Social media can be thanked for this discovery, although the majority of bands I stumble on these days are from impersonal recommendations because “so and so likes so and so”. It happens mostly with locals of course and today bridges and powerlines, a Brooklyn based, indie-pop band was planted on my Facebook newsfeed. Thankfully it was just what I needed for some blogspiration (clearly at a lack for words) and I spent the later part of my morning in their mellow, ambient grooves. A band of gentlemen from the looks of it, their songs take me back to bands from my high school years like Reggie and the Full Effect, my parents’ high school years like the Beach Boys, and bands I’m sure high schoolers these days dig like Local Natives. Light-hearted and genuine, here is some music from the dudes next door. @thinknotsleep
Lambs is fuzzy psych rock brought to you by the Canadian winds. This is something I’m rather enjoying on this cold, snowy day in Brooklyn. It’s immediately raising my spirits and crushing any bad thought that may try to ruin this flow. I downloaded this immediately after track one and have been listening to this for the past hour and I don’t intend on stopping. @LeahLovecat
Napoleon has been at war with itself. With lead guitarist Jared Walker stepping away from the group for stylistic reasons, the sophomore release is surely in anticipation of a new sound- why else walk away? Though ‘Curtains‘ is less of a stylistic statement as it is another layer of foundation in the bands solid sound. If it could talk it would say, “I am Napoleon, hear me roar!”. Dynamically the group steps onto new grounds as the platoon of characters that they are demanding that you recognize their sound from a meer note while promising innovation. Keep your ears perked because what comes next is definitive It’s make of break for this little DIY band from brooklyn. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
New. New. New. New. New. You can’t get any more new then Twist. The Canadian duo consisting of Laura Hermiston and Brian Borcherdt have written a hauntingly beautiful track to introduce us to their style. It’s simple, solemn and alluring. I’m already emotionally attached to this one song and can’t stop myself from hitting repeat a million times over. Get acquainted and lets humbly and patiently wait for more. @LeahLovecat
What is this I seem to have stumbled upon? A bluesy, 60′s inspired little number by Milwaukee based, The Many Men. With a this self titled album under their wing, The Many Men seem to fully embrace the fuzzy psych rock of years past. Not only do they embrace but they succumb to it, as should we all. Those vocals that send a shiver up your spine paired with the raw sound of the guitar are both qualities I find highly commendable, especially for a debut album. If this is what we get off the bat, I can only imagine what these fellows have waiting for us. @LeahLovecat
Melbourne’s, The Good Morrows, have brought us a psych/rock dream. The Spacemansingle is just a little morsel that they have set in front of you. After listening to the title track you’ll be sent into a psychedelic wanderlust. Their music was made for dreaming. Come on, look at that album art. You’re crazy if you think otherwise. [Free Download] @LeahLovecat
Sick Seagull Blues by Husk (Auckland, New Zealand)
Listed fittingly under the category of “psychedelic”, ‘Sick Seagull Blues‘ certainly lives up to its potential. Hard and gritty, Husk are high energy and are perhaps a bit different than what you are used to. No shoegaze here, none of those sub genres, thank goodness. This is pure psych rock and I’m more than down for that. It’s about time that we started listening to bands that strip back to their roots. Band that don’t leave us with a strange aftertaste or a mediocre shrug of the shoulder. Husk provide and deliver and they do it rather well. Not to mention, their album art would look quite nice on a t-shirt. [Free Download] @LeahLovecat
The New Highway Hymnal have fused psych rock and punk in order to bring you their luring album, Whispers. With un-earthly howls you’re put under their spell and thrown into a hypnotic state, engaging in the wails that have made you succumb to these 3 minute gems. By track 4 you’ve moved deep into the forest, with no intention of finding your way out. At this point, it’s of no use anyway. @LeahLovecat
Reminiscent of a 60′s pop track, ‘There’s A Place‘ is about sweet, sweet heartbreak. Asking yourself “why?” over and over again, thinking about situations you can’t fix, wishing for the better days you once had. I don’t know if I’m making you feel melancholy, I hope I’m not. The Tortugas aren’t sad, if anything, they make these feelings bearable. It’s quite amazing what pop music can do. It’s free therapy and it’s right here. @LeahLovecat
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