Hailing from upstate New York, the Parlor excel at the dreamier, more psychedelic side of indie rock and indie folk, channeling the likes of Mercury Rev and Animal Collective yet bringing their own personalities into the music also. Band masterminds Eric Krans and Jen O’Connor create a gentle, otherworldly sound on “Wishes in the Sheets”, from their forthcoming new album Wahzu Wahzu. Which so happens to have been mastered by Mercury Rev member Anthony Molina.
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Heavily influenced by such classic shoegaze bands as Ride and Slowdive, Hertfordshire, England band Silver Shields are set to release their new single “I Wonder if You’re Thinking of Me Now” next month. However, it’s such a good track, juxtaposing massive, layered, distorted guitars with wistful vocals, that we couldn’t resist posting the song for you to hear below.
For those too young to remember, the Pac-Man craze of 1981 and 1982 was insane. It was the videogame version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, where an innocuous Japanese arcade game caught lightning in a bottle and connected with the zeitgeist in a massive, massive way. It was a major turning point for Gen-X pop culture, and along with it came every attempt imaginable to cash in on the game’s success.
Comprised of Sierra Haager from Portland band bed. and Chris Crawford of Brooklyn’s French Miami, Clintongore specializes in creating the most vibrant dance pop possible from the most minimal arrangements possible. Armed with a drum machine and Roland Juno synths, as well as Haager’s likeable singing voice, the duo are charming on their debut album, as dreamy, shimmering tunes like “Keep in Mind” and “The Long Snowfall” wouldn’t feel out of place on the Drive soundtrack.
One of the many great bands from legendary New Zealand indie label Flying Nun, the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience put out three albums between 1986 and 1993. Idiosyncratic yet fitting in snugly with the burgeoning indie rock in America and the UK at the time, the band’s unique work has been collected, remastered, and repackaged in a terrific set called I Like Rain: The Story of the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, which features not only all three albums but a bevy of bonus tracks as well.
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