Combining jam rock, reggae, hip hop, folk, and jazz, Blindman‘s music is friendly and inclusive, something you hear immediately on “Feels Good”, the New Jersey singer-songwriter’s vibrant new single. And as it turns out, there’s a sweet little story behind the genesis of the song.
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For all the attention fashionable noise rock bands such as Metz and the Band Formerly Known As Viet Cong have received, another Canadian band has quietly put out a debut album that is just as good, or perhaps even better than those two buzzworthy acts.
“Nouveau Wave” collective Dead Leaf Echo released single “Lemonheart” back in September. A highly limited, clear 7” of the song quickly sold out, but “Lemonheart” can still be streamed in its lush and chiming glory via Soundcloud.
“Lemonheart”’s b-side, “Sunlessoul”, is more somber, the setting sun to “Lemonheart’s” daybreak. It’s a lucid meditation that gives way to a beautiful coda, with guitarist / keyboardist Ana B’s backing vocals working in gorgeous contrast to frontman LG’s dreamy delivery.
Part Cocteau Twins, part For Against, Norfolk, Virginia trio Wyteshayds mine the best aspects of late-1980s dream pop. It’s lean, sharp at times as guitar lines slice left and right, but the sumptuous quality of the music creates an undeniable feeling of warmth, which is accentuated even more in the layered, slightly indecipherable vocal harmonies led by bassist Jacki Paolella.
It’s only a few more sleeps until Coheed and Cambria‘s eighth—and PopMatters-approved—album The Color Before the Sun is released, but in the meantime the band has posted a cool behind-the-scenes preview of “The Audience”. One of the most intriguing tracks on the record, it’s the heaviest as well, drifting toward the prog metal side while still retaining that nimble sense of melody the band are so adept at.