Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

Through Windows is the excellent new single from Happyness’ second album Write In.

With a chorus that started out as kind of a purposeful mishearing of the Velvet Underground’s Ride Into The Sun, the single has a undercurrent of psych-infused, blissful euphoria that reminds us of prime-time Pink Floyd.

Have a listen and check out UK tour dates below.

 

April Tour Dates:

11 Fulford Arms, York
12 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
13 Picture House Social Club, Sheffield
14 The Cellar, Oxford
15 Olby’s Cafe, Margate (Moshi Moshi Easter Show)
18 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
19 The Louisiana, Bristol
20 Buyer’s Club, Liverpool
21 Whelan’s, Dublin
22 The Hug & Pint, Glasgow,
24 Think Tank, Newcastle
25 Gullivers, Manchester
26 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28 The Dome, Tufnell Park, London
30 Handmade Festival (Academy 2), Leicester

 

Introducing >>> Beth // James

Posted: February 21, 2017 in Americana, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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The upcoming debut release from Austin duo Beth // James, All In Life, combines a shimmering mix of modern folk, mindful pop, and Americana charm.

We’re loving the first single Lion Eyes, a dark ballad spun from moody tumbleweed electric guitar and iridescent organ, and driven home with a raise-your-bourbon-to-the-sky chorus, lambasting “her lion eyes“, a rally cry against anyone who’s careless with other peoples’ hearts.

Stream it below.

 

ShitKid – Sugartown

Posted: February 18, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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With a distinctly lo-fi sound and DIY aesthetic that starkly contrasts with the regular image of Scandinavian music, Sweden’s ShitKid, aka 24-year-old Stockholm based Åsa Söderqvist, returns with a new release EP 2, and a new single Sugar Town.

Probably the best thing she’s done to date with its garage pop swagger and catchy refrain, you can listen to the single below, and pre-order the EP here.

 

best of the weekHere is Part 2 of our round up of the best of the week’s releases.

In this batch of gems we have a new single from prolific garage-punk Ty Segall, another taster from the Jesus & Mary Chain’s long awaited new record and a brilliant track from Mark Lanegan’s recently announced album Gargoyle. The Tablets offer up an excellent new wave inspired single and there is a first taste from effervescent indie rockers Charly Bliss’ forthcoming debut album Guppy.

We’re also eagerly awaiting Annie Hardy’s upcoming long player and Want shows why, and lastly Tom Williams is back with a rousing new single of orchestral Americana.

Enjoy, and check out Part 1 of the post from yesterday here.

  1. Ty Segall – Pan
  2. Mark Lanegan Band – Nocturne
  3. Jesus & Mary Chain – Always Sad
  4. Annie Hardy – Want
  5. Charly Bliss – Glitter
  6. The Tablets – Not A Sign
  7. Tom Williams – Everyone Needs A Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel In The Jukebox

Here is volume 27 of Nickel in the Jukebox – a semi regular roundup of new (and some not so new) tunes for your listening pleasure. Within these ten tunes we have frantic noise punk, classic country, slow-burning folk, indie guitars and fuzzy pastoral psychedelia and plenty more besides. Listen and decide… hit or miss?

 

Tangerines – Peckham Boys  [RIYL: Art-punk, Television, Modern Lovers]

 

Steady Sun – Life At One Twenty Two  [RIYL: Psych-rock, Jefferson Airplane, Tame Impala]

 

Wild Pink – Broke On  [RIYL: Introspective indie rock, Dr. Dog, Tom Petty]

 

Fast Friends – I Don’t Wanna Die  [RIYL: Punk, Prawn, Into it. Over It]

 

Hayes Peebles – Home  [RIYL: Country-rock, Johnny Cash, The Sadies]

 

Wolf Girl – Moody  [RIYL: Garage pop, Speedy Ortiz, Tacocat]

 

Unveig Aas – What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)  [RIYL: Classic country, Caitlin Rose, Samantha Crain]

 

Tinnedfruit – Tattoo  [RIYL: Proto-punk, MC5, Devo]

 

 

Mara Simpson – Ghosts  [RIYL: Folk, Marissa Nadler, Beth Orton]

 

BOYTOY – Want  [RIYL: Fuzzy rock, Throwing Muses, Belly]

 

Springtime Carnivore released the gorgeous visuals for her song Midnight Room today. The title track to her most recent album, the video is the work of animator Kevin Andrews, who created a series of painterly scenes for the song.

Watch it here.

 

Here is a slightly chaotic pop song by Tin Can Telescope about being a tourist in New York. It is inspired by a classic Strokes-esque New Yorker sound and infused with the slacker mentality of Pavement and the psychotic vocals by Black Francis of Pixies.

Tin Can Telescope is a Danish garage rock band from Grenaa. Their latest EP is Winding up the Reeling Sensation, released in November – get it here.

 

MM Shorts 917: Retail Space

Posted: February 7, 2017 in Electronic, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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We are willing to bet that You Can Catch A Lobster With Eggs But Not Egg Salad will be one of the year’s more unusual album titles. It comes from indie folk duo Retail Space and will be self-released this week (order here).

Blue Jeans is the second single from it, a charming blend of folk, synth pop, and indie rock that’s as ethereal as it is emotional.

Listen below.

 

Named after a song by The Softies, Spanish trio Me and the Bees are indie-pop aficionados; raised on a diet of charming 60s girl-pop and seminal 90s indie rock greats. The result is Menos Mal, a 15 song-long album of radiant, lo-fi pop hits, due out on 7th April.

Listen to new single Spinnin’, a two minute meditation on the bittersweet feeling of heartbreak and new beginnings.

 

best of the weekNine songs for your listening pleasure gathered from the week’s new releases.

We have Mountain Goats showing that even with a throwaway song, composed off the back of a jokey Twitter conversation, John Darnielle can better 95% of what is out there, whilst Molly Burch and Tara Jane O’Neil’s beautifully composed songs are at the other end of the pendulum’s swing.

We also have some brilliant fuzzy, indie rock from Snail Mail, Okkervil River’s cover of a Roky Erikson gem especially for Amazon’s Valentines playlist, and another cover (this time it is the Jesus & Mary Chain) from Beach Slang. Some catchy, but caustic punk from Bleached, and some equally catchy garage-punk from The Courtneys. We finish off with a wonderful 60s psych-freak-folk inspired track from Shadow Band.

Enjoy.

  1. Snail Mail – Thinning
  2. Okkervil River – You Don’t Love Me Yet  (Roky Erikson cover)
  3. Mountain Goats – The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All The Other Jedi And Eats Their Bones
  4. Molly Burch – Wrong For You
  5. Bleached – Can You Deal?
  6. Tara Jane O’Neil – Sand
  7. The Courtneys – Minnesota
  8. Beach Slang – Sometimes Always  (Jesus & Mary Chain cover)
  9. Shadow Band – Daylight