Sam Veal is a film worker, freelance writer, and music enthusiast based in Atlanta, GA. He has worked in production with several major studios, such as Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, and Disney. He also spends time as a writing and editing consultant. While not working, he spends his time watching/playing soccer, cooking new things, and ineffectively trying to comb down the front part of his hair.
I’ve had trouble listening to much else since Cardiff’s Joanna Gruesome released their debut full-length, “Weird Sister”. They charm you with jangly guitar hooks, excite you with punk drum beats, and then threaten to “pull out your teeth”. It’s an aggressively fun piece of C86-inspired fuzz pop that deserves your attention.
The B-Side to the next single off of the album, “Sugarcrush“, is a cover of Galaxie 500′s 1988 gem, “Tugboat”. Give it a spin below.
Introducing: Slaughter Beach. Though the Danish trio a fairly new to the scene, they’re quickly dropping tracks filled with alluring boardwalk-pop.
The beauty in “Spinning Globe” is in its simplicity. A lazy, reverb heavy guitar line blooms into a poignantly warm chorus accentuated with electric organ. Isolated vocals comb throughout the track, making it a multi-seasonal treat; think of a more playful Beach Fossils.
Keep up with Slaughter Beach’s progress via their Soundcloud, and listen to “Spinning Globe” below.
Disclosure’s blend of House, R&B, and Pop combined for “Settle”, arguably one of the best dance records of 2013. With their latest track, “Apollo“, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence pull back on the pop sensibility that made their singles fly up the charts in Europe and boost up the pumps and repetition. What we’re left with is a rhythmic homage to the London House scene that’s way too easy to submerge yourself into.
Listen to “Apollo” here, and if you haven’t yet, track down a copy of their LP, “Settle”.
Welsh ensemble Los Campesinos! are not ones to waste time, are they? The band are set to release their fifth full length album in just short of six years with “No Blues“.
The latest offering from the new record, “Avocado, Baby” is more of what we love about the bratty twee-poppers: anthemic buildups and lyrical idiosyncrasies that fall just short of frenzy. The band are compositionally only getting more efficient, which can be noted with the track being sprinkled with breakdowns that end with the foot being slammed back on the accelerator. There’s much of what could be called their trademark on this song, but with such unique lyrical content and at such a near-derailing pace, it’s tough not to appreciate what Los Campesinos! have created for themselves over the past half-decade.
It’s the album that we’ve been anticipating for over twelve years. Finally, the day has come – you can finally listen to The Dismemberment Plan’s “Uncanney Valley” in its entirety! Streaming over at NPR’s First Listen, we find the band a bit older, but staying true to their blend of spastic and playful emo rock. ”Uncanney Valley” is out via Partisan Records on October 15.
Spanish dance pop kings Delorean are preparing the release of their new album “Apar”, out September 10 via True Panther. The second track on the album, “Destitute Time”, is substance behind the band’s previous statements that this record was their first “big production album”.
Notes of their bright, flashy past definitely ring throughout, but there’s something undeniably evocative about this track that we are yet to hear from them. An increased focus on the lower end, sultry guitar melodies, and added vocals from indie-belter Glasser culminate into a danceable piece of summer sentimentality.
It’s an added element of M83-esque melodrama that Delorean have needed to break the ceiling. If this is any indication, this will be a can’t-miss record that will extend your summer by a number of weeks. Listen to “Destitute Time” below and preorder “Apar” here.