“The Panda Bear Song” by England’s Foxes! isn’t remotely new or particularly groundbreaking, save for one crucial detail… it’s about pandas! Jingle jangly twee pop never sounded so good. Pick up their debut self titled album on Big Salad Records. Do it for the pandas.
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We’re a few years past the point of indie pop being completely played out in its most common form, but there is still something to be said for alternate perspectives and deconstructions. At its heart, the new jam from Vancouver’s The Zolas is indie pop. But “Knot In My Heart” also captures multiple textures that oscillate around a dark, contemplative underbelly. Their new album, Ancient Mars, will come out October 2nd on Light Organ Records.
Recently, in private conversation, I had mused that perhaps Scotland is losing its luster as a stronghold of indie music. And then like a bitch slap to the ear, I came across Miniature Dinosaurs – a ridiculously infectious indie pop outfit from Stirling (I guess the heavier bands all move to Glasgow). Lead singer Barry MacLean’s voice sounds like the second coming of Fred Schneider, leading a delightful indie rock dance party for the new generation.
Miniature Dinosaurs are now on Integrity Records with an EP in the works. For now we’ll stick with “Lemonade.”
Wispy, ethereal, soothing, transcendent – not the usually descriptors for an indie pop band, but New York City’s Freelance Whales managed to capture all of those perfectly with 2010′s Weathervanes. Finally, the time has come for another round and they’ll be releasing their sophomore album, Diluvia, on October 9th.
In a world of singles and limitless options, rare is the album that captivates from start to finish. The kind of sonic infection where repeat plays are involuntary. Such is the case with Eternal Summers‘ sophomore album Correct Behavior, available July 24th and streaming now on Hype Machine. Their throwback sound evokes the kind of feeling you get rediscovering a band you haven’t heard in a long time, except this really is the first time.
I’m just going to stop now and let you listen to this shit. If you fall in love, which you totally will, catch them in San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill on September 12th.