For some reason, this song reminds me very much of the Canadian 80s new wave band, Men Without Hats. I suppose it has something to do with the very idea of North Americans singing with a baritone Anglophile accent. Whatever the form, this Baltimore-based band have enough synth-pop savvy to make good use of the now-popular style. In any case this new single Before the Bridge will be the A-side from the 7″ of the same title, out July 19 on Thrill Jockey. Check it out and make your way to Future Islands…
Fact of the matter is that if I read about a modern rock band describing themselves as ‘power pop’, I roll my eyes in abject skepticism. BUT in the case of Saint Motel, that’s exactly what they are! Check out this melodically muscular single which will knock you senseless with delight. Hypnotic piano riff, frenetic guitars and hyperventilating vocals will leave you smiling. Where’s the album, boys??? Whatever, in the meantime, enjoy…
This is an exciting project as artists of many different persuasions gather to pay tribute to a true rock ‘n’ roll legend – the late great Buddy Holly. This is an tasty teaser – from My Morning Jacket, a rather faithful rendition of True Love Ways. Brilliant!
By now, PoP visitors would be aware that I am a big fan of Natalie’s Perfect and was well pleased to perform the song with her for Walk On Music’s S-Indie TV. Patrick Chng was kind enough to provide me with an audio recording of the performance and you can listen to the song below.
I never liked the original Arthur movie starring the late Dudley Moore and never quite understood it’s popularity and the soundtrack contained one of the worst songs ever written by the great Burt Bacharach, not helped by Christopher Cross’ awful falsetto as well. So it seemed to make perfect sense to me when it was announced that a remake would be produced with the over-rated Russell Brand reprising Moore’s role. Ugh.
But… if Ben Gibbard’s contribution to the soundtrack – a wistful Springsteen channeling slow rocker called When the Sun Goes Down – is any indication, then at least the music on the film is going to be worth checking out. Listen for yourself…
Listen to Emmanuel Road, off Jamaican band The Jolly Boys’ upcoming new album, Great Expectation. The Jolly Boys have been leading lights of the Jamaican mento scene for over 60 (!) years. Mento? Mento was the music of the Jamaican dancehalls before ska, rocksteady, and reggae came along. Sounds really cool… check it out!
This new song comes from the critically acclaimed electronic duo who have made an intense and hypnotic score for the upcoming adventure thriller Hanna – in theatres April 8th through Focus Features. A little short but an interesting teaser, one might say…
Swedish power pop band The Merrymakers was one of the leading lights of the 90s pop underground scene. Well, Merrymakers may be no more but here comes David Myhr to carry off where his former band left off with a spanking new single – Got You Where He Wanted – the first offering from upcoming album, Sunshine. Chock full of hooks and wondrous melodies, this is a classic pop gem in the making. Check it out, folks!
More 80s synth-pop channeling in the shape and form of British duo Summer Camp, who have a debut album due. 80s fans will no doubt hear references to Roxy Music and The Police in this lead single from the upcoming album.
Listen to County Line below, a moody electric piano piece that recalls the late John Lennon and The Band, off the upcoming album – Wits End – from Cass McCombs, to be released by Domino Records on 11th April 2011. It is rather sumptuous, with McCombs also channeling Richard Manuel’s fragile pipes on this country-folk-ish tune. Worth checking out.
English band Noah & the Whale is – like Mumford & Sons – at the forefront of the current UK retro-folk movement. Consisting of Charlie Fink (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Tom Hobden (fiddle), Urby Whale (bass), and Fred Abbott (guitar/keys), the band is set to release its third album, Last Night On Earth, on March 15th via Mercury Records. The band’s first album since 2009 will feature ten brand new tracks, including the infectiously melodic first single L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Sanny Veloo is a S-ROCK legend! As the singer-guitarist of Boredphucks and Melbourne-based The Suns, Sanny has been on the vanguard of Singaporean melodic rock ‘n’ roll for over a decade now. Well, EMPRA is Sanny’s latest project and based on its debut single Like A Runaway/I Won’t Give Up, it is clear that the years have not blunted Sanny’s rock edge or way with a melody. Highly recommended! Listen/download from Bandcamp.
The Futurists represents the musical meanderings and lyrical musings of Paul Housden who is also the singer and guitarist in Foxx on Fire. A debut album will be released soon, featuring the Adrian Whitehead on keyboards, the Terepai Richmond on drums and the Jak Housden on guitar and production. There will be an album launch with hot dogs, balloons… the whole schmear!
David Vandervelde is a singer-songwriter that has interested me recently with his intriguing take on country-folk-soul-pop. What Vandervelde does is to filter a 70s classic pop-rock agenda through alt-rock sensibilities. In 2010, Vandervelde (via Secret Canadian) released four digital singles, which will now be collected on 12″ vinyl (cover art above, available on 3 August). My favourite of the lively bunch is Learn How To Hang (Great title! Listen below) which sounds to me like feisty hybrid of REO Speedwagon and Jesus and Mary Chain, if you can imagine that. Vandervelde probably sums it up himself best on the Lindsay Buckingham-channeling Wave Country. Certainly, David Vandervelde is one singer-songwriter to keep a close eye (and ear) on.
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