It’s no-nonsense pop punk that spans an impressive 14 tracks. In a digital age where electronic music reigns king, Shy Mirror’s gritty sound is more than refreshing – it’s almost nostalgic. Opening track, “Unavailable,” immediately grabbed hold of my attention with that amazing guitar riff but tracks such as “Discovery Club” show that these Swedes have a bit more depth than crunchy guitars and relentless percussion.
Simple jangly guitar riffs and lo-fi vocals really get me.
Created as a side-project by Michael Coomers, lead-singer of Harlem, I actually really enjoy the subtle difference. Stripped down with easier melodies, Lace Curtains, has more of Real Estate vibe with those distinct vocals of Coomers.
With all of these fabulous “best of 2012″ lists dropping left and right, I’ve been revisiting some amazing releases from this past year.
The thrashing guitar intro in song, “You Kill,” somewhat reminds me of my gritty pop-punk days but trust me, Nicole Yun’s vocals are way better. I love the slightly lo-fi quality, fragmented lyrics, and catchy rhythm of the entire song. From a DC native, it also warms my heart that they’re from the state of Virginia.
Super laid-back garage rock without all the noise. The gentleman in Chicago’s cialis buy
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The guys have released their EP, Elsewhere, earlier this fall which is a quick four-track easy listener. The flow is nice and simple, quite enjoyable really. Listen below and be sure to grab it at your own price here.
BONUS: I also really dig their documentary-styled music video for their song, “Sante Fe,” which is just raw footage following the band around.
Out today, the Dum Dum Girls have just released their new End of Daze EP. Just from hearing their single, “Lord Knows,” you can immediately recognize the heartbreak and other trials singer Dee Dee is relaying through her work.
I’ve always dug her lyrical content, but I really like this line; “When love is smothered out in fear, Gonna hate until the cold, The day we wake up feeling clear.” Watch the video above, read more about the album from Sub Pophere, and be sure to download the track below.
Clocking in at almost 4 minutes long, “Go To Sleep,” is a perfect introductory song for your summer. Wailing garage rock with punk-like vocals, I love the build up at the very end, it’s almost unrelenting. I have such a soft spot for this type of music, especially when it’s free.
Summer’s fast approaching so bring on those hazy lo-fi guitars. The Tenessee psych-rock outfit, Tiger High, has got some impressive depth, especially with the help of captivating vocalist, Jake Vest.
“Why Oh Why” has fabulous 50′s-esque harmonies with just enough reverb to really open the song up. As an incredibly catchy opener for their debut album, Myth Is This, you’re introduced to a blend of fuzz-rock that hits many different decades of influence. “Don’t Want To See You Till You Go,” is a psychedelic gem with thrashing guitars and unshakeable percussion.
Grab the tracks below and be sure to listen to the rest of their album here, which is also available on cassette for you analog lovers.
I’ve loved on these gentleman before. The N’ere Dowells create some of the most charming garage-rock I’ve heard in awhile so of course I was excited to see a new track of theirs in my inbox.
I love their incorporation of the horn this time around, somehow it goes perfectly with those lo-fi guitars in their newest track, “Comets.” It’s a slow burning song that’s minimal in nature, no frills and yet it all still sounds so brilliant.
I gotta break up this electronic love-fest sometimes, and thankfully The N’ere Dowells sent me a new track the other day that does just that.
They’re transparent garage rock, what you hear is what you get. Noisy guitars that overlap into hazy dissonant sounds that my ears just love. It’s what is best about this genre, unsurprisingly loud and and not one bit of sorry for it.
“In The Morning” lulls you slowly in with a lo-fi charm, but you’ll soon find out these Brooklyn friends have bursts of energy just waiting to be released.
It’s a creeping “tubey-riff” that breaks completely open for the chorus. I enjoy the stalking guitars, the heavy hitting percussion, and pretty much the entire energy of “Walking in the Dark.” Seattle’s Black Whales have the 60′s reverb sound with obvious influences from The Turtles, The Kinks, and Neil Young. I love the fusion of psych-rock and modern melodies.
The Black Whales are an unsigned band who have released Shangri-La Indeed last summer, the album where you can find this song.