Tuesday Grab Bag

Are you ready to mellow?

New York’s Gingerly’s make 80’s-inspired indie-pop with a splash of shoegaze. Their debut 7″ Jumprope EP is out today (July 8th) via Shelflife.

Summer Cramps Gingerlys –  Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook

 

Speaking of shoegaze, Halifax’s Kestrels just released a new EP The Moon is Shining Our Way on July 1st via Sonic Unyon. They’re doing a limited run of 300 vinyl (half black, half blue).

The Moon is Shining Our Way – Kestrels Facebook

 

Toronto’s Foxes in Fiction sound a bit like taking a Beach House album and playing it quietly on mono on a lonely deserted subway platform. Shadow’s Song is the first single off their upcoming 7-track 12″ Ontario Gothic out Sept 22nd via Orchid Tapes (his own label). Warren Hildebrand writes:

Ontario Gothic is an album comprised of seven songs dealing with individual instances of loss, grief and the process of healing over the five years following my younger brother’s death in 2008 and how I navigated life in the wake of that tragedy. It was recorded in Toronto and New York between fall 2011 and spring 2014.

The track features Owen Pallett on violin, and Hildebrand will be opening for Pallett on his fall US tour. The limited edition (500 copy) pre-order features 250 translucent coke-bottle green / opaque doublemint green vinyl pressed together and 250 translucent sea blue / opaque cyan blue vinyl pressed together. Lovely!

Shadow’s Song – Foxes in Fiction – Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook

 

Soft vocals, folksy guitar, quiet drums. Birmingham’s Dead Crow Pirates reminds me a lot of Tunng.

Without Her – Dead Crow Pirates – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Paris’s MOODOÏD make fantastic psych-pop akin to Foxygen. I really like the music video for Je suis la montagne, originally released on their self-titled EP on Sept 1st 2013, and will be included on their upcoming album Le monde MÖO (August 1st via Entreprise).

Je suis la montagne – MOODOÏD – SoundcloudFacebook | Twitter

 

Simple pop songs can be effective! San Diego’s Inspired & the Sleep just released a new track on June 25th.

Pool Guard – Inspired & the Sleep – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

I love this Tom Misch and Carmody duet off their new collaborative EP, coming out sometime in July. Did I mention that Tom Misch is only 18?

Release You – Tom Misch and Carmody 

Carmody Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Tom Misch – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

I’m predisposed to enjoy anything produced by the weird art-pop scene from Halifax since I am forever in love with Each Other and Long Long Long. This track comes from the Sled Island compilation album, which is 100% solid. I’ll be playing a lot of the tracks off the comp for my next episode of Indie-licious.  It also appears on their 2014 Tour Cassette, found here on Bandcamp.

Protégé – Heaven For Real – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday Grab Bag (indie pop, dreampop, synthpop & R&B)

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.

Upside Down, Inside Out Born Joy Dead (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

Fun handclaps, spunky and playful guitar, soothing vocals layered in different octaves. RIYL: Devendra Banhart

 

House – Thunderhank (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

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.

 

Take My Time – Glory Glory (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

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

 

Tongues (feat. KOPPS) – Joywave (Soundcloud | FacebookTwitter)

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

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In My Arms – Musique Le Pop (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

Norwegian electropop band Musique Le Pop just released a new EP l’été on June 5th via Café Superstar Recordings.

 

SEVEN – Evan Mellows (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

A little dark R&B never hurt anyone :)

 

A Parting Gift BL_NK SP_C_S (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

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.

 

Never Closer – Firestations (Website | Twitter)

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.