New music submissions (‘new’ classes as less than a month from release) arrive at JPH from all sources, including band members, promo companies and the various follow buttons that I have clicked over the years at the various streaming sites etc…the following are among my favourites that have ‘beat the delete’ button in the last week.
Band: Lachlan Denton and Studio Magic
Track: This Christmas From: A Brother (album) Label: Bobo Integral Release date: Flyer Single out now / album out 19 July 2019
This album promises to be a heart tugger as Denton steps away from the concerted jangle of The Ocean Party and Ciggie Witch and expresses his thoughts about his brothers tragic recent passing via his music.
Band: It’s Sunday
Track: Pray for the Sunshine (Ozzy and Mylee Cover) From: Tissues Tissues (album) Label: Bobo Integral Release date: Single out now / album out 14 June 2019
The Paris based Howlin Banana label had a wonderful 2018. This band is the latest in a long line of bands that tick all the right boxes for the sort of ‘weirdy jangle’ they are increasingly becoming famed for.
Track: Tomorrow From: Cherrypickers (EP) Label: Self Released Release date: 21 May 2019
Chicago’s Jonfin belong to that early 2000’s post-britpop era where it was suddenly alright for men not to be shouty and northern. As such they layer their guitar-pop with all manner of lo-fi wooziness and the dominant jangled hook laces the track at every conceivable turn…a truly wonderful debut EP.
Band: American Poetry Club
Track: Pro-pic From: A Little Light of Our Own (album) Label: It Takes Time Release date: 12 June 2019
I know very little about this act apart I became a tad obsessed last year with one of their tracks from their debut ‘Glad To Be Here, Etcetera’ EP …now this track is ear worming its way solidly through my skull !…Great stuff !
Band: Agent blå
Track: Child’s Play From: Morning Thoughts (album) Label: Luxury Release date: 10 May 2019
Swedish band Agent blå are touted as indie-pop when really their music has the spooky atmospherics of the prettiest of late 80’s goth. Either way, as is the case with most Scandinavian bands they jangle the living wotsits out of every riff.
Band: Steve French
Track: Eucalyptus Heat From: Lightning Tiger Running (album) Label: Subroutine Records Release date: 12 June 2019
I know nothing about Steve French other than he has a British name and he plays out of Amsterdam. In my mind I am guessing he is an Aussie just because he has that delightfully subdued mid 90’s Triple J thing going on.
Track: Is It Real From: The Tint (EP) Label: 1162454 Records DK Release date: 24 May 2019
This track brushes it’s silky melodic thigh past hushed jangle-gaze and Lewsberg style plucked rhythms, whilst always managing to keep well on the alternative-pop radar.
Track: If I Don’t Get A Job From: I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm (EP) (album) Label: Self Released Release date: Single out now / EP Out 26 July 2019
Ohio four piece Trying, describe themselves as ‘wholesome indiepop’ on their Bandcamp bio. However, if there is the slightest possibility that there is more to life than the above, then this band explore those possibilities by infusing fuzz lo-fi noodling to their subtle jangle-pop.
Band: Rose City Band
Track: Wide Roll From: Rose City Band (album) Label: Jean Sandwich Records Release date: 24 May 2019
The latest other project of Wooden Shjips man Ripley Johnson, takes hazy psych-pop to the very boundaries of the point where it begins to sound like a sitar festival… but somehow always manages to claw it all back to provide jangly psych perfection.
Band: Grow Rich
Track: Bounce Back From: Frantic Semantic (EP) Label: Self Released Release date: 04 June 2019
Anyone who has been following this blog for a while will know I am a sucker for the Indonesian Jangle-gaze scene at the moment. This track / EP encapsulates all that is good about the present scene and is a superb accomplishment considering it is the solo project of Abdur Rahim Latada aka Oyi (it just feels like a band!).
Please supports these bands / releases in any way possible and hope to See ya next Monday for more new music recommendations.