Friday, July 21, 2017

Life Model - Lucky EP

Today is Life Model's lucky day.  Or, more precisely, their Lucky day, because their new EP with that title has been released.  The band has been known for their dreamgaze (dreampop + shoegaze), but this record finds them muscling up with a touch more rocking, and it is a sound they do very well.  Opener "Skin and Bones" rumbles and threatens like something seeping out of the Seattle underground in the early '90s.  Title track "Lucky" brings the melody in a noise pop charmer.  The lovely "4ever" and "Together" hint at and build upon the band's dreampop roots.  Take it for a spin below -- if you are looking for good, new music, this may be your lucky day as well.

Life Model is Sophie Evans, Chris Smith, Joanne McCafferty, and Michael McDonald and they are based in Glasgow.  Lucky is out now in cassette and digital formats via Frux Tapes.



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Press Play And Escape" by Teflon Sega

We started out the day with some R&B, so we'll continue with an electronic R&B/future pop track from up and coming American artist Teflon Sega.  Keep your ears open -- we are sure you will hear more from him.


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"Do You Want My Love?" by Harpoons

Today is almost the end of the week.  Almost.  What is needed is a shot of energy to help us make it to Friday.  And where will we get it?  We will get it from "Do You Want My Love?", the new disco-tinged R&B song from Melbourne's Harpoons.  Put it on repeat, and make it through the week.  And then send the band a thank you note.

Harpoons are Henry, Jack, Bec, and Marty.  Their second album will be released later this year.



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Various Artists: 23 Bangers - The Casual Lurkers Guide to Emotional Response (2017)

Let's be honest here - we all find ourselves feeling a bit lazy at some point.  For example, every now and then I think I should make a new playlist with my favorite recent songs, favorite songs overall, favorite songs of a certain genre, or whatever.  But then I sit down, open a beer, and let the moment pass.  True, it sometimes takes two beers for the moment to pass, but I'm not a quitter so I stick with it.  And that's all fine, except that after the moment passes I don't have the hits compilation I had intended to make.

However, once again Jen and Stew at Emotional Response Records have saved the day.  Emotional Response Records releases a lot of records, in a lot of styles, by artists from lots of places around the globe.  As a public service for us lazy types, they are offering 23 Bangers - The Casual Lurkers Guide to Emotional Response (2017).  As the title suggests, the record contains 23 songs selected from the label's 2017 releases.  It is a no effort, no fuss and quite low-priced way to get a hits compilation of indie rock, punk, psychedelic, electronic, and indie pop songs well worth collecting.  Try some songs below and then visit the Bandcamp link.















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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Americans - I'll Be Yours

We generally make up our own minds around here.  In fact, we are quite comfortable with our enviable position as one of the premier tastemakers in indie music [citation needed].  But that doesn't mean that we ignore the opinions of other worthies in searching for good new music.  And when T. Bone Burnett and Jack White, among others, recognize a band's talent, we are content to be followers for a day.  And that brings us to The Americans -- a band whose interest in pre-war Americana roots music has broadened into an appealing brand of roots rock.  A brand that reflects rockabilly, country, blues, Americana, roots rock and swaggering rock and roll.  We featured the band's The Right Stuff EP a couple of months ago (link), and were pleasantly surprise that a full LP --  I'll Be Yours -- is available so soon.  Energetic stompers, roadhouse anthems, and slow-burning ballads showcase a band with deep understanding of their influences and formidable talent and commitment.  The songwriting is as strong as the performances are sincere.  And while the album impresses from the opening notes of the upbeat "Nevada", it still manages to be a 'grower', revealing depth with repeated listens.  The Americans have landed.

The Americans are Patrick Ferris (vocals/guitar), Jake Faulkner (bass), and Zac Sokolow (guitar).  I'll Be Yours is out now in vinyl, digital and CD formats via Loose Records.








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"Move to Run" by the Ocean Party

Here at WYMA World Headquarters, we are very fond of oceans and parties.  So it won't surprise anyone reading this post to learn that we also are very fond of The Ocean Party.  The Melbourne six-piece has been a favorite here for the last several years, and we even hauled ourselves out to see their show here in Seattle a few month ago.  Despite being at the end of a long overseas tour, they managed to be very entertaining and charming, and the memories still linger pleasantly in our minds.

But enough of the past, because The Ocean Party is ready to release another LP.  Beauty Point is coming to our ears and hears on August 18 via Spunk in Australia and New Zealand and Emotional Response Records in the US.  Well have more on the new album in the coming weeks, but here is a very tasty hint of what is to come.





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