Posts Tagged ‘soft rock’

April 10, 2018

Tiny Dancer is probably one (of several) of my all time favorite Elton John songs. My love for the sweetly nostalgic ballad grew ten-fold after it was used in the iconic bus scene from the film Almost Famous, too. And now we get to listen to Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine cover the classic as part of a new tribute album named Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin. I can’t wait to see Florence + The Machine headline one of the nights at Outside Lands Music Festival this August. She’s a powerhouse vocalist and an immensely brilliant performer, it’s going to be a magnificent set, no doubt. Maybe she’ll even perform this cover live, who knows! You can also stream the cover via Spotify, here.

November 15, 2017
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I’ve always been a sentimental person who waxes nostalgic over the past all the time. The memories of yesterday often seems so much better than the perilous mystery of tomorrow. Chicago’s Paul Cherry swaddles us in lo-fi drapes of hazy psychedelic nostalgia on Like Yesterday, and I find myself feeling woozy and flushed as I fall hard for this mellow stroll of a gem. It’s a jazzy soulful affair whose languorous groove and laid back funk rock charm seem to fuse Mac Demarco, Homeshake, and TOPS altogether. Like Yesterday is out now via all digital stores. 

September 22, 2017

The charming music video Men I Trust just released the other day affords us the perfect opportunity to partake in their acclaimed recent single Tailwhip. The Montreal trio offers up an abundance of their woozy nostalgic, dreamy swirling dream pop on the soothing gem. Soft disco funk beats intertwine with luscious guitars on the sublime twirler. It’s rather fitting that Tailwhip’s video was crafted out of old VHS footage provided by the band members’ family and friends. Tailwhip evokes the faded past, which always seems alluring when viewed through rose colored glasses after the passage of time. Tailwhip is available from Bandcamp, here.

September 16, 2017
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Sunny psychedelia abounds on Cones’ latest single Whatever You’re Into, making us fully aware that the LA by way of SF duo is what we’re fully into, especially after earlier songs like Back In The Brain and Echoes On received florid praise from us, too. The brothers, both of whom formerly played in Eleanor Friedberger’s band, never fail to move us with their gooey warm groove and a silky smooth synthpop sheen. Whatever You’re Into’s funky breeze and plush velour bring to mind Toro Y Moi and Electric Guest, but with an extra dose of chiffon languor and a misty strut. Go cruising with Cones’ prior singles on Soundcloud, here.

September 16, 2017

Howard Ivans may have been an unfamiliar name to us previously despite his role as one half of North Carolina indie rock duo The Rosebuds and as a member of Justin Vernon’s GAYNGS, but his solo debut album Beautiful Tired Bodies is now steadfast on our radar after the release of fresh new single Jump In and its accompanying stop motion animation video. Jump In’s dreamy swaying soft funk and laid back rock is a tranquil breeze with languorous horns and fluttering strings. “I’m floating on my back” he coos on the exquisite song. We are, too. Howard Ivans’ debut album can be pre-ordered ahead of its September 22nd release either digitally or on metallic gold vinyl (limited to 100), here

August 4, 2017
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Our faves from Seattle, SISTERS, have announced a new album named Wait Don’t Wait, which is quite the welcome surprise considering they just released their debut album Drink Champagne on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. But quite honestly, we don’t want to wait for Wait Don’t Wait, especially after jamming out to the duo’s luscious new tune and the album’s lead single, Heart Beats. Its vintage glam disco, Bee Gees-like falsettos, and slick trumpeting funk pop leave us whirling about in euphoria. Wait Don’t Wait arrives October 13th via Tender Loving Empire. Pre-order, here.

July 11, 2017

Let’s stick around Australia for a moment and jam out to the music video Holy Holy dropped for their new single True Lovers. The band are in the midst of a tour, having just finished playing sold out shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Thirroul, and Newcastle. True Lovers is the latest single from their acclaimed album PAINT from earlier this year, and it’s a ravishing soft rock and electro pop hybrid with torrid simmering guitars and a plucky groove. Its video, directed by Erin Van Occi, is a collage of over 600 photographs, over which footage of the band rocking out to True Lovers is overlaid. Holy Holy’s Paint album is available, here.

June 28, 2017
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We’ve been much enamored in the past with Japan’s The fin., who’ve given us a plethora of vaporous enthralling, languid gliding dream pop and indie rock in the past. They spruce up our summer with a surprisingly groovy cut this time around named Pale Blue, the second single from a new album to come. Unexpected chill disco and a leisurely blast of mellow guitar pop leave me swaying in pure bliss. Pale Blue, which was produced by Brad Spence (Radiohead, Alt-J, Sigur Ros) is the follow up single to Aferglow. The two tunes will be released on vinyl together with remixes I can’t wait to check out from the likes of London producer Anchorsong and dark post-punk auteurs, FEWS. 

May 4, 2017

The world has been waiting a very long time for the Haim sisters’ sophomore album, or so it feels. It has, after all, been four years since that fantastic debut album named Days Are Gone, and the Los Angeles pop rock sisters have been teasing us regarding new music for quite some time now. Last week, we finally received some sweet reprieve from our hungering for new HAIM when they released a Paul Thomas Anderson directed studio video for a song named Right Now. Fast forward a week and what do we get? The official lead single from their new album Something To Tell You! Want You Back is finger snapping good. The guitar chirpy, keys effulgent anthem reminds us how bad we really did “want you back” when it comes to HAIM. New album Something To Tell You will arrive on July 7th. Want You Back is available via all streaming/purchase outlets and services, here.

May 2, 2017
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Another week, another sublime new treat from twangy soft rock and shimmering synthpop purveyors Los Colognes to share as release day draws closer for the Nashville five piece’s third album The Wave. This time around, they’ve unleashed a far more decadent slow burner named Sneakin’ Breadcrumbs. The song even features a Future Islands like synth line and some sweltering guitar solos. At the rate they’re going with these stellar previews off of The Wave, if I were to sneak anything anywhere, it’d be Los Colognes songs and not breadcrumbs. The Wave drops on May 12th. Pre-order, here.