From the opening bars of their new single, you’d think Scavenger Hunt is an obscurity from an old John Hughes soundtrack. So immersed in the ‘80s is this Los Angeles electropop band—think the Human League and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark—that is comes as a genuine surprise that this music is from 2015. But there it is on Soundcloud, not on an old tape with Molly Ringwald on the cover. It’s remarkable, and something we think is worth hearing.
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London-based, New York-raised singer-songwriter Micky Blue dubs her music “haunted pop” which you can hear in the melancholy strains of her music, which taps into the melancholy side of pop music. Perfectly timed for the current zeitgeist led by Lorde, Sia, and Florence Welch, the percussive, thunderous “Submarine” combines gigantic hooks with a minimal yet lavish arrangement, and its enigmatic quality is enhanced further by her new video for the track.
Rachel Mason is nothing if not ambitious. The prolific artist has worked in music, film, and sculpture, exhibiting her multimedia pieces in galleries and museums across the United States. In addition, she has ten albums to her credit, the most recent of which, The Lives of Hamilton Fish, is a 21-track rock opera inspired by two men who shared the same name but led vastly differing lives. Tapping into folk and art rock, it’s tempting to draw comparisons to both Kate Bush and Paul Giovanni’s earthy soundtrack for The Wicker Man, but this is all Mason, her persona leaving an indelible impression on the listener.
Crossley Hunter’s musical influences might skew towards ‘90s alternative rock—the Ontario, Canada band lists Third Eye Blind, Our Lady Peace, Matthew Good among them—but underneath it all is a strong rustic sensibility too, as if Crazy Horse, Magnolia Electric Co., and Wilco have crept into the music as well. Whomever the influence, the six-piece’s new song “Burning Bright” is an affable combination of boisterous, mainstream-friendly rock and subtle Americana, one we’re glad to premiere here.
Connecticut gypsy folk outfit Caravan of Thieves released their fourth album, the winsome Kiss Kiss this past March, and they’ve just finished their sweet new video for “I Got You”, which we’re all too happy to premiere here at PopMatters. Musically “I Got You” is a stripped-down affair, just a lone guitar and husband and wife Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni crooning away gently to a cute ragtime melody. Similarly, the video is just as straightforward, and rather novel, as they explain:
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