Here are five relatively new tracks that you may or may not have heard. There’s one well-known rock band on the list and the other four are young bands or artists looking to make a splash in the new year. The mini-playlist is below, and here are the tracks you’ll find and a little bit about the artist.

  • Dick Diver are a four-piece outfit from Melbourne, Australia. They’ll be releasing a new album out, which incidentally will be called Melbourne, Florida, in March on Trouble in Mind Records. The first single, “Waste the Alphabet”, is a catchy, jangle-pop tune that has similarities to one of this past year’s breakthrough artists, AgesandAges.
  • Dan Carney, who goes by the moniker Astronauts, is one of the artists we’ll be watching next year with his mix of indie folk and dreamy, lo-fi, psych-pop. A couple of weeks ago, he released the gorgeous “In My Direction”. The single follows on his great album, Hollow Ponds. We can expect a new album next year, well at least that’s what he told our Wendy Redden a few weeks ago in a one-on-one chat.
  • The purveyors of spoken word indie rock have returned. Modest Mouse announced this week that they’ll be releasing a new album, Strangers to Ourselves, which is apt since the band’s last album was in 2007! The first single from the forthcoming album, “Lampshades on Fire”, was actually written a few years ago, and the band has performed it live in their sporadic concerts. The single below is a live recording of the “new” track, which is quintessential Modest Mouse.
  • Another UK-based band, Sirens in the Delta make rock music that borders between ’90s and modern rock. “PARIS” is a catchy, rock tune that echoes of The Silversun Pickups. The single is part of their self-titled EP, which you can find on their Soundcloud page.
  • Che-val is the husband-and-wife project of Kenny and Laura Cash. They make acoustic pop music that’s easy on the ears and might get you in the mood of snuggling with your loved one. About a month ago, they released “Don’t Give Up on Me”, which they released as part of a charity campaign to fight Parkinson’s Disease. Buy the single on iTunes and support this great cause.
  • To end the playlist, we head to Brooklyn, New York where Darlings are making summery indie-pop. “I Love You Too” might not sound like a song for this time of year, but then again we could all use a little bit of sunshine on these cold days. This is the second single from their forthcoming album, Feel Better, which will be out January 20 on Wild Canary Records.


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