“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.
When trying to sort through an embarrassing amount of unread emails in hopes of finding something good, it helps when an email title stands out a bit. Amongst the clutter of “dope trap drops” and “music video submissions” one email asked “ocean be my home?” so I clicked on it. Instead of including an extended paragraph about who he is, where he’s from or what kind of music he makes, Jacob Braun linked to his bandcamp and let his music talk for himself. ocean be my home? is a release that sounds too big to be recorded amateurishly yet so coated in lo-fi distortion and hiss that it could have only spawned from some dude’s basement, garage or bedroom. Whether he’s flipping the unforgettable opening line of Outkast’s “Hey Ya” into a scuzz-punk anthem on “bby don’t mess around” or playing around with ambient sounds, devastating distortion and acoustic guitar on the Campfire Songs-channeling “palm”, Jacob Braun always demonstrates a knack for melody and good old fashion pop sensibilities. A clear disciple of 90s slacker rock, lo-fi rock, garage rock, blues, ambient and hip-hop, Jacob Braun is everything I expect to hear from a kid making music by himself in 2013. It’s crazy to think I almost let this sink to the depths of our email inbox…
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.
This weekend I had the fortune of seeing PORCHES. play live at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, and although I was already a big fan of their music that’s been floating around the internet for a while now, their live performance completely won me over. They are currently prepping to release their debut full-length on Exploding in Sound Records and have blessed us with a single. ”Franklin the Flirt” shows all of the reasons why PORCHES. are so awesome, with front and center vocals, tried and true song writing, and just enough synth work to not be overdone. Slow Dance in the Cosmos is currently looking at a rough release date of late August, but if you need something to tide you over until then, I would highly suggest making your way over to PORCHES. bandcamp page for jamz galore.
I was going to post Bare Pale a while ago, and then fucked up big time and forgot to. Fortunately I was reminded of their awesomeness when they recently released this new song. ”new start old end” perfectly demonstrates the London band’s talent for crafting grunge songs with everything that made the genre rise up years ago. Bare Pale takes their already great songwriting and builds upon it with wonderfully subtle production that accentuates the heavy emotion of their songs. If you like this song at all, I would strongly suggest you also check out their just as awesome if it is EP which you can stream after the jump.
“She hides her soul” is the latest slice of dayglo saturated surf-rock from Soda Fabric. Coming from the same city as blog favorite Vaadat Charigim, Soda Fabric offer up a less emotionally desolate and grim vision of life in Israel. It’s a nice reminder that not all art coming out of the Middle East has to be political and is a damn awesome song as well. Check out the video after the jump.
“Hey, we have nothing and we’re losing it now.” Really digging on these Pavement influenced vibes from Australian-native André. ”have” is slacker rock that packs some serious instrumental and compositional expertise… so basically the best kind of slacker rock.