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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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!
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.