With hooks made for mainstream rock fans and a wash of chiming guitars and synths made for indie dance fans, "The Tide" by Pale Waves makes a pure pop splash.
Drawing on the artsy, blurry sounds of Sonic Youth and the catchy tension of Fugazi, UK quartet Spoilers buzz, whir and slash on the new track "Try Try Try."
Tom Cascino (aka Broke for Free) calls his imaginative remix of Iron and Wine's "Naked as We Came" a "nostalgic" project. While the the music of Sam Beam always inspires remembrances of things past, the forward-looking (and sounding) remix bodes for more beautiful moments to come for the Oakland, California electronic music maker.
Remixed in sparkling, snapping fashion by Autograf, "All We Need" by Seattle electropop duo ODESZA hits the dance floor with bent and bright hooks.
Greasy as a skillet and twice as hot and heavy, Brooklyn, New York band Yazan heats up some Southern garage blues on the new track "Tell Me Baby."
Anchored by a simple and delicate acoustic guitar figure, "Fire in a Classroom" reaches an intense, personal level on the Kate Bush-like strength of Julie Hawk's voice and her band HAWK's spiraling, atmospheric rock intuitions.
The celebratory, spiritual song "Lift Me Up" arises from Brooklyn, New York songwriter Jeremy Bass' personal desolation. Marriage over, house sold, money gone, future prospects dim, Bass did pretty much the only thing he could do: keep writing and making music.
On the new track "Yodel," Houston band the Wheel Workers back the socio-politcally and symbolically potent songs of Steven Higginbotham with an equally potent mix of punk, folk and experimental sounds.
Like an unknown outtake from "Odyssey and Oracle" or even "Magical Mystery Tour," the finely harmonized and arranged "Lauren Lorraine" by Summer Fiction pulls back the veil on an exquisite and personal view of baroque psychedelic pop.
Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland made their name together as Whitehorse by recording well-crafted, textured Americana. But nothing the Canadian duo has released could prepare listeners for the thundering, bluesy fuzz-rock of "Downtown."