Welcome to another week of new music cocktails – a.k.a. Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 13! This week we’re basking in the beauty of springtime blooms (that’s code for “sneezing our fool heads off due to pollen”), and as such, there’s a mellower theme at play here. Some days you just need gentler tunes to alleviate the aching allergy headaches. So without further ado, let’s dig into these five new singles from across the globe.
Søren Juul – “Dear Child” (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Spring is a time of rejuvenation, so to speak. Danish singer/songwriter Søren Juul has experienced a rebirth of sorts in his work. The performer has shed his former professional moniker (Indians) and is now recording under his own name. We featured his single “Ambitions” last year when he released his debut EP. Since then he has toured with Neko Case, EL VY, Son Lux, and Julia Holter. Now that he has finished his full-length album, we’re happy to share the first single. “Dear Child” is a bright, breezy track that falls in the ambient-folk-indie pop category, with hints of Bon Iver and José González woven throughout. It’s gently soothing and perfect for peaceful spring mornings.
Juul tours Europe in April and May, with no North American dates announced yet. (Hopefully this will change!) His new album, This Moment, releases June 17 on 4AD.
The Dandy Warhols – “Catcher in the Rye” (Portland, USA)
Keeping with this week’s low-key vibe, we’re thrilled to share the latest single from Portland-based indie rock darlings The Dandy Warhols. With their massive cult following, many music fans consider them an American Britpop band. That’s fair only insofar as they formed in the mid-‘90s during the modern Britpop heyday and their sound blends multiple genres, including Britpop, New Wave, grunge, and modern rock. (Why they aren’t bigger than Oasis or Blur remains a mystery to us!)
Where the new album’s first single (“You Are Killing Me”) was more upbeat, this latest track, “Catcher in the Rye,” offers a mellower vibe with literary references galore. Distortland is out April 8 via Dine Alone Records. You can pre-order it from iTunes and the label’s online store. The band’s spring tour is underway in North America through April 19, then they’re in Europe starting May 6 in Amsterdam.
The Dandy Warhols are: Courtney Taylor-Taylor (lead vocals, guitar), Peter Holmström (guitar), Brent DeBoer (drums), and Zia McCabe (keys).
David Bazan – “Trouble With Boys” (Seattle, USA)
It’s no secret that we love Seattle indie singer/songwriter David Bazan. He puts a unique spin on everything he creates, whether it’s original music as Pedro the Lion or solo covering The Killer’s “Read My Mind.” There is an honest intimacy to his delivery that is refreshing and endearing. His third solo album is due out next month, and this first single captures the yearning of an artist who finds himself on the road and missing his family. The layers of slightly trippy, hypnotic synths on this low-key ballad are calming and peaceful. It’s from his upcoming LP, Blanco, which releases May 13 on Barsuk Records with pre-orders available here.
Bazan is on tour throughout North America from now until the end of August.
Explosions in the Sky – “Logic of a Dream” (Austin, USA)
The terms “ambient” and “loud” are usually contradictory, except when referencing Explosions in the Sky. This powerhouse ambient post-rock band from Austin, Texas, is known for their intensely moving melodies and equally deafening live performances. Since forming in 1999, EITS have won the hearts of fans through their instrumental works that create vivid atmospheric soundscapes. “Logic of a Dream” is from their newest album, and it’s a satisfying journey from start to finish. If you’re not already a fan of EITS, this is a great introduction. You’ll be whisked away sonically to an ethereal place of gentle beauty with peaks and valleys of reverb-heavy layers and subdued percussion. This song, like most in their catalog, soars throughout its nearly seven minute length. So sit back, relax, and let Explosions in the Sky work their cathartic magic.
The Wilderness released April 1 on Temporary Residence Ltd. (US) and Bella Union (EU/UK). It is available from the label’s online store. Their worldwide tour kicks off April 27 in Glasgow and runs through the end of August.
Explosions in the Sky are: Chris Hrasky (drums), Michael James (guitar, bass), Munaf Rayani (guitar), and Mark Smith (guitar).
Turnover – “Change Irreversible” (Virginia Beach, USA)
“I don’t care much for the springtime” is how the newest single from Virginia Beach’s Turnover band begins. Perhaps this is a case of “methinks they doth protest too much” because the mellow, mid-tempo rhythms of “Change Irreversible” are a perfect tune for those sleepy spring mornings when you need some dreamy music to start your day. These guys make beautifully layered, gauzy shoegaze music, and this single has the right amount of buoyancy to keep your head swaying and feet tapping without lulling you back into a dream state. It has the feel of the morning’s first light ushering in the dawn, so pair this one with your coffee to ease into your daily routine.
Turnover are: Casey Gets, Austin Getz, Danny Dempsey, and Eric Soucy.
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