New albums you might want to check out, PoP fan!
PEOPLE AND STARS – S/T (MINTY FRESH)
Gorgeous jaunty soft rock that authentically re-creates the swinging Sixties, the electronic Eighties and the 90s Pop Underground! This release might only feature three tracks but in the classic soul-pop referencing “You’re Not Alone”, the synth-pop channeling “The Future Is Right Here Today” and the chamber pop evoking “Hold Me Forever”, People And Stars have captured perfectly the zeitgeist of timeless pop music. http://www.peopleandstarsmusic.com/
COOL GHOULS – ANIMAL RACES (EMPTY CELLAR RECORDS) Street date: August 19th
Three decades of rock ’n’ roll inform Cool Ghouls’ agenda on this wonderfully retrodelic (as coined by Robyn Hitchcock) album. Think of the 60s psychedelic country-folk-rock as obsessively channeled through the 80s Paisley Underground and one will have a strong impression of Cool Ghouls. Swear that Animal Races is a godsend in these unforgiving empty pop times. Absolutely essential for every Pop Underground devotee. http://coolghouls.tumblr.com/
COSMONAUTS – A-OK! (BURGER RECORDS) Street date: August 19th
How can you not be convinced by the contemporary psych-rock revival sweeping discerning rock bands and audiences in the USA and the UK? Like their like-minded peers, Cosmonauts flavour their authentic chronic psychedelia with healthy dollops of dream-pop and garage-punk to produce a deliciously heady aural trip. It’s the 60s via the 90s and onwards to 2016! Brilliant work. https://cosmonautstheband.bandcamp.com/
INTROFLIRT – TEMPORARY HEAVEN (SELF-RELEASED)
The trio known as Introflirt dubbed its own genre as ‘croonwave’. We hope that was made tongue in cheek. Obviously, this eight-track album truly pays homage to 80s synth-pop and is influenced by Soft Cell and Depeche Mode. But of course, even trendy bleeps and bloops are meaningless if the songwriting is creatively vacant. Thankfully, Introflirt are no slouches in that department opting to invest in a faithful evocation, rather than mere pastiche. http://www.introflirtmusic.com/
CARA AND MIKE GANGLOFF WITH THE GREAT AMERICAN DRONE ORCHESTRA – KNOCKING ON LIFE’S DOOR (MIE MUSIC)
Here’s the typical American songbook presented in an unconventional manner. The Gangloff’s opted to take standards like “Sentimental Journey”, “Moon River”, “Misty” and “Cry Me a River” and perform the tunes over drones. Yes quite literally. The results are experimental, arty and somewhat obtuse. Really probably only appealing to lovers of art music and the avant garde.
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