Posts Tagged ‘melodic rock’

January 31, 2018
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British indie rockers Gengahr put forth an excellent debut album named A Dream Outside back in summer of 2015, and now they’re in the midst of rolling out fine tunes off of a sophomore album due to arrive in March. We somehow missed out on this news despite our fondness for their dreamy melodic rock, but today we hop on Gengahr’s third single from Where Wildness Grows with much zeal. Before Sunrise is a lightly jaunty, mellow curling anthem topped off with Gengahr’s sublime falsetto styled vocals. It’s like a cross between Local Natives and Sundara Karma, an airy gleaming ode to the weightless relief and simplicity of losing yourself in the night, before all the worries and noise of daytime beset you again. You can pre-order Gengahr’s second album, here, before it arrives on March 9th.

January 31, 2018
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ISLAND has been a favorite indie rock band since the four piece made their debut with Stargazer. We jumped on the opportunity to pre-order their debut album Feels Like Air the moment we could, which was months ago. And now every so often we receive an email from the company we purchased the record from saying the album isn’t available yet. We really appreciate the good customer service, but we agree with their sentiment regarding being incredibly impatient for its arrival! Feels Like Air will be out on April 6th, and ISLAND recently revealed a new gem off the release named Ride. The band says the song embodies the whole theme of their debut album, “the idea of movement and journey was the cornerstone that brought the record together”. Ride really does move, a dreamy gliding, dusty rolling indie rock anthem that celebrates “freedom, adventure, and the power that comes with being young.” Though it’s pensive and melancholic, ragged and visceral, Ride is a dynamic and adroit beaut that courses with lifelike vivacity, driven by its 80s-influenced glistening riffs and its impassioned vocals. It takes us on a “ride” of a lifetime that feels familiar to the heart. ISLAND will be touring the UK and Europe after the release of their debut album. Hopefully, they’ll make plans to visit us across the pond once those dates are over, too. Stream Ride via alternate platforms, here.

April 29, 2017

SXSW is a whirlwind week in Austin, and it’s jam packed with commitments, meetings, showcases to manage, and an endless list of immensely talented bands and musicians to catch. It’s simply impossible to do all the things you want to do, and still balance that with all the things you must do. As a result, I missed out on a lot of bands I adore, like Britain’s Blaenavon. Though I couldn’t take home with me a sure to be incredible experience of watching them perform, at least I get to enjoy the music video they shot in Texas while they were there. The trio pair their new Texan visuals with their song Lonely Side, a track from their acclaimed debut album That’s Your Lot. I can never resist the trio’s melodic lilting, sway inducing art rock. I sway and sway away yet again to their languid riffs and plump groovy bass. You can find links for streaming or purchasing Blaenavon’s debut album That’s Your Lot on their website, here.

March 3, 2017

Some fabulous albums are arriving this spring. You can count The Maine’s sixth full length, “Lovely, Little, Lonely” one of those records. The alt rock veterans from Arizona are sure to lay on their anthems strong with the release. Just listen to the band’s vibrant sweeping new song, “black butterflies & déjà vu”. Their melodic rock truly flutters and takes flight like a winged creature, but this evocative ‘butterfly’ is colorful and bright. The Maine’s frontman John O’Callaghan explains: “This song is for the moments, places, or persons that somehow turn your tongue to stone. Those times when words truly do not possess the power to adequately paint the subject.” Hey John, you mean like how I can’t sufficiently describe the soaring grandeur of your new tune with my verbosity? Pre-order new album “Lovely, Little, Lonely”, here, ahead of its release on April 7th.

February 17, 2017
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I’ve noticed I seem to fall for bands named after ocean related landmarks, like Coasts, Islands, ISLAND, or these lads, ISLE. Perhaps it’s something to do with my undying love of the sea. Or perhaps, it’s because these bands are truly that good. My adoration of ISLE multiplies with the release of new single, Snow. The Scottish duo sweep us off our feet with a blusterous gale of poignant melodic alt pop and indie rock. ISLE explains: “Snow is centered around the hopelessness of Alzheimer’s. An ode to bittersweet memories and reality, Snow embodies both boisterous riffs and gentle delivery. It’s a track underpinned with something very real, and very powerful. It’s something a lot of people can relate to, but it can be a hard thing to describe.” Well when words fail, music succeeds. Snow is out now on all major platforms, here. ISLE is in the midst of a string of live dates in the UK with the final stop coming up on February 18th at Hove Old Market in Brighton.

February 17, 2017

In case you’re a bit confused by the title of this next one, let’s be clear. No, I’m not about to present you with a whopping 85 videos to gaze at for the rest of your life. What I am going to do is share with you ONE splendid gem from Danish veterans Mew, who we can always entrust when it comes to sleek shimmering, rich thriving tunes. The bright bursting colors in 85 Videos’ uh, video, are a perfect fit to the song’s prismatic bursts of lavish lifting, melodic sweeping rock. Even without the video, I can envision fractals forming and fireworks exploding in my head to this magnificent song. It’s dazzling to say the least, and it’s more than appropriate that 85 Video will be on a new Mew album named Visuals, set to arrive April 28th via Play It Again Sam. Pre-order digitally from iTunes or physically, here.

February 7, 2017
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Australian band Our Man In Berlin last graced us with their blissful sounds in 2015 with the release of their second EP. They’ve taken their time to re-group after life pulled the band’s members in different directions. Rushes of creativity has brought the four piece back together and new single A Lightbulb Mind is our first exhilarating taste of those juices coming to fruition. Our Man In Berlin offers up a cinematic brand of glossy driving melodic rock as they prepare to embark on a new chapter in their journey. A Lightbulb Mind is out now via all digital retailers through Firestarter Distribution. 

January 26, 2017
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YEAST was most certainly a fortuitous find. The indie pop band hails from Lyon, France, and their recent single Black Nights might be one of the most gorgeous gems I’ve encountered this year so far. This “black night” is lit by a million twinkling stars, a humbling if not breathtaking vision. A finespun delicate yet powerfully sprawling fusion of diaphanous rock and panoramic pop evoke Coldplay and Coasts. Black Nights is track five from YEAST’s 2016 EP, WATER, out on Bandcamp. The band also unleashed a fantastic cover of Christine and the Queens’ Tilted earlier today. Stream the resplendent indie rock cover, below.

January 24, 2017

Brooklyn four piece Hypoluxo just released a video for their single, Fronts, my first introduction to the band’s dynamic indie rock. Fronts is a mellow intoxicating pool of warm hypnagogic melodies and deep mesmeric rhythms. The tightly wound yet dreamy shimmering single is like a mixture of The National and Joy Division, or in other words, pure bliss. Fronts is the opening track from Hypoluxo’s 2016 album If Language, available on Bandcamp.

January 19, 2017
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It’s been a year since London four piece ISLAND arrived on the scene with their debut EP, Girl, an ace release which includes debut single Stargazer. Though I’ve yet to go stargazing to the song, one of my favorite debuts that year, I’m still so deeply in love with the indie rock song’s ethereal reverbs and weathered beauty. ISLAND resurfaces today with a gorgeous third single from their forthcoming sophomore EP, A Place You Like. I knew, even even before I listened to Dreaming Of, that I’d fall all over again for the band. Sure enough, I find myself at the mercy of their gently billowing, spacious and melodic rock. The best thing from this meditative stirring piece is its cascades of art rock meets post-rock guitar. They draw us in, animated and lithe, burning with a brilliant intensity alongside ISLAND’s raw emotive vocals. It utterly stumps me that ISLAND is still an unsigned band, most likely by choice. You can pre-order new EP A Place You Like from iTunes ahead of its February 3rd release date. ISLAND will be headlining 1,000 capacity British venue Heaven on May 3rd after their February dates in support of Amber Run.