The blues-infused lo-fi folk of Swim Lessons‘s début showcases a mish-mash of influences and sounds, from the upbeat to the sorrowful.
However, for today’s #onegoodthing it’s the up-tempo lo-fi Sail that gets the nod – but despite the pace of the track, the lyrics tell an altogether different story of lost love.
The straight-up psych-rock of Australia’s The Laughing Leaves and their track Too Much is today’s #onegoodthing.
They’re certainly not ones for brevity on the EP this comes from, with some serious wig-outs on show throughout, but the tautness of their heavily 60s-influenced sound, with a dash of surf-rock, is best sampled by listening to this track.
Mexican Slang‘s Inside The Velvet Castle EP is today’s #onegoodthing and it’s a roller-coaster ride from the swirling fuzzed up garage of Blisters to the altogether more gentle psych-influenced Halcyon (think Coves).
Along the way, there’s the punk-pop of Pink Fog and the slightly melancholic L’Appel Du Vide; there’s really something for everyone on this ride.
Sometimes, combining two really good things doesn’t end well (like that After Eight toastie I tried once. Or Bowie and Jagger on Dancing In The Street), however Messrs Hoare and Cooper – from Veronica Falls and Mazes respectively – have successfully bucked that trend on this glorious track as Ultimate Painting.
Winter In Your Heart is a beautiful, pared-back slice of psych-pop, rolling along on Buffalo Springfield-y guitars, with plenty of jangle and lush vocals.
They may be yet to release their debut album, but Swansea’s Heavy Petting Zoo are already proving fantastically consistent, featuring here for the third time (here be the first and second).
Inherent Vice is the B-side to their second single Crash, with both carrying on the fine work of Broken Bone, but it’s the former that is today’s #onegoodthing, a slab of pin-sharp surf-infused angular rock.
There’s a timeless appeal to The Proper Ornaments on Are You Going Blind?, with their crisp, dream-like harmonies and delicately delivered vocals transplanting you smack back in the 60s.
Achieving pitch-perfect psych-pop isn’t easy without it sounding cliched or second-hand, but The Proper Ornaments avoid both those pitfalls on this seductively delicious track.
Boston’s Orca Orca give us today’s #onegoodthing, with the lush dreampop of OK, Lost.
It’s a sparse, hazy tune, understated in vocals and the backing track, which combines to present a more autumnal feel to it, not bouncy enough to transport you to summer, but lacking the coldness to depict a winter sunset.
Basically, it’s got “September” written all over it…
We head to Stuttgart, Germany for today’s #onegoodthing, which is the buzzing lo-fi thrash of Take The Money And Run by Wolf Mountains.
It’s a blast through just over two minutes of pure, unadulterated garage-rock bliss, rocking and reeling behind the booming vocals.
Es ist fantastiche!
The frenetic, balls-to-the-wall noise of Stereo Confession‘s Hang Ten is today’s #onegoodthing.
It’s an unrelenting slice of garage/surf-rock that should get fans of the likes of FIDLAR, Howler and The Orwells weak at the knees.
Only their second single, it hints of plenty of promise and nods towards the potential for some very sweaty gigs.
I always feel like I owe an apology to Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes as they represent something of a black spot in my musical memory. I simply keep forgetting how good they are.
An Animal, from their 2014 fourth album, is a fuzzbomb of a track that rattles your bones and shakes your soul – and refusing to relent along the way.
In the year of the two-piece, it’d be good to see these two get some more – deserved – acclaim…