What a week it has been for music, and it only gets better with these ten great tracks on The Saturday Sampler for February 6th that ranges once again the musical spectrum. We have music from artists in Scotland, England, Canada, and the good ol’ US of A. Spin the track below.
Bent Shapes – “Realization Hits” (Boston, USA)
Bent Shapes has a hot new single to warm up your winter days. “Realization Hits” probably isn’t named after the feeling you get after being snowed-in during a blizzard, although this Boston band probably knows that misery all too well after enduring mountains of the white stuff last year. This track is almost four minutes of smart indie pop tightly woven with jangly hooks and a catchy chorus that will have you dancing and singing along immediately. It’s from their upcoming album, Wolves of Want, due out March 11 via Slumberland Records. Bent Shapes is Ben Potrykus, Jenny Mudarri, Andy Sadoway, and Luke Brandfon.
Catholic Action – “L.U.V.” (Glasgow, UK)
A couple of years ago, Temples burst on the scene playing their dazzling brand of psychedelic rock. This year, Catholic Action has laid down their own path to be among the year’s breakout bands. Already heralded within their hometown of Glasgow as one of the city’s best live bands, the quartet’s official debut single, “L.U.V.”, is an unabashedly raucous, glam-rock number. The band channels T. Rex and Thin Lizzy, filling the song with an infectious guitar hook and a get-out-of-your-seat tempo. With “L.U.V.”, 2016 has its first anthem.
This single officially will be available for purchase on March 18th via Luv Luv Luv Records. Catholic Action are Chris McCrory, Jamie Dubber, Ryan Clark, and Andrew MacPherson.
Dear Tracks – “Soft Dreams” (Grand Rapids, USA)
We needed something jangly and shoegaze-y – like cowbell, you can never have enough of either. Fortunately for us, Grand Rapids, Michigan residents, Dear Tracks recently shared their wicked new single, “Soft Dreams”. The track is a dreamy, laid-back gem that brings comparison to bands like Real Estate or DIIV. The jangly guitars, light and airy vocals keep you wanting for more and will be the perfect track to play on a sun-soaked summer or even wintry day.
“Soft Dreams” is the second single from Dear Tracks‘ forthcoming EP entitled Soft Dreams, due out February 26 on Furious Hooves and Track & Field Records. The quartet is comprised of Matt Messore, Victoria Ovenden, Jacob Juodawlkis and Alex Militello.
False Advertising – “Piece Of My Mind” (Manchester, UK)
We have a soft spot for bands from Manchester. It’s like they could do no wrong. Everything they touch is gold. There must be something in the water because another band from UK’s central city, False Advertising, has released one heck of a track. This isn’t the first time that the trio of Jen Hingley, Chris Warr, and Josh Sellers have caught our attention, but “Piece Of My Mind” has really made us more nostalgic than “I Don’t Know” did. This awesome, grungy number channels early Soundgarden, when the band from Seattle was creating dark, moody numbers. There are also tinges of Pablo Honey-era Radiohead, a trace of The Stone Roses in their infancy, and even a bit of The Heartless Bastards. While we could run and put on records by these great bands, we’ll just wait for False Advertising’s forthcoming EP, Brainless (April 22nd), to transport us back to when grunge rock was king.
Feels – “Close My Eyes” (Los Angeles, CA)
Not to be mistaken with the Finnish Feels band that we featured three weeks ago, this Feels band hails from East Los Angeles. Their music is also different – blistering garage-rock that caught the ear of none other than Ty Segall, who helped produce the band’s debut album. The lead single is the awesome “Close My Eyes”, which has that anthemic, guitar-driven sound we’ve come to associate with Segall. However, there’s a more melody and some great harmonies on the single, as if the Dum Dum Girls decided to rock out and turn into a psychedelic, garage-rock band.
Feels’ self-titled debut LP is out February 26th via Castle Face Records. The band is comprised of Laena Geronimo, Shannon Lay, Michael Rudes and Amy Allen.
The James Hunter Six – “Something’s Calling” (Essex, UK)
Thirty years ago, British soul crooner James Hunter was touring as a backing vocalist with Van Morrison. In 2006 he released his critically-acclaimed People Gonna Talk album that put him back in the spotlight. Now ten years on, he’s got people talking again thanks to his fourth album with The James Hunter Six, Hold On!, which released yesterday on Daptone Records. It’s the group’s first on the Daptone label, and this single is a smooth playing instant classic. Comparisons to Sam Cooke are inevitable but richly deserved, as Hunter’s warm, blue-eyed soul sound evokes the heyday of the ’60s Motown era while sounding fresh and modern.
Melaena Cadiz – “California” (Los Angeles, USA)
Hovering under the radar for the past five years is Melaena Cruz, but that should change when her new album “Sunfair” drops on March 4th (Misra Records). The second single from Cruz’s forthcoming album is “California”, which has a Mazzy Star elegance while Cruz’s voice has a Tiff Merritt magnetism to it. It’s one of those rare songs you’ll hear – a resplendent tune through and through.
Scott Yoder – “Silver Boy” (Seattle, USA)
If you listen to “Silver Boy” and hear some familiarity, it’s because Scott Yoder is the former singer of The Pharmacy. Now striking out on his own, Yoder’s debut single is the hallmark of a veteran singer-songwriter, as “Silver Boy’s” emotional lyrics are set against a nostalgic and familiar sounding ’60s vibe. Imagine a young James Taylor or even Jim James, and that’s what you get with Scott Yoder’s solo turn.
“Silver Boy” is the lead single from Yoder’s forthcoming new album, Looking Back In Blue, which is due out March 25 via Annibale Records.
ShelBee – “Enough” (Los Angeles, USA)
A relative newcomer to the music is scene is LA-based Shelbee. She recently released a five-track EP, Stomping Ground, from which we feature its star – the stunning and intimate “Enough”. This single track exhibits Shelbee’s broad talents and immense potential, as anthemic electronic beats and synths weave around her tantalizing voice. “Enough” has us thinking Shelbee as a female-fronted Bastille. Here’s a young woman going places.
The Strumbellas – “Spirits” (Toronto, Canada)
We last featured Canadian indie folk-pop band The Strumbellas back at the end of 2014 after they had won multiple awards for their contemporary folk album, We Still Move on Dance Floors. They’re back with a new album out April 22 via Six Shooters Records. This first single is a jubilant, hopeful anthem that will lift the spirits of young and old alike. “I just want to be alive while I’m here,” they sing with gentle piano and horns backing before the rousing chorus kicks in. Sometimes the best recipe for a hit song is to marry a catchy melody with an honest message, and that’s exactly what they’ve done here. It’s hard to resist its charm.
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