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 we’re still hanging around the indie-rock sector. Enjoy the likes of Philadelphia Grand Jury (whaaaat?!), Polish Club, The Lulu Raes, Tiny Little Houses and North Arm.
‘Crashing & Burning Pt II’ – Philadelphia Grand Jury.
Just when I thought these guys were gone for good, they go and decide to release a single. Don’t get me wrong, I am actually so happy about it, but I was 110% surprised at this release nearly four years after they’d announced they were breaking up. The bouncy guitar riff at the start makes you wanna dance along from the moment it begins, and the vocals match perfectly. It’s got all the right hooky bits, (“Don’t let yourself get carried away, I’m too exciiiiited. You only love when you crash and you burn, and that’s exciiiiting…”) and just incase you were getting bored with all the boppy goodness, it switches up around the middle with a cool-sounding slower part, with washier guitars and vocals that sound like they just don’t care, keeping it interesting. There’s even a hint of brit-rock in there, which gets it some brownie points as well.
‘Beeping’ – Polish Club.
I’ve always found the vocals from Polish Club really intriguing. They remind me of Kings Of Leon a tad, but with a real rock twist on it. I love the pace of this track, it’s so fast and upbeat with a heap of feel good vibes. The guitar line is simple and repetitive and so are the vocals, but this actually works really well for this track because sometimes things just don’t need to be super complicated – and it seems like that is the vibe of this track. Just easy breezy rock.
‘Burnout’ – The Lulu Raes.
As a big fan of The Lulu Raes, this track confused me at first with it’s slow piano line and ballad-esque lyrical beginning, but then some lighter keys kick in, the pace changes and we’re back to what we know with these guys. This track sounds like the band have matured a bit away from their upbeat super bouncy stuff (think: ‘The Way Life Runs’ or ‘Reputation’) and I love the inclusion of violins in this track. Very fancy.
‘Soon We Won’t Exist’ – Tiny Little Houses.
As morbid as this title sounds, this song is anything but. It’s got this super cute feel about it, the vocals sounding heartfelt but when they meet the twangy acoustic guitars, it creates this great balance of heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics and a wishy-washy happy love song. It’s just really cutsey without being gross and sickly. I’m getting a real ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ (The Maccabees) vibes from this one.
‘The Boys’ – North Arm.
I found this song totally by mistake, but I’m so glad I did. Listening to what I thought was actually Tiny Little Houses (above), I was confused at the massive change in direction for the band. After double checking, I noticed it was North Arm, and went from “what…?” to “ohhh…” to “ooo, I like this…” all within the space of about 10 seconds. This track could almost pass for background music because the vocals are so faint (it almost sounds like the vocals were recorded underwater) but the guitars bring it up and out of that at all the right times. I also really like the harmonies in the bridge, too – they’re completely different to that of the vocals every where else in this track, and it almost transports it into something else entirely. It’s surprisingly versatile, and I love it.