The last few posts have made me feel like a dinosaur telling kids to get off my lawn, so today's post I'm going to highlight a few new artists that I've heard that perked up my ears. That's all the hype you're getting, so just push play and enjoy.
TWEENS - "Be Mean:
From my friends at French Kiss Records , home of the criminally under-legendary Les Savy Fav, Local Natives and original home of Passion Pit comes these guys. Like Neko Case fronting Husker Du. Refreshing and catchy (refratchy! (tm) Sound Canyon 2014) , and energetic, unlike a lot of the indie pseudo-R&B I've railed against lately
DROWNERS - "Luv, Hold Me Down"
Another fine one from the French Kiss folks. Not sure if the name is a Suede reference, but they've got that same sort of meloncholy school boy vocal thing going on. I feel like there hasn't been an exciting Brit-pop act in a while, other than Savages, so these guys and their moody crunch are a welcome return to the genre.
COURTNEY BARNETT - "Avant Gardener"
Where's the Portlandia of Australia? I feel like this would feel right at home in The City of Roses (look it up, that's the nickname) with a cup of Stumptown's Holler Mountain and a copy of Tiny House Magazine. It's a slacker "Fuck + Run" era Liz Phair meets a less slack Pavement.
CLOUD NOTHINGS - "I'm Not Part Of Me"
The breakout "Stay Useless", from their last record is one of my favorite true indie rock songs from the last few years. I heard it at my pet store the other day and it sounded as good amongst the kibble as it did in a sweaty room at SXSW. This is their new single. It features crisper, concise production, but the same trash-pop mentality; excited and relieved that they aren't falling into the "too cool for properly produced vocals" trap that too many succumb to these days.