, I love the dynamic and the track sounds great.
Continue your Friday chilldown with Hockey Dad. Taken from their 2014 EP Dreamin’, “I Need A Woman” is a hazy surf rock track that’ll make you want to take a trip down to the beach. This band can easily win you over with their lax sound and easy-going vibe. I love the echoing vocals and the slight reverb on the instrumentation: it’s just enough to give it that garage rock feel but not too much that it become overbearing. Also, love the VCR vibe on the music video. Catch them at SXSW and at a couple California gigs.
SPRING TOUR DATES
3/15 – Continental Club – Houston, TX
3/16 – SXSW – Flamingo Cantina (Under the Radar) – 12:30pm
3/16 – SXSW – Container Bar (Culture Collide) – 3:20pm
3/16 – SXSW – Spiderhouse (Austin Town Hall) 4:30pm
3/16 – SXSW – Valhalla (Kanine Official) – 1:00am
3/18 – SXSW – Brush Square Park (Aussie BBQ)
3/18 – SXSW – Sidewinder (Flower Booking) 11:00pm
3/22 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
3/23 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
3/24 – The Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA
3/25 – Voodoo Room @ House of Blues – San Diego, CA
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Just yesterday, Cosmo’s Midnight shared their remix of “Sad Machines” by Porter Robinson. I have no idea what the original sounds like but I love the light electronica on this track. Cosmos’s Midnight tends to have a bit of kawaii pop to their sound and I think it shines nicely in this remix. The remix has a great contrast between light music and some of the more “lit” elements like the heavy synths and staccato-like samples. Great mid-Friday pick-me-up.
Free Cake For Every Creature will be releasing their debut album Talking Quietly of Anything With You on April 15 via Double Double Whammy. I think it’s pretty obvious by now but Double Double Whammy has been releasing some killer music that focuses on female vocalists and I freaking love it. “First Summer in a City” is the first single to be released from the debut and it has the same soft vocals of Eskimeaux but the also the light pop sounds of Florist. I love the whimsical sound on this track and it’s perfect to get your Friday morning going.
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