This is a new music blog, so time to share some of the new(ish) music I’ve been listening to for the past couple of months. Most are pretty recent, but a few hail from as far back as last summer. (Am a little rusty at this new music mix thing. Baby steps.)
I tried to find as many songs as possible on one service, but of course there’s not a single one that has them all. So I’ve embedded everything – meant to be listened in that order – below. But if you’re a Spotify user and want the E-Z listening experience, my Spotify New Music (Spring 2015) playlist includes all but three tracks.
Each song includes my capsule review, and info about where each band hails from, the month/year of release, label and source. “Source” in this instance means where I heard about a specific band. Except for Wire. I already know them (duh).
And close your eyes if there is an actual video. Some I couldn’t find just the music. All you need is the music!
Here we go:
Coming Up Roses
A Spring 2015 new music mix
Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv
Prince-y and power-poppy strut and swagger.
BRONCHO – Class Historian
Jittery pop with alternating guitar sparkle and rev, crooning stutter.
Surf City – Hollow Veins
Laconic vox and guitar gallop from NZ via JAMC.
Ultimate Painting – Ultimate Painting
Mining a mid-tempo guitar pick and twang groove. Alternately: VU VU VU VU.
Zebra Hunt – Half Right
Indie guitar pop ne plus ultra set to a Before Hollywood beat.
Twerps – Back to You
Chiming, sweet swirl of keyboards, guitars, nasal coo and yelp.
San Cisco – RUN
Panting, sinuous booty-shaker. Falsetto synth breakdown.
Viet Cong – Bunker Buster
Insistent, art-damaged guitar spinning, puncturing post-punk gloom.
Thigh Master – Age of Concern *
Dizzying crash and pop interlude. Fall in A Hole of fuzz.
School Damage – Sick of You *
Twee psych fuzz, keyboard doodle.
Speedy Ortiz – Raising the Skate
Tough girl smirk and warble. Angular guitar see-saw and circle, wobble and spike.
Tigercats – King of Vic
Stalking pitter-patter for tiny dances. Whine and gentle melody.
Lightning In A Twilight Hour – Memory Machine
Echo chamber guitar and synth, clock rhythm and vocal hush.
Wire – Burning Bridges
Gradually thawing the 15th.
(UK – April 2015, Pinkflag)
Source (for new LP): band Twitter account
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
World weary thump and guitar frazzle tension to slow recline release.
(Canada – January 2015, Jagjaguwar)
The Wave Pictures – I Could Hear the Telephone (3 Floors Above Me)
Rifftastic garage-rock jangle, growl and rave up.
BRONCHO – What
Cool jerk, pop percolation, pose and drawl.
Tangerine – Tiny Islands
Chirping pixie piston-pop. Sugar-spun guitars.
Twerps – I Don’t Mind
Winsome and fragile, quiet heart to bursting overflow.
Zebra Hunt – Haze of Youth *
Pretty picking figure eights. Shimmer, sway and sigh.
* Not available on Spotify