Twenty-two-year-old musician Maggie Trapani is set to release her debut EP Life of a Perpetual Quitter this week, and as you’ll hear on the stream of the record below, the New Jersey native strikes a confident balance between smart pop music and confessional singer-songwriter fare. The future’s bright for this young woman and although her lesson is one often espoused by artists, it’s one people need to hear more, especially those who might feel trapped in whatever lives they lead.
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Similar to the hooky, gentle power pop of Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and looking back further, the Aislers Set, Austin-based band Moving Panoramas waste no time creating a niche for themselves within that style on their debut album One. Led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Leslie Sisson and featuring Rozie Castoe on bass and Karen Skloss on drums, the trio are captivating on the album’s first single, which just so happens to be the title track.
Having started out as a minimalist folk band, Austin’s Reservations have honed their sound to the point know where it finds a comfortable balance between the dreamy sound of Mazzy Star, the ragged style of Crazy Horse, and the more plaintive side of Belle and Sebastian. Their debut full-length is strikingly beautiful, its ten songs, which were written by singer Jana Horn when she was 19, showing remarkable maturity. Taking Time is so self-assured that when you’re offered to premiere it for all to hear, you can only reply, “How soon can we put this up?”
Hailing from upstate New York, the Parlor excel at the dreamier, more psychedelic side of indie rock and indie folk, channeling the likes of Mercury Rev and Animal Collective yet bringing their own personalities into the music also. Band masterminds Eric Krans and Jen O’Connor create a gentle, otherworldly sound on “Wishes in the Sheets”, from their forthcoming new album Wahzu Wahzu. Which so happens to have been mastered by Mercury Rev member Anthony Molina.
Heavily influenced by such classic shoegaze bands as Ride and Slowdive, Hertfordshire, England band Silver Shields are set to release their new single “I Wonder if You’re Thinking of Me Now” next month. However, it’s such a good track, juxtaposing massive, layered, distorted guitars with wistful vocals, that we couldn’t resist posting the song for you to hear below.