Posts Tagged ‘vintage pop’

May 8, 2018
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Australia’s Slow Turismo never fails to charm me with their wonky warped psych pop and woozy jangling indie rock. Their latest single Adult Baby is a prime dose of exactly just that, a dulcet yet wistful, youthful and gauzy coming-of-age ditty that steals my heart away with its peppy step, its crunchy guitars, and some vintage flair. You’ll be oohing along before you know it, and swaying in rhythm to its contagiously ambling cadence. If you missed out on our long time affair with this Canberra quartet in the past, make sure you re-visit some of our older features, here.

April 3, 2018
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Poignant and bittersweet is the retro soulful pop found in Crying, a song from Speak In Rhythms, an album that Carmanah dropped last month. The trio, who hails from Victoria, Canada, bewitch us with their dusty lilting tune and spectacular vocals by lead singer Laura Mina. The 60s styled ballad would fit right into a Twin Peaks episode with its vintage charm and Roadhouse ready magnetism. A hint of Teddy Sinclair and a touch of early Cults also imbue the track, though there’s far more of a classic a throwback aura. Making me fall even harder for the song is the aching guitar solo. You can stream Speak In Rhythms in full on Soundcloud, here.

February 2, 2018
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Wet leather normally doesn’t sound very appealing. Soggy, stinky, and sticky come to mind. But when it comes to NYC indie mainstays Wet Leather, there’s nothing more appealing than the band’s genre blurring tunes. While prior singles like Too Serious and Shame tend to remind me of bands like Hot Chip, Joywave, or Talking Heads, Wet Leather’s new single IWMU is more like a krautrock infused cross between The War On Drug’s twangy heartland rock and TEN FÉ’s vintage flavored jaunty rock. Its exhilarating kicks, punchy rhythm, and propulsive beats take off with animated energy. We dive in full force and bounce along in exhilaration, never once looking back. Wet Leather quips: “It’s hard to say whether this is a love song or just an evasive apology.“ Wet Leather’s new album Present Lives will be arriving tomorrow, February 2nd. 

January 10, 2018

Brian Oblivion and Madeline Folin reunited as Cults last year to give us their long awaited third album, Offering. It was a welcome revival of the NYC duo’s 60s intoning indie pop, which they varnished with profuse layers of synths on the majority of Offering’s new tracks. Today, Cults has unveiled a music video for two of the album’s songs. This Cults fan eagerly revisits beloved Offering tracks Right Words and Natural State via the vibrant and artistic video. I hope you like ants, fruits, and cool animation, but even if you don’t, the endearing flurry of wistful yet peppy nostalgia that we get to bathe our ears in are much worth this expedition for the senses. If you missed out on Offerings last year, it’s available, here.

December 12, 2017
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‘Hideaway’ is the last thing I want to do when there’s immense new music from Geowulf to enjoy, unless of course, I get to take the British outfit with me. The Londoners leave our pulses racing with news of a debut album, as well as steals our very hearts away again with their vintage soul speckled beach pop on new single Hideaway. Debut album Great Big Blue arrives February 16th on 37 Adventures, and our excitement can’t be more intense after we’ve wagged our heads and closed our eyes to the crunchy guitars, lilting beat, and sun-kissed pop of the pair’s new single. Imagine early Cults’ retro-pop blended with some of Yumi Zouma’s hazy nostalgic dream pop, and you might arrive at something as fancifully charming as Hideaway. Stream/download the single, here, and pre-order debut album Great Big Blue, here.

October 30, 2017
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Last Friday, an artist whom we consider one of the most talented newcomers this past year released his debut album. You can stream ‘Is Everything Okay In Your World?’ in full, here. Young English artist Yellow Days continues to haunt and stir with his signature combination of psychedelic pop and lo-fi soul on songs like this one off the album, I’ve Been Thinking Too Hard, creating a dreamy pensive, droopy yearning effect with his music. The album is a more than satiating culmination of our year long addiction to George van den Broeck and his gooey viscous, muggy churning music. His album is available from iTunes, here.

October 24, 2017
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Brooklyn band Fever High will be releasing their long awaited full length FHNY come November 10th, a record that will expand further on the two multi-instrumentalists’ danceable, retro-tinged sound. FHNY’s second single, which was just revealed a few days prior, is named Good Advice. Actor Jeff Goldblum even makes a welcome cameo on the track. 

Reni Lane of Fever High explains of the Jeff Goldblum connection, “I knew Jeff through our mutual friend Vincent D’Onofrio. We bonded over our mutual love of jazz piano and stayed in touch. When we sent him ‘Good Advice’ and asked him to improvise something, to my delight he sent us an 8 minute rant of hilarious anecdotes about bad advice he’d been given in his career.” I’d say it’s very “good advice” to jam out to this whimsical and playful indie pop song that crosses some of SOFI TUKKER’s groove with a Cults like vintage atmosphere. Fever High will tour in support of FHNY, starting with a record release show at NYC’s BERLIN on October 26th with more dates to follow. Keep up with the pair on their website, here.

October 18, 2017

Sun-kissed bliss and jangling surf nostalgia abound as Los Angeles (by way of Brazil) dream pop band Winter teams up with fellow Los Angeles outfit Trabants on a dreamy shimmering, warm glimmering new song named Just Stay. The stand alone single comes appropriately accompanied by enchanting vintage footage to add to its wistful charm. Samira Winter conceived Winter’s sound while in Boston. She’s now joined by Justine Brown, Chelsea Brown, and Anders LaSource as a full band. The quartet released their first full length, Supreme Blue Dream, back in 2015. Trabants is an instrumental surf band who likes to explore vintage recording techniques. The two bands seem to be a perfect fit for each other on Just Stay. 

September 22, 2017

I’ve been lamenting the absence of Cults for so long that I literally had to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming when the New York indie pop veterans suddenly returned with fresh new music a few months ago. Now that they’ve announced the release of their third studio album on October 6th, I feel like I’ve won a million dollars. On the heels of Offering and I Took Your Picture comes Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion’s third single from new album Offering. Right Words feels most like early Cults with its vintage flavored, pop jangling, and synth hazy charm. According to Cults: "We are excited to share ‘Right Words,’ the third single off of Offering. This song was like the nebula of the album. We worked on it forever because it kept breeding new parts that would go on to be their own tracks. Musically it’s inspired by 80’s power pop bands like Cleaners From Venus and R Stevie Moore, and lyrically it’s a conversation about not letting abstract ideas of success pollute your brain. Play it loud!“ Oh, trust me, I’ve been playing all these new Cults songs loud, and I plan on turning that volume knob way up high when Offering arrives. Pre-order Offering, here.

September 14, 2017

By now, I’m sure many of you have already taken in Lana Del Rey’s gorgeous new music video which seems to defy time as it pairs vintage aesthetics with futuristic cityscapes. The video is for smoky melancholic White Mustang from her Billboard topping album Lust For Life. There’s a hopeless beauty to the music video that matches the song’s romantic despondency. I caught Lana on her Lust For Life tour recently at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco and I’d never seen the place as packed to the gills as I did that night. Sure, I’ve been to many sold out events there, but the floor was just a carpet of die hard fans who’d arrived hours ahead of time. Lana Del Rey’s set was immaculate, and I couldn’t have been happier to have caught her performance after we’ve staunchly championed her talent and grace since the Video Games and Blue Jeans days.