Posts Tagged ‘beach pop’

February 19, 2018
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New The Drums should come as no big surprise, considering their fresh tour on the horizon that kicks off at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz and the Fox in Oakland come April. Yet, Meet Me In Mexico was still unexpected, since it hasn’t been that long since the surf rock and indie pop band released their new album Abysmal Thoughts last summer. There’s no complaints to be found here as this The Drums fan bops her head in joy to the peppy beats of this fine new tune. The Drums offered up the track as a charity piece. All proceeds go to aid Mexican earthquake relief efforts via Reconstruir México and Lago Tanganica 67. You can purchase Meet Me In Mexico from Bandcamp, here.

January 24, 2018
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We’re just under a month out from the arrival of Geowulf’s much anticipated debut full length, Great Big Blue, and our hearts are fluttering with excitement for its impending release. In fact, our hearts nearly flutter right up to the heavens as the Londoners grace us with another fine exhibit of dreamy lush indie pop on new single Sunday. We find ourselves drifting to the relaxed languor of Sunday, a song that reminds us of how bittersweet that day of the week can be. On the one hand, it’s a day when we can sleep late in bed, or take a walk on the beach with our loved ones. On the other hand, we can’t help but recall that Monday is just around the corner, and the weekend’s about to end. Geowulf’s Sunday, like many of the project’s divine prior gems, is like Cults’ retro-pop fused with Yumi Zouma’s gauzy nostalgia and Tennis’ indie pop. Debut album Great Big Blue arrives on February 16th via 37 Adventures. Pre-order, here. You can stream/download Sunday, here.

December 22, 2017
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A balmy suffusion of sun-kissed guitar pop and surfy indie rock instills in us an irresistible urge to get up and dance on Happy Ever After, the lead single from a debut EP from Perth up and comers Almond Soy. I don’t know if these lads love almond and soy and happened to really wanted to shout their affection by fashioning their band name after both, but I do know that I’m aglow with adoration for the band’s uplifting, jaunty song. Some synthwavey nostalgia endows the effulgent skipping tune. Happy Ever After recalls my love for bands like Day Wave, The Drums, Beach Fossils, Wild Nothings, and Best Coast.  Almond Soy’s debut EP Social Misfit arrives on New Year’s Day. Pre-order the EP or purchase Happy Ever After from iTunes, here.

December 12, 2017
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‘Hideaway’ is the last thing I want to do when there’s immense new music from Geowulf to enjoy, unless of course, I get to take the British outfit with me. The Londoners leave our pulses racing with news of a debut album, as well as steals our very hearts away again with their vintage soul speckled beach pop on new single Hideaway. Debut album Great Big Blue arrives February 16th on 37 Adventures, and our excitement can’t be more intense after we’ve wagged our heads and closed our eyes to the crunchy guitars, lilting beat, and sun-kissed pop of the pair’s new single. Imagine early Cults’ retro-pop blended with some of Yumi Zouma’s hazy nostalgic dream pop, and you might arrive at something as fancifully charming as Hideaway. Stream/download the single, here, and pre-order debut album Great Big Blue, here.

October 24, 2017

SoCal based Dutch Party, lead by San Franciscan native Ken Franklin, are as infectious as ever as the band drops a new music video and song in the form of snappy chugging Now And Later, a song you’ll want to listen to now and later, time and time again. With sweetly lilting hooks, wavy glistening synths, and a contagious bass line, Dutch Party enamors us on the head bopping, 60s styled beachy surf pop and sunny alt rock jam from their upcoming EP, Combat Pop. The video for Now and Later was inspired by singer Ken Franklin’s love for 1961 film The Hustler. Combat Pop is due out later this fall. 

October 18, 2017

Sun-kissed bliss and jangling surf nostalgia abound as Los Angeles (by way of Brazil) dream pop band Winter teams up with fellow Los Angeles outfit Trabants on a dreamy shimmering, warm glimmering new song named Just Stay. The stand alone single comes appropriately accompanied by enchanting vintage footage to add to its wistful charm. Samira Winter conceived Winter’s sound while in Boston. She’s now joined by Justine Brown, Chelsea Brown, and Anders LaSource as a full band. The quartet released their first full length, Supreme Blue Dream, back in 2015. Trabants is an instrumental surf band who likes to explore vintage recording techniques. The two bands seem to be a perfect fit for each other on Just Stay. 

September 20, 2017
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There’s nothing better than a warm dose of surf rock sunshine and jangle pop bliss, which is exactly what Swimming Tapes seems to have perfected on the English band’s latest single Alison. A dreamy nostalgic gust of glistening guitars and dewy vocals washes in with the tide as the slightest hint of angular post-punk keeps us on our sand kissed toes. Hints of Beach Fossils, DIIV, Day Wave, and Wild Nothing can be found in this sublime gem. Alison was the final track revealed ahead of the release of Swimming Tapes’ sophomore EP Soft Sea Blue last Friday. You can grab the single from iTunes, here. Their new EP is out on B3SCI.

September 15, 2017

Toronto pop-rockers Twist are preparing to release their first EP since acclaimed 2016 debut album, Spectral. Benefits will hit the shelves on September 22nd via Buzz Records. It’s a collection of songs which the band honed while touring in support of Spectral alongside the likes of Jimmy Eat World, TOPS, Chastity Belt, and more. Among its four tracks is this charming ditty, Leave This Town. There’s a sun kissed beach town charm to the gauzy swirling, guitar curling gem. In support of their new EP, Twist will be hitting the road again in North America to play a series dates including shows with Weaves, Partner, and Crocodiles. Pre-order Benefits, here. Keep uo with Twist and their tour on Facebook, here.

July 18, 2017
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When my eyes were met by new Swimming Tapes sitting in our inbox this morning, I couldn’t help but break out into a warm smile. There was no doubt in my mind that the ever reliable indie pop band would light up our day with yet another one of their gazey swirling, dreamy shimmering song. Sure enough, Swimming Tapes’ What’s On Your Mind is a blissed out gust of languorous dream pop and sun kissed guitar pop.  What’s On Your Mind is a taste from the London based band’s forthcoming EP, Soft Sea Blue, out September 15th. I’m sure it’s going to leave the welcome taste of summer in the air even as we wade forth into the cool days of autumn. What’s On Your Mind is out now via Hand in Hive / B3SCI. Snag the heavenly ditty from iTunes, here. You can pre-order Swimming Tapes’ Soft Sea Blue EP, here.

July 15, 2017
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This new Chesterfield indie upstart may be named TRASH, but their sound is far from trash. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s treasure, if you ask me. 81 is these boys second single, lifted from a self titled EP due out next month, and it’s a hazy amalgamation of shoegaze, indie rock, dream pop, surf rock, and new wave. In other words, it’s right up my alley, kind of like how Wild Nothings, Joy Division, DIIV, Beach Fossils, and The Cure are, too. The quartet has already developed a fearsome reputation on the live circuit supporting the likes of Clean Cut Kid, RATBOY, and Splassh this past year. They explain that 81 is about living for the moment, taking risks, and enjoying life, because before you know it, you’ll be 81 and it’ll be too late. You can pre-order TRASH’s EP on 10″ vinyl, here.