Posts Tagged ‘guitar’

February 27, 2018
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Novocain is a common anesthetic, which as most people who’ve had surgery or some sort of dental procedure know, causes numbness. But British quartet BLOXX’s new single Novocain is far from numbing or desensitizing. Its assured strut and contagious bassline drives us to tap our feet feverishly. The rising four piece have a huge year ahead of them, including a tour UK with Pale Waves, dates with The Wombats, a string of other spring gigs, as well as several fest appearances. I can imagine them igniting the crowd with Novocain and its exuberant art rock meets shimmering guitar pop energy. Download or stream Novocain, here.

February 5, 2018

[PREMIERE] La Bouquet – Loveless (Sunshine Sessions)

Leonardo Da Vinci once famously said, “a life without love, is no life at all.”  Even if some of our hearts have tucked themselves away to avoid getting crushed for the umpteenth time, we can live vicariously through the stripped back beauty and intimate charm of this finely rendered new acoustic video from La Bouquet. We join Bryan Sammis (The Neighbourhood, Olivver the Kid) and Jake Lopez as they melt us to no end with their poignantly heartfelt rendition of Loveless. La Bouquet made a huge imprint on the new music scene over a year ago with the debut single, a sleek stirring, infectious driving torrent of earthy alt rock and rambunctious alt pop. You can watch La Bouquet’s music video for Loveless, here.

The band’s performance of Loveless in their new “Sunshine Sessions” video is immaculate. Every strum, each twang, and even the raspy drawl of La Bouquet’s vocals on this gentle lullaby are deeply affecting, as if rising and reverberating from secret chambers within our own hearts. “Maybe I’m just hopeless enough to feel alone, but selfish enough to write this song,” they coo. Ah, but that’s there they get it wrong. It’s selfless of them to gift us such an earnestly moving ballad. It’s a heart-on-the-sleeve confessional, a piercingly sad and strikingly sincere meditation that feels particularly vulnerable and exposed on their cozy and pastoral new arrangement. 

Loveless can be found on La Bouquet’s four track debut EP, Heavy Sunshine, which is available from iTunesAmazonGoogle Play, and Spotify. Keep up with La Bouquet via FacebookTwitterInstagram, or their website, here.

February 2, 2018

It still sort of blows my mind that I was fortunate enough to see Pale Waves at the intimate Rickshaw Stop when they made their San Francisco debut late last year. The Manchester band commands far larger crowds at much bigger crowds most places they go, particularly back home in the UK, where they were a much deserved BBC Sound of 2018 finalist. I look forward to capturing more of their buzz when I hit SXSW next month. In the meantime, the guitar pop band has unveiled a third track from their forthcoming All The Things I Never Said EP, and The Tide is once again a solid hit in the making. Their luscious and chirpy pop rock, which always reminds me of their Manchester friends The 1975, as well as synthpop auteurs MUNA, is snappy and sweet, honeyed and mellifluous. The four piece heads out on their first North American headline tour this spring, ticket details can be found, here. Pre-order their All The Things I Never Said EP on transparent red 12″ vinyl, here. Take The Tide for a rambunctious skipping spin via Spotify, here.

January 16, 2018
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I hope I never get caught in an avalanche, unless it’s this Avalanche of melodic jingling indie rock, from Foresteater, a Phoenix based singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose real name is Mikey Pro. He proves himself more than a “pro” on his new track, a bright whirling, glossy slick slice of lush harmonies and chirpy drums. Avalanche’s ever shifting, endlessly bustling array of fervid vocals and crunchy guitars are irresistibly foot-tapping, head-wagging ready. You can listen to more Foresteater on Soundcloud, here.

December 16, 2017

It’s been a fabulous year for North Carolina indie/dance pop duo Sylvan Esso. Not only did they release a phenomenal second album named What Now, which I’ve had on constant repeat, but Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn are now up for a Grammy for their acclaimed sophomore effort, too. Let’s just say it’s well deserved, and I’ll certainly be rooting for the duo, whom we’ve been touting on IHM since their debut singles way back in 2013. Though we’re used to their feisty, punchy energy on their genre bending tracks, today we get to listen to a very different sort of Sylvan Esso as they bless us with a cover of There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You, which you might recognize from PBS’ Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood if you watched it as a kid like I did. That’s right, we get to listen to Amelia coo softly and soothingly, accompanied by a lone guitar. In a way, this sweet lullaby reminds me of Karen O’s stripped down tracks from her sole solo album, Crush Songs.

November 2, 2017
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Who binged on Stranger Things 2 over the weekend? I’m guilty as charged, I really couldn’t help myself considering how entertaining the first season was. As usual, the much heralded arrival of the beloved new series came with a lot of synthwave inspired re-imaginings of the theme track by S U R V I V E. Louis Futon served up his take on the 80s inspired song yesterday, giving it an atmospheric and percussive trap rendering that is pure intoxicating bliss. We drift into oblivion and dream of Eleven destroying demagorgons and kids bicycling through the night to this dreamy flip, which incorporates some spectacular new guitar, too. 

November 2, 2017
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Norwegian wunderkind Jerry Folk has been proving himself a production chameleon lately with his flips. He takes on Post Malone for his latest track, demonstrating how much of a ‘rocksta’r he really is. Post Malone’s Rockstar gets a funky yet gritty re-working that brings to mind Pretty Lights. He even enlisted his buddy Heavy Mellow on wicked funk guitar. Download the track for free, here. If you missed Jerry Folk’s take on Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend, be sure to check it out, here.

October 20, 2017
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Denver melodic bass expert Illenium worked his fine magic on Marshmello’s collaboration with buzz sensation Khalid, Silence, and the end result is truly spellbinding and dulcet lilting. Silence takes on a dreamy pop charm and guitar driven indie rock tenderness under Illenium’s adroit guidance. Despite a swifter tempo, this is a melter of a feel good remix. It’s sweet and honeyed, bright eyed and sanguine, heartwarming and inspiring. And there’s just no resisting that wonderful guitar line that Illenium has so sagely added to the track. 

September 19, 2017

We’ve been riding on cloud nine lately thanks to new music from Nashville singer songwriter Mackenzie Scott’s acclaimed project TORRES. Songs like Skim and Three Futures pushed the boundaries of art rock and alternative with their angular guitars and their edgy demeanor. We can’t wait for her new album Three Futures to drop on September 29th. Today, TORRES shared a new cut off the album, giving us a dark and vehement, raw clamoring experience that fills us with a sense of urgency and dread. Helen In The Woods is a thrilling listen and a yelpy gripping dip into vociferous experimentalism. Its music video is just as jarring and visceral, leaving our pulses racing in wild excitement for that new album. Pre-order Three Futures from 4AD, here.

September 3, 2017

Austin alt rock outfit Saints Of Valory should truly be named music saints after dropping as epic and sweeping a song as Painkiller and a vivid music video to accompany it, too. Godfrey from the band recalls: “I had just watched a documentary the night before about traditional Japanese Geishas and came into the studio the next day inspired to write lyrics using a Geisha as the main character, but in a reverse roll. She meets a stranger and tells him that just for one night she wants him to be her pain killer.” Far from numbing or anesthetizing is the three piece band’s gloriously panoramic, infectious gusting anthem, a taste from a new album to come. Get Painkiller on iTunes, here.