Nick D’ and the Believers – “Find A Little Love” [mp3]
from Throwing Stones EP, out now
Trio from Columbus, OH experiment with indie pop, synth pop, and soul, rendering jumpy ditties in the vein of Beta Band and The Polyphonic Spree. Your knee will bounce and you’ll soon sing along!
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra -“Austerity Blues” [excerpt]
from Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
out now on Constellation Records.
This new album from Silver Mt. Zion showcases a renewed, monolithic vision and pared down quintet, featuring Efrim Menuck’s (Godspeed, You Black Emperor!) serrated, stygian electric guitar, dual violin, electric bass, and drums.
Lucius – “Turn It Around“ [mp3]
Brooklyn quintet features two singers backed by trio of talented musicians that embrace an open, experimental take on indie pop that produces lovely, charming tunes that infect immediately.
Thee Oh Sees – “Coma”
from Singles Collection 1 & 2″ on Castleface
Bay area experimental pop whimsy.
Pontiak – “Lack Lustre Rush”
from Innocence [free download]
out 28 January 2014
The trio of brothers from Virginia unleash a FUZZ assault on your ears.
Preston Lovinggood – “Natural”
from Shadow Songs
out 25 February 2014 on Communicating Vessels
A follow-up to his debut Sun Songs, sounds surprisingly vibrant (despite the title). Recorded with producer Darrell Thorpe (Beck, Thom Yorke), Natural showcases the composition skills and pop sensibilities of this Birmingham, AL native.
Warpaint – “Biggy” [stream]
released 17 January 2014 on Rough Trade
The dense, ethereal burn of L.A.’s Warpaint embraces an electronic element that adds a flourish to their hypnotism
Modern Rivals – “The Dead Leaves (Danse Macabre Midnight)”
from Cemetery Dares
out 22 April 2014
We’re really fond of this Brooklyn quintet – their carnival of whirling synth, wistful guitar, pondering lyrics, and propulsive rhythms are a delightful amalgam of dream pop, math rock, and chill wave. This debut albums follows the excellent Sea Legs EP, which included the standout tune “Defenestrate You.”