While the incredible brevity of this new Tony Molina record makes it a little gimmicky, the infectious melodies and breakup album concept are enough to make me overlook that most of the time. If you like your power pop rough and punk-influenced, give this a listen.
New York chiptuners Anamanaguchi have a new album out that’s sure to test your threshold for 8-bit synths and instrumental power pop.
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Energetic and to-the-point rock music from Bromheads on their new full-length, Choro. The tracks on this LP have a rough, garage-influenced sound to ‘em; however, Bromheads make up for their lack of cleanliness with sharp hooks and nutty vocals. Enjoy!
The title track from what I believe is Warm Soda’s debut album. They’re a band that was formed pretty recently by Matthew Melton after the demise of his previous band, Bare Wires. Like Bare Wires, Warm Soda has a somewhat vintage garage rock sound, but there’s a tight, groomed appreciation for power pop on this new record, too–especially on this particular track, which has chords that ring out in praise of artists like the Strokes or Elvis Costello. Enjoy!
A tight piece of power pop from the guys in Cocktails via the track “Hey Winnie.” With some syncopated guitars and drums and swagger-filled verses, this track will rock your musical sweet tooth. The band has a self-titled EP coming out through Father Daughter Records on Feb. 12th.
Stream: A.C. Newman- “I’m Not Talking”
New Pornographers frontman/power pop wizard A.C. Newman has a solo new album on the way, which will followup his 2009 record Get Guilty. On his facebook page yesterday, Newman announced the new full length, which is called Shut Down The Streets, and shared a new track called “I’m Not Talking.” Like all of Newman’s best tracks, the single is an instantly lovable melodic gem with a great arrangement and nostalgic, relatable lyrics. I love the bleep-bloopy synth arpeggio that anchors this track, along with the breezy, full bodied acoustic guitars and the arching horn melody, which appears in the intro and returns valiantly in the chorus. Sonically, it’s not far off from what the New Pornographers were doing on their last album Together, but Newman clearly works well with that aesthetic.
No release date has been announced for Shut Down The Streets yet, but you can download the single for free via Pitchfork.
A tight, little pop rock tune from the forthcoming self-titled Evans The Death album. It’ll be out via Slumberland on March 6th.
While this track is about not telling the truth, the great vocals and strong hook here do not deceive. In usual Slumberland fashion, the song does feel like a lost underground rock gem dropped at some point between 1988 and 1994, but the tune here is too catchy to deny.
A funny little song from the forthcoming Neverever EP, Shake-A-Baby. The title: “Mexicoco.” It’s the kind of song that would have been a surf pop hit in the 60s if it had a better recording going for it. I can see leagues of teenage girls chewing gum and gossiping about guys on the phone while this song spins on a 45 through a nearby record player.
While it’s kinda kitschy, Neverever seems more than aware of that, and that makes the total package a little tongue-in-cheek. So just catch a wave and bop your head to the “ba ba da” background vocals.