Posts Tagged ‘pop rock’

May 30, 2018
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It was an absolute pleasure and delight to premiere La Bouquet’s performance of Loveless on Sunshine Sessions earlier this year. If you missed out on the feature, make sure you take in the poignantly heartfelt video, here. Now that Bryan Sammis (The Neighbourhood, Olivver the Kid) and Jake Lopez are back with a fresh new tune named Cruel, we’re more than ready to dive into a new lavish dose of the duo’s vivid music once again. Cruel is a widescreen ballad bursting with richly layered instrumentals and skyscraping choruses. Alt pop and alt rock interweave on the heart-bursting track, whose lyrics are an age-old lament spurned by bitter heartbreak. Strangely enough, La Bouquet seems to have scrapped all their tracks from Soundcloud. Perhaps this signifies some exciting new developments for the duo. We’ll keep our ears perked for any news. Revisit their Heavy Sunshine EP on Spotify, here.

May 30, 2018

This next magnificent beast of a rocking tune comes from Little Brother Eli, a band from Oxford described as “often bearded”. Facial hair or not, it’s quickly apparent why this band’s growling guitars, danceable beats, electro breakdowns, and contagious pop hooks have caught the attention of both BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 2, as well as countless other tastemaking outlets. Our Kind Of Love is a snarling, smoldering, yet melodically bopping piece that evokes both Arctic Monkeys and early, funky Maroon 5. Little Brother Eli just made an appearance at The Great Escape Festival and they have a handful of other shows planned in the UK this summer. Keep up with the band via their website, here.

May 30, 2018

I might not listen to pop punk as much as I used to a decade ago, but The Ones You Forgot quickly reawaken my love of the genre with their magnificent new anthem Here Forever. The quartet, who hails from Brick, NJ, recently shared their music video for the sweeping, soaring song from their upcoming second EP, Too Afraid To Say, set for release on June 29th. Here Forever encompasses the notion that you can never be ready for the death of a loved one. Paramore’s raw fire meets a hint of Evanescence’s darkness and rich sonorous vocals. And there’s a very epic guitar solo, too. You can preorder The Ones You Forgot’s new EP, here.

May 22, 2018
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Brooke Candy, whom I oft associate with fellow pop phenom Charli XCX due to their fabulous collaborations together in the past, takes no prisoners with her latest unbridled song, WAR. The edgy and imaginative LA-based singer songwriter heralds in a new pop-punk direction on the politically charged song which fuses elements of thrash and hardcore with

gritty sharp hooks and a bloodthirsty rejection of the status quo. The vehemence of WAR’s raucous grunge pop rivals that of Sleigh Bells’ strident offerings, paired with the jarring edginess of M.I.A.’s hip hop. “‘WAR’ speaks to what is happening on planet earth – how the political and cultural landscapes are so unfair,” says Brooke on the track. “It’s an anthem to wake people up and seek aggressive change in the world; to protest and shake things up.” We love how much Brooke Candy shakes us up with WAR, which can be found on iTunes, here.

May 18, 2018

Fiery mettle and a prickly bite adorns the latest “boss” single from Brighton quartet YONAKA, who are set to hit a flurry of festivals this year including Primavera, Pukklepop, and more. I’m sure F.W.T.B. would be a resounding treat to experience live at one of those events. It’s a punchy rumbling, edgy sharp electro-charged alt pop song with a whole lot of rebellious attitude. F.W.T.B. is the follow-up to the band’s well-received debut EP, Heavy last fall. It’s an anthem about self-empowerment that exudes YONAKA’s defiant disposition. Frontwoman Theresa Jarvis says: “The song is a big ‘f*ck you’ to anyone who tries to get in your way and tell you no.  It’s about taking back the power, standing up for yourself and being heard.” Grab the tune, here. Keep up with the band’s tour and festival dates, here.

May 16, 2018
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A kiss is sweet, but a “Kiss” from Pale Waves is even sweeter, particularly when its such a dreamy lustrous, glittery rocking alt pop gem like this new tune. We’ve been huge supporters of the Manchester based band this past year. We caught them live as many times as we could, both here in San Francisco and in Austin at SXSW, and we celebrated when they were named to BBC Sound of 2018′s esteemed shortlist. New song Kiss jump starts another busy and exciting season for the quartet, who are set to appear at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands Music Festival, and a number of CHVRCHES’ tour dates. The single is also their first release since they dropped their critically lauded debut EP, All The Things I Never Said. Kiss is a fresh and welcome dose of Pale Waves’ 80s styled, jaunty hooking alt pop. Kiss is available from iTunes, here.

May 16, 2018

I’d love to party with Jane’s Party someday, especially if they’re going to serenade us with any of the Toronto band’s dashing, swooning tunes. The quartet return to melt us with sleek billowing alt pop and shimmery synthpop on romantic You’re The Light. For all its glossy veneer and lustrous pop allure, there’s a dusty rolling undertone to the upbeat song that even evokes The War On Drugs and their emotive heartland rock. The song’s video is a chromatic dazzler, in which we get a little taste of the band’s renowned live performances. Stream/purchase the single, here.

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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Some fortuitous music exploration the other day brought me to Seattle six piece La Fonda and their song In The Summer. It may not officially be summer here yet in the northern hemisphere, but it could very well be as we tap our feet and sway in ecstasy to this saccharine guitar pop earworm, a coastal charmer of a dreamy luscious jam. La Fonda brings us into a sun-dappled reverie with the hip swaying indie gem, a more than enamoring introduction to the collective, who have a whole slew of indie pop treats you can stream on Soundcloud, here. La Fonda plans on releasing a full length album come fall. 

May 16, 2018
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Rapport is defined as a close and harmonious relationship between people or a group. It’s a word that’s also used to describe an affinity, understanding, or bond. The moment I first listened to Rapport’s Unconscious, I developed more than affinity for the Toronto three piece, a new band who melds 80s pop rock with glossy whirring synthpop on their first single. It’s all very dreamy lustrous, like School Of Seven Bells, but dressed in more peppy rocking, new wave luscious threads then dusted with some frosty sugar. You can keep up with the new trio on Twitter, here.