Posts tagged ‘Indie Pop’

March 5, 2021

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.

Today we have a few (very few) words about new music from Zilched, Troubled Traveller, Dennis Ellsworth, Billy Caden and Pulsations.

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March 4, 2021

Talk Thursday To Me – Heather Porcaro

Today we catch up with one of our favorite new discoveries in the last year, Heather Porcaro, for a conversation about influences, obsessions and her new album The Heartstring Symphony.

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March 3, 2021

The B-Side: Daughters of the Unforgiven

As we hit the one year anniversary of the pandemic and the ongoing socio-political horror show that is post-modern life it’s important, nay, crucial that we all take small moments to embrace the light. To surface and fill our lungs with sweet clean air before pushing onward through the dark waters, for who are we without inspiration and belief in ourselves? “Days Like These (Cow Girl)” by Daughters of the Unforgiven is our current moment of relief and renewal. It’s a simple, straight forward piano ballad that sounds a bit like Sheryl Crow via Carole King, and one that we’re pretty sure singing along to counts as self care.

February 26, 2021

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.

Today we have new music from Ivan Moon, Mia Joy, The Daily Spreadsheets, Neu Sierra and Broken Radio.

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February 25, 2021

Talk Thursday to Me – Coolidge

Today we catch up with Coolidge’s Chris Smail and chat about making old influences new again and a few stand out songs from their new album Condition Transmission.

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February 25, 2021

The B-Side: goodcomposer/DEADCOMPOSER

“Little Bird” by goodcomposer/DEADCOMPOSER (aka Simon Brown) is part of a four album octophonic mother and son art installation, but then what isn’t these days right? All joking aside, it’s definitely ambitious enough to grab our attention, and the song is enough of a delightful Talking Heads-esque indie rock/pop number to stand on it’s own. The zero budget clever video is the icing on the cake.

February 24, 2021

The Midweekly – Chicano Batman

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

This is cruising, windows down, breeze through your hair music. Headed to a sunny spot with a beautiful person music. Chicano Batman, out of LA, give us a set of tunes on their latest release, Invisible People, that bounce and strut across a dance floor. Funk rock with a touch of that psychedelic. The songwriting stays in the happy zone, for the most part, keeping the lyrics simply about joy and love. But they do take a few serious turns, like the title track and its lamentations on being part of a marginalized people. Or a harrowing story about an uncle who became a refugee after getting on the wrong side of the cartel. The whole record has a slick but scratched vintage texture from producer Leon Michels (Big Crown Records, Sharon Jones, Black Keys). The closing track is about the death of a loved one, which I think puts the whole album into perspective. Find that breeze, that sunny spot, squeeze your beautiful companion tight, and hold on to that lovely moment.

February 20, 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.

Our inbox must be working out, because it’s straight swole with good tunes. Today we have new music from Ryan Innes, MYLO BYBEE, Pop Cautious, Jahi Sundance, Stephen G. Clayton, Chris Portka, Mystic Seers, Bird Concerns and Art d’Ecco.

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February 18, 2021

The B-Side: Soft Streak

One of the cool things about hearing all this new music all the time, is how our brain connects the new with our storied musical consumption of days gone by. Take for example, “Never Call” by Soft Streak, a song that from first listen gave us serious Alison Moyet vibes. I mean, Soft Streak’s vocalist doesn’t sound that much like Moyet and production wise this is a far cry from Yazoo or Moyet’s solo work. But that’s what we keep coming back to. Big Moyet Vibes. Perhaps it’s the effortless vocals that give us a melody that glides and dives and rises in all the right ways or perhaps it’s that the song works in that realm of specifically hopeful longing Moyet was known for. Either way it feels as familiar and comfortable as a recently unearthed favorite oversized sweater,

February 16, 2021

The B-Side: Joshua Worden

We love a song that doesn’t neatly fall into any specific genre, but still sounds effortless and undeniable. Such is the case with “Alright” by Joshua Worden. Not quite chillwave, not really a pop song, not exactly indietronica R&B but also at the same time all of these things and more. There’s a sparseness and repetitive nature in the verse vocals that provide a somewhat mantra like effect, but the straight forward thumping bass and vocal harmonies keep things grounded and moving forward. One of the more interesting (without trying to sound interesting) pop songs we’ve received this year.

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