mp3: Passion Pusher – Sansex

Satan Mating is like a long night out drinking.  The beginning is all energy, blown out and impossible to grasp the next day without blurring everything together.  Then around 4AM or so, everything changes.  The world gets all slow and all the lights and all the people are tired from wasting away.  It’s beautiful in an ugly sort of way.  ”Sansex” is the end of that night, when the hangover hasn’t quite hit but the drunk has been exhausted.  It’s a weird kind of twilight hour.  One that Passion Pusher paints orange and red with his guitar noodling and droning voice.  Listen to his entire Satan Mating EP here.

-PK

mp3: Hunck – Toy Trucks

Now that BlueHost has managed to get us back up and running again, it’s time to post some music at a semi-regular pace again.  To start things off slow we have this slow-burning track from UK band Hunck.  ”Toy Trucks” is a gorgeous slice of guitar rock that takes its time to work its way into your brain.  Where it will probably stay for a long time.  For two dudes they definitely manage to leave a big impression.

-PK

EP: acab rocky – sara

After dropping their new single a few weeks back, we’ve finally had the pleasure of listening through acab rocky’s newest sara.  As the album art suggests, sara is a dark, gothic tinged ride through the home recordings of acab rocky who possess a maturity in song writing well beyond their years while remaining an album that could have only been produced by musicians their age.  ”delusions” is probably one of the best punk songs that will be put out all year and on tracks like “intermission” and “interlude” they demonstrate that they have an ear for composition that reaches beyond their lo-fi aesthetic.  Sam Wells also shows off just how adept of a  singer and lyricist he is, pushing into lower registers on the emotionally charged “mother” (I can’t get the lyric “she never learned not to breath in smoke” out of my head).  I honestly didn’t expect how fully developed acab rocky would sound on sara.  The way they effortlessly blow through thrashing punk tracks to orchestrally adorned lo-fi puts them leagues above several of their emo-revivalist peers.  Stream two of my favorite tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.

-PK

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EP: Walrus – Glam Returns

Walrus have come a long way since their first release.  Glam Returns hardly sounds like the same band that was making fun Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah! channeling indie-rock tunes back in 2012.  While “Banger” may not be what they’re playing in that club that’s too cool for you right now, it is an unexpected blast of garage-rock from the brothers that opens up Glam Returns with a catchy bang.  ”Bulash” keeps the high energy with albeit trippier and more psychedelic leaning instrumentation.  The title track is probably the boldest track from Walrus yet as it approaches Of Montreal or Foxygen level flirtations with british psychedelic music.  Despite the clearly higher level of seriousness that Walrus demonstrate throughout the 4-track EP things never get bogged down in that seriousness.  They’re still just two brothers having a good time which makes it pretty fun to listen to.

-PK

Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: The Sweet Boys

During 2013 I got pretty used to the fact that the majority of indie rock submissions we’d get would be of the lo-fi and emo persuasion.  While I’m still digging a lot of the more emotive releases from last year, it was pretty cool when II dropped out of seemingly nowhere from The Sweet Boys.  On bandcamp, The Sweet Boys describe themselves as ambient, noise, lush and psych sooooo you could pretty much expect anything.  And you should expect anything from The Sweet Boys because over the course of this EPs three tracks the group seamlessly transitions between several styles effortlessly.  The near 8-minute opener “II” might technically be prog-rock but it never feels tied down to the expectations that prog brings either.  At times The Sweet Boys sound like Woods or Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young before blasting off into Tame Impala territory and then cycling back into soft ambience.  Basically don’t try to expect anything from this band accept more awesomeness to hopefully come.

-PK

EP: Passion Pusher – My Least Favourite book

Passion Pusher first caught our attention with a heavily distorted and delightfully catchy single ”Your Favorite Coast” and now we have the extremely pretty Your Least Favorite Book.  Your Least Favorite Book isn’t a full and proper release to be honest but more of a house warming party to celebrate the newly established Benzo Records with some nice and appealing jams.  That doesn’t mean that this EP is something to snooze on though; Passion Pusher delivers 11 gorgeous guitar instrumentals that recall the hazy-tape days of Ducktails.  Maybe read a book to this, or maybe hook up with someone to this if you are enough of a sociable hipster, I don’t know you.  It’s all good though.

-PK

mp3: Day Ravies – Reality School

“Reality School” is rainy day music from the australian garage-rockers Day Ravies.  Female and Male leads trade vocals across the dreamy track that fades out in just under 2 minutes.  Despite the short length, Day Ravies manage to pack all sorts of gorgeous guitar tones into the track that shuffle between twee-chimes to shoegaze woozyness.  It’s pouring outside right now so this isn’t a bad song to have stuck in my head.

-PK