Grandaddy wrote one of my favourite songs of the early 2000s,
and fifteen years later the recently reanimated west coast band
are probably expecting to not be able to play any of their upcoming
shows without crowds of fortysomething hipsters shouting "The
Crystal Lake" throughout their live sets. so they've written
"Ever More" as a sort of riposte to an element within
their fanbase, just to prove that their best known song wasn't
some sort of fluke. Which everyone knows it wasn't.
Steady Sun - "Benthos"
Usually, describing a track as 'mellow' suggests it's a bit dull
or in some way lacklustre. Steady Sun's music is mellow with a
capital M however, summery and mood enhancing vibes with a deceptively
laid back touch.
Eat Guitars - "Finally"
I don't remember the first time I heard the name Cymbals Eat
Guitars, 2011 or thereabouts, one of those bands who were nearly
just a vaguely recalled name until "Finally" arrived
in my reviews emails, and fans of countrified psyche-pop will
already know what CEG are about. Released to support a New York
based legal charity, "Finally" is a lively folk tune
reminding us of what and who Cymbals Eat Guitars are.
- "Stendhal Syndrome"
A prescient and informed critique of the works of Francis Bacon,
Mark Rothko, and I had to look up exactly what the Stendhal part
of the song title refers to. No, not the late 19th century post
impressionist Maurice Sendhal, but a real medical condition which
causes people to faint suddenly, and which is what you fear may
happen to the Idles vocalist if he keeps hopping around art galleries
like that. Quite funny really, a bit like that "doing an
impression of a post" joke that is still sometimes heard
in the refectory bars of our art schools today.
Koleva - "Tokyo"
A very big star in her native Bulgaria, Ruth Koleva takes us
to Japan and shows us that video effect where everything is in
black and white except the person whose song the video is about,
and the song itself is a bit of a groover, including the not entirely
essential autotuned vocal at around the halfway mark.
Light - "Motor Car"
"We are an emo band" says the info on Elder Light's
Bandcamp page and it's a while since I actually heard anyone describe
their own music using that description. The blend of grunge and
slowcore works spectacularly as Elder Light draw every last drop
of sustain from their guitars, like that other band I liked that
did something similar and whose name I've now forgotten (that
would be Giant Sand). https://elderlight.bandcamp.com/releases
Manley - "Pasta Solo"
I genuinely do not understand this one, but it's released on
limited edition vinyl and I usually like to add my support to
musicians who do that. Completely unintelligible and rhythmically
chaotic in a way which not too many people really get away with
Cathedral - "Fragments"
It took more than one listen to really get it about what was
at first a not very exciting electropop track, although other
reviewers at larger publications (Vice, Metro, The Times) really
seem to like "Fragments" a lot so I had another two
or three listens just in case I was missing something and, it's
all about that synth run just after the second chorus, which is
a bit awesome. https://soundcloud.com/saltcathedral/fragments
Emmer - "Cry Me A River"
No, not the "Cry Me A
River" that you already know at least some of the words to,
but a completely different song from one of Denver's noteworthy
alt.country practitioners, one of whose albums I reviewed a while
back and who is now releasing some new tracks, starting with this
easy on the ear ode to nothing much in particular. https://soundcloud.com/jacksonemmer/cry-me-a-river-from-golden-burro-ep