Posts Tagged ‘synthrock’

April 11, 2018

Salt Lake City four piece Small Lake City seems to have made a play on the name of their hometown for their chosen band name. Though I’m no SLC expert and don’t quite understand what the thought process is behind the skewed label, I do know that the boys’ new single Trippin On Trees is a straight shot for my heart. The synth florid indie pop and guitar pop song reminds me of early Walk The Moon and Youngblood Hawke, it has a similar warm radiance and much youthful prancing charm. The catching, heartwarming tune is the second single from Salt Lake City’s upcoming EP. You can keep up with Small Lake City on Facebook, here.

April 11, 2018

San Diego based experimental dream pop and psych pop duo Inspired & The Sleep make a brilliant return (we’ve been missing them) with First Time. They give us a warm misty embrace with their dreamy sauntering, rhythmic trotting song, whose pellucid, filmy vocals take us to new levels of heart-fluttering excitement and bliss. Inspired & The Sleep captures the precarious euphoria and guarded elation that comes with those “first times”, inspiring us to step out of our comfort zones and break down our own walls so our hearts can once again run young, wild, and free. The lusciously padded aria is the duo’s first release of the year, and it sees them engaging a balmier rock tone guided by buoyant melodies. First Time is available from iTunes, here. SoCal fans can catch Inspired & The Sleep at Belly up Tavern in San Diego tomorrow night (4/12) or at The Satellite in LA on 4/17. 

April 11, 2018

I could get through anything when I have a new jam like this one from Oakland’s Pink Skies to keep me grooving, so it’s more than suitable that Arieh Berl, the multi-talented artist behind the project, has named his latest release Just To Get By. Berl, who’s also a member of local indie outfit Fever Charm, continues his upwards trajectory as a striking artist to watch with the ravishing new tune. Gauzy psychedelia abounds on the propulsive driving, opalescent shimmering song. Pink Skies continues to enamor us with an opulent brand of kaleidoscopic rock and dreamy pop akin to the lush rhapsodies catered by fellow visionaries like Electric Guest, Tame Impala, and Broken Bells. We’re hoping Berl’s continuing momentum means we’ll be hearing even more of his iridescent concoctions soon. Just To Get By is available via major outlets, here. Stream more of Pink Skies’ heavily lauded singles on Soundcloud, here.

April 11, 2018

Los Angeles based band Elle Belle, who we’ve had the honor of premiering music by before and who’s also collaborated with Brooklyn indie pop darlings Lucius in the past, will be releasing their new album No Signal on June 29th via Little Record Company. Elle Belle graces us with a new single from the record. In The Garden, which Elle Belle’s Christopher Pappas says is a song about becoming obsolete, is a sleek strutting yet deeply reflective delight. Elle Belle’s hazy psych pop and wavy synthrock meld into one another alongside the song’s syncopated beats and nimbly plucked strings. Pappas explains: ‘You had a vision there – in nowhere America, and had it disappear to end up in the soil.’ A blue collar worker that’s had his or her job turned over to automation, an artist who wonders if the voice they have is relevant anymore, or seeing someone who has broken your heart move out and move on. It’s about that pain we feel when we’re pushed aside to make room for the new. I think this sentiment within the baby boomer generation fueled the backlash that lead to the Trump victory. I also think it scares impressionable young white men to believe his voice is becoming irrelevant and so he pushes back against POC and women.” His new nine song album works through the stages of a breakup, leading us on an all too familiar journey through heartbreak, betrayal, bargaining, and unanswered questions. No Signal is ultimately an album about breaking up with America and isolation. You can pre-order No Signal digitally or on limited edition vinyl now at Bandcamp or iTunes.

April 11, 2018

We live in a time of GPS and Google Maps. Much of our youth has probably never unfolded a map to figure out how to get to their next destination. Yet, I still harbor an affection for perusing an atlas. I don’t find myself archaic at all. Chicago alt rock crew Maps & Atlases may have been around for a long time, but they are in no way antiquated either. The band just announced their next full length record Lightlessness Is Nothing New, out June 1st on Barsuk, and the first single Fall Apart is a superb jam. Infectious hooks, jaunty beats, and vibrant synths adorn the animated song. The last time Maps & Atlases dropped an album was 2012, but they’ve managed to evolve their sound these past six years and craft a true modern indie banger, one that will lift you to your feet and urge you to move them with spry lightness. Pre-order Maps & Atlases new album, here.

April 10, 2018

Bear Hands breathes new life into our long time love affair with the band with new single Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide). The Brooklyn three piece has been enthralling fans with their music for over a decade now. They make their return with their usual dynamic punchiness and a propulsive kick on their new tune, steeped in lush gyrating synths. 

“The song is about free will and finding yourself doing things that you don’t feel you are in control of,” says lead singer Dylan Rau, “being drawn to something and not really knowing why.” Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide) debuts with a music video directed by Jonathan Chu (of POP ETC). POP ETC’s Chris Chu also produced the track, as well as wrote some of the instrumentals on it. Bear Hands and POP ETC working together on a fabulous new tune? We’re loving it. Let’s hope Bear Hand’s new release isn’t a one off, and it’s a sign of much more to come this year from the indie rock outfit. Stream/download Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide), here.

March 30, 2018

Los Angeles based duo Lean enraptured us a few months ago with funk tinged rock on Heatwave after having made their acclaimed debut in 2017, and now they’ve already revealed details regarding their debut full length! Years, which will be out on May 25th, features this fantastic first single, Inaction, a twangy chugging The War On Drugs meets retro-hued, infectiously rocking TEN FÉ sort of timeless jam. Stephen Johnson of Lean explains: “‘Inaction’ is different from other Lean songs because it’s not about any specific personal experience or people. It’s just a general impression of how all people are and particularly some of our worst qualities.” Inaction can be found on Apple Music, here, or Spotify, here.

March 12, 2018

Even though I’ve already caught California crooner morgxn live before, I’m still superbly excited to catch him at SXSW this week. Perhaps he’ll perform his new song, a vibrant thrumming, dulcet sweeping alt pop single named ‘translucent’. I sure hope so. It’s an absolutely captivating piece from his debut album vital, which drops on May 18th via wxnderlost records / Hollywood Records. Rich and lavish ‘translucent’ is propelled not only by a driving beat, but by morgxn’s impassioned and smooth vocals, too.  About ‘translucent’, morgxn says: “it’s all a lie/dressed up in overdrive/choose your own paradise/it’s up to you.” There are plenty of chances to see him in Austin this week, but we’ll for sure be catching him at We Foudn New Music’s showcase on Thursday, March 15th at the Palm Door on Sixth at 10:30PM. 

February 27, 2018

We’ve had an incredibly long Twin Shadow drought, though esteemed musician George Lewis Jr. has made surprise appearances on Rainsford’s Intentions as well as Zeds Dead’s Stardust in the past year. But it’s been a few years since Twin Shadow released any new material of his own, so when we came across two new tracks from the Brooklyn based synthpop and new wave artist, we were overjoyed. And he’s linked up with the HAIM sisters on one of the tracks, no less! That song is named Saturdays, a crisp pop rock thrummer whose punchiness and crunchy rhythm is perfect for the HAIM alliance. Alongside Saturdays comes Little Woman, a moodier experimental offering that feels very different from George Lewis Jr.’s usual repertoire. There’s a theatrical feel to the brilliant song, almost like a Phantom Of The Opera meets Perfume Genius aura with its crashing chords and softly brooding vocals. The welcome arrivals herald the coming of a new album from Twin Shadow named Caer, out April 27th. Stream/download Saturdays, here. Watch the video for Little Woman below.

February 20, 2018

ONR made waves in the new music scene a few months ago with the Scottish indie-electronic artist’s second single 5 Years Time, making us fast fans with his melodic sprawling sound. He now returns with an arena ready new anthem named American Gods, a synthrock and alt rock hybrid that immediately hooks us in with its spry step and rambunctious melody. Come springtime, ONR will be taking the stage for his very first live U.S. shows with a handful of headline gigs in Los Angeles and New York City. More information will be announced soon. I’m praying that a San Francisco show might be added to the list, too.