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 back in the indie-rock sector. Enjoy the likes of The Reversals, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Ivey, Day Wave and Allan Smithy.
‘Coming Down With You’ – The Reversals.
‘Coming Down With You’ has got all the qualities of a pop song, including a singalong chorus (“everything is happening, everything is happening, and I’m not coming down with you…”) to the cleanest 80s guitars ever. When said 80s inspired guitars open this track it suddenly then takes a hit from some poppy vocals before getting torn into by a synth, forcing the vocals to shake off some sparkle. It could nearly pass for a Tame Impala track in some parts, but not before it jumping back in and flirting with the pop realm – however, only enough to give it cheeky wink and a hair flick before turning back to it’s indie roots.
‘Trapdoor’ – King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.
This track sounds like something straight out of The Mighty Boosh. Being a massive Boosh fan myself, I love this solely for that reason. It mostly speaks for itself, though, so check it out and try your hardest not to marathon TMB directly afterwards.
‘Smell Of Smoke’ – Ivey.
I need to start this off by saying that the youngest member in this band is 14. Yeah, you read that correctly. The lead singer is 14. The other members are 16, 18 and 18. Can we just appreciate that for a second? Okay. Moving on. This track is a bouncy tropical-indie-pop, and sounds kinda like if San Cisco were younger and swapped the members around so there was a lead female singer.
‘Come Home Now’ – Day Wave.
Recently signing to I OH YOU, Day Wave is the label’s first international artist (USA) and I was oh-so-excited when I discovered this tune. Its got an intro similar to the sounds of Two Door Cinema Club and the vocals are very similar also, with a bit of a cloudy effect over them. It could easily be mistaken as the band, but Day Wave’s foggy vocals coupled with the near-jangely synths set this one apart.
‘The Streets’ – Allan Smithy.
Beginning with a wiggly synth punctured by drums and twangy guitars, ‘The Streets’ almost sounds like a Purity Ring track for a few seconds. Until the duelling hazy vocals come in, that is. This one takes a turn, and very quickly, changing into an acoustic-y song before you know it. Because, as I’ve mentioned before, there’s always gotta be a slow one.