Stream Guilty Of Everything, the debut album from Philly heavy shoegazers over at NPR. It’s out March 4th on Relapse Records.
Some seriously heavy guitars, soaring vocals and beautiful melodies.
RIYL: Jesu, My Bloody Valentine, Whirr, Weekend, Sigur Ros
The new album from The Hotelier (formerly known as The Hotel Year) Home, Like No Place Is There is streaming now on Pitchfork. The album is out February 25th on Tiny Engines.
Some fantastic modern emo for fans of early Brand New and Tigers Jaw.
The new Modern Baseball record is fantastic.
Out today on Run For Cover Records.
A Sunny Day In Glasgow
"In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)"
Philly shoegazers A Sunny Day In Glasgow return with their first bit of new material in almost 4 years, “In Love With Useless” a gorgeous 5 minute burst of hazy guitars and overlapping vocals. “Sometimes I feel so happy / I’m in love with you” sings Jen Goma during the chorus. The track also includes a curiously chopped vocal part and a noisy ending, making for one of the most unique, noisy and chaotic modern shoegaze tracks I’ve heard in a long time. Looking forward to more new material from these guys in the coming months.
Stream the new You Blew It! album Keep Doing What You’re Doing NOW on Pitchfork Advance.
Out January 14th via Topshelf.
NEW MUSIC: JANUARY 2014
"New Music” is a monthly column on Some Local Page highlighting new releases for the upcoming month. For this installment I take look ahead to releases in January 2014 I’m excited about, including albums from You Blew It!, Mogwai, James Vincent McMorrow and more.
Patterns / Waking Lines (Melodic Records)
Waking Lines is the debut album from the Manchester shoegaze pop band Patterns. Think Animal Collective type hazy pop, giant synths and plenty of reverb. Check out the first track from the album “This Haze” below and the NME album stream below that.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / Wig Out At Jagbags (Matador)
Stephen Malkmus has now made as many albums with the Jicks as he has with Pavement. Wig Out is a shorter affair than the last Jicks album, Mirror Traffic and features some more concise songwriting, as well as a few classic oddball Malkmus tracks with some typically goofy lyrics. Check out the hilarious lyric video for “Lariat” below.
James Vincent McMorrow / Post Tropical (Vagrant)
Folk singer James Vincent McMorrow changes directions on his sophomore LP Post Tropical, ditching acoustic guitars for synths, beats and soaring falsetto vocals. I hear echoes of James Blake here, but McMorrow utilizes live instrumentation every chance he gets. Check out first single “Cavalier” below.
You Blew It! / Keep Doing What You’re Doing (Topshelf)
You Blew It! is one of the most well-known emo revival bands currently around and on January 14th they’ll release their highly anticipated sophomore release Keep Doing What You’re Doing. Produced by Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) You Blew It have cleaned up their lo-fi leaning punk sound into a more refined sound. Stream “Award of The Year Award” below.
Also out on the 14th, Broken Bells sophomore release After The Disco.
Mogwai / Rave Tapes (Sub Pop)
Post-Rock legends Mogwai return to Sub Pop for their eighth studio effort, Rave Tapes. This time around the band takes a slower and darker path in comparison to their last releases Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Check out the video for “The Lord Is Out Of Control below.
Young The Giant / Mind Over Matter (Fueled By Ramen)
For some reason Young The Giant aren’t always given a fair chance in the indie rock world, ans people will probably have a harder time giving them a chance now that they’ve signed to Fueled By Ramen for their sophomore release Mind Over Matter. However, I still think they are one of they are one of the sweetest indie bands of the last few years. Check out the video for the angular Strokes-y cut “It’s About Time” below.
Also on the 21st, Warpaint’s new self-titled album produced by Flood and Nigel Godrich.
Hospitality / Trouble (Merge)
Hospitality’s self-titled was baseline simple indie rock, influenced by the likes of Belle & Sebastian. On their sophomore effort, Trouble, the band promises a “darker” sound. Stream “I Miss Your Bones” below.
Also out on the 28th, Dum Dum Girls Too Good.
Honorable Mentions / 2013
- Local Natives / Hummingbird
- Vampire Weekend / Modern Vampires Of The City
- The 1975 / The 1975
- Los Campesinos! / No Blues
- Chvrches / The Bones Of What You Believe
- Lorde / Pure Heroine
- Sky Ferreira / Night Time, My Time
- Surfer Blood / Pythons
- The Strokes / Comedown Machine
- A Great Big Pile Of Leaves / You’re Always On My Mind