Sacred Paws "Around The Sun (Merge)"
What is it about Glasgow that makes all their bands sound amazing? Ok… admittedly I haven’t heard EVERY band out of that area. I’m sure they have their share of stinkers. But the stuff I do hear from Glasgow I always like. It’s always a little dreamy, a little rocky, a little poppy, and a lot of fun. Is that what Glasgow is like? Should I be moving there? I probably should. I think I’ll make a playlist of songs while I take a boat over there (What? I hate flying!). Well would you look at that. The playlist is just Around The Sun (Merge), the new Sacred Paws LP over and over. Hope the captain likes it as much as I do! Check out “The Conversation.”
Samana "ASCENSION (Fat Cat)"
Ready for some dreamy indie folk-rock out of time? No, this isn’t a sci-fi story and they need you to listen to their music before their spaceship runs out of fuel in some sort of weird future Speed scenario (though I would probably watch that movie). No, I mean that this is the kind of dreamy, otherworldly folk sounds that could have been recorded over many time periods throughout the history of music (assuming the history of music started somewhere in the 1960s). Samana has a lush, contemplative world and we are all lucky to be invited in to check out such pretty songs as “Harvest.”
Model Zero "Model Zero (Slovenly)"
Exploding through your speakers momentarily are the vital sounds of the debut from Memphis, TN’s Model Zero. This is rock. This is roll. It has both things. It’s ripped jeans, a cool jacket, AND you can dance along to it (hence the roll). This is garage. This is punk. This is groove. This is snarling attitude and swirling psychedelic vocals. This is distorted vocals. This is indiscernible vocals. This is music to scare your mom with. This is music to fall in love to. This is music to rob a bank to. This is music to take drugs to. This is music to avoid drugs while listening to. Model Zero is everything to everyone. Check out the attitude-heavy “Gift Of Lies.”
XYLØ "Yes & No EP"
If you are in the mood for some dark, modern indie pop, then get ready to say “yes” and not “no” to Yes & No, the new EP from XYLØ. Paige Duddy, known here on as XYLØ has once again stepped out as a solo artist to release a collection of vibey, angst-y yet danceable pop. What’s that you say? We just sent some Xylo out not too long ago? Well, you know… these kids keep “dropping tracks” (at least I think that’s what they call it these days…) Her tunes are full of modern production, frank lyrics, and catchy verses and choruses to sing along to–assuming you’ve got even half the vocal chops she does. Otherwise, it might be best to let her handle the singing. Maybe you can work on your beatboxing skills instead? So drop your best beat along to “Ride Or Die.”