Beat the Delete #0191 (weekly new music recommendations)

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Work. I have never been a massive fan of it. Even on the rare occasion that I have been able to stomach a job to such an extent that I can just about endure 8/9 hours before I want to ram the computer sideways directly up by boss’ most southernly orifice.
They say try hard at school, go to University, get yourself a ‘good’ well paid job. They do not tell you that those well paid jobs usually come with a bag load of pressure, stress and extra hours that will often mean you are several days late in doing something you love, like write the Beat The Delete article.
My advice. Do whatever you can to find a job you enjoy. Most of these jobs are not well paid, so find yourself a partner who does not need your newborn baby to be dressed in Burberry or Ted Baker, but prefers a simple happy life.
You can then write your version of Beat The Delete without your boss calling you at 10pm asking for just one more little favour that takes three days to complete.
Hope you enjoy this week’s Beat The Delete and find a new favourite of become acquainted with an old one.
Work. I have never been a massive fan of it. Even on the rare occasions when I have been able to stomach a job to the point where I can just about endure 8 or 9 hours before wanting to ram the computer sideways and directly up my boss’s most southern orifice, it’s always been something of a hindrance to elongated spells of pleasure.
They say try hard at school, go to university, and get yourself a “good” well-paid job. They do not tell you that those well paid jobs usually come with a bag load of pressure, stress, and extra hours that will often mean you are several days late doing something you love, like writing the Beat the Delete article.
My advice? Do whatever you can to find a job you enjoy. Most of these jobs are not well paid, so find yourself a partner who does not need your newborn baby to be dressed in Burberry or Ted Baker, but prefers a simple happy life.
You can then write your version of Beat The Delete without your boss calling you at 10 p.m. and asking for just one more little favor that takes three days to complete.
Hope you enjoy this week’s Beat The Delete and find a new favorite or become acquainted with an old one.

Best Bets

Track: Minor Leagues (Single Version)  From: Minor Leagues (EP)  Label: Melted Ice Cream Out: Now
This Kiwi act adds energy to the general cool of Kiwiana by coursing jangle-pop and slight Sham 69 bombast through 2nd Grade style power-pop.

Hobby

Track: Jay From: Nombre Parfait (EP)  Label: Hidden Bay Records Out: 16 December 2022
If French acts such as En Attendant Ana, EggS, and Th Da Freak are leading a modern jangle rock revolution, then this Parisian foursome are about to pull a chair up to the same table of giants.

Martin Frawley

Track: This Is Gonna Change Your Mind From: Wannabe (album)  Label: Trouble in Mind Records Out: 23 June 2023
The solo project of Principal (The) Twerp(s), offering a similar blend of Kurt Vile meets Go Get Mum Aussie slacker-pop and chiming jangle. This is the first single from his forthcoming album, out on June 23, and it promises the world.

Bitter Defeat

Track: Sugar Blind From: Sugar Blind (EP)  Label: Gravel Streak Records Out: Now
Power-pop appears to be forcing it’s way out of it’s typical 70 and 80s version very recently, with this Hamilton, New Zealand based act adding subtle fuzz and joining 2nd Grade in a quest to kickstart the genre for a modern audience.

Nick & June

Track: Lip Sync To Love Songs From: Lip Sync To Love Songs (EP)  Label: Monty People Out: Now
Imagine the introspective vocals of Mazzy Starr, the melodic twee of Fascination Grand Chorus, and a slight reverb-inflected dream-pop essence that drifts the entire experience into the realms, and you have stumbled into the stunning musical ballpark of German duo Nick & June.

Yorikiri Club

Track: Transition From: Suburb (EP)  Label: Self released Out: Now
With the rumbling bass of Pavement and the fuzzy jangle of Superchunk all melting into typical South East Asian vocal fey, this Japanese act offering originality out of the best of 90s retro.

Sonny Pursall

Track: Coastal Bloos  From: Served Here (single)  Label: Black Hair Records Out: Now
Languid Mac DeMarco surf-laden pop with every ounce of ‘cutesy’ drained from it courtesy of the brilliant bedroom-pop production. Sunshine music for the slackers we aspire to be.

Blake

Track: Solomon’s Trump From: Solomon’s Tump (20th Anniversary Remix) (album Label: Self released Out: TBA
Blake fans will know him more for his glorious, jangly 60s pop that has frequented his recent albums. However, there was a time, 20 years ago, when he was dealing in this superb mix of 60s psyche mixed with a C86 DIY aesthetic that appeals on so many levels.

Pink Milk

Track: River of Glass  From: River of Glass (single)  Label: Black Hair Records Out: Now
Filling the gap between coldwave and the Cocteau Twins’ style of swirling dream-pop with jangled riffs, this Swedish act creates beauty out of a sense of foreboding.

The Slow Summits

Track: Budge  From: Budge / Then Again (single)  Label: Too Good To Be True Records Out: Now
This second single from the five track boxset via the Too Good To Be True Records label juxtaposes The Smiths at their most jangly indie-pop with the smooth friction of The June Brides‘ essence.

Sleepy Palms

Track: Nora  From: Nora (EP)  Label: Self released Out: Now
This Phoenix, Arizona-based act offers pure, languid sunshine, as described in their Bandcamp biography as “reverb dripping surf rock mixed with the clean tones of garage rock revival and just a hint of synth driven shoegaze.”

The Rallies

Track: Must Be Love  From: Must Be Love (single)  Label: Self released Out: Now
Taken from a fans write up on Bandcamp … “Must Be Love” establishes itself quickly with the band’s signature rhythm guitar hooks and uplifting harmony vocals, adorned with jangling lead guitar runs in all the right places. The tune sounds deceptively simple but the genius is the band’s careful arrangement of all the elements. You can hear a bit of Wilco here, some late solo John Lennon, and a host of those 1980s jangle bands”

Flying Machine

Track: Rainbow  From: Rainbow (single)  Label: Self released Out: Now
Psyche, punk, and garage rock are all infused with melody and jangle aplenty. A truly glorious mixture from this Aussie foursome.

Kevin Robertson

Track: D​.​C​.​B​.​A​-​25  From: Why /D​.​C​.​B​.​A​-​25 (single)  Label: Self released Out: Now
Aberdeen’s finest jangle-meister pumps up the psyche-pop and courses it through his omnipresent jangled riffs and smooth as silk vocals on his latest “covers” single. Copies of the 7″ vinyl single are still available.

Hollow Hand

Track: Heaven Just Watched  From: Your Own Adventure (album)  Label: Curation Records Out: Now
Splicing psychedelia with 60s-inflected jangle pop, this flyer single from the forthcoming album signals we could be on the verge of potential greatness.

Mötley Jëw

Track: Melisma  From: Seasons of Grief (EP)  Label: Curation Records Out: Now
This initial flyer single from the forthcoming Seasons of Grief EP, bubbles with plaintive jangle, fuzz-pop and unmitigated melancholy. This solo project of Brooklyn’s Brandon Reese is one to watch.

Jacob King

Track: Organic Tea  From: Organic Tea  (album)  Label: Self released Out: Now
It’s a bit of a good time for psyche-inflected indie-folk with this single by Buffalo, New York’s Jacob King, adding jangle to his perfect mix of Conor Oberst and Donovan-isms.

Pale Island

Track: Hello World!  From: Hello World (single)  Label: Self released Out: Now
The Bandcamp bio of this Oregon based act states: “Channeling love for jangle pop, twee, paisley underground, c86, Sarah, cfv, beatles and beach boys“. This debut single somehow lives up to such promise…no higher praise can be offered!

Playpen Pups

Track: Two Suns  From: Tides (EP)  Label: Self released Out: Now
Mixing jangled riffs and a sense of elevator music and disco, this sounds like the title music for a 1970s holiday TV program. Perfect retro-pop !

			
			
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