Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf”

Ever since the sudden breakup of Canadian noise rock band Women, and the untimely passing of member Chris Reimer, there’s been a lo-fi-shaped hole in my heart few bands have been able to fill. Many have tried, but no group has successfully balanced catchy and subversive in the way Women has.

Enter Viet Cong: This new band not only features a similar aesthetic, but ex-Women members Matt Flegel as well and Michael Wallace. Scott Munro of Chad VanGaalen‘s band also works his way into the mix–if you didn’t know, Chad produced both of Women’s two full-lengths. And let’s not leave out bandmate Daniel Christiansen and.

Viet Cong started to test out the waters last year with a cassette that ended up on Mexican Summer, and now the band is gearing up to release a self-titled debut via Jagjaguwar in January 2015. Considering the quality of this lead single, I’m psyched.

The howling, haunting melodies on this track are fantastic! The galloping beat is a nice touch, and the vocals remind me of an early Wolf Parade record. It’s lo-fi, catchy, noisy, and there’s a touch of goth rock somewhere in there as well. January can’t come soon enough!

The Derevolutions – “Now You Know My Name”

A bit of fun from the Derevolutions on this video for “Now You Know My Name.” Kudos to Tristan Jalleh for the fun, colorful, domino-centric animation attached to the song.

The Derevolutions are a Boston-based indie pop project whose tracks are loaded with danceable beats, sunny guitars, and unabashedly sweet melodies. Oh, there’s an occasional rap verse as well.

It’s not a bad listen–especially if you’re trying to squeeze the last bit of warmth out of 2014 before fall is in full swing.

CIVIL CIVIC V R. STEVIE MOORE – “When You Gonna Find Me A Wife?”

Woah! This is coming out of left-field right here: Lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore is collaborating with instrumental rockers Civil Civic on a new track titled “When You Gonna Find Me A Wife?

Considering Civil Civic has a new album release right around the corner, I’m pretty excited for whatever these guys have up their sleeves next.

YACHT – “Works Like Magic”

This November on Downtown Records, look for a new EP from synth pop duo YACHT. The title of this forthcoming project: Where Does This Disco?

While I’ve never loved a YACHT album in the past, Jona Bechtolt and the more recently added Claire L. Evans usually come through with at least one single that really grabs my attention. “Works Like Magic” is that single this time around.

From the bassline to the gurgling synth leads, this song is sharp, sweet, and irresistibly danceable. While I’m not expecting this EP to floor me, there’s nothing like a good single to pique interest.

Black Moth – “Dont You Want To Be In A Cult”

Black Moth Super Rainbow‘s Tobacco drops a non-album single from the underground psych pop project’s back catalog. Stream it above, and take in the fuzzy electronics and infectious lead melody on this thing. While you’re here, check out Tobacco’s latest full-length album. I freakin’ loved it.

YUNOREVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

Saor – Aura
Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
Bones – Skinny
King 810 – Memoirs of a Murderer
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Dilated Peoples – Directors of Photography
J. Mascis – Tied to a Star
Ariana Grande – My Everything
White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent
Kimbra – Golden Echo

Ariel Pink – “Put Your Number In My Phone”

Lo-fi pop fans unite: There’s a new Ariel Pink album on the way. HOORAY!

Yes, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ariel Pink is gearing up for another album release this November via 4AD. The title of this forthcoming album is pom pom, and this debut single from it has been paired with the oddity of a music video embedded above.

“Put Your Number In My Phone,” is a catchy, blissful, and poetic love song where the protagonist desires a love interest’s phone number in his mobile device. Vocally, Pink is his typically shy self, and there’s even a cheesy phone recording that isn’t to unlike the one here.

Being this is a love song, it’s only fitting that the music video is loaded with awkward romantic rejections, which are experienced by Pink and his wheelchair-bound friend as they cruise the mall looking for fun and love. Need I also mention that Pink looks like a late 90s mall goth who just picked up a copy of Kid Rock’s Devil Without A Cause? Yes, yes, I need say that.

Look for pom pom on November 17th.

Alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”

Previously loved UK art pop outfit Alt-J drops yet another song from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. The release date: September 22nd via Infectious.

Unlike the previously released songs off this new album, “Every Other Freckle” seems to be more in line with Alt-J’s previous output. There’s a heavy bassline matched with some equally lumbering drum beats, and atop that are the odd, soulful vocals of guitarist-vocalist Joe Newman.

The hook is great, and as the song progresses, the band manages to build the intensity up with more percussive and melodic layers. Alt-J writes catchy, upfront tracks, but their refined approach to arranging their instrumentation is what continues to keep them interesting.

My Brightest Diamond – “Lover Killer”

It isn’t all the time that a My Brightest Diamond song begins with a steady, groovy bass-and-drum pattern. But so be it, because it sounds great! Shara Worden and company are following the great first single “Pressure” which the slightly more subdued but no less exciting “Lover Killer.” The multi-tracked Sharas work wonders while the eventual horns add a funky splash of head-bobbing swagger. Shara, of course, still shows off her incredible voice, but everything is more reigned in and direct, and less esoteric, than on previous MBD releases, and the climax hits a little harder because of it. If this and “Pressure” are any indication, their new LP is going to find the group on a lovely new path.

This is My Hand is out September 16, via Asthmatic Kitty.

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Famed songstress Jenny Lewis drops her most commercial effort yet with The Voyager.