While waiting for the promised US release of a batch of tunes from Aussie world pop troubadours Jinja Safari an exciting development occurred – Pepa Knight, the band’s chairman of world instruments, has gone and revealed a project all his own. While still in the vein of resplendent tropical-inspired pop, Knight’s single “Rahh!” is more than just another slice of Jinja Safari’s cacophonous, jubilant brand. “Rahh!” is lush and vibrant, belying the fact that it’s all the work one man; not quite bedroom pop but certainly not a full band affair. Knight’s single is full-bodied and fully realized – immersive and transportive in its effervescent plod, upward reaching and infectious – the perfect tune to jump start the encroaching summer swelter. Here’s hoping it’s not too long til Pepa Knight reveals what other tricks he has up his beguiling, fully developed sleeves.
After the blistering vocal gymnastics featured in Brooklyn experimental rock trio SoftSpot‘s “You/Yours”, they’ve decided to calm it down in the latest offering from the upcoming sophomore effort. “Black Room Blues”, the third track and our third taste of the forthcoming work, is perhaps the most phlegmatic; inward-seeking and dramatically so, pulling you in with crushing heaviness. All the while Sarah Kinlaw’s vocals rise above the tumult with effortless lucidity. “Black Room Blues” is like sinking in quicksand under a full desert moon, its methodical slow burn drawing you deeper and deeper down toward its darkly colored core.
SoftSpot’s sophomore full length MASS is out April 8th. You can pre-order the digital or limited edition 12″ via their Bandcamp here.
We previously shared “Good Laugh” from Wilmington bedroom pop artist Dyev. Here’s another track, “It’s Time They Know,” that matches that track’s frenetic energy, inventive percussion design and manic vocal layering.
Nothing official on the horizon from Dyev just yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
Fresh off of a scintillating SXSW, including an Austin debut performance at this year’s Floating Fest, Sylvan Esso are pressing the buttons on their machine in proper fashion by dropping a new video for lead single “Coffee”. The single is so catchy, they could’ve made a lyric video using Comic Sans and I still would’ve watched it only somewhat begrudgingly. Luckily they didn’t do the unthinkable and stuck to something more familiar roots, shooting a 50s sock hop meets hipster house party in their hometown of Durham, North Carolina. If SXSW was an education institution for higher learning with a study abroad program in Portland, this video showcases the house parties that would undoubtedly occur.
It is oddly fitting that Louisville quintet The Deloreans are a blink and you’ll miss it kind of band. Probably Louisville if not ALL of Kentucky in general’s best kept secret, I virtually had my listening habits completely torn asunder when I happened upon their 2011 sophomore record “American Craze” and my mind absolutely blown when I had the chance to catch them play the very rare out of town during CMJ.
From “American Craze” and beyond, the band have managed to defy the very notion of genre – a fastidious pairing of old and new, The Deloreans are not however a retro rock outfit nor are they kind of band recycling their greatest hits. Their latest 7″ single “As Long As It’s You” make that perfectly clear. The sheer decadence and Bacharach-era pop of “American Craze” is gone but not forgotten, as the band ruminates and expands the record’s more heartfelt moments on “As Long As It’s You”. They just don’t need to rely on an orchestra to deliver that kind of arresting punch this time around. It’s a track that isn’t afraid to be dynamic, to be exploratory – undulating not only with an endearing fervor but with the complexity of musical ideas. The Deloreans may be a pop band but they have no intentions of being boring about it – packing their tunes with an interesting mix of intricate layers, practically bruising levels of intense longing.
The Deloreans’ 7″ featuring “As Long As It’s You” with b-side “As Long As It’s Here” is out April 2nd. You can preorder it now.