Keith's Latest Songs
Amsterdam band Moss makes polished, sophisticated indie rock. Their new album, Strike, is full of tight, compelling tracks that feel like a family, but also hit on a variety of arrangements and themes that keep it interesting. They can venture a bit into a math-rock jam here and there, but it mostly works.
My brother turned me on to Adelaide rockers Bad//Dreems and it's good stuff. They play a mostly straight-ahead rock style that feels throwback, with solid 70's or 80's punk influences, as clearly evidenced by today's Most Important, "Feeling Remains", which also has a hilarious video.
"She don't know about [together] PANGEA" ~ Brain
I didn't either, until about a week ago. "Better Find Out", a terrific, and in this case, appropriately titled, track, showed up in one of the many playlists I follow and I earmarked them for a listen. (Get it?) Anyhoo, I've given their latest, Bulls And Roosters, a couple spins and it's a damn fine album. The back catalog has some diamonds as well. They've got a fairly unique sound; garage rock, but put in a blender and mixed up with...the kitchen sink and refrigerator too. They remind me of some of my favorite Canadian indie bands: Sloan and Library Voices, but with a bit more Cali.
Canadian noise poppers Fake Palms' album Pure Mind is out today and it's a gleaming example of polished, lo-fi pop/rock. The first single "Glass Walls" doesn't capture the breadth of the full LP, which is fairly eclectic, but it'll give you a great taste of what's in store. And it's tasty.
Mike Hadreas, AKA Perfume Genius has hit on something fairly epic with his latest single "Slip Away". Electric piano glam rock isn't really my go to, but I'm really digging this. His album No Shape is more of the same and an interesting and uplifting listen.
I guess you'd call New Jersey band Prawn emo. They've got all the hallmarks of that classic 90's emo sound; weeping guitars, slow melodic progression, confessional lyrics, etc. Where they differ a bit, in a great way, is the application of complicated sonic arrangements, strings, horns and an occasional Midwestern garage aesthetic that somehow offers a bit of edge, character, and polish to their music. I loved their 2014 release Kingfisher and I'm looking forward to their new album, Run, which is out in a couple weeks.
Both Kerri and I are Jackson Phillips (aka Day Wave) fans and I've been enjoying his latest The Day We Had quite often the last few weeks. It came as a pleasant surprise when one of my favorite cuts from the album, "Something Here", was released as an acoustic version. It's a nice take, not all that different, but suited to acoustic very well.
I don't know much about quirky rockers King Nun. They've got kind of a rattling grungy pop, almost Manchester in the 90's, sound going. I'd be willing to bet they're a blast live. A handful of their songs are available to listen to on Spotify and they're all solid.
NYC hardcore legends Quicksand are gearing up to release their first new album in 22 years and if the lead single, "Illuminant", is any indication it's going to have been worth the wait. It's different, maybe a bit more like Walter Schreifels' work with Rival Schools (who are terrific), anyway, I'm digging it and interested to hear more. But wait, there's more good news, they're backing the album with a tour! I'll be at The Mohawk here in Austin September 15th. Holler.
Here's another nice find from Tiny Engines: Minneapolis group Strange Relations. "Say You" is the lead single from their upcoming album Editorial You and it's dreamy, ethereal and catchy. The follow up "LIN" leans a bit more of the shoegaze side, and they both remind me a lot of that 4AD sound; Cranes, Cocteau Twins, Lush, Slowdive and the like.