Back in May, PopMatters premiered the kooky and all-out fun video by the Kalamazoo, Michigan outfit Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, “All My Friends Are Dead”. That song, a high-energy, punk-infused rock number, features on Jake Simmons & the Little Ghost’s new record, No Better. Now, PopMatters is happy to premiere the latest video from No Better for the track “Take Me With You”. Although it lacks the general zaniness of “All My Friends Are Dead”, it’s nonetheless a fine rock number with some tasty, bluesy soloing. Enhanced by the sharp black-and-white capture by Three Goats Moving Pictures, “Take Me With You” is another great video addition to the No Better tracks.
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Much like Tapes n’ Tapes, Milwaukee band Light Music serve up a sunny, breezy take on experimental music, dappling their neo-psychedelic compositions with myriad colors, melodies and harmonies swimming around the listener. All of that is on full display on “Petrichor”, the first single from their new album Ocean’s Daughter, which we are very proud to premiere today. With summer in full swing, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, this track’s timing could not be better.
When you listen to the new track by Jesse R. Berlin, there comes a point where you find yourself thinking, wait, is this guy just taking the piss? Then you read his bio, which his fictionalized so hilariously, that you laugh and go along with it all. It turns out this project is helmed by a New York artist who prefers to bring some fun mystique to the indie scene, and although it only takes a 30-second Google search to learn who he is, it’s better to go with it, and listen to the comical blend of new wave, chillwave, and outsider music on new track “Wash Your Boat!”, which we’re very happy to premiere here at PopMatters.
Developed over a series of email correspondences between London and Birmingham, English duo Malpas have created a unique sound, combining elements of folk music and electronic. Singer-songwriter Ali M. Forbes provides acoustic instrumentation and heartfelt vocals, while producer Andy Savours, a student of studio geniuses Alan Moulder and Flood (producing such bands as My Bloody Valentine and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart) adds electronic loops, drones, and samples of found percussion. All ingredients are on full display on the track “Where the River Runs”, and we’re proud to present the bleakly themed, beautifully photographed new video for the track. It’s a perfect visual companion to the aching composition.
Having formed at the same university Pink Floyd attended, it’s rather fitting that London band Venice Trip draws a great deal of influence from Syd Barrett and The Piper at the Gates of Dawn-era Floyd. Comprised of three distinctly different songs, Venice Trip’s new EP Look Forward, ironically, hearkens back to late-‘60s psychedelia and the budding progressive rock scene, veering from mystical, to pop-oriented, to sheer rock ferocity. The versatility they show in such a short time span is awfully impressive, and it’s enough to make listeners salivate for even more new music.