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.
Track: Sweet Misery From: Sweet Misery (single) Label: Self Released Release date: 21 June 2019
It is difficult to assign a genre to this mesh of noise. All at one post punk atmospherics, dream pop swirl and slightly emo vocals, this is a track that bounds with passionate energy to all corners of musical brilliance, in a manner that is as disparate as the song title.
Track: Wisdom Teeth From: Wisdom Teeth (album) Label: It Takes Time Release date: Single out now / album out 09 July 2019 (pre-order casstette now)
Basia Kurlender sounds like Kimya Dawson has drank from a fountain of youth and decided to give Palehoud a crack…and thus the world in a better place.
Band: Dan Sweeney
Track: The Orchardman’s Blues From: Single Label: Self Released Release date: Single out now (pre-order cassette now)
Dan is also co-founder with this blogs label (Subjangle) but his main claim to fame is his musical potential. This is his first release since his brilliant 2018 Sweet Distractions EP and is typical of the country psyche inflections that he juxtaposes against gloriously weird Dan Sartain vocals and alt jangle.
Band: Rio Arga
Track: No Quieres Verme From: Single Label: Self Released Release date: 17 June 2019
Rio Arga are from the same place as Melenas (Pamplona in Spain) and also share a garage, fuzz-pop aestehtic with them. However, RA are a more controlled sounding outfit swapping limited aggression for an extra jangled affair…truly one to watch.
Band: Plastic Cactus
Track: No Mystery From: Single Label: Self Released Release date: 29 May 2019
Portland’s very own psyche/surf rockers never step too far away from the sort of jangled riffs that would see them fit effortlessly into the company of current favourites like Space Dingus and Tennis Club…
Band: Shivery Shakes
Track: No Return From: Weird Weather (album) Label: Austin Town Hall Release date: Single out now / pre-order of 20.09.19 album available now.
This track is a bit more garage-pop oriented than those on previous releases. However, never too far away are the shimmering guitars that paddle around in the surf (rock) and have made them a mainstay in an Austin and surrounds musical market place that is never short of competition.
Band: B-Film etc
Track: Drive Away the Sensible From: Drive Away the Sensible (album) Label: Self released Release date: 14 June 2019
This albums bounds effortlessly between the new great of the fuzz-pop scene like Fanclub (like this track) and a softer plinkier strains of Hamish Gilmour’s solo and side project work…each aesthetic brings it’s own brilliance
Band: Wake In June
Track: Engrams From: Lavender Pink (album) Label: Z Tapes Release date: 31 May 2019
Enrico Pastore provides the most beautiful of jangle-pop that feels almost dropped into a sea of dream-pop that just about stops short of engulfing it. The sound becomes even more intriguing as it add just the slightest sense of an unidentifiable foreboding…love this entire album
Band: No Stars
Track: Clarity From: Lavender Pink (EP) Label: Self Released Release date: Pre-order now with release date 05.07.19
Emma Schultz has the sort of vocal delivery that oozes cool with it’s totally perfect imperfections layered against a back drop of subtle uncomplicated jangled riffs…this is Snail Mail being shy but still having much to say.
If you enjoyed all or some of these acts why not give them a little support by buying one of their tracks or even the entire release, it makes a world of difference!