Los Angeles band Some Gifts have released a performance video for their song “Defective Detective,” recorded live by Michael Jung and shot by David Aguilera. What comes through here, even more than on their studio work, is what an impressive power trio the band is. The smoothness of the transitions from verse/chorus through extended instrumental sections, with the rhythm sections really holding it down, recalls the seminal NYC post-punk band Television － and they had two guitarists. Perhaps Built To Spill, another guitar-driven trio, is a closer analogy, as the ’90s-’00s indie rock influence is also clear here. “Defective Detective” is a new track but does not appear on Some Gifts’ new LP Facts?!.
On his newest single “Freedom,” Atlanta rapper Se’von capitalizes on a majestic gospel choir sample taken from Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers’ “Matthew 28.” The original performance ebbs and flows, but on “Freedom,” Se’von keeps the energy pinned throughout, as he preaches his own gospel of personal perseverance.
Following the single and video “Brooklyn” earlier this year, our old pals The Jellybricks have got another new one out, an instant classic of power pop, jangling and driving, “DOA.” And even more good news, it’s on Little Steven Van Zandt’s wicked cool Wicked Cool Records. Listen:
London rockers Indigo Lo have dropped a new lyric video for their latest single “Reload.” It’s a dark and thumping track, with dry fuzz guitars and a groove reminiscent of early Queens Of The Stone Age, with a hypnotic riff which crescendos in a layered instrumental bridge.
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It’s another collection of gorgeous, spacious, aching songs by Massachusetts band Darlingside, this time packaged as a 6-song EP called Look Up And Fly Away. Spare acoustic guitars lay the bedrock for the group’s incredible layered harmonies, adorned with various organic sounds, from mandolin to harmonium, and even some analog synthesizer. This is powerhouse music delivered with the softest of touches. Go ahead and bliss out…
The spectacular Kat Robichaud has released a video for her song “King,” which, she assures us, has nothing to do with the current American president. Ahem. As with all things Kat Robichaud, it is a cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed piece of art that elevates the already excellent music.