Developed over the course of four years, the latest from the Honey Trees (aka Becky Filip and Jacob Wick) has an elegant, velvety sound, with twangy chime and misty, electronic flourishes. "Nightingale" is one of the prettiest tracks of a still-young year.
On "The Final Remedy" the Plastic Pals get back to the basics of slightly fuzzy, slightly jangly power pop with a droll vocal delivery (how else could you pull off a line like "I still got the hots for you"?) and an unassuming but winning hook.
We're not even two months into 2014 and already the rush of new releases is upon us. What albums are the DJs of KDHX most excited about? These lists will give you a good hint.
With harmonies straight out of the Beach Boys' playbook and a wall of synths, pianos, drums and fuzz to make Flaming Lips' fans nostalgic for the days of "The Soft Bulletin," UK band the High Wire sounds fully realized on new single "Still."
Split between Houston, Texas and Brisbane, Australia, the Valery Trails return with "Starsong," which blurs the already quite blurry line between the band's tense shoegaze and wide-open, melodic guitar rock.
Loving music means supporting those who make it, and there's no better way to do that than to pick up a brand new album at a brick and mortar record store near you.
The Soon-Another likens its music to "world indie pop," and that's not unbelievable, if the world in question is filled with hand claps (lots and lots of them), finely textured synths and charming lead vocals, as sensual as they are whimsical. Listen to "Like You Like" and make up your own genre descriptor.
As the principal songwriter of Dawes, Taylor Goldsmith has long been exploring the poetry of quotidian life; with the band Cassorla (a guest artist-fueled project helmed by in-demand guitarist Ben Cassorla) he takes that poetry into fuzzy and pissed-off territory with the safe-to-blast-anywhere-but-work track "Future One."
With "Paradise Place" Glasgow band We Came From Wolves puts its own distinctively crunchy and weighty take on the Scottish guitar pop sound.
Justin Timberlake isn't the easiest (or even most likely) artist to cover, especially a newer track and especially in an ambient electronic style, but Coldair, aka Warsaw-based multi-instrumentalist Tobiasz Biliński, takes JT's "Strawberry Bubblegum" into a whole new moody pop realm.