Welcome to this week’s serving of new music cocktails! Today we’re offering five singles in a variety of genres, from indie folk-pop and soul to indie post-punk and alternative pop/rock. Whatever your taste, we’ve got a little something for everyone. Let’s get started in the Pacific Northwest with a band that is quickly making a name for themselves in the music world.
Joseph – “White Flag” (Portland, USA)
RIYL: First Aid Kit, Lucius, The Head and the Heart
If you don’t know Joseph yet, you soon will. There is no doubt this indie folk/rock trio from Portland will be one of the biggest breakout discoveries of 2016. Joseph are the Closner sisters, Natalie, Allison, and Meegan (the group’s namesake is their grandfather), and their gorgeous sound will leave an indelible impression on you.
Their impeccable harmonies will delight fans of First Aid Kit and Lucius. The tightness of their sound is undeniable, but what sets Joseph apart is their originality and energy. Both flow effortlessly as though they are mere human conduits to a geyser of sonic purity. Take a listen to “White Flag” and you’ll understand what we mean. This single will blow you away. It’s from their upcoming album, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, due August 26 via ATO Records.
Pre-orders are available from the band’s website plus Amazon, and iTunes. (You can find their 2014 debut album, Native Dreamer Kin, on their Bandcamp page.) Following their appearances at Sasquatch Festival today and Bonnaroo next month, Joseph will tour Europe in July and November with additional North American dates from August through October.
Doe Paoro feat. Son Little – “Shadows” (Los Angeles & Philadelphia, USA)
RIYL: Beth Orton, The Roots, Amos Lee
It’s been nearly a year since we first featured indie artist Sonia Kreitzer, aka Doe Paoro. We fell in love with her incredible vocals with that first single, “The Wind”, and time hasn’t tempered our appreciation. Now she’s back with “Shadows”, her new collaboration with fellow ANTI labelmate, Son Little.
With its soulful vibe and understated lyrics (“Every struggle is its own kind of love / Every shadow gets its shape from above”), “Shadows” places the spotlight on the vocal chemistry of these two artists. This is a head-nodding, finger-snapping tune with gentle harmonies that perfectly fit the song’s mellowness. With two rich voices like these, there is no need for instrumentation beyond an acoustic guitar and piano. Simplicity works beautifully here.
“Shadows” is available for purchase from iTunes. Doe Paoro’s After LP released last September via Anti Records and is available from the label’s online store and the artist’s Bandcamp page. She is currently on tour and will perform next month at Bonnaroo Music Festival.
Yung – “Commercial” (Aarhus, Denmark)
RIYL: Iceage, Communions
One of our favourite recent discoveries is the Danish indie rock quartet Yung. These talented lads are back with a scorching new single that is relentlessly urgent. “Commercial” might be just a bit over 2:30 in length, but it packs a furious punch in a short space. This is one of those quick-paced songs that will fuel your morning when you’re not quite caffeinated enough. Whenever the soundtrack of your life requires an uptempo jolt, look no further than Yung to boost your productivity. This single is just another example of what they do so well: indie rock packed with punchy licks and tight riffs. Crank this one to 11 and watch your daily To Do List vanish before your eyes.
Yung are: Mikkel Holm Silkjær (vocals, guitar), Tobias Guldborg Tarp (bass), Emil Zethsen (guitar), and Frederik Nybo Veile (drums).
Yeesh – “End Results” (Chicago, USA)
RIYL: Parquet Courts, White Lung
Chicago indie rock trio Yeesh have wasted precious little time following up their 2015 full-length debut, No Problem. Their upcoming Confirmation Bias LP marks their debut on the Tiny Engines label, and they’ve been touring like mad lately in advance of the album’s release. If you’ve never heard Yeesh before, then prepare to encounter a massive wall of sound. Yeesh don’t believe in doing anything quietly, as they prove on this single. “End Results” has energy galore and a frenetic pulse. Their post-punk vibe is more effective than a triple espresso with a Red Bull chaser.
Yeesh are: Alex Doyle (guitars, vocals), Greg Obis (bass, vocals), and Peter Reale (drums).
Cocktails – “Hypochondriac” (San Francisco, USA)
RIYL: Dandy Warhols, Weezer, The Rentals
Our last new music cocktail this week is from an appropriately named group. If there was ever a band perfectly suited for this column, it’s San Francisco-based indie pop quintet Cocktails. Their hook-laden sound is a combination of all the other groups featured this week. They’ve got tight harmonies, plenty of soul, and a lively sound with loads of energy.
The album’s title track, “Hypochondriac”, has everything you want in a perfect indie rock song. The opening riff will stick with you for days, and you’ll be bobbing your head long after the song has ended. Sure, the retro ‘90s vibe is strong here, but this is just one aspect of their sound. Cocktails have the recipe for indie rock goodness down to a science, and they know exactly what they’re doing. The result is pure fun and an early contender for the song of the summer.
Cocktails are: Patrick Clos (vocals), Lauren Matsui (vocals, guitar, keys), Rion Rinker (vocals, bass), Joel Cusumano (guitar), and Bob Jakubs (drums).
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