Thanks so much to all the following bands for taking the time out to submit their music to me in the last couple of weeks, it really is a genuine honour.
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Track: Saying Goodbye From: Saying Goodbye (album) Label: Manimal Vinyl Records Out: Now
This has the slight countrified, indie-folk inflections that usually would not be considered subject matter for this blog. However, this artist, adds insanely catchy flat jangled riffs to this track that make it is the year’s best/worst earworm…a track you just cannot stop listening to.
Track: Early Morning From: UR Everything (album) Label: Salinas Records Out: 10 January 2020
Imagine pre ‘It’s a Shame…” Lemonheads melodic intent, slathered in a fuzz/grunge laden psych rock anxiety and you are just about in the right ballpark of this Austin based three-piece. Battered fuzz at it’s best.
Track: Falling into a Hole From: Something Better (album) Label: Moon Crawl Records Out: 07 February 2020
Muscular jangly indie with the textures of a RGV or DIIV type band and the twanging guitar work of Possible Humans. Track features Ava Trilling of Forth Wanderers which only helps to accentuate the brilliance.
Track: Look in the Water From: When Saturn Returned (single) Label: Dusky Tracks Out: Now
Perth based Triple J / Flying Nun crossover sound with the earthy strength of another band from that town like the Rainyard. Not as pretty as all these jangly Melbourne acts, but with it’s own more muscular Australiana charm.
Track: When Saturn Returned From: When Saturn Returned (single) Label: Self released Out: Now
Such a great vibe. Futtering Sarah Records style jangle, underlayed against a dark fuzzy lo-fi gaze that hints at surf rock. A truly original aesthetic.
Track: Blueberry Skies From: Blueberry Skies (EP) Label: Urawaza Records Out: Now
Think Kurt Cobain’s vocal gravel, wrap it in a sea of fuzz and then get the Beatles as your backing band and you will be in the correct ballpark or at least able to add your own interpretations to this unique sound.
The Silent Boys
Track: What Did She Mean? From: By the Light of the Moon (album) Label: Bossy Lil’ Thing Records Out: Now
The Silent Boys have been a mainstay of potted jangly indie-pop for the past 20 years or so and produce a sound that simply refuses to let the UK, as the 80’s birthplace of indie-pop, die.
Track: Enough From: Enough (single) Label: Bossy Lil’ Thing Records Out: Now
Jangly The BV’s style shoegaze with the beauty maximized by the subtle alternation of tempo and gorgeous fuzz. California based Federico Sanchez makes chiming jangle that should never be confined to just his bedroom!
Track: December From: December Label: Self Released Out: Now
December / Thyla is the sort of aesthetic that labels like Sunday Records would have been falling over themselves to sign in the 90’s. Beautiful female vocals, wistful melancholy lyrics all wrapped up in the sort of beauty that the best of jangly dream pop has to offer. If you are a fan of LIPS this Brighton based four piece will tick all your boxes.
Track: Cybersecurity From: Cybersecrity Label: Look Up Records Out: Now
Seattle based Bill Darksoft has the ability to create OMD ‘Souvenir’ style sonic textures and atmospheres, through the most beautiful jangle-gaze aesthetic. A real find for me.
Track: All Alone From: All Alone (single) Label: Bossy Lil’ Thing Records Out: Now
This track builds in intensity like a ridiculously jangly Pablo Honey / The Bends era Radiohead track after swallowing a psych pill. A truly gloruious track.
Track: Shearer From: Telekinesis for Beginners (album) Label: YK Records Out: Now
Nashville based multi instrumentalist Jill Townsend, creates a dreamy, spacious, alt.pop vibe that reminds this listener of a jangly Kate Bush, with it’s obtuse but ultimately compelling brilliance.
Track: Be Careful What You Wish For From: Be Careful What You Wish For (single) Label: Poor Man Records Out: Album out April 2020
This LA based four peice create beautiful jangled lo-fi that remind this listener of Grandaddy at his most laconic. Truly high and deserved praise.
Ring Them Bells
Track: Ringo From: Ringo (1st single from March 2020 album release) Label: Iceberg Records Out: Album out March 2020
Copenhagen (Denmark) based band, that juxtapose early Primal Scream jangly psych against rich ‘made for rock’ Ian Astbury (The Cult) style vocals, to create instant rock muscle.
Track: Ephemeral From: Velvet Spin (album) Label: Good Eye Records Out: Album out early 2020
Florida based Matt Messore creates a reverb heavy sound that simultaneously touches upon the fractious melodies of The Cure and the spacious jangle gaze of the heavier parts of The BV’s arsenal….This is the first flyer single from his much awaited full length debut.
The Hazy Seas
Track: Heavy Heads From: The Hazy Seas (album) Label: Iceberg Records Out: Album out January 2020
It is not very often that a modern band manage to pull off the mid 80’s jangly UK Post-Punk aesthetic…The Hazy Seas do it so well they threaten to transport us back to a time of big hair, shoulder pads, ZX Spectrums and footballers will ridiculously tight shorts.