Having started out as a minimalist folk band, Austin’s Reservations have honed their sound to the point know where it finds a comfortable balance between the dreamy sound of Mazzy Star, the ragged style of Crazy Horse, and the more plaintive side of Belle and Sebastian. Their debut full-length is strikingly beautiful, its ten songs, which were written by singer Jana Horn when she was 19, showing remarkable maturity. Taking Time is so self-assured that when you’re offered to premiere it for all to hear, you can only reply, “How soon can we put this up?”
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Bridging alternative rock and progressive rock with a distinctly Icelandic twist, it’s tempting to see Agent Fresco as a mix of Dredg and Mew, but as you can hear on “Wait for Me”, the latest video from the band’s forthcoming third album Destrier, there’s a whole lot more to them than mere easy comparisons. There’s something much deeper, and much like their home country, a little mysterious too.
Hailing from upstate New York, the Parlor excel at the dreamier, more psychedelic side of indie rock and indie folk, channeling the likes of Mercury Rev and Animal Collective yet bringing their own personalities into the music also. Band masterminds Eric Krans and Jen O’Connor create a gentle, otherworldly sound on “Wishes in the Sheets”, from their forthcoming new album Wahzu Wahzu. Which so happens to have been mastered by Mercury Rev member Anthony Molina.
Heavily influenced by such classic shoegaze bands as Ride and Slowdive, Hertfordshire, England band Silver Shields are set to release their new single “I Wonder if You’re Thinking of Me Now” next month. However, it’s such a good track, juxtaposing massive, layered, distorted guitars with wistful vocals, that we couldn’t resist posting the song for you to hear below.
For those too young to remember, the Pac-Man craze of 1981 and 1982 was insane. It was the videogame version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, where an innocuous Japanese arcade game caught lightning in a bottle and connected with the zeitgeist in a massive, massive way. It was a major turning point for Gen-X pop culture, and along with it came every attempt imaginable to cash in on the game’s success.