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.
1. The Washboard Abs – ‘Submission’
This is the first single to be released from Recurring Chasms, the latest album from Olympia, Washington indie-pop quartet The Washboard Abs. A delicate and intimate number, it sports a distinctly lo-fi, bedroom pop vibe in the roughly recorded acoustic guitar. However, there’s a new depth to their music with some angular rhythms and chiming electric guitar. Charming.
2. Linn-Koch Emmery – ‘Forever Sounds’
Sometimes all you need is a big chorus and loads of major chords. As I get older, when I get anxious and fucked up, I don’t want melancholic music like I did when I was a teenager, now I need something that puts a spring in my step. ‘Forever Sounds’ does that for me. While there’s a definitely a melancholic tinge to the lyrics, the music is so up beat and driving that it’s full of positive power for me. Enjoy.
3. TENTS – ‘Release’
I’m going out on a limb here, TENTS sit somewhere in the middle ground between Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service, and My Morning Jacket. It’s quite a combination. Earnestness, gravitas, and pure raw emotion swing and sway their way through the group’s latest track ‘Release’. A beautiful and mournful song, there is also an underlying hope that means the song steers clear of complete desolation.
4. Pale Rivers – ‘Heart Throb’
I gave up cigarettes yesterday so this song’s mention of a cigarette machine makes me twitch a little. Having said that, it is a driving piece of post-punk tinged indie rock. There’s a swagger and bouncy confidence that reminds the listener of how all those garage rock revival bands at the turn of the century. I’ll be heading out to see these lads live for sure.
5. Molly Jewell – ‘I Wish You Loved Me Like You Started To’
Here ye have some particularly arty pop music in the vein of the off kilter and dramatic work of Fiona Apple. Who we love at Overblown. This one is a lament about the cooling of a once fiery romance. Something we’ve all been on both sides of I feel. The track ducks and weaves with aplomb combining passages of really straight forward hooks with off kilter changes and ideas. A pleasure.