This is exactly what I was looking for. Something to spark the nerve endings, get my blood flowing, and make me truly excited to hear more.
I shouldn’t expect much. It’s been almost four days that I’ve been couped up from having surgery on both my legs to fix an old college sports injury. I also find life ironic allowing me the most time off during typically one of the hottest months of the year. But, I digress.
Perusing through the what’s protocol? inbox searching for some blogging inspiration, Weekend Phantom’sdebut album was found neatly tucked away. Simple, polite, and straight to the point – I was introduced quickly to my newest aural obsession.
Their debut release, Dot,has got plenty of different directions it takes yet you can still take a step back and hear the cohesion of their genre blending. Some tracks are more new wave than others, while some are more jangly surf-rock anthems. Their sound is tight and aware of its boundaries, and I really love how they give way for their lyrical content to shine through.
There’s a lot that I instantly loved about Vundabar’ssound when I first heard their album, Antics, that was recently shot over to my inbox.
Opening track, “Greenland,” consists of lax chords, lo-fi vocals, driving percussion and a surfy pop-punk rhythm to it. And then you find yourself on the following track, “Voodoo,” that’s completely twangy and expansive. I love the diversity that these two musicians can make with the lack of physical members available. For their first stab at a full length – I think these two are promising. I’m finding myself listening and then re-listening to all of the different tracks, they packed a lot inside all 10 of them.
Do yourself a favor and download Antics for free via bandcamp and check out the full stream below.
Another nice little inbox submission I received the other day – introduce your ears to The Baba Rams.
I’m sure you’re aware of this by now but, I really dig bedroom projects. They’re nothing but labors of love. You really can’t deny that. Released through the small Madrid-based label, Young Latitudes, Brain Wavesblends so many different layers of sounds. Surf-pop elements along shoegaze-y vocals with just the right amount of lo-fi, I’m immediately sold. I’m incredibly fond of tracks, “Nagano,” and “Bicycle.”
Although heavily inspired by legendary Brian Wilson, TBR is already looking towards a new direction for his next release which is said to be more of an ambient sound and Brian Eno-like. Catch the fantastic 10-track release below and be sure to connect via Facebook.
I can’t not acknowledge tonight’s show. With a near perfect bill, I’m more than excited to make my way down Frankford Ave. tonight and catch not only the incredibly complex sounding group, Sun Airway, but I’m also really interested in catching up-and-comer, Cruiser.
Ever since Wild Palms, I’ve been entranced by the project’s floating vocals, soothing tones, and intricately layered tracks. Their latest release, Soft Fall, immediately grabbed some nice little hype for the Philadelphians. Now, pair a night with Andy State’s local bedroom project-turned backing band and I think you’ve got a winner of a bill.
Listen below and dig a bit into both groups and be sure to grab your tickets here!
st a quick 5-track EP to their name, SURES have been stirring up quite the scene back in their homeland proving they’ve got a hell of a lot more left in them. Be sure to listen to their debut and check out their new music video for the track, “LA.”
It’s not a complete summer without sun washed dream-pop from unouome who, actually now, goes by Yuno.
Still the same wonderful lo-fi sound, Yuno expands on his previous work by putting efforts towards creating a complete debut album. The Floridian has high hopes for his next bedroom record, enlisting support from a Kickstarter campaign. Help a kid out and get lost in his single, “Sunlight.”