Saturday, April 14, 2018

Black Gold Buffalo - Black Gold Buffalo

Black Gold Buffalo entered our consciousness in early February, and we immediately told our readers about it because that is what we do with great musical discoveries (link).   The London quartet now has released their self-titled debut album, and to be perfectly honest, it is even better than we thought likely -- and we expected quality.  Our only concern was whether the band's previously released material was far above the remainder of the album.  This is an understandable concern because that sort of thing happens often in the music world.  However, we are here to assure you that Black Gold Buffalo is excellent, darkly-shaded, pulsating dance rock crafted to the same high standards as the singles.  This is a keeper of an album, folks.

Black Gold Buffalo are Keziah Stilwell (vocals), Hannah Holland (rhythm/production), Joy Joseph (rhythm/production), and Marc Hayward (guitar).   The album is available via the band's own Buff Rekkids label.  Check your preferred digital sources.








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Friday, April 13, 2018

Say Sue Me - Where We Were Together

We like going far and wide for our thrills -- in music, food, beer and all the other important things in life.  So today's first musical treat hails from Busan, South Korea, courtesy of Say Sue Me.  Their new album is Where We Were Together, an energetic blend of '60 garage filtered through '90s noise and surf pop.  The affecting female vocals ride the instrumental waves of a band that plays like there is nothing else they would rather be doing.  Thinking about it, there is nothing else we'd rather have them doing either.   And this album isn't a one-note fast tempo affair either, as they can dial it back and let Sumi fill your head with bittersweet musings reminiscent of those Camera Obscura songs you cherish.  Exhibit A would be the charming "Funny and Cute".

We think that this band is poised for a breakthrough, and this album deserves to give them the boost.  In our view, Where We Were Together is an excellent way to begin your weekend.

Say Sue Me are Jae Young, Kim Byunkyu, Kang Semin, and Sumi Choi, although Kang is recovering from injury and drummer Chang Won is standing in.  The band are touring the UK and Europe in April and May.  Where We Were Together is out today in digital, CD, and vinyl formats via Damnably and Electric Muse.  Stream and source at the Bandcamp link below.






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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Amazing - In Transit

Swedish project The Amazing may set a high bar for assessing their music in choosing their name, but one can't deny the quality of the results.  The latest edition is the recently released In Transit, a glorious 11-track statement constructed of the tension of light and fog, glimmer and distortion.  Atmospheric and richly textured, it manages to soar while remaining slightly reticent and consciously shrouded in haze.  For us, the overall impression after listening to In Transit is like waking up from a pleasant dream, remembering some parts with clarity while other parts remain just slightly beyond our reach.  When we wake up from such a dream, we usually wish we could fall asleep again and resume the dream, but of course that rarely happens.  Happily, after we finish this new gem from The Amazing, we simply can press "replay".

The Amazing are frontman Christoffer Gunrup (guitar/vocals), Reine Fiske (guitar), Moussa Fadera (drums), Alexis Benson (bass), and Frederik Swahn (keys/guitar).  In Transit is out now in vinyl, CD and digital formats.  See the Bandcamp link below for details.











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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Holy Wave - Adult Fear

On Adult Fear, the third album by Austin's Holy Wave, the band weaves a dreamy psychedelia with enough traces of mystery and veins of unease to create a soundscape reflecting the record's title.  The arrangements are layered and enveloping, sprawling patiently while revealing varied textures and sly hooks through the haze.  This band knows what they like, and what they are good at, and Adult Fear is their best album yet.  Fans of psychedelia can rejoice.

Holy Wave are Kyle Hager, Dustin Zozaya, Julian Ruiz, Joey Cook, and Ryan Fuson.  Adult Fear is out now in vinyl, digital and CD formats via Reverberation Appreciation Society.  A cassette version is available via Burger Records.







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"Running In The Dark" by Color Dolor


Friday brings the release of "Running In The Dark", a taste of what Finnish band Color Dolor will deliver next month with full-length album Love.  The album promises to be an examination of the titular concept from multiple angles, expressed through the original pop and skewed R&B of this Helsinki band.  "Running In The Dark" is an intimate R&B-flavored track that is perfect for your late evening listening.

Color Dolor features Stina Koistinen (vocals) and Nicolas "Leissi" Rehn, although they add musicians for drums, bass and synths when playing live.  Love will be released May 4 in vinyl, cassette and digital formats via Soliti Music.




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Monday, April 9, 2018

Triptides - Visitors

The sun is out today, and our mood requires some sun-kissed psychedelia.  Fortunately, LA's Triptides are ready, willing and able to meet our needs with the 12-track beauty, Visitors.  Those who have followed the band through their previous five albums know what they will get -- swirling, trippy psychedelic pop reminiscent of the '60s and early '70s.  These guys have the substance of the genre running through their veins, and their execution is impeccable.  This album may be their best yet, and will please with songs spanning the spectrum from rocking to dreamy.  Put on your sunscreen.

Visitors is available now in vinyl, CD and digital formats via French label Requiem Pour Un Twister.







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Sunday, April 8, 2018

"Talking in My Head" by Delsbo Beach Club


We have a new single from Rama Lama Records' band Delsbo Beach Club.  Formed in Umea but now based in Stockholm, the band works the indie pop/surf pop groove we find irresistible.  And since it is raining and windy as we write this, it helps us think of better times ahead.

Delsbo Beach Club are Erik Bjorkland, Jesper Jonason, Alexander Kuronen, Stas Heilyk, and Ebba Vikdahl.  They will be releasing their debut EP, and we hope to bring it to you.



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