Beat Radio – Hurricanes XO [mp3] (from HARD TIMES, GO!, out Feb 19th – pre-order on bandcamp)
Brian Sendrowitz (collaborating with drummer, Brian Ver Straten, and his wife, Liz) focuses on the travails of adult life and takes inspiration from Swedish pop star Robyn in rendering electro-pop songs as lushfully-layered, organic testimonies with honesty, yearning, and resolve.
The Bear and the Sea – Sandblonde [mp3] (from Trees Like You, out Feb 5th on Nueva Forma)
Damon Sheeley describes the contents of his music as “bombination, woozy soul, pure Oregonian modular muddiness, and rock-steady gumption.”
Dada Trash Collage – Up And Down [mp3] (from Can’t Pause People, out Feb 26th19th – pre-order on bandcamp; I think I will have to order the white vinyl…)
New perennial favorites of thedadada.com, William Freed and Richard Bell offer another collection of mind-warping, electro-psychedelia that nears perfection in its euphonic blending of noise, loops, copious keyboard, and found sounds. If you like Animal Collective or Black Moth Super Rainbow, you’ll enjoy Dada Trash Collage.
The Ruby Suns – Kingfisher Call Me [mp3] (from Christopher, out now on Sub Pop)
Musical wayfarers The Ruby Suns explore electro-pop and teen angst.
Tiger Waves – Fields [mp3] (single, out now)
New single from jangly, lo-fi, surf rock enthusiasts, presumably still employing the trans-state recording method that involves sharing bits and parts across the great distance between Texas and Chicago.
Mice Parade – Candela, out Jan 29th on Fat Cat Records
Mice Parade continue to make imaginative and enthralling music. For the new album – Candela – Adam Pierce gets help from members of MACHA, The Dylan Group, Mum, and HiM.
This River Has A Tide [mp3]
Ohvaur – A Memories Chase [mp3] (from A Memories Chase, out now)
Pre-post-rock revivalism out of Chicago – lots of flash.
Night Beds – Wanted You In August [mp3] (from Country Sleep, out Feb 5th on Dead Ocean)
Majestic and forlorn indie folk/alt-country of a particular vintage that I’ve not enjoyed in a long time – spectacular debut from young Nashvilliean, Winston Yellen (could that be his real name?)
The Charming Youngsters – Yer Dirty Feet (from forthcoming album – this song is available ‘pay what you like’ on bandcamp)
I know Clifton already blogged about the new Charming Youngsters song, but we both so adore these energetic local posters – I wanted to throw in my two cents & further hype them up! This track is a favorite in their live set, and it’s been laid down beautifully by the Youngsters. Superb recording and mastering – the guitars chime, the rhythms rattle, Nolan and Kathryn sound great together. Give ‘em some money!