Beat The Delete #0097 (weekly new music recommendations)

BTD0097

Thanks for joining us for Beat The Delete #0097. As we draw ever closer to the 100th edition, please put your thinking caps on and provide me with all your suggestions for giveaway prizes that might honour the occasion. I will not do any of them because I am too tight, but I will revel in the fact that there are better people than me out there !!!
Safe in such knowledge, please do not forget to provide your favourite acts below (or just in general) with as much support (fiscal and social media both gratefully accepted) in these continued hard times for musicians.

Unwed Sailor

Track: Blitz From: Chrysalis (EP) Label: Spartan Records  Out: EP Out 14.05.21
Jonathan Ford (Pedro the Lion) led project that takes jangly lo-fi to new levels of ambience, with this wonderfully melodic guitar-pop.

 

Special Friend

Track: Pastel From: Single (EP) Label: Howlin Banana Records  Out: Now
Intensely intimate, jangly indie-pop, coursing Electrelane magnetism through a slight Young Marble Giants style minimalism. For those who like their indie-pop swathed in cool.

Mint Julep

Track: A Rising Sun  From: In A Deep and Dreamless Sleep (album) Label: Western Vinyl  Out: Album out 19.03.21
Juxtaposing the spacious energy of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with the jangliest, swirling fuzz of the latter era Cocteau Twins sound, Mint Julep take beauty one step further.

Easter Island

Track: Sea Change  From: Take All The Time You Think You Need (album) Label: Self released  Out: Now
The warmth, intimacy and vocal texture reminds me of the Band of Horses sound, upon which they imbue further beauty with jangled, dreamy, jangled riffs. A truly stunning track from this Athens, Georgia, based five-piece.

Greengates Water Solutions

Track: Roaming  From: Roaming (single) Label: Self released  Out: Now
Bradford, UK, based act, that is plainly comfortable twisting as many shapes out of brilliant fuzz-rock as possible !

Toledo

Track: Sunday Funday  From: Jockeys of Love (EP) Label: Telefono Records  Out: Now
This New York based duo of Daniel Alvarez and Jordan Dunn-Pilz have a habit of finding that perfect balance between ear-worm sensibilities and everything that is perfectly cool about the best of the modern lo-fi jangle-pop.

Cheer Mom

Track: Out, Athena  From: Out, Athena (single) Label: Self released  Out: Now
Solo project of Philadelphia’s, Dan Fare, who mixes the subtle fuzz machinations of Sonic Youth with the more gregarious jangle rock melodies of a Beeef style act. A superb energy, especially for a solo act.

Dentist

Track: Don’t Let Me Catch You  From: Don’t Let Me Catch You (single) Label: Cleopatra Records  Out: Now
Sliding confidently off the edge of fuzz-rock and into Buzzcocks buzzsaw, garage rock territory, Dentist keep things sweet enough for power-pop / jangle fans with barely strategically melodies and wonderful female vocals.

King Kiva

Track: Wanna Dance  From: Hamstring Pop (album) Label: Self released  Out: Now
The glorious juxtaposition of whirring fuzz, synth laden 70s melodies and indie-folk is the superbly original musical template of this Monterrey (CA) based act.

Why Dogs Why

Track: TOC  From: TOC (single) Label: Very Jazzed  Out: Now
This brilliant solo project of Los Angeles based, Alex Johnson, takes the distant pop sensibilities of early Grandaddy, adds twee-pop vocal inferences and gradually threads more and more intensity into the sound, as the track develops. 

Ponta Preta

Track: I Wanna Know  From: I Wanna Know (single) Label: Le Surf Records  Out: Now
Early 60’s style, American Surf rock, laced with hazy Babe Radio style, washed out psyche. A track to accompany every lazy summers afternoon.

Zouch

Track: Snooze  From: Suddenly (album) Label: Self released  Out: Now
With the downtrodden melancholic beauty of a Trembling Blue Stars type act, juxtaposed with the slightest of slacker-pop inferences, Bristol’s Elliot Lord cherry picks the best of everything Sarah Records and adds his own Dando ‘isms’.

Omi Gelacio

Track: Through You  From: Through You (single) Label: Self released  Out: Now
This solo project of Omar Gelacio, tumbles melodic jangled riffs through the prettier, laconic / better parts of both dream-pop and gaze.

Koalra

Track: Torture  From: Torture (single) Label: Gigantic Noise Records  Out: Now
Becoming something of feature of Beat The Delete pages, This Portland based act manage to take the best of late 80’s, jangly post-punk and course the more muscular essence of DIIV / RGV through its very core.

Dom Munns

Track: Lay It On  From: Lay It On (single) Label: Hideous Mink Records  Out: Now
The lowest of ‘fi’, slacker jangle, digs deep into ear-worm territory with a traditional verse/chorus structure that provides harmonic 60s style pop hooks aplenty. Totally gorgeous stuff from this Londoner.

Ice Giant

Track: Hydrospanner  From: Chrysalis (EP) Label: Pizza Bagel Records  Out: EP Out 26.02.21
New Jersey solo project of Keith Williams makes the musical hinterland between 70s laved pop rock and lo-fi, his own and gloriously melodic. Earworm central !

Parker Woodland

Track: The World’s On Fire (and We Still Fall in Love) From: The World’s On Fire (and We Still Fall in Love) (single) Label: Self released  Out: Now
Grumbling, Tamar Berk style power-pop, that thrashes melodies through a core message of hope, to brighten these pandemic times. Love this!

Mordechai

Track: Shaved  From: Chrysalis (EP) Label: Window Sill Records  Out: EP Out 26.02.21
The controlled manic of the Pixies meets a jangly, lo-fi bedroom pop sensibility, that is irresistably swathed in cool.

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