Montreal band TOPS graciously released a new single for those of us in constant need of something from Arbutus Records. “Anything” is a heartfelt and heartbreaking track filled with longing and introspection. The pulsing synth backing the track seems to draw you further and further out into the loneliness that only a devastating break-up can bring. Jane’s vocals tiptoe perfectly between soft and shrill keeping you alert to the pain, but somehow soothing you at the same time.
San Diego psych-pop duo Inspired & The Sleep are about to release a new EP, and have been slowly releasing singles over the last couple weeks. “In My Labyrinth Mind” is their latest, and is an expansive groove with an undeniable melody worthy of an afternoon full of repeat plays. The EP is due in October, so keep an eye out.
Dan Casey is one of the more prolific artists I’ve had the privilege of knowing. His latest project dd elle sounds like the culmination of his previous projects, finally emerging as the fully evolved manifestation of his intentions. One of the first singles to be released off his upcoming EP u, “kind 2 u,” is almost alien. Casey’s voice is lilting and pitched, almost fully removing his identity from the sound, and yet that’s exactly what makes it feel profound. It’s a special someone who can make something so unique, and yet maintain such strong pop sensibilities that make it instantly likable.
u will be available on September 25th—with a full-length planned for early 2016. Pre-order here.
Philadelphia artists Grubby Little Hands are a true treasure. They’ve been making music for as long as I’ve been blogging, and hold a special place in my heart. That’s why when Mark over at YVYNYL just released their newest single on his latest mixtape, Elemental Being, I was more than excited. The duo has grown in numbers, and in doing so has expanded their already immersive sound. “Dial Tone” is anthemic and full of rolling melodies rich enough to swim in.
Oakland artist Mac Welch released his second EP as Frugal Father last week. The new EP, Held, is full of the kinds of experiments in popular music that Mac has come to be very skilled at over the years. His sound is familiar and distinct, brooding and hopeful, the kind of sound northern California certainly doesn’t hurt developing.
Held is out now via Stereocure.
My favorite Canadian crooner is back with a cut from his upcoming album, and I couldn’t be happier. Arbutus Records‘ very own Sean Nicholas Savage has announced his next album, and though it’s arriving after his last album Bermuda Waterfall, it feels more like a continuation of the work he did on his dreamy 2013 release, Other Life. His latest track, “Suburban Nights,” is a slow croon that seems to mimic a lazy evening walk through a suburban neighborhood. His pop-sensibilities are as sharp as ever, and it seems he is incapable of disappointing.
Other Death will be available on September 18th via Arbutus Records.
Trevor Powers is back announcing his third album as Youth Lagoon. He’s held a special place in my heart, ever since the first time I heard “Cannons” back in 2011. With each record, Trevor has managed to evolve, and explore a new facet of his seemingly unending creative nature. “Knower” is an evolutionary journey in and of itself, starting with a creeping etherial falsetto that ultimately grows into a triumphant crescendo Sufjan Stevens would be proud of.
You can pre-order Savage Hills Ballroom via Fat Possum Records.
Portland-based artist Cemeteries makes the kind of music that—even at a six minute track runtime—you don’t ever want to end. His newest single “Luna (Moon of Claiming)” from his upcoming album Barrow, is no exception. Starting out with a lilting piano, Kyle J. Reigle’s swoon-inducing vocals send you on a zen-like journey that leaves you wishing you could feel this way forever.
Peaks is a five piece experimental pop project out of Oberlin, Ohio, and just released the first single off their upcoming EP, happydie. A part of the Stereocure family, the EP is full of a wide range of sounds and emotions. “Slumberland” is a plucky anthemic track, perfect for that sort of contemplative joy you can feel when cruising up and down the PCH. It’s both bright and thoughtful.
The happydie EP is out July 17th, and can be pre-ordered via iTunes.