Hung On Tight
Wavering guitars, dreamy synths, and emotion rich lyrics create the soulful new track from Melbourne 5-Piece Snakadaktal. On the heels of their upcoming LP release (due out June 24th via Liberation music) “Hung on Tight” was released just yesterday as the first official single off the upcoming album.
To say we’re excited to hear the rest of the album is an understatement. Aside from the masterfully crafted instrumentals and the stellar production quality, we’re left yearning to hear more of these ethereal vocals and incredible wordplay. Take one listen and try not to get addicted.
Our friends over at Red Brick Songs recently put together a fun summertime playlist featuring tracks from their roster that relate to our personal favorite season of the year. If you’re not familiar with Red Brick Songs, you need to wise up and start paying attention. This Toronto based indie label finds some of the best folk and indie rock we’ve laid ears on. In fact, one of our favorite projects in the past few years was their Casablanca Sessions songwriter retreat from last summer. They seem to have an ear for amazing music, and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
This selection includes sunny songs from the likes of Los Encantados, Andy Shauf, Library Voices, Teen Daze and more. Press play, lie back, and enjoy the warm tunes.
In The Summertime
Jason Haberman & Golden Weekends
The Right Time
Two Little Clouds
Carl Johnson (Library Voices)
Beyond The Beach
PS I love You
The Royal Concept
On Our Way
Stockholm based indie pop quartet The Royal Concept has effectively given us something that we’ve been waiting for since the sunny summer rays started beating down on our winter whitened foreheads. It’s that summer anthem. You know what we mean, right? That song that just you belt out with your friends after a long night.
These infectious lyrics will crawl under your skin in all the best ways. Listen to it one time through, and get ready to start singing.
Ready for something different? Benin City is plenty different, and in all the best ways. The London based band named after the city in Nigeria has a lot to offer for the listener that may be a little bored with the latest trends. Simple yet eloquent, the band’s debut LP “Fires in the Park” offers some accessible and inspiring electro with a heavy hip hop influence.
“People Will Say,” starts with a head nodding bass line and a pleasant synthesized melody. The lyrics are rapped and remind the listener a little of socially conscious, uplifting messages of hip hop artists like K-OS, but without the heavy metaphysical lifting. “Wha Gwan,” is a track for fans of hip hop that delight in a slightly different cadence then he/she would typically hear in the hip hop world. The electronic instrumentals are clever and unpredictable: juxtaposing fuzzy bass lines and horns in between dreamy synth-laden interludes. “My Love” starts with synth notes serving as percussion, setting the tone for deep and poetic lyrical explosion on love–likening that state of being to an alchemical formula but at the same its deeply personal nature. The song erupts into a melodic triumph that inspires immediate respect and awe.
Typically this reviewer passes on hip hop, but this album is worth a listen even for skeptics of the genre. “Fires in the Park” is an interesting, thoughtful and ultimately worthy purchase. I highly recommend it, but taste it for yourself here.
People Will Say
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Springfield based indie rock outfit Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin not only has an entertaining name, but an entertaining sound. This Missourian four piece met at an absolute laugher of a Super bowl, when the legendary Denver Broncos, lead by a God against men, dismantled the Atlanta Falcons. Broncos allegiance aside, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for these guys, and I’m excited today to bring some new music from them to you.
The repetitious chord driven progression of “Nightwater Girlfriend” is similar to what we’ve come to expect and love from SSLYBY. It has that garage rock feel that’s easily digestible. There’s also a nice little math rock inspired guitar section that shows the bands versatility. No matter how you shake it down, these guys know how to write an infectious tune.