Shades of baroque pop, quirky yet super catchy with a 70s psych folk vibe thrown into the mix. It reminds me a bit of Aldous Harding – serious music with playful experimental qualities.
John Lebanon are a band based in Providence, RI who recently released this new single ‘I Fail They Die‘. Founded by Roy S, MD, the project originally began as a way for the songwriter to cope with the physically and mentally exhausting work of a medical resident at Brown University.
Sonically their sound takes in spoken work, sparkling, burbling retro synths and melancholic guitar lines that track and trail through the landscape with beguiling curiosity and resonance.
“I work as a physician and needed a way to cope with all the stress going on…hence the track : If I fail they die. The track is meant to help me get ready for work. Be mindful and diligent yet relaxed and steady. It is also a message to all how we are connected more than ever need a healthy planet. Individual actions do matter.” – Roy
Hailing from Chicago Illinois, Koalra cut some fine indie rock shapes on this single ‘Dear Daylight’. There’s the rough and tumbling guitars – part jangle, part visceral screes – post-punk rhythms and a voice that hollers and sings with a beautiful melancholic angst. It all fits together just right on the single, one of many great tracks on their EP Surprise Lights.
Koalra call themselves a noise punk band and there’s undoubtedly that in the abandon and frantic pace of their songs, but they also dial into that sweet spot between energetic flailing and clever, twisting guitar shapes, in the lineage of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and No Age.
UK psych and baggy indie combine with 60s melodies and 21st century psych-pop explorations on this new catchy and expansive track from Los Angeles-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Phil Danyew who played in Foster The People for six years before leaving to focus on his own music as Elephant Castle.
Danyew calls the song “A tongue-in-cheek anthem for the underdog.”
It’s another distinctive piece of post-punk rock, where rhythm is king and the guitars fire off on tangents of noise and avant dissonance. They allow space to flow through the track as it ebbs and flows across nearly five minutes.
HYG are a Canberra psych band who’ve already released an EP a couple of years ago and now have this cool new single out. ‘Be Here’ finds its groove and rides it for all money. It’s big and fuzzed-out with heavy stomping drums and bass that provides the repeating melodic phrasing amid the noise and heavy riffage. There’s a simple idea at the core of the song but they know how to stretch it out, adding and removing elements to create the feeling of droning perpetual motion. It’s dark and ominous like an approaching electrical storm.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have announced their second album Sideways To New Italy will be released on June 5th and to mark the news they’ve released the video clip for their new single ‘She’s There’. It’s jam-packed with their now trademark busy rhythms, heady strums and jangly guitars. Wistfully melancholic, it’s a great precursor to the new full-length album.
Talk Show are another of the current wave of post-punk bands coming out of the UK. From Idles to Fontaines DC, Squid to Black Country, New Road and The Murder Capital. They’re all putting their own stamp and flavour on the sound and Talk Show have a knack for thrilling and hummable melodies as evidenced on this track, ‘Stress’. The song follows their other 2020 single, ‘Banshee’ and shows that their upcoming EP will be one to look out for.