Posts Tagged ‘jangle pop’

May 16, 2018

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We’ve been following along with GRMLN since the project was a one person project, helmed by San Francisco musician Yoodoo Park. The music Yoodoo and his brother serve up is part 90s Dinosaur Jr slacker rock, part Day Wave surf pop, and a whole lot of sun-kissed, blissed out nostalgia. Later this month, GRMLN will officially release a new EP named Explore II. Drift Away is its opening track, a dreamy jangling, dulcet strumming lo-fi bedroom delight that oozes endless West Coast charm. You can listen to Explore II on Bandcamp, here, or Spotify, here.

April 27, 2018

Songs like Cinnamon and Synthetic Romance were some of our favorite indie songs of 2016. Cullen Omori’s debut album New Misery was also a much beloved record that year. We’ve since been wondering where the ex-Smith Westerns member has gone, but news of a show in San Francisco next month was a clue that something new was coming our way. Sure enough, the Chi-town indie rocker has blasted back onto the scene with a brand new track entitled Four Years. Once again, we find ourselves utterly enthralled by his twangy jangling heart-on-the-sleeve rock, a sun-kissed and dreamy concoction laced with love-struck angst. In his own words, “the song is meant to be an exchange of perceptions: a duet except sung by one person. The first verse deals with the conviction and singular determination needed to end the relationship. The second verse is the reactionary response to what is usually an unexpected upset to a familiar and welcomed status quo.” You can find Four Years on Apple Music, here. For details regarding Cullen Omori’s tour next month with The Gloomies, head to Sub Pop, here

March 21, 2018
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Also on our latest “catch-up” playlist of tunes we wanted to share is Swings and Roundabouts, a truly swinging indie sojourn with Brighton outfit JUMANJI. Its vivacious African-infused indie rock is absolutely contagious, a bit like Viola Beach’s rambunctiously endearing rock infused with Al Bairre’s jangly guitar pop. It might not be spring yet, but JUMANJI sure reminds us of warmer days and shenanigans with your best pals with this ecstatic swishing, playful wagging tune. For more of the rising band’s music, check out their prior singles on Soundcloud, here

February 24, 2018
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SPINN spins us round and round with their surfy jangling indie rock on new single Who You Are, even giving us a taste of angular post-punk on the dreamy glistening gem. We get a whiff of DIIV and Wild Nothing on the bright and buoyant sparkler, whose softly gnarled guitars and elastic drums are accompanied by witty lyrics. 

“Who You Are is a love letter to all the posers of the world,” muses lead singer Jonny, “I think that everyone is a poser in their own way, like it or not at one point or another we’ve all pretended to be something were not.” Identity crises aside, I know myself well enough to know that I really love this new SPINN charmer. The Liverpudlian band is in the midst of a UK tour. They’ll be dropping a new EP on April 6th.

February 24, 2018

Some might think that having a dreamy actor like Dylan Minnette (aka Clay Jensen from Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, among other roles) is a gimmick to bring extra attention to a budding rock band, but this can’t be further from the truth. I had the pleasure of catching Wallows last month on the very first show of their very first tour at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and they were incredible. Dylan swapped lead vocals with Cole Preston, killed it on guitar, and the whole band put on a fantastic rock show for the packed, sold out crowd. Sure, there were fans there who were obviously present so they could scream their lungs out for Dylan, but even they were obviously caught up in the tide of Wallows’ bona fide music, a contagiously chugging, dusty crunching blend of indie rock and guitar pop. As the deserved buzz continues to rise on Wallows and the band prepare to hit SXSW next month, Wallows shares a new song and video named Pictures Of Girls. Nostalgic curling guitars, propulsive drums, and beach-ready vintage Hollywood charm permeate the peppy tune, lifted from Wallows’ forthcoming Spring EP, due out when else, but spring. Download/stream the fine addition to the blooming outfit’s repertoire, here. Catch Wallows on the rest of their winter tour, details can be found, here. And get ready for a fine night bopping along to their music and some sweet surprise covers, too (keeping mum, not going to spoil it). 

February 23, 2018

Floridian artist Yuno is breaking new ground with his music. He’s even signed to venerated indie label Sub Pop in the process, and he just dropped a new single on the imprint this week named No Going Back. Imagine if you paired The Drums’ surfy nostalgic pop with Electric Guest’s groovalicious tunes, then squeezed some Blood Orange on them and sprinkled in a hint of Black Kids’ indie rock. That’s what No Going Back sounds like. The saccharine track comes with a disarming self-directed music video, too. You can snag the song from Apple Music, here.

January 31, 2018
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D.C. power pop and jangle rock trio Jukebox the Ghost have sprung forth with a vivacious new tune, accompanied by news of a fresh album, too. Off To The Races arrives March 30th, and new single Everybody’s Lonely is a whimsically lilting alt anthem hyper charged with big piano chords and ebullient vocals. It’s a larger than life dazzler with hints of Jack Antonoff (fun., Bleachers), Queen, and even some early cabaret-inspired Panic! At The Disco jubilantly flowing through its emphatic notes and robust keys. The single is available from iTunes, here. We’ll be looking forward to Jukebox the Ghost’s fifth studio album with much fervor. 

January 31, 2018
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It might not be dark out yet, but I’m more than glad to spin around the room right now to After Dark, the latest from jangle pop and indie rock four piece SPINN. The Liverpudlians lean towards the more heavy and dark versus their usual sun drenched luminosity on the song, but it’s still quite the glistening, swirling indie rock jam and a wonderfully hooking treat, as well as an energetic and spry escapade. SPINN’s frontman Jonny explains that the track is essentially about seeing his friends’ relationships slowly break down. He wrote in a “he said she said” way, since there’s always two sides to a story. The hazy twirling song, rife with luscious riffs and crisp percussion, will be on a forthcoming EP produced by Chris McCory of Catholic Action. The EP arrives this March on Modern Sky UK. 

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.

January 10, 2018

Brian Oblivion and Madeline Folin reunited as Cults last year to give us their long awaited third album, Offering. It was a welcome revival of the NYC duo’s 60s intoning indie pop, which they varnished with profuse layers of synths on the majority of Offering’s new tracks. Today, Cults has unveiled a music video for two of the album’s songs. This Cults fan eagerly revisits beloved Offering tracks Right Words and Natural State via the vibrant and artistic video. I hope you like ants, fruits, and cool animation, but even if you don’t, the endearing flurry of wistful yet peppy nostalgia that we get to bathe our ears in are much worth this expedition for the senses. If you missed out on Offerings last year, it’s available, here.