This weekend selection is romantic. It’s sassy. It’s emotive. It’s relaxed. It’s nearly everything you were waiting for and the reason thing we keep this trailing on.
Read and listen on below.
Milano garage pop trio Surf Cassette share “Summer’s End”, an ode to waves, West Coast romance, and dreams inspired by seasides. If you were ever wondering how to make romantic rock’n roll sound easygoing, this is it.
For fans of: Dead Ghosts, Nobunny, Jacuzzi Boys
Bee Bee Sea are a trio of spirited garage-psych rockers coming from a small city in Northern Italy. “D.I. Why Why Why” is from their sophomore LP, Sonic Boomerang, out next week and already on our list for neu psych anthems to come back to.
For fans of: Thee Oh Sees, Guantanamo Baywatch, King Gizzard
Who would think to reject dark reverb-soaked tunes? Chilean psych rockers the Red Belmont perform the perfect example with their single, “Even If You Want It”.
For fans of: True Widow, LA Witch, Holy Wave
Within the first thirty seconds of Boston-based Oddysseys‘ “Strange Ways”, lights seem to dim and the world seems a bit moodier than we how remembered it. Spacey vocals compliment the sinister guitar melodies just so and we’ve become slaves to this atmospheric post punk.
For fans of: Interpol, A Place to Bury Strangers, White Lies
Sixteen Jackies‘ “Movie Was Bad” hit us with lines that we could relate to. The “glum rock” Philadelphia-based musicians have somehow made depressing lines funky enough to dance along to. Here we are, shifting our shoulders to that fearless bass lines and already singing along.
For fans of: the Feelies, Gang of Four, Exploded View
Bay area Why These Coyotes indulge in classic rock riffs, strong rhythms and incredibly subtle jazz hints. “Dance Around the Fire” is one smooth swayer.
For fans of: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Drugdealer, Homeshake
LA-based Koda is Jordan Sudak, a name he initially acquired due to his obsession with photography. “Curse” is a single that demonstrates an easy balance between his ambient dreampop and Nordic folk influences along with his return to heavier alternative roots.
For fans of: Ásgeir, Sin Fang, Miike Snow
McARP is a Romanian composer and electronic musician based in Austria. “Ashes on the Snow” is a single inspired by Cormac McCarthy story ‘The Road’, and continues the introspective narrative through vintage piano soundscapes and electronic ambience.
For fans of: Bonobo, Bibio, Gold Panda
Goon “She” is an acoustic guitar-driven lullaby, best explained by singer-songwriter and guitarist Kenny Becker as having a “sad and lonely energy”. The single’s intensely emotional vocals are stabilized through equally delicate guitar melodies.
For fans of: the Vines, Grandaddy, Spiritualized
Leggy was recently included in the NYT’s list of 50 bands with women dominating rock and roll, and for good reason. “Not What You Need” pulls from full shoegaze vibes, Pacific Northwest 90s punk energy and twee vocal tones.
For fans of: Chastity Belt, Grass Widow, Ex Hex
Canadian three-piece Bike Thiefs call themselves “grammatically inept”, though we’re hooked on their latest release “Was I At Least Funny?” because of its abrasively chatty narrative. Marko Woloshyn’s lead vocals hover confidently over layers of fuzz and sustained striking percussion. If there ever was such a thing, this single is the right amount of bold.
For fans of: Fugazi, Parquet Courts, the Men