Posts Tagged ‘lo-fi rock’

May 16, 2018
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Wrong is a word I’d never ever associate with Brooklyn’s pronoun, except on this rare occasion, when the one-woman band lead by Alyse Vellturo has released a new song named “wrong”. The zestful hooking guitar pop song feels ever so right with its lush prancing guitars and galvanic vocals. “wrong” is the second single from pronoun’s forthcoming debut album, set to drop sometime this year. Intimate lo-fi pop meets lithe and animated rock on her new anthem, of which pronoun explains: 

“For the longest time I was so angry at her, and the news that should have been the final straw actually just made me feel really bad for her which spun me in to the weird emotion of how can you feel sorry for some one you "hate”? How is that even possible, do other people feel this way? I guess in a way it’s what I would want to say if i wanted to talk to her–which obviously I don’t–so i wrote this song instead.“ You can find the endearing new single on iTunes, here.

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 25, 2018
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Last Friday, Twin Shadow gave us one of the most epic Popscene sets of the year at his sold out headline show at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The only regret I harbor from that evening is the fact that I somehow missed out on the announcement that Yuno was the opening act, and I only caught the very last song of his set as I entered the venue. The Floridian artist, signed to Sub Pop Records, made his live debut that night, and despite having fallen for his music after hearing No Going Back earlier this year, I’ve missed out on his inaugural performance! Failure aside, I can’t help but bask in joy due to the surfy nostalgic pop and gauzy rock oozing from Yuno’s wistful aching new song Why For. It’s almost as if the fascinating new talent had mixed WU LYF’s rough bellowing rock with The Drums’ dreamy, wavy surf pop and a touch of Black Kids’ indie rock, too. Yuno’s debut EP, Moodie, arrives on Sub Pop June 15th. Pre-order, here. Re-visit our No Going Back feature, here.

February 15, 2018
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Lake Jons released their marvelous self titled debut album last month. In the days leading up to its arrival, we shared many of the Finnish lo-fi pop and psych folk band’s songs. Just as we expected, their debut album doesn’t contain a single banal track. Give Away is but one of many splendid songs from the record, and today we partake in its spacey warbling, jaunty stirring rock together. I’d encountered it on Soundcloud during my musical discovery adventures, and I just couldn’t resist popping it up for a share since it’s such a wonderfully intoxicating, heady shimmering delight. For more on Lake Jons’ debut album, visit their website, here.

February 8, 2018
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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.

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.

January 11, 2018
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We were over the moon last year when was traipsed upon a bedroom project from Canada named Tropic Harbour, created by Mark Berg. I couldn’t help but fall for the languorous swirling synthgaze he offered up in his radiantly glistening songs. Berg takes a more downtempo and futuristic electronic route on luxurious new single Can’t Pretend, giving us an intoxicating fusion of hazy churning, muggy curling art rock, indietronica, and guitar pop on his slow building track. According to Tropic Harbour, Can’t Pretend is about “letting go of a past relationship and finding myself in the process.” You can stream/download the single via major outlets, here.

January 11, 2018

Sophie Allison, the hotly tipped bedroom pop musician from Nashville known as Soccer Mommy, has announced her first full length, and I’m sure a whole lot of fans are celebrating that news right now. After all the acclaim Sophie received for her past recordings and EPs, the artist transitioned from the bedroom into a studio with a full band to record her debut album, Clean, which will be released on March 2nd via Fat Possum Records. The album announcement arrives with a video for its first single, too. Your Dog is a chunky chugging, angst ridden track, with gnarled indie rock guitars and restless churning bass. Its video, directed by Weird Life, captures the song’s “soft anger”. The single is a wonderfully addicting taste of Soccer Mommy’s raw yet contagious sound, which on Your Dog is both somber and heavy footed, as well as introspectively meandering. Soccer Mommy will be celebrating the release of Clean this March with a string of shows in the UK. Pre-order Clean from Bandcamp, here.

December 16, 2017
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In a way, Gabriel Black has been a hurricane ever since he made his debut earlier this year with ‘sad boy’, a critically acclaimed, genre defying song that left tastemakers reeling. The alt musician blends hip hop, lo-fi emo rock, and soul in a way that we’ve rarely encountered, if ever. New song Hurricane is a raw emulsion, a morose and jaded yet witty and devilish charmer.  You can stream the singer songwriter’s prior three singles on Soundcloud, here, as we look ahead to a bright and promising 2018.

December 16, 2017

Our Friday evening rock adventures continues with a new music video from Indigo Husk, a lo-fi indie rock band who just finished touring the UK in support of IHM favorite, Will Joseph Cook. They wrap up the year by unleashing the visual accompaniment for their jaunty bopping, crunchy riotous garage punk single Waste Of A Year. Our year is obviously no waste now that we’ve come across this English quartet and their wildly infectious song, which sort of sounds like a cross between The Libertines and California’s very own rising punk stars, SWMRS. Snag the jam, here, and listen to more of this budding four piece’s music on Soundcloud, here.