Richard Davies has worked as both a solo artist and with Eric Matthews for the group Cardinal, but the Australian-American musician got his start in the Moles, and he heads back to those strummy, acoustic-pop roots with the fetching "Beauty Queen of Watts."
Elliott Smith's influence over contemporary rock and folk music endures, but finding fresh ways of covering the late songwriter don't come easy. Edmonton, Alberta band the Provincial Archive manages to do just that on this imaginatively arranged take on Smith's "Son of Sam."
Eerie, acoustic and electronic, "The Highest Love" by Phoenix-based band the Holy Coast drifts and dances, with echoes of classic shoe gaze and mellow electro-pop ala Broken Bells.
The interstellar groove of "Temple of the Sun" by Teeel is just the tip of the band's electro-pop gifts. Synth washes and a good guitar hook lend the song serious crossover appeal.
Brooding and even a little paranoid, "Soldiers (Snowbird Remix)" by Aussie band the Trouble With Templeton meditates on conflict -- less those wars out in the world and more the ones going on inside.
Some two years in the making, "Let’s Love," the new album from Scarlet Tanager, finds the St. Louis band enriching its chamber-pop sound with ever-maturing emotional and instrumental textures, notably on the haunting, call-and-response vocals of "Place That I Come From."
Celebrating 10 years as one of indie rock's most consistently enjoyable and subtly adventurous bands, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah returned this spring with the album "Only Run," featuring the track "As Always," a showcase for leader Alec Ounsworth's grand powers of arrangement.
A previously unreleased track from the 2013 "Ski Mask" album sessions, "Aloe Hills Are Blooming" has everything fans of Islands expect: fine harmonies and finer guitar and keyboard textures, and a sense of romance that's perfectly suited for the summer.
Led by New York-based guitarist Kevin Serra, Cloud Seeding turns its cinematic, post-rock sights on glittering vistas for the new instrumental track "Kaleidocycle II."
"Can I be real for a minute? And let you know my heart's still in it." So begins "Flag" by California-based band Canto -- made up of three young brothers Seamus, Aidan and David Blackwell -- a hyper-romantic declaration that draws a straight line between love for another and love of country, and somehow does sound real for much more than a minute.