Here are our top picks from new releases in the past week, selected by indie-rock-god (not actually, but fangirl none the less), Taylor Yates. This Tunesday enjoy the likes of Pretty City, Ocdantar feat. Liahona, Ayla, Beach Baby and Canary.
‘Mary Go Round’ – Pretty City.
My first thought when I heard this track was that it sounds like lead singer Hugh Matthews is singing from very far away, and it’s got this real almost trippy sound to it. So I asked their guitarist, John-Luis Moretti to give me the goss’:
“The song has always been killer live. So it was always considered to be one of the first singles off the rank. But it was impossible to record for some reason. Couldn’t get the speed right. Then guitars sounded wrong. For a song that’s so effortless live it was extremely frustrating to not be able to get it on tape so to speak[…]”, he said.
“[…]But I applied my trademark slash and burn editing and we started with the world crashing in and straight to the good bits. Then it really came to life. It also made the dynamics of the song stronger. The little kinks-y bits are sweeter and the choruses are rockier. Back to Hugh’s vocals, he had to record those at yet another session at The Aviary. He does lots of melody variations. Plus my backing vocals are all over the choruses and the last verse too. So when you smoosh them all together and add a little reverb you get these woozy sorta vocals. Other than that I don’t think we did much overdubbing instrument wise. We liked the raw kind of live feel. So I’m pretty sure it’s just one guitar each for Hugh and I.”
I dunno about you, but I think this one’s banging, and can totally imagine this playing hazily in the background of a pool party.
‘Sky Sea Client View” – Ocdantar feat. Liahona.
‘Sky Sea Client View’ basically gives meaning to the word “haunting”. Everything about this track is a little bit creepy, but in a good way. I love how disconnected the vocals sound in this track. Liahona kinda sounds like she’s underwater, and the wavering synths add to the whole vibe. Keep this around if you want things to get reallllly spooky on Halloween.
‘When The World Ends’ – Ayla.
I dunno about you, but I absolutely love Ayla’s work. Her instrumental melodies always sound so effortless, and coupled with the slightly-urgent-but-not-too-much-that-it-makes-you-anxious vocals are a great match, and it provides a whole sense of smoothness to the track. Her music is very easy to listen to for this reason, and ‘When The World Ends’ is no exception to this.
‘Limousine’ – Beach Baby.
This track has everything I love about indie-rock in it. English vocals, twangy guitars and a race drum beat? Count me in. This is a dance-like-a-loon kinda track, but not in the typical way. It just has something about it that makes you sway to it. I’m gonna assume it’s the vocals, they’re the right amount of yearning without sounding too desperate. There’s also a slight surf-rock vibe humming through in the guitars, which makes this one’s another tune that’s sure to go off around summer time.
‘Here We Go’ – Canary.
I wrote about how much I liked this track earlier this week, but I can’t go past it. It’s cute, with lazy (in a good way!) vocals, and the whole track has this haze to it, whilst maintaining a sense of brightness. It doesn’t send you to sleep, but it doesn’t hype you up to much either. But that’s not a bad thing, either. There’s also a surprise trumpet in there which’ll make you smile.