Hailing from Huntington, West Virginia, the six-piece band Ona makes pure-blooded American rock and roll. Set to release their debut LP, American Fiction, via Twin Cousins Records on 25 September, “Rocks in the Basement”, the album’s lead single, picks up the path forged by The Other Side of June, the band’s 2014 two-song cassette. Named after an unincorporated West Virginia town best known for its racetrack and airfield, Ona conveys the insatiable urge to discover the larger world that resides along the east-west running Route 60.
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Born in Miami, raised in Buenos Aires, and now based in New York City, Alejandro Meola first made a name for himself with four Spanish-language releases. Now with a broader audience in his sights he’s just released First Impressions, his debut English-language release. Backed by his band Robinsones, Meola’s introspective character sketches are given a well-rounded sound that melds, blues, rock, and even reggae. Stream First Impressions in its entirety below.
Brooklyn weirdos Harvey Eyeballs usually play the kind of tunes that could qualify as outsider music, but in their best work lies a deceivingly smart musical sensibility. Take “Hopeless Breakup Song” from their forthcoming album Whole ‘Nuther Record, for instance. At first it sounds like they’re taking the piss out of early ‘60s pop, but the more the raggedy track goes on, the more you begin to sense a little soul, a little grace reminiscent of Lambchop in their prime. It’s a good little tearjerker, and should be enough to compel you to investigate this enigmatic band further.
Recorded in the home of band leaders Ryan Peoples and Rebekah Goode-Peoples, the latest album by Atlanta’s Oryx & Crake has lofty ambitions sonically, taking great inspiration from such Canadian acts as Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. However, the aptly titled Marriage remains refreshingly grounded throughout, the band’s lavish orchestral pop meshing with exuberant new wave influences. A fine example is the late-album track “Hold Hand for Dry Land”, which locks itself into a mighty groove, Moog synths and fun vocal “whoo”s accentuating that lively mood.
For anyone who remembers Stiff Records, especially the work by the late, great Kirsty MacColl for that label in the early 1980s, you’ll hear a little bit of that cheeky, winsome, youthful rock ‘n’ roll sound in Head Over Heart’s new seven-inch single. Celebrating 1950s kitsch and adding a little new wave twist to the whole thing, the Tucson, Arizona duo of Jordan Prather and Belinda Esquer sound right at home on “I Don’t Mind” and especially “Fall Back in Love”, which has just been made into a charming and devilishly funny new video by director Alex Italics.
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