This is simple. We love these songs. You should listen and tell us what you think of them.
Let me also point out that this is not necessarily focused on new songs. Just what we’ve been listening to and loving this week.
CAKES – ‘Eucalyptus’
RIFFS. This one from Australia explodes with righteous fury with a distinctly post-metal/alt metal riff of vigorous pummeling awesomeness. This is reined in for a verse led by a singer that possesses that effortless cool of someone like Josh Homme. A big plus here for me is that this track actually includes some propulsive drumming that strays away from the usual weak ass nonsense that can pass for rock drumming in 2018 sometimes. This is taken from, Prescription Bugs, due Feb 3rd 2018 through MUZAI Records
Sara Renberg – ‘Roger Miller Baby’
“I met your baby / He looks like Roger Miller / You nearly named him / After a notable killer.”. That’s quite the opening line from slacker rock singer/songwriter Sara Renberg. It’s a bit of a hint that she mines a similar vein to Aussie musician Courtney Barnett. But, she’s no knockoff. Here she possesses her own wry sense of humour and laid back musical approach. This gem is taken from her sophomore album. It’s called Night Sounds and it’s out February 2nd via Antiquated Sounds.
Prism Tats – ‘Dagger’
Another gem starts this off. “There’s my brother Mike. Looks like he’s been waiting for us. What’s up with the knife?” What indeed. It leads into some wonderfully psych drenched post-punk that swirls hypnotically in a whirlpool of foreboding angst. He’s toured with Guided by Voices and Nada Surf. Which is endorsement enough for me. A new signing to ANTI-, keep an ear peeled for his upcoming album Mamba.
John Burnette – ‘Live and Let Me Love You From Here’
For me, this kind of sounds like Nick Cave fronted a jazz band who have just discovered post-rock. This is a tender and raw late-night rumination on lost love and, probably, terrible decisions. We’ve all made them. I make them all the time. Regret is the fire that makes me do better next time. I wonder does John feel the same?
Pale Rivers – ‘West Point’
This is a few months old. But, I dropped the ball and completely forgot to share it. I love the drama and the unassuming epicness of the track. There’s also time signatures, a funky bass, and plenty of pops and locks. The guitar solo is disscordant meganess. This is rock music like it used to be made. Raw, emotional, and unafraid to bash you about a bit. Well done, chaps.