Backed by a smattering of old-timey cartoon images, “Every Minute”, the newest tune by the Jacksonville, Florida outfit JJ Grey & Mofro, is a jubilant little number from the group’s new studio affair, Ol’ Glory. This is the kind of tune whose rays of optimism can cut through even the cloudiest of days. Once the song reaches its climactic moment, powered by a particularly effective horn section, one might notice an additional little skip in her step.
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Monica da Silva and Chad Alger live up to their name as a duo: Complicated Animals. With their debut EP, In This Game, the two aim at crafting a new sonic called “Indie Nova”, a deceptively complex mix to pull off. Indie rock is not particularly renowned for rhythmic prowess, whereas tricky meter and rhythm is a central feature to bossa nova. Of course, in the hands of able musicians, even the most complicated of animals can be reconciled, which is certainly the case for da Silva and Alger’s debut outing.
Below you can stream In This Game EP in preparation for its release next week.
Imagine the twee and off-kilter vocals of Jens Lekman, add a major power boost and you’ve got the New Zealand musician Anthonie Tonnon. Every now and again you one can hear Lekman-esque inflections in his voice, but whereas that Swedish singer’s delivery can often be cloying and (intentionally) corny, Tonnon’s vocals are powerful right when they need to be, just as they are on the song “Water Underground”. The track, a cut off of his forthcoming Successor LP, finds Tonnon’s voice met by a catchy strumming pattern on the guitar, which then builds into a simple yet especially effective chorus.
“Charles and Michael are KNTRLR”, reads the bio of this electronic duo. While the photo of the two men above might alarm some—clearly that bartender has not had her ID checked—there’s nothing overly mysterious about what they do, even though they elect to only go by their first names in press materials. For instance, take the track “Halogen”, a number off of the duo’s forthcoming debut The Great Filter: sure, there’s plenty of vague and attention-arousing lyrics (at one point it’s sung that “we’re reptilian”, whatever that might mean), but above all else it’s all about the hook and the ability to get feet moving on the dance floor, which “Halogen” has in spades. Then again, that’s not to say this is an ordinary collaboration; after all, they’ve been described as “[if] the Walkmen joined with Death Grips and toured brothels.” To figure out what that might just mean, stream “Halogen” below.
Wasted Wine hails from South Carolina, but upon hearing the band’s darkly romantic music, one is transported not to the American South but rather to an imaginary Eastern European cabaret where wine is aplenty—far from wasted. Evoking the macabre hues of Matt Elliott and the Black Heart Procession, Wasted Wine’s minor key-centric songwriting is lush and enveloping, with the ability to fog one’s mind in shadows. This is plenty evident on “Fall Upon Me”, a track from the group’s forthcoming LP Wasted Wine vs. the Hypnosis Center. The song opens with a sensuous and foreboding violin intro, which then gives way to an intense chorus driven by distorted guitars. The video to “Fall Upon Me”, which you can watch exclusively below, only adds to the tune’s air of intrigue, with mysterious gazes and drawn guns creating an opaque narrative.