Mysterious North Londoners FISH may have only one track available online at present, but it’s a woozy, suffocating treat.
Wished – which belies its status as a home demo – is ghoulsome grunge-tinted dreampop; intoxicating and stifling in equal measure.
The four-piece expertly keep things dialled down to increase the impact of their sound and making it easy to see (hear) why they’re marked as one of the most anticipated acts around.
La Distinción marks the welcome return to these pages of Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, as the duo prepare for the release of their fourth album.
The Mexican pair maintain their swirling psychedelia, complementing it with layers of fuzz that add to the intoxicating fug of this comeback track.
The fuzzed up indie-pop of Portland four-piece A Certain Smile gives us today’s #onegoodthing.
Morning Sun is spiky and persistent, driving through to invoke memories of early-90’s bands like Ride, but with a clearer pop strand to their identity and a punkier edge to boot.
Blending a fierce fuzz with grinding groove, Toronto’s Weaves deliver a dynamite #onegoodthing today.
One More is more direct and less idiosyncratic than some of their previous tracks, the jerky guitars and urgent vocals giving a dancey vibe that is then supplemented by a frenetic thrash of drums and more ragged riffage.
What a glorious way to start the week.
The woozy alt-rock of Jay Som is sure to get you off on the right footing – with I Think You’re Alright‘s soft, considered vibe making it ripe for a college-based movie soundtrack. That sense is further heightened by the buzzing, fuzzy guitar solo at the song’s flourish; you can picture a movie’s protagonist disappearing into the distance as the credits roll and the song’s crescendo play over it.
To create such a cinematic atmosphere informed by a lo-fi sound really marks out Jay Som as one to keep an eye on and eagerly anticipate any new material.
The sweet, harmonious pop of Boys Forever gives us today’s #onegoodthing.
Channeling a sun-spattered surf vibe, Voices In My Head is a delicious slice of garage-pop, underpinned by the incongruity of some dark lyrics atop the up-tempo and uplifting sound.
The forthcoming album promises to be a real treat, and should definitely be filed alongside the likes of The Foetals.
They may have (wisely, all told) changed their name, but that hasn’t stopped Preoccupations from maintaining – and honing – their sound.
The second single from their sophomore album – due out in September – Degraded builds in increments at the start, before the buzzsaw guitars and scattergun drums kick in to create a track that is simultaneously dark, but dancey.
Preoccupations are also a spellbinding live act, so after a couple of US West Coast shows in August, I’d recommend checking them out on their autumn (or fall, if you’re that way inclined) tour.
High Sunn is largely the work of San Franciscan Justin Cheromiah (with a little help from his friends) and on today’s #onegoodthing, he creates a noise that belies the fact at most, it’s a three-man effort.
Always Run is a clattering garage effort, the urgent vocals backed by a lo-fi sound that still manages to shimmer with a few rays of surf-y sunshine.
Having caught the spellbinding alt-pop of Liverpool-based Her’s at last week’s Trudy & The Romance gig, it was always likely they’d soon be gracing these pages.
The duo mix the otherworldly with a smooth 80’s pop sound that sounds familiar and accessible, yet totally esoteric all at once.
What Once Was is lilting lullaby on record, belying the fact it’s one bass, one guitar and a drum machine. However, it’s on the stage that the pair really come into their own and create a sound that’s larger than the sum of their parts.
With softly fuzzed-up edges and a smooth alt-rock vibe, Sat. Nite Duets‘ TAFKA Salieri is today’s #onegoodthing.
The Milwaukee act’s album is out in September on Father/Daughter Records and, while the other track from the album that is available at the moment, St. Yuppie, is more whimsical with a throwaway feel to it, TAFKA Salieri is a driving romp of guitars and joyously simplistic synths and a primer ahead of the full-length release in a couple of months.