Archive for July, 2016

July 31, 2016
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We’ve been long accustomed to the scintillating nu-disco and indie dance of Goldroom, but as the release date for long awaited debut album steadily approaches, the Los Angeles based producer dazzles us with additional depth and character by showcasing songwriting and singing skills on an array of versatile tracks. New single Lying To You is a lustrous pulsing electro pop ballad steeped in burning nostalgia. It brings back memories of young romantic love, including all the naivete and innocence it once involved. Those feelings are powerfully overwhelming, painted in retro synthpop technicolor on Lying To You. Goldroom’s debut full length West Of The West is due out on September 23rd via Downtown / Interscope Records. Pre-order digitally, here, and get an instant download of Lying To You and previously featured Silhouette.

July 31, 2016

Two Door Cinema Club has proven time and time again that it’s never EVER a bad decision to dive whole heartedly into the much adored Irish band’s music. Pretty much everyone I know is super excited that 2DCC has announced the arrival of their third full length album, Gameshow, on October 14th. They’ll also be heading out on tour with a sure to sell out quickly stop at the Fox Oakland on December 1st. Bad Decisions has me convinced that the usual dance party that 2DCC ignites with their indie pop is only going to be that much more magnificent when they drop their new material live. They go more grooving slick than they’ve ever been on this disco funky jam. This re-direction in sound seems to go hand in hand with Alex Trimble’s new hair style. Those long, glamorous locks of wavy hair befit the creamy falsettos swooning us on Bad Decisions. New album Gameshow can be pre-ordered now from iTunes.

July 31, 2016
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I rarely spend my time at a karaoke bar, but the last time I hit up one of those joints with some of my closest friends, it was a whirlwind of unforgettably goofy and exhilarating fun. Brooklyn synthpoppers Fly By Midnight evokes the rush of that night on their song, Karaoke, the catchiest tune to surface in the indie scene in a very long while. Karaoke’s slick dance pop lifts me sky high, a must listen for fans of bands like Great Good Fine OK, The Wombats, Panama Wedding, and so many other projects many of us love. Karaoke comes complete with epic sweeping 80′s guitar, lively clattering percussion, and the most radiant sing along ready chorus ever. This retro pop duo are poised to take over the world with their punchy sleek music. An official music for Karaoke is sure to take the internet by storm soon. You can download the single from Soundcloud now.

July 31, 2016
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Bad Wave is back with some ravishing sleek sonic waves. The Los Angeles based project, formed by two best friends from surf rock outfit Nicky Blitz, go summer psychedelic and disco electro on us with 3 AM. I don’t recall the last time 3 AM felt as glorious as this afternoon does whilst listening to this florid dance punk soiree, a dizzying whorl of quirky textured complexity. “There’s no stopping when the dance begins” sings the band. I agree, fully inebriated on Bad Wave’s spacey restless dazzler.

July 31, 2016
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Kid Runner’s new EP, Body Language, due out August 12th, is shaping up to be a splendid treat indeed. Just listen to the Ohio based band’s latest tinkling cut off the record, a vivacious alt pop confection named Don’t Change Me. This is a massive earworm of a tune, a bubbling charmer of a pop gem with just the hint of hip hop influence to give it an extra boost of peppy allure. Kid Runner, “i wouldn’t have it any other way”. Purchase Don’t Change Me as a single from iTunes.

July 31, 2016
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“Follow me down into the wilderness” invites Early Hours on their melting new summer anthem. I’ll follow the South African quartet to the ends of the earth when they’re serenading me with their saccharine guitar pop. Into The Wilderness is a sweet heart render, an eruption of rosy glowing, light hearted gaiety. It’s a sun kissed song that beckons us to let go and free ourselves, have fun and live for the moment. The laid back, feel good gem is Early Hours’ first single from debut EP First Light, out August 26th.

July 31, 2016
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Apparently, I’ve taken my fine time to discover a band out of Los Angeles named Wages, known for both uplifting indie rock anthems and atmospheric, ambient sound art. It’s more of the former that we get to bop out to on Rattlesnake, a cut off the band’s just released album Glace. The War On Drugs meets Band Of Horses in a very The Raveonettes way on this melodic jaunty, rhythmic snapping indie rock and power pop delight. Stream Wages’ full length album Glace on Soundcloud, purchase from iTunes.

July 31, 2016

To be honest, I’m still reeling from the sudden tragedy that befell one of my favorite emerging English bands earlier this year. The sweet lads of Viola Beach and their hard working manager were on the cusp of breaking out huge with infectious guitar pop anthems. At least we can find a little solace in the outpouring of love that they’ve received in the aftermath and the fact that the boys’ talent and music live on in the release of a posthumous debut album. A video has also been released for Viola Beach’s song Boys That Sing with support from the band members’ families as well as UK and US based family and entertainment production company, Komixx Entertainment. The video is inspired by the song’s lyrics and features mixed media animation mixed with live action footage shot on location in Viola Beach’s hometown Warrington. It’s an adorable visualizer, and it hits the heart hard. Boys That Sing is a plucky jangling song, but the circumstances that it arrives in only amplifies its bittersweet unducurrent. Rest in peace, Viola Beach, “boys that sing” in our hearts forever. Viola Beach’s self titled debut album is out now. Purchase from various outlets here. I eagerly await my CD version’s impending arrival.

July 31, 2016
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Five piece Hamilton, Ontario band The Medicine Hat springs powerfully onto my radar with their latest song St. Cecilia. Lead singer Nabi Sue Bersche’s ravishing vocals shine brilliantly from within St. Cecilia’s lavish sea of tempestuous guitar and pensive synths, her voice a blistering inferno both emotive raw and breathtaking pure. Electronic pop and alt rock make seamless partners on The Medicine Hat’s single, melding together like early Metric on some The Joy Formidable with a sprinkling of new indie buzz band DYAN. Nabi Sue Bersche explains that the song is for all the men who ever harassed her. St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, is her constant companion, watching her back. Well, The Medicine Hat is obviously our new saints of music, and they’re more than welcome to keep us company through some dark times. Watch their official video for St. Cecilia below. 

July 31, 2016

Where Are You Wild Horses is the seventh track from The Raveonettes’ Rave-Sound-Of-The-Month series, which they’ve been revealing in a string of darkly fashioned lyric videos. Where Are You Wild Horses is a gentle drifter. In fact, it sees the Danish band going rather pastoral on us. They explain about the folkgazey tune: “This song is about knowing when to leave, knowing when something is not working ‘cause if you stay, it’s gonna get painful. Sometimes it’s very difficult to say goodbye, so you pray for someone to drag you away, in this case wild horses”. The Raveonettes’ song a month series will culminate in a new album. You can pledge for the CD and vinyl of the forthcoming record via their Pledge Music Campaign, something I’ve eagerly done many moons ago.