More Rounding Up To Be Done

Round Up Time Again - Part 2

We’re still rounding up all those new releases, new tunes, good tunes, and more to keep your day as varied and joyous as ours…Ha!

And so we have another ‘cop-out” post prompted by another fearsome backlog, which has once again kickstarted our anxiety over (a) failing to keep up, and (b) failing to give the appropriate time and text that these releases deserve and (c) failing to deliver.

So while we worry about all that, here are some of those tracks for you to enjoy.

First up is the psych-pop trio Gospel Gossip who have just released a new self-titled album, and have made two tracks available for streaming from it. Listen to Except You and Simpler Times.

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Next is The Deep Red Sky whose Frightened Rabbit touchstone is clear from the moment you hear their impassioned Scottish brogue on Zombies (Things Don’t Stay The Same), heartfelt and epic, it comes from new album Plans out this month.

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Ghost Lights play a beautifully sweet, occasionally melancholic, blend of folk with jazzy undertones. Their six track EP is called Saltwater, and A Train Is Coming is our favourite track from it.

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Recently Ezana Edwards of Brooklyn’s Night Manager and Ryan Grubbs of Sacramento’s Ganglians formed a noisy, trash-pop trio, Blood Sister in San Francisco. Here are their two singles Bart Simpson and Why Would You, both available for free download.

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New Mexico indie rockers Sad Baby Wolf have featured on MM more than once, and have now announced the release of their debut album, Electric Sounds, out on the 9th April. Formed by lead singer Marty Crandall after ten years with The Shins, the band is a homecoming project with longtime friends that has steadily been building momentum. Have a listen to the title track and head to their Bandcamp page to order the album.

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British five-piece Treetop Flyers have also announced the release of their debut album, The Mountain Moves, out June 25th on Partisan Records. The album was recorded amidst the picturesque beaches and rolling hills of Malibu, at Zuma Sound, a studio originally built for Rick Rubin. With their quintessential vintage West Coast sound, it’s perhaps fitting that the band laid down their outstanding country soul debut in the canyons of Southern California. This is album opener, the driving Things Will Change.

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After relocating from Brooklyn to San Francisco, Flower Orgy is back with a new three-song 7″. Nate Luce assembled an entirely new cast of characters for this release and they’ve peeled off some of the fuzz giving us a window into Luce’s honestly sincere songwriting. Our Song is available May 14th as a limited run of 150 copies vinyl 7″ and digitally from Fire Talk Records. Pre-order here.

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We love this cover of The Cars Drive by Young Unknowns – it has been around for a good while, but we couldn’t resist a re-post. The b-side to this special digital covers single is a version of the Springsteen classic I’m On Fire. Visit their Bandcamp page for more tunes.

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Bat And Ball are a London five piece and their track We Prefer It In The Dark is a beguiling slice of indie rock that has insistently burrowed its way into our affections and bodes very well for the future.

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With sunny guitars and fuzzy synths, Brooklyn based power pop sextet Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (TGSM) released their debut full-length album Modern Dances last month. You can get it via their Bandcamp page here and they’ve also offered lead track Summer Skin as a free download.

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Oakland female garage pop duo, Upside Drown latest single is the simply titled, but naggingly catchy Go.

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My fear of horses comes from being savaged by a pony when I was small. However, the band Ponies Will Bite You! is thankfully a far more palatable offering, with a style that is folky with pop leanings – think The Lumineers, Nickel Creek, Ed Sheeran and Iron & Wine. They have released a debut EP called Argyle, which you can listen to and download for free on their Bandcamp page. This is the sweetly rolling title track.

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LI-ON GREVIER is a Toronto music collective, an assembly of musicians and artists who have recently released a self-titled debut album (name-your-price offer from Bandcamp here). From it, we have picked the oddly named When All Hope Has Wanned, which is simply a fabulous track of psych-folk.

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Drawing on influences as diverse as The Kills, Animal Collective, Daft Punk, My Bloody Valentine, and The Beach Boys, East London-based three-piece Les Mistons have announced that they will be releasing their new single Overcoming Fear on Monday 13th May.

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And finally, LA indie outfit Torches have announced the release of their new four track EP If The People Stare to be released on May 6th via Bandcamp and Soundcloud. The band has also offered up a free download of their new single When You Gonna.

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