The founder of Chicago indie pop band Paper Arrows, singer-songwriter Joe Goodkin has set off on his own, recording his debut solo album Record of Life, which comes out at the end of the month. Tapping into the folkier side of indie rock, as well as Americana and even a slight Paul Westerberg influence, Goodkin’s honest, unpretentious style shines through, which you can hear—and see—on the stark new video for “Dog and Cat”, which we’re pleased to premiere here at PopMatters.
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Led by singer and musician Nicole Turley, Swahili Blonde featured such guests as John Frusciante and members of Devo, Duran Duran, and Warpaint on past releases. For the new EP Deities in Decline, however, Turley has set off on her own, helming the entire project, and one of those end results, “Discover Aurora” can be heard below. Featuring a mix of electronic and afrobeat influences, it’s art pop that remains grounded without becoming lost in pretension.
If you don’t know the story behind Hydrogen Child, here’s a refresher. The Shreveport, Louisiana band, under the name Super Water Sympathy, put out a pair of albums in 2011 and 2013, but in late 2014 announced they were changing the moniker to the same title as their second album, Hydrogen Child. Seven months after the release of the new track “Sirens”, the band is set to release a five-track EP bearing the same name, which we’re pleased to premiere here at PopMatters.
Ebullient, lavish, and with huge crossover appeal, Sirens combines modern alternative pop with a wonderful “Big ‘80s” influence. Singer Ansley Hughes leading the way with her charismatic, appealing singing. These tracks, produced by Frequency (Eminem, Rihanna) sound massive, and best of all, the hooks are incessant.
Good Field, based out of Austin, Texas, came to be when Paul Price (of Brazos, the Early Tapes, and Voxtrot) created a set of songs that he envisioned for a full band, rather than a simple solo configuration. Rounded out by Michael McLeod (bass), Kyle Robertson (keys), and Esteban Cruz (drums), Good Field draw from a wide range of genres, dream pop and shoegaze being two regularly mentioned ones. With their new single “Business”, which will feature on the forthcoming Future Me LP, Good Field take up the mantle of ‘90’s indie rock, with just the right amount of grit and distortion to give textural contrast to the song’s melodies.
Half-English, half-Irish singer-songwriter Janie Price, who goes under the moniker Bird, is set to release her new album Figments of Our Imagination later this summer. In anticipation of its release PopMatters is pleased to premiere “Girl Can’t Decide”, a glossy synth-pop track that tells the tale of a woman stuck in a relationship that’s harder to get out of than she thought.