Here is my first music summary. Happy Sunday.
Frankie Cosmos – Art School
I’m not really sure how to describe this band (which is actually a solo project of Greta Kline). They are definitely lo-fi, probably a bit indie-pop, slightly twee and really awesome. Their simplistic songs make great listening during long revision sessions or windy walks home. You should check them out.
Alvvays – Party Police
I really like Alvvays and I think they are great however, I think that Alvvays struggle slightly with being a summery band. This song manages to move away their summery jangley guitar sound a little bit to darker synthy sound. I have included the KEXP version here because it is actually the first thing that I heard by Alvvays so obviously my favorite version.
Waxahatchee – Air
This is a really solid song that stands up to hours of listening quite happily. It made it’s way onto my list of all time favorites earlier this year and hasn’t really moved since. While I do like a lot of her other music, nothing has quite stuck with me like this song but if you like Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos or other artists like that I would recommend a listen. She is also supporting Sleater-Kinney on their upcoming US tour which adds extra bonus points for me.
Beach House – Sparks
I doubt that if you are reading this blog, you won’t have heard of Beach House. I really like this single of their second most recent album Depression Cherry and have had it on pretty frequent rotation on Spotify. This whole record show a bit of a move away from over production and more towards a DIY-bedroom recording sound. Of course this is Beach House so the record is still well produced but there are just more simplistic elements like the plain synth organ which I really like.
Tiger Trap – Puzzle Pieces
I recently discovered this whole group of music which is a combination of my two favorite genres – riot grrrl and indie – pop/twee. This made me very happy and aided by some great Spotify playlists dedicated to K records (think an American variant of beloved Sarah Records) I found this band.
Dolly Mixture – Everything And More
This is basically and indie-pop classic that somehow manages to make its way into what I listen to or a playlist I have on every week. I have found it really hard to get hold Dolly Mixture’s music because there are no digital versions and the vinyl is either very expensive or simply not available so if any one has any ideas please help me out.
Heavens to Betsy – Complicated
This song is probably one of the longest songs that I play frequently and it really stands out against a lot of my other music for this reason. It’s a six minute break-up song by riot grrrl queen, Corin Tucker and her band, that becomes more powerful the further you get into the song.