Kerri's Latest songs
Declan finally released his full LP! This is the ninth track and I read it's one of the first he wrote/recorded. He's rather apologetic about it, claiming he was "a confused baby" when starting on the album and referring to this as "an almost pisstake dance tune" so I guess expect less of this mood going forward ha! But I think the sentiments here fit with all the rest we've heard from him so far - and he should cut himself a little slack, as I'm impressed with the thoughtfulness of his lyrics (speaking of all his songs collectively) and certainly don't mind if I can dance to them.
I instantly loved this layered pop swirl of sunshine from Taylor Upsahl - it may end up being my fav track of the summer. I won't be surprised at all if this young Phoenix indie darling gets snatched up by a major label and starts collabing with the Chainsmokers or whoever. Not that she needs them - or anyone - to help make her sound so... interesting, fun, moving. Spotify currently has her identity split between her full name and her more recent use of last-name-only, so if you like this, be sure to look up her previous albums as well.
It's a new single and a slightly popier new sound for Nashville quintet Moon Taxi. I'm completely distracted now, at the mention of Nashville, as we just booked our first ever visit to Music City for this September!
Keeping it samey this week with another lo-fi pop, new-wavey, slightly melancholic fave of mine. I was so happy to "discover" them at SXSW a couple years ago, and then kinda embarrassed to learn they'd been around for seven years already at that point. Better late than never! I missed them when they came to Texas this April but hopefully they're working on a new album and new excuse to tour here again next year.
Sometimes I get a little too in-my-head about which songs to post on TMIS. Case in point, I've been sitting on this track by Dominican-American George Lewis, Jr (aka Twin Shadow) this whole time, waiting for a new release, or to decide on a song from his more recent album at least. But that's just silly when "Five Seconds" is a classic fave that deserves to be here. It really sounds like classic wave, too - love that melancholy chord over the chorus.
I'm not a HUGE Coldplay fan, though they have some songs that I will probably listen to forever and ever - "Viva la Vida" is one of my favorite storytelling songs, and "Sky Full of Stars" hits my heart right in the sweet spot - but I figured to go with the fresh new release for today's Most Important song. Chris Martin & Co. have always been experimenters and in recent years have found their greatest success in remixes and collaborations that can be played on the dance floor ("Hymn for the Weekend" w/Beyonce remixed by SEEB, the current "Something Just Like This" w/The Chainsmokers) so it doesn't surprise me that their latest single leans so electronic straight from the gate. Kinda weird, kinda pretty, kinda fun, though also sad.
Today's Most Important song is from a band based in a town we don't get a lot of music from lately (I mean, I can't think of anybody besides the Violent Femmes): Milwaukee. I have heard the Summerfest there is off the charts, though. Anyhow, Vinyl Theater are doing their best to make a name for themselves while straddling a currently popular but hard to pin down sub-genre. Something like post-punk-pop-dancey-rock, I'd say. There's a lot more guitar on their sophomore album (and less synth), and that's neither good nor bad to me, but does say they haven't settled on a particular niche. Thus I'm providing you an odd combination of recommended-if-you-like's.
Keith just reminded me that "we" saw Tacocat perform in some showcase at SXSW in 2016 - I didn't remember, darn it! Anyway, they're a really fun pop-punk all-girl band from Seattle (bonus song), and this one's really fast and funny and well-suited for a Monday.
Whoops, I meant to post this one during one of the twelve days we were apart, but a day after Keith is back from a work stint in SF will have to do. Oh Malô is an indie quartet from Boston, earning a nom (locally) for Best New Artist in 2015 and releasing their deput LP in 2016.
A Vancouver band that's been around for 10 years, and sounds this fantastic - how had I not heard of them before?? Anyway, I *have* been listening to them a bunch since this track landed in my Spotify "Discover Weekly" back in April. Sorry it's taken so long for me to share! (Guess I'm part of the problem. But no more! Go forth - dig in their back catalog - see them at a show, etc.)