Ahhh…Virginia’s hooking up play some seriously infectious and raw lo-fi rock and roll. Scrap the lush vocal harmonies and layered guitars for some distorted bass and flat/phat drums as well as some vocals we can yell sing/yell along – hooking up does this well. Check their 4 track wonder groin pains on bandcamp or buy the 7″ vinyl via Evil Weevil.
mp3: hooking up – Bitter
mp3: hooking up – Heavy
hooking up Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Tumblr
The Hunted Hunting the Hunter aka Melbourne, Australia’s Nathaniel Morse has done it – he’s knocked my ears/mind around his vibrant rock-ish tune “Three Colours” A song that…
“is a love song. A sinister story of a being that is built. Built too much. Becomes aware. You fall in love. Asks to be killed. Cannot let go.”
Yes, yes, yes, and more please.
Oh but there is more:
The Hunted Hunting the Hunter Links: SoundCloud | Facebook
I don’t know if I’ve run into a more catchy and immediately accessable three songs than LA’s Joel Kynan Williams aka KYNAN’s newest Abel EP. This is that enjoy-singing-along indie rock that seems to be a rarity these days…and it’s free. Support this dude if he comes to your town – totally worth your $.
mp3: KYNAN – He Just Wants To Make Love (this song gets stuck in my head so so easily)
mp3: KYNAN – Abel
KYNAN Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | SoundCloud | Twitter
Today the new PORTALS mixtape dropped and it features Baltimore’s Secret Mountains and a sweet new live version of “Make Love Stay”. They will also be a part of the PORTALS SXSW showcase on March 15th (details). The mix also features new tracks from the other showcase performers (The-Drum, Dreams, Chrome Sparks, Hundred Waters, etc.). Head on over there to download/stream it.
Colatina, Brazil’s We Are Pirates play some pretty swell hazed out rhythmic electronic pop. They’ve just made their Kids Practice EP available for stream/download on SoundCloud and I suggest you do that at your leisure. Here’s my favorite off it:
We Are Pirates Links: SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Montreal’s Kandle Osborne has those melt your eyes freeze up your heart kind of vocals…and that’s what propels her debut EP. It’s pop rock taken to another level when her voice rolls in. Check out the S/T EP on bandcamp for pay-what-you-want….meanwhile:
mp3: Kandle – All That I Need
mp3: Kandle – Small
Kandle Links: Bandcamp | Facebook
Des Moines’ Mentalease is the solo project of Spencer Harris. His tunes mosey in and out of thick shoegaze meets bedroom pop world…and sometimes end up in the glorious Kurt Vile-ish realm. Needless to say – it’s good music. Bandcamp is the place for it, but check these first:
mp3: Mentalease – “Levitate”
mp3: Mentalease – “Smoldering Spoken Smoke”
Mentalease Links: Bandcamp