Posts tagged favorite new music

Parrot DreamSound & Light

"Sound and Light" by Parrot Dream // Set Sail Someday EP (Available Now via Bandcamp)

Sometimes you  just need one track to launch a mini-obsession. That’s definitely the case here with Parrot Dream, the young New York based trio and their gorgeous track, “Sound & Light”. The song kicks off the band’s debut EP, and sets the pace for a stellar collection of dreamwave gems. Parrot Dream layer warm, steady guitars with majestic synth lines and airy, melodic vocals to build a sound that alternates between sun-draped daydream and hazy lullaby. Think about The Sundays crossed with Beach Fossils and you’re almost there. It’s a wonderful sound, and you can sample and purchase now at the band’s Bandcamp page. Highly recommended. 

Invisible Arguments

"Invisible Arguments" by Ballerina Black // Injureless EP (Free Download Now via Soundcloud)

The Los Angeles based post-punk quartet, Ballerina Black, are in the process of prepping the release of their new full length, and in the lead-up they are sharing b-sides and demos cut over the past couple of years. Up first is the gorgeous, shadowy ballad, “Invisible Arguments”. On this track, the band shifts gears into more of a glimmering slice of new wave balladry that feels like it could have been some massive hit from an alternate universe where The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees were the biggest bands of the 80’s. That’s not saying that the song sounds dated. Not at all in fact. It’s actually one of the best tracks that I’ve ever heard from the band, and I’m a big fan. You can grab a free HQ download of the track from the band’s Soundcloud page. Be sure to check back on that page for a new b-side every week until the new album drops. Highest recommendation!

Real Estate - Linger // AV Undercover

"Linger" by Real Estate // Originally by The Cranberries (AV Undercover / Series 5)

This is just a case of two of my favorite things crossing paths. Real Estate stopped into the AV Club recently for an episode of AV Undercover and they chose one of my all time favorite songs to cover, “Linger” by the Cranberries. They don’t mess with the formula at all, but that’s a great thing as the song ends up sounding like it could be one of Real Estate’s own gems. You can see the video of the band performance at AV Undercover

The Twilight Sad - There's A Girl In The Corner

"There’s a Girl in the Corner" by The Twilight Sad // Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave (Out Soon via Fat Cat Records)

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard new material from The Twilight Sad, so the release of a new single in anticipation of a new, forthcoming LP, is great news. What’s even better is that “There’s a Girl in the Corner” finds the band at their absolute best. The new track doesn’t shy away from the heavy emotional weight of many of the band’s best songs, but it does deliver those emotions in a stalking, ominous sound built on an eerie piano refrain and a focused, heavy drum beat. It’s a gorgeous autumnal sound, and the shadowy tone makes it all the more intriguing. Highest recommendation. 

Man On The Coast

"Man On the Coast" by Seatraffic // Beauty in the Night (Out 9.14.14 // Self-Released)

It’s been a little while since I’d checked in on Seatraffic, and as luck would have it, they’ve got a new track for me to get excited about. “Man on the Coast” finds the band in top form - a shimmering synth pop beauty with a widescreen cinematic feel and featuring a big festival-ready sing-a-long vocal. This is Seatraffic at their most anthemic and it’s a sound that suits them well. Highest recommendation.

Dan Svizeny - New Hope Is A Bad Scene

"New Hope is a Bad Scene" by Dan Svizeny // Every Weekend (Out 8.19.14 via Forged Artifacts)

Over the past few years, Dan Svizeny has been producing some truly stellar experimental lo-fi sounds under his Cough Cool moniker, but later this month he will be releasing a new album under his own name, entitled Every Weekend. This new LP will sidestep the more abstract experimental sounds of Cough Cool and instead showcase Svizeny’s talent of crafting fuzzed up pop beauties. The artist has called he new album a breakup album, but not with another person so much as an entire city - in this case, his hometown of Philadelphia. The first single, “New Hope is a Bad Scene” is a reverb-drenched bedroom pop gem - all fuzz pop guitars and power pop harmonies. It’s a killer track and another reason to be excited about anything coming out of Forged Artifacts or Dan Svizeny for that matter. Highly recommended. 

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - "Faust"

"Faust" by I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness // Dust (Out 10.28.14 via Secretly Canadian)

It’s been eight years since the Austin based post-punk collective, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, have dropped a new album. A lot has changed in those eight years, but from the sound of the band’s first new single, “Faust”, they still know how to create dark, energetic, jagged slices of post punk. It’s truly a welcome return. This is a band who’s debut album stuck with me for a good long while, and in the ensuing eight years, I’d just assumed that they split. Luckily, I was totally wrong because they’re new album, Dust, drops just in time for Halloween (October 28th to be exact). Hit play and fall back in love. 

Engineers - Fight or Flight (from Always Returning)

"Fight or Flight" by Engineers // Always Returning (Out 8.18.14 via Kscope Music)

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to anything new from the criminally underrated London based shoegazers, Engineers. As luck would have it, they have a new album coming out next week (on vinyl, digital available now), and the lead single is a shimmering electro shoegaze beauty. “Fight or Flight” bubbles to life with spaced out electro beats, orchestral synths, and shimmering guitars that sounds as good as anything the band has ever done. Another selling point are the lovely male/female vocals that shadow each other, creating an otherworldly dreaminess that is absolutely gorgeous. You can grab a free download here. Highly recommended for fans of M83, Ulrich Schnauss, and Spiritualized.

Basement

"Basement" by Waterfalls // Sein Dasein (Available Now via Bandcamp)

Waterfalls is a post-punk / dream pop band from Leon, Mexico. Surely, that’s not a place that you immediately think of when seeking out new sounds, but having heard “Basement” by the aforementioned Waterfalls, it might be time to start. Or at least, keep an peeled for these guys because this is an excellent track. Building from a charging beat and layers of shadowy atmospheric synths, “Basement” offers an urgent, melancholic sound that takes equal parts post punk rhythms and dream pop guitars to lock you in for a killer three and a half minutes. In the recent rush of new dream pop bands, it’s that urgency (and post punk influences) that seems to be missing in so many songs. Here, Waterfalls offers a haunting, autumnal atmosphere that stands out among a lot of what’s currently making the rounds. You can grab the bands "Sein Dasein" EP for a name-your-price fee at Bandcamp. Highly recommended!

Observer Drift - Brother

"Brother" by Observer Drift // Brother - Single (Out Now via Bandcamp)

Observer Drift is the stage name  of Bloomington, Minnesota’s Colin Ward. Last year, the artist dropped an excellent album (Fjords), and now he has released a one-off single as a tribute to a lost friend. “Brother” is an emotional, haunting bit of bedroom pop built around an understated bit of piano and Ward’s potent, straight forward vocals. It’s simplicity adds to the power of the track, and makes it stand out as one of the best things that Ward has done to date. Give it a chance and if you like what you hear, you can grab the track at the Observer Drift Bandcamp page. 

Los Angeles Police Department - She Came Through (Again)

"She Came Through (Again)" by Los Angeles Police Department // Los Angeles Police Department (Out 9.2.14 via Forged Artifacts/ChillMegaChill)

Sometimes, I find myself so taken with a song that I forget to tell anyone. Like it’s some secret that I have to work through before i can share it. This is one of those songs. The past few days have found it spinning regularly in my daily sounds. It’s a short, lovely little thing that doesn’t need much explaining, and maybe that’s why it has hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve had kind of a rough year and it’s the unassuming songs that come out of nowhere and knock me for a loop that help make the hard times a little easier. I guess the best praise I can place on a song is that it inspires me in some way, and this song by Ryan Pollie (playin as Los Angeles Police Department) does just that. It’s one of my favorite songs of the year, hands down. I’m excited to hear more. 

"City Wrecker" by Moonface // City Wrecker EP (Out 9.16.14 via Jagjaguwar)

Following up last year’s stark, haunting Julia With Blue Jeans On LP, Spencer Krug is back with a new Moonface EP, entitled City Wrecker. The artist appears to be continuing to work in the same vein as that previous LP, as evidenced by the sound of the title track, which can be heard in the new Moonface music video. Krug has always been a tremendous songwriter and an exciting performer, but there’s something about seeing him working within the quiet space of his compositions, letting them breathe, and allowing his vocals to shine through instead of exploding forth in an energetic yelp - that just showcases what a powerful artist he has become over the years. I’m not picking one band or era of Krug’s career as a favorite, I’m just pointing out that his evolution has been exciting every step of the way and that continues in the heartbreaking “City Wrecker”

Promises

"Promises" by Ryn Weaver // Promise EP (Out Soon via Friends Keep Secrets)

Ryn Weaver has only been around for a handful of singles, but she’s managed to scrape together a pretty vocal fanbase. Of course, it’s pretty easy to see why with just one listen to her new track “Promises” (also the title of her forthcoming EP). The new single is the kind of soaring electro pop anthem that you can imagine easily sending a huge festival crowd into a mass sing along. At the same time, it would be right at home blaring out the speakers in your bedroom. It’s got crossover hit written all over it, and that’s no slight - in fact, i mean it as absolute praise. Ever since I heard her excellent cover of Joanna Newsom's “Peach, Plum, Pear” a while back, I’ve been holding out for more originals, and as of now, she is not disappointing in the least. Highly recommended for fans of White Sea, Jessie Ware, and Charli XCX.

Worries - Those Days

"Those Days" by Worries // Beko 2014 Summer Compilation (Out Now via Bandcamp and Beko)

Sometimes its hard to really find the words to convey why you should be listening to a particular song. It’s not as if the music itself is so spaced out and experimental that it lacks description, but more like sharing the feeling of discovery the way that I myself stumbled upon said song. In the case of “Those Days” by Worries - i think that you will be more satisfied hitting play and hearing the shimmering dream pop on your own. Take my word for it, It’s a total winner. Oh, and you can own it for free by swinging over to their Bandcamp page and snagging a free download. Highly recommended!

Desert Tribe

"Desert Tribe" by The High Dials // Desert Tribe EP (Out Now via Bandcamp)

Give it twenty seconds and you’ll be hooked. “Desert Tribe” by the Montreal based dream pop crew, The High Dials, is just one of those songs where all it takes is one listen to burrow into your brain and lock you down as a straight up fan. The band bridge dream pop and new wave seamlessly to create an infectious sound that will get your feet moving and your heart fluttering in equal measure. “Desert Tribe” carries a sweet romanticism that allows the song to positively soar. It’s just amazing that these guys haven’t broken through to a huge audience yet. Time will tell, i suppose - but i’m just saying that they absolutely des