Led by founder and multi-instrumentalist Frank Orrall, Poi Dog Pondering have been a mainstay in the Chicago music scene for more than two decades. Featuring a perpetually evolving sound and a revolving collection of contributors, their eclecticism is all part of their charm, and that’s on full display on the ebullient experimental pop of their eighth album Everybody’s Got a Star, which will be released 18 September and can be listened to in its entirety below.
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What’s so impressive about Darlingside’s new album Birds Say is how fully developed it feels. From the first minute it has an identity, its acoustic arrangements and rich, four-part vocal harmonies hearkening to ‘60s folk (the CSNY influence is massive) yet the foursome still take the music in a direction that feels contemporary. It’s rooted in traditional music but has a very subtle experimental mentality that gives the music a quirky charm of its own. It’s not easy for a band to sound like they hit the ground running, but Darlingside do that on a record that, if there’s any justice in this world, should click in a huge way with the indie folk crowd.
Having opened in the past for the likes of Temples and the Horrors, New York band Spires are set to release their debut self-titled EP 18 September on 401K Music. Derived from the Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spires tosses in a little bit of twee as well for a good balance of braggadocio and sensitivity.
The brainchild of New York singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nick Kinsey, the aptly named KINSEY dives shamelessly into the melodic and hook-oriented indie pop of A.C. Newman and Dan Bejar and emerges with an identity of its own on the charming new album My Loneliest Debut, which comes out 18 September. There’s an anything-goes quality to Kinsey’s writing that’s impossible to resist, his kitchen-sink approach making for idiosyncratic yet vibrant music.
Suddenly finding himself evacuated from his Glasgow home after it was found to have structural damage, composer John Lemke embarked on a couch-surfing journey for the next six months with his piano and a bag of clothes. The creative result of that upheaval is the fittingly titled new album Nomad Frequencies, which comes out 25 September. Featuring his trademark minimalist piano adorned with such accoutrements as analog synths, tape echoes, and meditative tuning forks he’s created something that sounds both meditative and restless, a dynamic beautifully present on the standout track “The Unwinding”.