The solo work of Frenchman and Bordeaux resident Pierre Loustaunau surprised me. Each of the songs on his new record seem to be written as perfectly composed amuse-bouche - bite-sized nuggets, arranged just so. They’re sugary and substantive, but delicate enough to refrain from over-sweetening. This is the lead track, but don’t miss them all, really not a sour one in the bunch.
What’s that, you say? Dragging ass this Monday morning? Needing a bit of a pick-me-up? Glad you asked. Glee-pop mastermind Cecil Frena just dropped a frenetic new ‘thrillwave/wizard house’ single from his formerly-know-as Gobble Gobble crew’s new record Bodysongs LP. If this doesn’t wake you up, you’re on your own, cowboy.
Nab this single from Sndcld free. Follow ‘em up on Tumblr here.
If the blogosphere hype machine were represented as a physical city, every overblown diatribe rendered as a gaudy tower scraping at soot-filled skies, then the Alpha EP is the crumbling warehouse on the edge of the grid, it’s dilapidated facade streaked with the arrhythmic patterns of distant and dying neon lights.
There aren’t many 10-minute songs that stay interesting through to the end. Wilco's epic jam “Spiders” on A Ghost is Born is certainly my favorite. May I present this tune by Portland's reflexively pluralized named solo project for consideration in those ranks. There's only one Tom here, but he writes some great tunes inspired by Tweedy & co. but also touches on Stereolab and their ilk as well.
Don’t miss the excellent lead track “Everything About You” either on his free Memory/Dream EP.
It’s not often that such an overt hommage to the The Dirty Projectors is done fresh, but these Los Angeleans have tackled the task and created something compelling here. The odd-tune harmonies, the afrobeat guitar riffs, the rim clacks driving the thing up and down the coast with the top down.
Grab their new On Purpose EP - as well as associated merch - from their Bndcmp and catch them live on their West Coast tour later this month.
My buds at Father/Daughter Records are putting out a 7” from Oregon Bike Trails next week; a project from Los Angeles bedroom musician Zach Yudin. Here’s the catchy B-side from the release called “Cayucas.” Pre-order the record here.
Melancholic slo-rocker Kurt Vile is set to release a new EPSo Outta Reach, which will hold 6 tracks initally recorded during the sessions for Smoke Ring For My Halo but didn’t make the album. Out on November 8 via Matador; pre-order the 12” here.
It’s really hard to record great songs with just a voice and a guitar. It’s something Jeff Mangum can do in heeps, same with Kurt Vile. Speaking of the latter, this song uses some of the same disjointed construction and off-rhythm singing Kurt does - just jarring enough to be satisfying while keeping you on your toes.
Grab the Brooklyn chanteuse’ brand new Love, Santa LP on her Bndcmp.
I love positive music. Starting with the name - these guys are decidedly celebratory. They’ve infused West African juju riffs into this American pop song with a deftness as smooth as sippin’ palm wine on white sand beach and as colorful as a Nigerian caftan.
Get their Walkability EP on Bndcmp here, and while you’er there, don’t miss their new release of remixes.
This family band from Fresno, California write incredibly catchy psych-influenced garage rock. Band leader Luke Giffen is something of a Vince Noir - he works by day at the local zoo to support his family - and lays down sweet jams on his 8-track by night with his brother-in-law Eli Reyes and little brother Ross Giffen. Not sure if he can speak to animals, but my bet is he speaks to the pop gods on the reg.
Pick up their Medicine EP on Bndcmp free, and get the ltd. cassette for $5 bones more. On Tumblr here.
Gerrit Welmers, the man behind the synth racks of Baltimore’s Future Islands also has an excellent side project where he gets to extend his wild tropi-kraut ideas outside the confines of the band. This new jam sounds like Kraftwerk went on vacation with Peter Tosh's steel drum crew and got to jamming out late night fueled by hot island air and herb smoke.
Look for 11-song Wading LP on ltd wax from Friends Records next week - and if you’re really picking up what they’re layin’ down, you can buy the bundle of their 6 previous cassette releases.
Keeping creative momentum is not an easy thing for artists. To create one catchy hit after another is an impressive feat that anyone can be proud of. When rad bands I love send me new music I almost always hold my breath. Here, a huge exhale and sigh of relief. Stoked to hear another gorgeous dreamgaze pop gem from this duo from San Francisco.
This stunning single represents beko_93 on that always-excllent digital singles label from France, Beko DSL. Don’t miss the B-side Seafoam Green.
This new song from Dublin-based producer Richie Egan is something like floating through an electronic opera, filling up wine glasses with bubbly champaign and loosening your tie. It’s that part of the night when things get easy, less constrained, but rosier and warmer.
His new record Ocean of Frequency comes out September 30th on music/is/for/losers. Download this track free on his Sndcld. Follow him on Tumblr here.
I was literally listening to the bad-ass new Born Gold (the fresh name for Canadian wildmen formerly known as Gobble Gobble) record while the explosion of my newsfeed filled with this white hotness from former Gobble Gobble member Corrin Roddick and his songwriting partner Megan James cornered the hype market for the day. You know these kids be blowin’ up with a new "Rising" interview on P4K, and everyone simply salivating for a piece of the ‘Ring!
They have a new 7” split with Braids coming out on Fat Possum - keep in touch with their news here on Tumblr.
New Windsor, New York player Wayne Memmer's voice quivers along to the delicate plucking of his guitar strings like the leaves of a lonely tree blowing in the wind on the fringes of a big field. The fragility is only a front, though, that tree has deep roots and won't get blown over too easily.
Grab his beautiful new Locust Lane EP on Bndcmp and follow him on Tumblr. Don’t miss the awesome Neil Young covers compilation album that Wayne put together this past spring.
This is not something I entirely want to do or say. After this year has ended, Coma Cinema will end it’s run as a recording and performing entity.
It has been a long time coming, and the band itself has been a labor of misery for 8 years now. That’s almost a decade of non stop work, struggling to record and struggling to book and struggling to promote and struggling to only struggle more and more and more. I’m tired, I’m broke, I’m exhausted and I’m more and more detached from something I used to love so much.
Music has kept me alive and maybe it will continue to do so. We will be playing a few more shows and going on a mini tour with toro again in september but after that it may be years if we ever play again as coma cinema.
Klaus Von Barre writes some of the best retro-pop around - it feels like Brian Wilson during his dopiest periods, slowed down 800% then sped up from there another 537% and dipped in a honey glaze sauce of The Four Seasons doo-wopping underwater. That is to say: radical.
He just dropped two new releases at once this week - Just a Dream EP and “As Long As You Want" single b/w an awesome Bo Diddly cover of “I’m Sorry”. Get ‘em while they’re hot.
I love songs that progress like an epic journey. This single from this group of Brooklyn-based psych folkers led by entrancing vocalist Sarah Kinlaw grows like a redwood; slowly but with great determination and penitence until it’s a magnificent tower.
Pick up their digital 7” Holy Father/Slack Tide here, and catch them on their several East Coast tour dates coming up in Sept. (listed on the Bndcmp page) where they’ll be selling a new ltd. tour cassette release on the way.