As April comes to a close I’ve noticed a slight change in new releases. The big labels/bands are releasing their new material in anticipation of the Summer touring season. For me that just muddies the water. I try to do what I can to find the music you might otherwise miss even with folks like Alabama Shakes. Their new album is really very good and you don’t need me telling you about them so I delved deeper in to the album and pulled out a deeper cut for review/play. It feels like a good compromise. I hope you agree.
I kicked off my program with a return visit from Soda Ocean. Soda Ocean, which I think is a clever name, is a mixed-gendered, Indie Pop quartet from Odessa in The Ukraine. (This is my first band from The Ukraine on my show!) I first featured them in January with the release of “Up & Down.” Since that initial release, Soda Ocean has been releasing a new single per month and all the tracks are available for free. This latest single is titled “Home.”
The tune succeeding that was the new, and only single from Pleasure Beach. Yeah…this band is so new that they only have one song. They are a five-piece, mixed-gendered, driving Alt. Pop band out of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The story goes that all five members are all solo musicians in their own rights and they met in a coffee shop over a mutual love of espresso. (They are my kind of people) That tune I sampled was “Go” and it’s a pre-release single to spark interest in their upcoming EP, which is slated for release on May 25th.
Changing musical direction with another artist that’s been featured here on my New Release Show; in fact, I thought of making this band, Summer Fiction, my lineage subject for today’s show…that’s how much I like them. Anyway…Summer Fiction, a.k.a., Bill Ricchini is the force behind the band. It’s been over four years since Summer Fiction’s last recording. That self-titled effort came out in late November of 2010 and because of that late release date…many reviewers missed the album entirely…I did not and it made my Top Ten list of 2010. So Summer Fiction has a new album, HIMALAYA, coming out on June 16th. This is the pre-release single…”Lauren Lorraine.” And BTW, this single is available for free download.
Then I played the latest material from Leisure. Leisure is from Auckland, New Zealand and that’s about all I can find out about them. I sure do like the groove on this song, which is called “Got It Bad.”
Next up is another band returning to the New Release Show…It’s Hey Anna. The sisters Rauch-Sasseen; Erin Anna and Katie along with Andrew Smolin and Matthew Langner. I’ve been following Hey Anna since early 2013 and I just really like what they are doing and would love to see them get to the next level. (I guess first I’d like to get them to get to Boston, which I’ve brought up several times to them) Anyway…this New York based quintet is readying to release their debut, full-length album, RUN KOKO, later this year. (They also financed this project with a crowd sourcing campaign so they are clearly building a solid fan base) The album’s pre-release single is “Island.”
Subsequently I featured new music from Alabama Shakes. Yes…The Alabama Shakes are back with their sophomore release…SOUND & COLOR. They had to have a great deal of pressure on them with this follow up release. Their debut album, BOYS & GIRLS, was nominated for a Grammy…that has to be intimidating. They do very well with the new release. It’s got a harder edge to it and some great production quality. For the show I went a little deeper for you with the track “Guess Who.”
My lineage subject was Fickle Friends. Fickle Friends are five members strong with Natassja Shiner fronting the band. They are from Brighton, in the UK, and fancy their sound as an updated version of Eighties New Wave Pop. I first found them in April of last year and they’ve been releasing a series of singles with the latest one being “Could Be Wrong,” and that happens to be the one I began this feature.
Part two of the lineage was fulfilled by Fickle Friends single, “Play,” which was released as a stand alone single in 2014. (I love that song)
My re-issue release of the week was from Bob Mould. This guy keeps busy. He’s been performing and recording for almost forty years; including the bands Husker Du and Sugar, along with solo projects. The album that has been re-issued is WORKBOOK. The album originally came out in 1989, which makes this its twenty-five anniversary. (My goodness…I’m getting old). Anyway, my favorite song off this album (in fact, his entire work) is “See A Little Light” and that’s what I played.
I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from Sans Parents. They are a foursome made up of the remnants of Hungry Kids of Hungary, which broke up a little over a year ago. Kane Mazlin and Ryan Strathie from the Hungry Kids got together with their touring buddy, Alex Bennison, and Charles Sale (formally from Babaganoüj) This fantastic new single is called “Loose People” and I have to say there is nothing loose about that song at all.
Keeping the tunes going here is something new from Circa Waves. Circa Waves is an Alt. Pop band out of Liverpool, England and I’ve featured them before on the New Release Show back in 2014 with their debut release “Stuck In My Teeth.” The boys self-released their debut EP, T-SHIRT WEATHER, earlier this year but they got a distribution deal with Virgin EMI records and they are available here in the States. The new EP recycles several of their older tracks, including “Stuck In My Teeth” and they crafted a new one for the EP and it’s the title track.
Then came something brand new from a band called Bully. They are a female fronted, Alt. Rock quartet out of Nashville, Tennessee. They are readying to release their debut, full-length album, FEELS LIKE, on June 23rd on Columbia Records. (That’s quite the good backing for such a new band) The tune was called “Trying.”
I will keep things moving here with something from Manganas Garden. This self-described “DiscoFunk – Indie Pop” five-piece is based out of Gothenburg, Sweden. This latest sample from the band is called “Get You Up” and it is to be included in their debut, full-length album, SOLAR SATISFACTION, which will be out on May 6th. I don’t know when it will be released here in the United States, however this single is currently available.
Let me slip in one more from Babe. Babe is an Electronica Indie Pop four-piece from Glasgow, Scotland and the have just released a four-song EP entitled THE HEREAFTERGO-ERS two days ago. The song I have for you is “The Warbling.”
Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.
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