The glitzy, glamorous production stylings of Lil Texas, aka Sam Barry, are in full form with a brand new track to finish out the year. “Looking 4 Love” harnesses a heavy arsenal of cloud synths, laser-etched edges, chop-n-screw vox, and plenty of synthetic snare to keep the heart yearning all night long. There’s a certain sadness and romantic longing that Barry has been able to tap into with his last few singles. Such a talent for evoking subtle emotions allows this M|O|D member to carve out a nice space for himself in an ever-growing dance pop bubble.
The bubbling warmth of syncopated analog synth bleats, toy kit rhythms, and breathy a cappella falsettos are bound to put a smile on your face when you listen to Spencer Cole‘s “Cruising!.” The track is a highlight from Cole’s You Exist Right Now EP, a wonderful set of sparkling pop jewels that all uniquely shine with subtle imperfection and a sense of timelessness. Cole’s voice is at the center of each song, wrapping each passionate melisma and beautiful harmony with inspiring production choices.
HOUNDSds, the Brooklyn-based jangle-pop auteur Patrick McIntyre, has finally finished his follow-up to the splendid Phone Thou. Conduct, a collection of breezy indie-pop gems, begins with the clean and shimmering sounds of “Building A Better Jesus.” What feels like an intro guitar line lifted from the most love-stricken of Gin Blossoms‘ songs, “Building A Better Jesus” is a welcome ray of sunshine for these upcoming frigid months. And with a flourish of triumphant sand shakers and ringing tambourine, McIntyre leaves us with a feeling that anything is possible.
Conduct is available now via HOUNDSds’ Bandcamp page.
Otherworldly Mystics is back at it again with their (surprising) first foray into tape compilations. The beautifully designed Book One features a vibrant, pulp-inspired album cover lifted straight from your favorite sci-fi book club flyer, but the real treasure is what lies behind the pages. Book One is full of elegant ambient melodies and otherworldly charm.
In particular, album highlight “Dream Sequence” from the anonymous Wesley™ floats by carefree through a soft breeze of synth pads and ragtag percussive rumblings. “Dream Sequence” is a phenomenal launching point for exploring this auditory storybook of distant life-inhabiting, forgotten realms.
Purchase Book One via Otherworldly Mystics.
Like a fine wine, Mat Jones’ solo bedroom project It is rain in my face. has aged beautifully with crispy overtones and an oaky finish. “To Hide,” the latest reveal from his upcoming album The Framer, is a serrated and full-bodied lament. Ramshackle percussive fragments ricochet off walls of distortion as Jones’ voice soars. Soft distant echoes and passionate proclamations bite through twangy phrases and a final skyward guitar exclamation. You do not want to miss out on this spectacular union of feverish distortion and sentimental folk.
Be on the lookout for It is rain in my face.’s new album The Framer, out November 19th via Chill Mega Chill Records.
The understated elegance of last year’s When Women Played Drums by White Birds (aka James Harvey)—a dizzying array of bedroom ballads laced with doo-wop melodies and washes of reverb—is best appreciated during quiet hours. Within dusk’s dimming light, Harvey’s porcelain voice delivers fragile phrases to the brokenhearted.
Today, White Birds continues to amaze with his latest, a powerful declaration of love called “Woman.”
A triumphant martial pulse pumps life into desperate words: “no no no, don’t ever go.” And as those waves of emotion culminate into the climactic refrain, the track suddenly withers away and we’re left wondering if Harvey ever does get what he wants.
It’s been over two years since Yuno released his mega pop scorcher “Frequency,” a blown-out summer smash designed to melt your sunscreen. Now, the Florida-native has embraced the cooling season and its waning daylight hours with the fizzy glow of “Grapefruit.” Warped synth lines bubble and froth, spilling gooey emotion out its seams, while a nearby voice exhales seductive conviction. You’ll be snapping your fingers and whispering ‘grapefruit’ to your lover in no time. And did I mention the saxophone solo?
‘Name Your Price’ for “Grapefruit” via Yuno’s Bandcamp page.
One third of Philadelphia’s garage-rock trio The Eeries has splintered off to create some seriously serrated doo-wop vocal harmonies as The Tone. Standout track “Don’t Wanna Go” features a sizzling guitar lick moseying through a field of warm and bristly vocal coos that will have you humming along instantly.
The Tone’s 5-track Demo release is a splendid collection of classic rock tricks mixed with bubbly radio pop-isms reminiscent of the sixties. Don’t miss out—grab yourself a copy of The Tone’s Demo for free now.
Gilly, the sophomore effort from the Washington, DC based fuzz-pop trio Teen Mom, begins with an expansive cloud of guitar distortion, rumbling bass, and a triumphant percussive presence. The effectiveness of opener “Kitchen” is not too far removed from the heavy breeze of The Cure’s “Plainsong,” albeit Teen Mom coat their punk ballads with an elegant balance of grit and sweet melody.
Keep your eye on Teen Mom and be sure to grab a copy of their latest, Gilly.