Formerly from Victoria, British Columbia, the garage rock trio Babysitter now calls Montreal home, and now have a new self-titled album coming out next week. As per usual, the band cranks out the heavy guitar jams that sound reminiscent of Crazy Horse and the Stooges at the same time, the riffs massive, grating, threatening to drown out the rest of the band. “Envy” is a great example, which you can listen to below.
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Children of an Irish folk musician father and a Parisian mother, siblings Emma and Tom Hamilton already have a long history as musicians, with Tom producing Emma’s 2012 jazz album La Musique. After an extensive tour with Australian jazz artist Tommy Emmanuel, they decided to become a duo, the Hamiltons were created, and now they have a brand new single, the retro-swinging jazz pop tune “Paranoid”, ready for release next month. Which, as luck would have it, you can listen to below.
Citing such influences as the Lumineers, One Republic, and Andy Grammer, Phoenix band Luxxe serve up their own brand of folk pop on their upcoming debut EP One. A fine example is the track “Entomologist”, which taps nicely into the summer alternative festival circuit nicely, with its pleasant acoustic arrangements and AM radio-friendly hooks.
Best known for his cult lo-fi project Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, Owen Ashworth has a new one up and running called Advance Base, and his second album under the new moniker, Nephew in the Wild, comes out today. Featuring guest singer and co-writer Jody Weinmann, standout track “My Love For You is Like a Puppy Underfoot” combines the endearing and the absurd much like how Stephin Merritt did with the Magnetic Fields and the 6ths, bordering on surrealism and smartly crafted pop music at the same time.