Posts tagged ‘Rock’

History by Holy Holy

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Sometimes our best work happens somewhat by accident.  The same can be said for Holy Holy.  While taking a break in recording their debut EP, the Aussie duo wrote and quickly taped “History,” a single that shines brighter than anything the band had originally planned on releasing.  Full of folk and rock nostalgia, “History” has rich textures and feels like its taking you on a journey from the opening chord to the last staticky note.  Enjoy.

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Sweet Emotion by The Kooks

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I’ve never been a huge Kooks fan so I can’t really talk about how their sound has evolved over the past 10 years.  All I can say is that “Sweet Emotion” is the second song I’ve heard off the British rock group’s fourth LP, Listen, released this year, and I can’t get enough.  “Sweet Emotion” showcases an amazing understanding of simple, groovy riffs and catchy hooks that don’t seem painfully commercial or cheesy.  The group embraces but doesn’t overdo their blues influences, keeping mindful of their pop/rock roots.  Nothing like jumping on a bandwagon ten years after it started rollin’.  Enjoy.

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Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices

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“Thousand Eyes,” the first single off “Ices,” the third album from indie pop songstress, Lia Ices, diverges from her previous efforts, which typically tended to be more solemn and weighty.  The new track definitely leans more towards the pop realm, with a bit of reliance on electronic enhancements that, coupled with acoustic guitars, infuses more energy and creates multiple dimensions.  Upon a careful listen, you can sense pop, folk, and 60s rock all wrapped into a tight, neat package.  I’m hoping the rest of the album can continue this trend and expand Ices’ palate to more upbeat flavors.  Enjoy.

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Sleep Forever by Black Honey

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The dark and haunting sounds of Black Honey are perfectly matched to the level of mystery surrounding the band itself.  Other than being based out of the UK (I think), very little is known of Black Honey other than “Sleep Forever” being their first single.  While this track is labeled a demo, the sound is refined and any roughness in production is undoubtedly on purpose.  The track is as gritty as a blues rock/psychedelic track should be.  The sparse instrumentation and the unknown songstress aching away over twangy guitars just further enhances the aura of a band cutting records in a dingy, shadowy basement.  With a sound this good, let’s hope they don’t find their way out anytime soon.  Enjoy.

Bad Habit by The Kooks

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The Kooks ain’t no underground sensation.  The UK-based post-punk outfit is way overground, hovering over the rock landscape spitting out slick riffs, catchy hooks and just enough attitude to make you wonder whether or not their music is there to offend you or convert you into a believer.  One decade and three albums in, The Kooks have let slip “Bad Habit,” the new single off their latest effort, Listen.  “Bad Habit” is anything but.  Everything about this track is what we would hope The Kooks would release and has me jonesing for more.  Good thing we don’t have to wait too long.  Listen is due out in September.  Enjoy.

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Little Games by The Colourist

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Sometimes we just want our music to be fun.  The Colourist delivers that in spades with their single, “Little Games.”  The Cali based quartet just released their debut album this past March and every inch of it is bursting with indie pop, summertime goodness.  “Little Games” is packed with the youthful harmonies of Adam Castilla (vocals, guitar) and Maya Tuttle (drums, vocals), the sunbursts of guitar chords and a stuck-in-your-head chorus.  “Little Games” is simply a good time so put that moody music aside for a minute and enjoy.

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Cedar Lane by First Aid Kit

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Anything First Aid Kit does is just about the most beautiful thing on the planet. With each album, the music crafted by these sisters matures by decades and their harmonies get sweeter and more layered, if that’s even possible.  With their latest single, “Cedar Lane,” off their upcoming third LP, Stay Gold, the influences of (and ability to be considered in the same vein as) Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash is striking and incredibly fitting.  The duo’s handling of contemporary folk, country and rock is nurtured with the same care and sincerity as these pioneers of music did in the 60s.  Stay Gold is due out on June 10th and will be nothing short of spectacular.  Not like my expectations are high or anything.  Enjoy.

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Stay Coloured by I Know the Chief

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If you hear a song open up with a tropical guitar riff, odds are the band is from Australia.  I Know the Chief, Melbourne’s newest export, mixes that fun, carefree style with a bit of disco, making their song, “Stay Coloured” more dancehall friendly than you would expect from an indie pop group.  “Stay Coloured” hooks you in from the very beginning with a sound that makes you wish you were in a Caribbean paradise.  With only a few songs to their name, I Know the Chief has built up some high expectations.  As long as their songs contain the energy that bursts through each verse of “Stay Coloured,” I see these guys sticking around a while.  Enjoy.

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Holding on for Life by Broken Bells

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Broken Bells, the indie rock project from Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse and James Mercer, the lead vocalist for The Shins, cut their self-titled debut album in 2010.  The album, a mix of synth pop and indie rock with hints of folk and disco was so well received, the duo was basically ordered by its fans to deliver a second album.  After the Disco, slated for release on January 14, 2014, appears to contain the elements that made their first album successful but veers more towards the 70s era.  The first single off the sophomore effort, “Holding on for Life,” could easily be found on an ABBA greatest hits album.  Mercer’s falsettos and Burton’s beat match perfectly to create a smooth track that’ll make you feel like one of Studio 54’s VIPs.  Enjoy.

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All the Days by Haerts

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“Wings,” by newcomers, Haerts, was easily one of my favorite tracks of 2012.   That was why I was terrified for their debut EP, Hemiplegia, released this year.  I couldn’t imagine an EP capturing the magic or awe that the NYC based group did with “Wings” or again creating music incapsulating her majesty, Stevie Nicks.  Now I finally understand the joy my girlfriend has in proving me wrong.  Hemiplegia, Haerts’ debut EP, contains “Wings” and three other outstanding, ethereal tracks that surge with a passion rarely found in our synthy world.  Check out “All the Days” below and you’ll hear what I’m talkin’ about.  Enjoy.

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