Brooklyn weirdos Harvey Eyeballs usually play the kind of tunes that could qualify as outsider music, but in their best work lies a deceivingly smart musical sensibility. Take “Hopeless Breakup Song” from their forthcoming album Whole ‘Nuther Record, for instance. At first it sounds like they’re taking the piss out of early ‘60s pop, but the more the raggedy track goes on, the more you begin to sense a little soul, a little grace reminiscent of Lambchop in their prime. It’s a good little tearjerker, and should be enough to compel you to investigate this enigmatic band further.
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Wavves fifth record, called V, will release 2 October via Ghost Ramp / Warner Bros. and has been produced by Woody Jackson. The group describes the new album as more of a team effort with Stephen Pope and Alex Gates contributing to the songwriting alongside Wavves-frontman Nathan Williams. Check out the new music as Wavves begins touring their new music 8 September.
Recorded in the home of band leaders Ryan Peoples and Rebekah Goode-Peoples, the latest album by Atlanta’s Oryx & Crake has lofty ambitions sonically, taking great inspiration from such Canadian acts as Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. However, the aptly titled Marriage remains refreshingly grounded throughout, the band’s lavish orchestral pop meshing with exuberant new wave influences. A fine example is the late-album track “Hold Hand for Dry Land”, which locks itself into a mighty groove, Moog synths and fun vocal “whoo”s accentuating that lively mood.
At first Vancouver band Animal Omen sounds cut from the same retro heavy rock as Black Mountain from the same city, relying on lugubrious tempos and roaring, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and melodies, save for one major difference. While Black Mountain’s psychedelic influence keeps their music at an arm’s length from the audience, Animal Omen head straight in the opposite direction, injecting genuine soul into the music. No detachment, just emotion, but in a tasteful way: there’s no cock rock swagger, nor any post-millennial whining. Debut single “Susan” is just a gorgeous song about a girl, played and sung with complete sincerity, displaying a level of tenderness that quite frankly is missing in modern rock.
A winner of the Independent Music Award for Best Social Action Song, Seth Glier isn’t exactly known for cute comedy songs. On a whim he wrote one with his pal, based on a “mostly true” story about a breakup and a woman selling her ex’s furniture on Craigslist, and as you can hear in this exclusive live performance, it is pure gold.