It’s a very stripped down indie rock holiday special from Pullman Standard, in the form of a slightly older single, “Happy Holidays To All.” A pretty melody and harmonies over some shimmering acoustics, and of course…the sleigh bells. In these dark times, a simple message of good will might help keep things in perspective. Listen below. We’re revisiting this 2013 song on the occasion of Pullman Standard’s impending new release, Diamond Hearts. You can hear a preview at the Soundcloud link at the bottom. We will have more on that album soon.
It was a drag a few years back, when it seemed as though Admiral Twin, the Tulsa OK indie rock band that had topped our charts many times, had gone dormant. But not long after that, we realized that a new favorite of ours, The House of Jed, whose song “Coming Off Pretty” had nearly topped our Intel Superstars channel, is in fact the solo project of Jarrod Gollihare, songwriter from Admiral Twin. And, furthermore, The House of Jed is even more directly up our alley. The music is adventurous but unpretentious, melodic and modern but with substance. Since that first single, we’ve had several more faves from THOJ, including a super-cool video for “Everybody Lies” and a brand new one, the raison d’post, a killer track called “I Eat Earthquakes Like You For Breakfast.”
Yeah, it’s that time when fall smothers summer and ushers in all the attendant ennui. On his new single, “Summertime Luv,” Yonas is feeling it. But as he reflects on the moment, he’s looking to bridge the seasonal divide, carrying forward a summer romance. “There’s something in the air / I feel it everywhere / And I don’t want to leave you, behind,” he sings. It’s a great upbeat groove that still conveys an essential melancholy before sliding into the hook. And we also get another high quality clip, directed by frequent Yonas collaborator Mike Squires.
Following last year’s Do As People Do EP, Beecher’s Fault are back with a new single, “Life In This Light.” The new track is a complex hybrid, adorning the band’s folky rock with soulful, gospel-inspired backing vocals and ambient guitars, all of which get their moment to shine through a spare arrangement built on the rush and lull of complicated rhythmic patterns. And then just when you’ve caught up with the flow, the song launches into it’s final third, a driving rock beat with some classic rock guitar figures and vocoder vocals.
The song is accompanied by a lyric video with disconcertingly busy city-life images juxtaposed with sweeping landscape images, further emphasizing the duality of the music and the lyric’s preoccupation with maintaining perspective. Watch below.
The multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Heidi Lynne Gluck is best known to many as a utility player and session woman to the stars (including stints with Juliana Hatfield‘s Some Girls and Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos). But after a period of relative quiet, she’s spent the last couple of years focusing on her own material. In 2015, Gluck released her debut EP The Only Girl In The Room, a beautifully rootsy 5-song collection on which she was the sole performer.
In advance of her new full-length album Pony Show, due August 26th on Lotuspool Records, Gluck has released the single “Mercury Rising,” a rolling, melodic song with a vaguely “Man Who Sold The World” vibe that showcases her breezy, drawling voice and imagery rich lyrics. See below for Pony Show‘s full track listing.
1. Pony Show
2. Mercury Rising
3. Sadness Is Psychedelic
4. Better Homes & Gardens
5. Waiting For You To Say It
6. Pin Striped Vest
7. I Like ‘Em Cruel
8. The Universe Had Split
10. Jumping Vows
Last we heard from the extra-talented Brittany Campbell, she was reckoning with “Sexy Darth Vader” in an ambitious and extremely fun to watch video. Now the New Jersey singer, songwriter, and producer is back with a slightly more chill lyric video for her excellent song “Mean.” But this being Brittany Campbell, don’t expect some basic lyrics-scrolling-over-a-slideshow clip. “Mean” is an alluring trip, animated by the artist herself, that serves the song perhaps better than a distracting concept video might do.
This is the first single from her upcoming Stay Gold Pt. 2. You can buy the single (and check out Stay Gold Pt. 1) over on Campbell’s Bandcamp.