Two grab bags in one week? Am I finally becoming a consistent writer? (false hopes)
It’s because I need to clean out the MBF inbox before NXNE. I pitched coverage in exchange for a media pass, which is significantly less illegitimate than haggling with doormen and trying to look interesting/cool.
Today’s Grab Bag has a decidedly poppier slant than usual, but I guess I needed the pick-me-up this afternoon.
Fun handclaps, spunky and playful guitar, soothing vocals layered in different octaves. RIYL: Devendra Banhart
I’m pretty smitten with Los Angeles brother-duo Thunderhank. This single comes from their Thunderhank EP, which came out on April 29th. I really like the percussion in this track, it sounds suspenseful and purposeful. RIYL: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Relaxing Halifax dreampop. These guys are playing two NXNE shows: The first at the Drake Underground on Wed June 18th at 9pm (Halifax Pop Explosion showcase) and the second at Rancho Relaxo on Fri June 20th at 9pm (TWM showcase). RIYL: Youth Lagoon
Joywave just released their new EP How Do You Feel via Cultco Music and are touring the US with Body Language, RAC, and Vacationer in support of it. They’re playing Osheaga on Sun Aug 3rd and a Gap in-store for NXNE on Sat June 21st (lololol). RIYL: Phèdre
Norwegian electropop band Musique Le Pop just released a new EP l’été on June 5th via Café Superstar Recordings.
A little dark R&B never hurt anyone :)
London synthpop one-man project BL_NK SP_C_S(aka Daniel Gallagher) just released his debut album Memory Man via You Records on June 2nd.
From the same guy (Mike!) who produced Skydive by Astronauts. (which I wrote about on Tuesday) comes a brand new single by London dreampop band Firestations out June 16th via Waltz Time Records. There’s never a better way to end a playlist than with upbeat dreampop!
Alright, I feel like a better person now.