mp3: Zoo Brother – Fourth of July

After spotting the sun-soaked collage artwork for Zoo Brother’s latest single “Fourth of July” I couldn’t imagine the song sounding any other way.  The track opens with the fitting crackle of fireworks before exploding into exuberan, celebratory and non-discernible chanting of singer William Karmis.  The track is propelled by a cheerfully sloppy drum section and a looped tropical-leaning guitar line that give the track a sense of brevity and lightness.  The track dissolves into summer heat far too soon but it’s fine as long as I can keep hitting replay.

-PK

LP: Spring King – In All This Murk and Dirt

Our first introduction to UK band Spring King was their song “Avocado City”, and although that song is still a favorite, it wasn’t really that great of an indication of what was to come next from them.  Their debut LP, In All This Murk and Dirt, takes their sound in a fairly difficult direction, but one that has completely won me over.  On this LP Spring King explore whichever rock sub-genre they feel like while putting their own full-throttle spin on them.  On “Dig Deeper” it sounds like Spring King are trying to see how much energy they can possibly pack into one track with aggressively strummed chords and chanted vocals, while on “My Sleeves” they show their sappy side with a sax solo and delicate chord progressions, and on “Better Man” they execute Libertines-esque pop 10x better than any of the hundreds of bands who have attempted that previously.  Overall, Spring King have put together one of the most unique and confident debut LP’s I have heard in a while with incredible energy that I guarantee will have you wishing to be in the crowd at one of their shows.  Stream two songs off of it below and the whole LP after the jump.

-TC

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Video: Tree – Karma Police

Tree’s cover of Radiohead’s much beloved “Karma Police” opens the same way I might expect anyone to cover the song.  Then Tree reminds us that he is Tree and not an artist willing to do anything as expected.  Following a bridge that Tree wrote himself, his version of “Karma Police” explodes into orchestral and avant-pop bliss.  Although this version of the song is one I’m sure many Radiohead fans will dig, this is not Radiohead’s version.  This is Tree.

-PK

mp3: Only Real – Get It On

I’m honestly surprised that it has taken someone this long to release a song entitled “Get It On”… unless of course someone has already done that and I haven’t heard of it.  Regardless, Only Real’s unsurprisingly breezy jam (his first new drop in a few months) has got to be the definitive “Get It On”.  Featuring easily his most garage rock inspired hook yet, “Get It On” shows that for now Only Real has no plans to change his winning formula of guitar driven pop hooks with talk-rap verses.  I have no problem with that.

-PK

LP: Wussycat – VVVSSY

Right now its becoming more and more clear that 90′s-ish grunge indie is coming back into style pretty quickly, and thats cool, but a lot of the time I really just want to hear something completely out of left field.  Wussycat perfectly provided that for me when I was going through our emails the other day.  VVVSSY takes influences from a bunch of different places, including surf rock and doo wop, with a lo-fi aesthetic that instead of just sounding trendy sounds genuinely vintage.  Although I really can’t tell you anything about the Astoria-based band other than how their music sounds, I can’t recommend listening to this record enough if you’re looking for something completely unique and fantastic.  Stream two of my favorite songs off of it below and the whole thing after the jump.

-TC

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LP: Pill Friends – Blessed Suffering

I’ve been following Philadelphia’s Pill Friends for a while now, and they finally dropped their debut LP last week.  After listening to a few singles leading up to it, the full LP Blessed Suffering does not disappoint.  Lots of Lo-fi bands with Emo undertones have been gaining momentum across blogs this past year, and it would be easy to lump Pill Friends’ music in with the rest, but for some reason this LP stands out.  Lead singer Ryan Wilson isn’t afraid to lay the emotions very thick in his vocals, and although I’m sure that will piss a few people off, I think it works really well with Pill Friends’ instrumentation which a lot of the time isn’t as overly dramatic as their aesthetic may suggest.  Listen to two of my favorite songs off of the LP below and stream the whole thing after the jump.

-TC

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mp3: YOOFS – FRIGHTMARE

For one reason or another, there has been no shortage of awesomely catchy and sunny lo-fi music coming out of the UK over the past year or so, and I am in no way complaining.  I’m still not completely sure how I ended up following YOOFS on Soundcloud, but this song makes me extremely glad that I did.  ”FRIGHTMARE”, clocking in at just over 2-minutes, is the perfect short light-hearted and upbeat track that I needed to convince me that summer is actually beginning.  Although I don’t know much at all about the Bournemouth-based band, I will definitely be looking out for them in the future.  Stream “FRIGHTMARE” below and link to their Soundcloud for a few more really good songs after that.

-TC

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