“Everybody’s got a secret preference,” Wet Leather vocalist Matthew Bernstein repeats on the Brooklyn five-piece’s new single. His penchant for the wide open hallmarks of mid-‘80s synth-pop and disco are hardly so well concealed. “Secret Preference” is all big boom-clap drums, silky falsetto, and funk bass—clinically tested summer music, in other words, with a chorus that’s only obvious enough to work. Long live 1985.
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Of the Everymen’s 2012 album New Jersey Hardcore, PopMatters Associate Music Editor Matthew Fiander wrote, “This is as populist as a rock party gets, and yet despite the common tropes the band visits (and revisits), the emotions still feel specific and dig almost as deep as the hooks do.” That assessment rings true about the Everymen’s new album Givin’ Up on Free Jazz and then some: Expanding from a core pairing of Mike Venutolo-Mantovani and Catherine Herrick to a full-on nine-piece act, this latest effort runs the gamut of retro-y rock styles, with a good humored camaraderie that they’re enjoying what they do holding it all together.
Venutolo-Mantovani shared some thoughts on the album via email in advance of the release of Givin’ Up on Free Jazz, which premieres on PopMatters. The new album comes out on 20 May, via Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Dan Wilson is one of those rare souls who, seemingly with ease, write glorious pop hooks by the dozens. Wilson hasn’t lost his touch for even a second over the years, as his wonderful new album shows. Today, we are highlighting the single “Your Brighter Days”, with a video from Wilson describing the inspiration for the tune and Wilson adds onto that by explaining more about the song below.
Collin Herring is often labeled alt-country and there is some truth to that, but there’s just as much as much indie rock in his sound. Some Knives bristles with energy and rousing melodies that will please fans of indie and Americana equally, as the album touches on influences from Son Volt and Whiskeytown alongside Neil Young, R.E.M. and even Nirvana.
Herring tells PopMatters all about the album’s recording process…
Take a jazzy vibe and marry it to electronic beats and some Latin funk, horns and all, and you start to approximate Cilantro Boombox‘s sound. The group was originally founded by bassist/DJ/producer Félix Pacheco and saxophonist/flutist Joe Woullard as they collaborated in a session and then stuck together and eventually added six new members. Cilantro Boombox’s 2012 debut is available below via Spotify, but today we bring you the premiere of the B-side, “Lluvia”, of their new single “Fears Away”.