There have been some great releases the last few months, I haven’t been able to cover them all in full so here’s a rundown of some of the records I’ve been enjoying:
Fist City – Everything Is A Mess
This is a very accessible and immediately memorable sophomore album from the Canadian indie-punk four piece. Melodic songs, with excellent off-kilter clipped vocals, are backed by sometimes jangly, sometimes fast and spiky guitars and hypnotic rhythms; the combination is just perfect for rocking out to and will make you want to do just that. The songs meld with dreamy/spacey rumbling instrumental interludes to add interest and what you get is an accomplished, well rounded record made to last.
(previously published in Buzz mag June)
Flesh World – The Wild Animals In my Life
I consider this a grower compared to their 2013 record, but after a few play throughs I’m now fully on board. Abrasive yet melodic post-punk gems, dark and scuzzy yet also quite accessible in its own way.
Valet – Nature
A nice bit of super-dreamy shoegaze which also touches on many other genres here and there and has lovely floaty vocals and 90s sounding riffs. The opener, Sunday, is a favourite, reminding me of Slowdive (if they were covering the Cocteau Twins perhaps). A decent change of pace.
Annabel – Having It All
While I don’t think this is Annabel’s strongest release, a new release from them is always welcome so it doesn’t take long for me to get lost in their emo, indie-rock tunes. This record feels slicker, less immediate and quirky, however there are still some great tunes here and it is worthy of your time. The jury is out on whether it will stand the test of time for me against their other records, but I’ll worry about that later.
Fleabite – TTYL
Jagged yet melodic girl fronted punky pop tunes from Fleabite who are one of my new favourite bands. They have top tunes and this new record is, if anything, even more melodic than their last. Fleabite always have a layer of harsh blown-out fuzz over everything but on this new EP their sound is richer, a little easier on the ears and has a lovely surf-rock quality. Love this.
Telepathic – Powers Of Ten EP
The new 6 track EP from the Bleeding Rainbow folks. This is not a million miles from their old rockin’ shoegaze sound, if you were a fan of the old band you’ll likely be in to this too. The EP has great melodies and is nicely heavy on the guitars.
Temple – Kill/Let Die
Just two tracks here but really decent (emo) indie-rock tunes and getting repeated spins from me. I love the punchy, jagged guitars, strong bass lines and the mix of sung and shouted vocals running over eachother.