Posts Tagged ‘alterantive’

February 20, 2018

We’re already insanely backed up on music we want to share, but the moment we heard Dave Thomas Junior’s For You, we knew, we had to add the track to our growing list of can’t miss songs to feature. For You is our inaugural encounter with the singer songwriter from England, who melts us to now end with his silvery voice on the gently gusting indietronica and alt pop ballad. Its tender strums and dreamy cadence picks up a fervent urgency as the song builds and crescendos slowly towards an intense finish. For You can also be streamed via Spotify, here. Listen to more of Dave Thomas Junior’s music on Soundcloud, here.

February 16, 2018

I don’t really remember my Myers-Briggs Type, but I recall it fully reflected the fact that I’m an introvert who likes to do extrovert things every so often. As such, I’m no fan of small talk, but give me some cerebral, meaningful conversation and I could get passionate in an instant. Despite that fact, I find myself immediately falling for a new duo out of California named smalltalk, who describe themselves as “professional sad boys” from Los Angeles and San Francisco. They’ve also listed their names as Peter and Parker on Soundcloud, but they could be professing their love for Spiderman, too. Either way, smalltalk makes their mark on our hearts with their first single, ‘wait’, a slow churning alt pop and electro-soul ballad with soft horns, feathery keys, a muggy simmering atmosphere, and smooth molten cooing. ‘wait’ is a laid back suitor and a dreamy strolling debut that hugs the delicate furrows of our hearts with its achy yearning and tender longing. I suppose it’s more than proper that we now must wait to hear from smalltalk again. You can also stream ‘wait’ via Spotify, here.

February 8, 2018

There sure are a lot of exciting female lead rock projects rising out of Australia right now. Brisbane four piece VOIID brings us a whole lot of riotous spirit and rebellious fortitude on Silly Girl. It’s a gritty, spunky garage punk anthem bursting with fuzzy guitars and unruly energy that recalls the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Speedy Ortiz, and Sløtface. Silly Girl arrives just as the band is preparing to head out on their Australian East Coast Summer Tour. The chunky chugging track is based on the “countless amount of moronic things VOIID had to deal with as a band, it’s a massive f*ck you to people who think they are better, act above you or are just an outright awful person.” We all know sanctimonious people like that, and now we can blast this rowdy gem when we’re sick and fed up with their antics. You can listen to VOIID’s 2016 EP Pussy Oriented on Soundcloud, here.

February 3, 2018

I guess you can say X Ambassadors is a big band in the alt scene now, particularly after the widespread success of their sophomore album VHS in 2015, which featured ubiquitous hit Unsteady. But even if the platinum selling alt rock band from New York begged us not to stick around, we wouldn’t be able to acquiesce. Their new single Don’t Stay is a taste of their next album, and it’s absolutely infectious and gooey luscious. They stretch their sound further into pop territory with the gospel imbued, hook laden hit-on-the-rise. Don’t Stay was written and produced by X Ambassadors alongside Ryan Tedder and Zach Skelton. New album JOYFUL is set for release this spring on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope, and you can pre-order it now, here. Tickets are also currently on sale for X Ambassador’s JOYFUL tour this spring. Details can be found, here.

January 31, 2018

A fierce fiery eruption of pop explodes on Wolf, an 80s inspired display of pulsing splendor from Toronto artist DYLYN. Gwendolyn Lewis, the singer songwriter behind the project, first captured our adoration last year with her official debut, Mimosa. It’s more than obvious pop bangers are her forte now that she’s inundated us with more of her high voltage, sultry broiling pop and rock. It’s almost as if she’s living proof of physic’s law of inertia. There’s no stopping DYLYN when it comes to her swift pulsing, robust whirring music. DYLYN explains of her new single: “Wolf was the aftermath of a shitty breakup and my family divide. It was as if the universe was telling me to rebel and revert to autopilot. Shutting my feelings off for a little while was a much easier way to live – misery loves a hot guy.” Wolf is the latest single from DYLYN before she releases her much anticipated debut album next month. 

January 31, 2018

When I think of swans, I think of a graceful creature and an ambiguous symbol that historically, has represented both beauty and the darkness that oft lurks behind obsessive perfectionism. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about any of the latter as OKKAH, a four piece indie/electro pop from Utah whisks us away with a slick and airy, lavish and nimble aria named Body of a Swan. The single is the title track from the band’s recent 6 track EP, out on iTunes, here. The driving momentum of Body Of A Swan takes us on a soaring voyage that leaves us spiraling in the clouds with its spacey synths and sprawling strings. You can also listen to more of OKKAH’s synth luxuriant electro-pop/indie electro on Soundcloud, here.

January 31, 2018

Though I actually ran into one of the members of Dear Boy nearly a year ago in Austin at SXSW, I’ve somehow never caught the Los Angeles based band live, since I had to miss out on their prior stop at Popscene in San Francisco. I’m hoping this all changes in 2018 now that the band is releasing new material, and very fine material at that. New single Love Interest premiered last week on NYLON, and it’s a profuse dose of the band’s retro-styled new wave and indie rock. Love Interest is a rich thrumming, nostalgic whirring canvas of 80s and 90s evoking sound. About the song, Dear Boy’s Ben Grey says: “‘Love Interest’ is a song written for our clumsy years. We wanted to write something recklessly optimistic about love and the joys of being out of your depth. Pulp had a big influence on this song. I wasn’t old enough to have them on my high school walls but whenever I listen to them now, there’s a bizarre sense memory of something I never experienced. That’s a quality we were hoping to nuzzle up to while recording. Disco 2000 meet Disco 2018.” A single release show goes down tomorrow night (January 31st) at the Troubadour in LA, ticket info can be found, here.

January 13, 2018

Melina Duterte has become an undeniable source of sonic enlightenment and a cherished darling in the Bay Area indie scene under the name of Jay Som. I still recall encountering her music for the first time a few years ago. An elation washed over me, having found out that such immense talent inhabited the fine town of Oakland. Her debut album Everybody Works was a critics’ paradise, as well as fuel for every fan’s heart and soul. Jay Som returns this week with the announcement of a new 7-inch entailing two unreleased tracks that she recorded during her debut album sessions. First off, we get to listen to Pirouette, a truly pirouetting indie rock twirler, rife with scuzzy curling guitars and Jay Som’s dreamy lilting voice. Pirouette is like a softer, less ostentatious version of some of Torres’ earlier albums, which is a straight shot for my enamored heart. Pirouette will be joined by “O.K., Meet Me Underwater” on the 7 inch release, which can be pre-ordered, here.

December 19, 2017

Catalina near broke our hearts last month with their beautifully melancholic, soothingly sublime single After All. The Los Angeles based duo, consisting of Jakob Shaw and Eric Poretsky, takes us on an airy light but still heart wringing journey with their new tune, Alvarado, a dreamy melodious, lush gliding indie rock piece that lingers in the air like a welcome and soothing sonic aroma. Drift off to their rhapsodic song and its tender groove, which ebbs and tides gently, like the ocean on a calm day. We gaze out into that sea, our minds entangled in deep thoughts and wistful homesickness, all the while comforted by Catalina’s presence in our ears. 

December 16, 2017

Glitchy blistering pop leaves our hearts a racing as Los Angeles duo Bad Wave come at us strong with a spectacular new single named Money. Who doesn’t love money, much less a sonic currency like this synth rollicking swashbuckler? Former surf-rockers Tucker Tola and Patrick Hart, who first bonded over their love of Weezer, produces most of their own music via email despite living in the same neighborhood. After releasing glorious songs like Extraordinary, 3AM, and 1955, as well as countless other fine tracks we’ve featured on IHM in the past, the duo close out 2017 with a smashing jam in the form of Money, a vivacious whirring, squishy pouncing thriller of a pop banger. Re-visit their prior singles on Soundcloud, here.