“Stella”, a track off of the forthcoming album by the St. Louis retro rockers the Feed, opens with the sound of a dog barking. It’s a fitting way to tease the tune that’s to come; though indebted in large part to the great classic rock bands of yore, the group brings its own unique energy to this solid cut. Particularly noticeable is its wonderful use of electric organ; in the verses, the chords are pumped with a staccato pop zeal, and as the song comes to its conclusion there is a break section where the organ comes to the forefront. This is the kind of songwriting that makes the phrase “rock and roll ain’t noise pollution” true still today.
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The Chicago-based duo of Dan Zima and Xoe Wise, who go by the attention-grabbing name Kinky Love, are in the business of textural, spacey synth-pop. With their recently released Promise EP, the two garnered some attention to their take on this increasingly popular genre, and now with “Hush”, available for stream and download here on PopMatters, they are demonstrating their continuing interest in the craft. The clipped beat of the song, combined with its layers of synthesizers, proves to be an appropriately understated backing to Wise’s airy vocals.
Like many bands in this Kickstarter-obsessed age, rock outfit Bailiff funded their latest outing, the genre-melding Remise, through a fan-funded campaign. Of the many tunes that came from the successfully funded EP sessions is the wickedly cool “Helicopter”, which stands as one of Remise‘s most driving moments. With propulsive, infectious guitar riffs at the forefront, the band brings a great deal of energy in the track’s concise, four-minute runtime, during which vocalist/guitarist Josh Siegel deals with some heavy lyrical matter.
Miss your 15-minute window to buy tickets to Kate Bush‘s reunion shows in London? Well, you and most of the world are not alone. There is, however, a fine antidote to the “I’m not willing to sell my soul for some concert tickets” blues, and it comes in the form of an electrifying cover version.