Fan Modine‘s Gordon Zacharias takes his time to compose perfectly balanced and complex pop songs. It’s that meticulous attention to detail that makes every Fan Modine album a cause for celebration among pure pop fans. That’s on full display with this first single, “One Company Town”, from Cause Célèbre, coming in April from Lost Colony Music.
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The Singles latest tune is the garage poppy “(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone”, a three-minute slice of classic pop. Vince Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) tells us, “‘(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone’ is the first track we recorded for the new album. One of our favs to play live, it came together quite quickly in the studio. Not a lot of overdubs, straight forward rock n roll.” Look for a new full-length album, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break, this April.
Seattle duo Iska Dhaaf takes its name from the Somali phrase for “let it go”. But there’s not much translation needed for the synth-laced indie-pop of Iska Dhaaf’s debut full-length Even the Sun Will Burn, recorded at Olympia, Washington’s underground rock mecca, Dub Narcotic Studios. Consisting of singer/guitarist Nathan Quiroga and keyboardist/drummer Benjamin Verdoes (of Mt. Saint Helens Vietnam Band), there are bittersweet hints of ‘60s psychedelia that lend depth and texture to the swirling, catchy melodies.
Even with its swirling, ethereal melodies, Spotlight Kid‘s upcoming third album Ten Thousand Hours is more dream-rock than dream-pop, considering the muscle and heft of its soundscapes. While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, the moments that really jump out on the Nottingham group‘s latest effort are the ones that bring to mind a Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins. And with the Kate Bush-like cadences of Katty Heath’s vocals as a prominent part of the mix, there’s a real sense of drama and dynamism to Ten Thousand Hours.
Best known for her take on Swedish House Mafia’s “Leave the World Behind”, Lune chanteuse Linnéa Martinsson builds her debut album Music & Sports around the melodic qualities of her vocals, which got her noticed for her collaborative work with EDM stars the likes of Tiësto and Adrian Lux. But even as Music & Sports puts the spotlight Martinsson’s ethereal voice, Lune’s electropop compositions have enough texture and energy to give her a solid foundation to work on. Premiering on PopMatters, Lune’s debut album Music & Sports comes out on 10 March, via Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune label.
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