Melodic and soulful music bounced off the walls at the Ready Room on Friday night.
With a deliciously stutter-stepping rhythm, funky, serpentine guitar lines and a chorus that just won't quit, "Summertime" by Charleston, South Carolina band the High Divers makes a strong bid for a beach-bound playlist.
"I'm not dependent, I swear," said Monica Martin, sipping from what used to be a six-ounce glass of high-proof alcohol. As the night progressed, the banter of PHOX's lead singer devolved from hellos and song intros into ex-boyfriend stories punctuated with expletives, an argument about the definition of "skank" (which featured the statement "this is a group that wears a lot of plaid so this isn't an elitist thing"), and a handful of forgotten Blink-182 lyrics.
The sweeping, fuzz and electric piano-based track "You Can Have Me" showcases Nashville-based singer-songwriter Zach Vinson's vision of indie-pop music: reflective and lyrical, while still in the thrall of dynamic production.
On the new track "LiberTeens," Malmö, Sweden-based indie-pop Emerald Park fuses playful, autotuned electronic music with straightup alternative rock flourishes for a pretty bracing mashup.
Opening with a taut guitar, filtered through some Sun Studios slapback, and the ethereal voice of Norway musician Gunhild Jarwson Tekle and some highly Kate Bush-esque synth paddings, "Ricochet" by guns, appears to be a study in contrasts. But appearances are nothing if not deceiving. The song finds pop cohesion in its mood and hooks.
On the cusp of summer, Lorna has released "In Amber," a love letter to their home of Nottingham UK and a glistening, lush, harmony-soaked pop song about how sad songs can make you feel so good.
Produced by in-demand rocker Ty Segall, the first single from La Luz's forthcoming album "Weirdo Shrine" is thrilling, noisy and beautifully melodic surf rock.