Better known as the lead singer for Little Grey Girlfriend, Erika Lloyd has ventured out on her own with her solo debut Power, on which she blends eccentric indie pop with chamber music. The title track, which you can hear below, is especially effective in the way it hearkens back to the experimental pop music of the 1980s, how it sounds high-gloss and ornate at the same time.
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The band name is a mouthful, but this Colorado roots band strips its sound down so much, combining Appalachian folk and honky tonk energy so well that you think these musicians arrived straight out of the 1920s. New album Eat the Moon features a wonderful little track called “Back Door” that’s full of humor and affability, which couldn’t be a finer choice to premiere here.
Brooklyn trio Monogold will release their new album Good Heavens on 25 September, but in advance of that date they’ve put out a charming little single in the form of “Pink Lemonade”. A smart decision too, because the track’s breezy, carefree quality is perfectly timed for the summer, and many will enjoy its sweetly psychedelic tones. Like a bubblegum Animal Collective, to be honest.
As Craig Hayes so eloquently wrote for PopMatters a couple years ago, the influence of Lycia on not only darkwave but gothic, industrial, and doom music cannot be understated. Now the Arizona band is back with A Line That Connects, their tenth album overall and second for the outstanding Handmade Birds label. “Blue” is an easy standout from the new record, a sumptuous journey into the darkness with Tara Vanflower providing the siren’s song to guide you through.
With Tove Lo making waves in North America and Tove Styrke on the cusp of achieving the same thing, things are looking bright for Swedish pop music, whose quality is almost always above average. Singer Mizgin is making a bid to be the next great Swedish pop export, and if there’s one thing she has going for herself it’s that she sidesteps the usual indie “poptimist”-pandering fare for flat-out, bombast reminiscent of Rihanna and Beyonce. She’s already topped the Swedish charts with “Get You Off”, and the anthemic “If I Said I’m in Love (Suicide)” aims to continue that momentum.