Autodrone last released a full length in 2008, when debut Strike a Match turned heads thanks to a heavy shoegaze palette and powerful live shows. The band’s latest offering, This Sea Is Killing Me, paints in darker hues while also playing up the band’s way with contrasting keyboard lines and atmospheric guitars that cascade over Katherine Kennedy’s vocals. Songs like “Exit Ghost” bring to mind misty graveyards on moonlit nights and pack plenty of eerie fall thrills.
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It’s easy to label Oxford band Co-Pilgrim as “twee”, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that the band has more classic American rock, folk, and country influences than, say, anything C86-related. With its rich vocal harmonies, new album Slows to Go beautifully evokes the Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Big Star. The specter of Gram Parsons and Alex Chilton loom over the record as well, as singer-songwriter Mike Gale comes through with gem after gem, often augmented by rich folk rock guitar and swooning pedal steel. And for good measure, the band’s never hesitant to throw in a little shoegazey distortion for effect, as on the Teenage Fanclub-esque “Flood of Tears”.
The brainchild of Los Angeles artist Adam Finkel, Alek Fin specializes in electronic music that straddles gentle pop, adult contemporary, with just enough experimentation to give it enough edginess. The twitchiness of Thom Yorke, the smoothness of James Blake, and the crooning of Patrick Watson, if you will.
Starting off with a wicked opening riff nicked straight from Wire, the new track by Los Angeles band the Singles (the real Singles, not the celebrity band formerly known as the Singles) quickly shifts into the kind of hooky garage punk rock ‘n’ roll that they’ve always excelled at. It’s a small taste of what you can expect from their fourth album, which will be released in early 2016.
Back in early August we premiered the contagious powerpop title track from A Fragile Tomorrow’s new album. Bearing an endearing similarity to XTC and Big Star (what better bands to emulate?) Make Me Over is a rich and wonderfully catchy album by the South Carolina band, and although it comes out on 16 October, it’s too good not to share a week early. The band agreed, and the album can be streamed below.
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