The Baptist Generals – “Broken Glass” [mp3]
from Jackleg Devotional to the Heart
out May 21st on SubPop Records
The sophomore album from Denton, TX’s The Baptist Generals was ten years in the making, having been scrapped multiple times since the release of their debut No Silver/No Gold in 2003. Songwriter Chris Flemmons describes the project as a “love album”. If the lead single is any indicator, matters of the heart as seen through the eyes of Flemmons are heady and complex, yet still delicate and awe-inspiring. The song resonates and enraptures with a familiar sense of drunken revelry and wistfulness. Excellent indie folk-pop all around!
Airstrip – “Sleepy” [mp3]
out now on Holidays of Quince Records
From the ruins of triangle indie pop band Veelee comes a new project featuring Matt Park and members of Horseback and Caltrop. ‘Sleepy’ is the second single off of Willing (follow-up the first bouncy, playful rocker ‘Pleasure Center’). This tune is a bit more hypnotic and grandiose – we’re expecting big things from these local guys.
Beams – “Be My Brother” [mp3]
from Just Rivers
out May 14th on Pigeon Row Records
Toronto-based indie folk septuplet Beams premiers ‘Be My Brother’ from their forthcoming album Just Rivers. The band uses lush, warm, melodic arrangements to comfort the menacing and uneasy lyrics of lead singer Anna Mérnieks. The use of slide guitar and theremin are a nice complement to the haunting disquiet that resides in ‘Be My Brother’.
Titanics – “Cars” [mp3]
from Soft Treasure
out now on Bandcamp
Dreamy indie pop from upstate NY. Titanics make shimmering, ethereal pop for contemplation or chilling hard. They use mostly ‘lo-fi’ techniques, but put a high polish on.
Story Books – “Simple Kids” [stream]
from Too Much a Hunter EP
out April 29th on Communion Records
Thunder and compassion from Kent five-piece, currently touring UK.
Last Good Tooth – “What’s What I Do” [mp3]
from Not Without Work and Rest
out May 28th on Team Love Records
Penn Sultan (lyrics, vocals, guitar) draws inspiration from North Carolina’s blue ridge mountains, contrasting pastoral history and music with his love/hate for the metropolis of New York City. These art-students turned freak-folkies assert the stage as their primary domain and claim they “get girls to dance to songs about 9/11”.