Posts tagged ‘Art Rock’

November 19, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Heyyyyyyyy due to a little technical glitch and Editor’s travel schedule we didn’t get this up on Friday, but you know what they say…Saturday IS the new Friday….in that most of us still have to go to work. Fun! You know what else is fun? These five songs so good they don’t need us giving them long write ups. Nah dawg, these are the star employees of your ears totally taking care of business and getting you what you need. Behold the efficient greatness by Dan Smyth, Alas de Liona, I Know I Know, Noelle Tannen and The Impossible Shapes.

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October 28, 2022

Week Ender – Attics

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Let’s start with this, “Garbage Time” by Attics is anything but. It’s a lovely time, fresh and shiny and off the top shelf where the fanciest of times are kept. A waltz that plays its cards close to the vest, a lulling swoon that sucks you in and then rewards you with flourishes of organs, synths and reverbed out guitars that delight the senses and pull you deeper into the swoon. One of the rarest things for us to say about a song is that we wish it were longer, but that is certainly the case here. Put it on repeat and loop yourself into bliss.

July 12, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Paul Bidault

“Devil Dressed In White” by Paul Bidault feels like a dusty southwestern gothic tale by way of a Parisian speakeasy. Or maybe it’s a New Orleans noir film, where the darkness is both literal and figurative. The reverbed out guitar and staggering horns bring the ambiance, but the tale hangs on Bidault’s perfectly hushed vocals. The whole thing gives us classic Murder by Death vibes, and that’s never a bad thing, but perhaps thats unavoidable when singing about the devil over twangy guitars. It is, as the kids used to say, a whole ass mood; and one you’re probably due to saunter around in for a while.

June 17, 2022

Week Ender – Mup The Edens

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

This week we want to send you on your way with an infectious piece of art school rock from Mup The Edens. “Throw It Back” lands somewhere between classic Talking Heads and lo-fi 90’s alternative, with a simple but funky rhythm section, fuzzed out guitar leads and subdued yet melodic vocals. We are also getting a “Pink Floyd on anti-depressants” vibe from this one that while a bit odd is still entirely enjoyable. Go into the weekend funky and weird and pass on that energy to all you meet.

January 11, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Los Microwaves

Today’s Tip-Off is more of a Tuesday tip of the hat in memory of Los Microwaves bassist and vocalist Meg Brazil who passed away at the end of last year. With only a handful of singles and one album, Life After Breakfast, the band still made their mark as one of the earliest bands in the synth-punk movement. With a sound that was one half Devo and one half early B-52’s, they were revved up new wave meets art rock with abstract (and often absurd) lyrics. Throw it on and have a gloriously awkward dance party in Meg’s memory.

May 3, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Today we have new music from Simone Istwa, Vypera, Disturbios, Karaboudjan, Ari B. Ingber, ameliarose, NATL PARK SRVC, Plaster of Paris, the HVNZ and seasonal.

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April 30, 2021

The B-Side: Solar Powered Moon Tower

We often talk about bangers on this blog. Songs that have hooks and energy and make you want to shake that booty or shake a fist at the sky, but not often enough do we talk about thinkers. “I’m A Monster, Can’t You See” by Solar Powered Moon Tower is a thinker. Falling somewhere between the spoken word art pop of Laurie Anderson and a more current lo-fi bedroom synth vibe, it’s the kind of song that grabs you in a different way. The somewhat cryptic lyrics causing you to listen again and again to try and decipher (especially the whispered) and in the process you realize that the scratchy spaced out melodies are in their own way, a banger of a different kind.

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