Today London electro pop band Kármán Line are releasing their new EP In Autumn, whose single “Tell Me What I Want to Know” is a very good indication of what to expect. A propulsive dance track whose house beats transport listeners back to the 1990s, it’s shamelessly upbeat in tone, which typically masks the longing in the lyrics.
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The brainchild of singer-songwriter Michelle Birsky, Birch took shape during a songwriting sojourn in Vermont in the summer of 2014. A year later the project has expanded to a proper band, a debut EP is on the way, and best of all, there’s a fantastic, stylish new video for the contagious track “Halfway” that shows just how well-rounded Birsky’s brand of indie rock is.
Boasting raw talent so precocious that you find yourself wondering why in the hell you didn’t do anything like this when you were 20, Matt Jaffe sounds like he’s already hit full stride on his debut EP Blast Off. Like a cross between Stiff Records post-punk (think Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe) with modern rockers the Gaslight Anthem, the Bay Area prodigy’s music is not only relentlessly hooky, but wickedly clever too, as you hear on his song “Stoned on Easter”, the video of which can be seen below.
Taut, loud, and extremely energetic, San Francisco’s Jet Trash is everything you want from a young rock ‘n’ roll band. Part garage rock, part post-punk, it’s as if the Count Five and Gang of Four were involved in an unholy commingling, and Jet Trash’s raucous debut EP will have you pogoing in no time. Here’s a DIY indie rock band that remembers how to actually rock, which these days is a breath of fresh air.
Just a few weeks ago Dead Confederate frontman T. Hardy Morris released his second solo album, the crazed, prickly Hardy & the Hardknocks: Drownin’ on a Mountaintop. Its title track, a manic Americana-gone-punk hybrid that careens from four-on-the-floor speed to a 6/8 downshift so abrupt you get whiplash, is the latest single, which is presented in the form of a whimsically animated lyric video below.