Available last week to their PledgeMusic campaign supporters only, the new one from Late Cambrian is finally out worldwide. Sweet Cambrian High Vol. I & II is the first new collection from the Brooklyn band since 2015, and it reflects the metamorphosis of Late Cambrian into purveyors of tight, sophisticated electro/alternative pop. Sweet Cambrian High fulfills the promise of the handful of irresistible singles and intriguing videos released during the extended production of the album (and while Late Cambrian songwriter and singer John Wlaysewski produced Tracy Bonham‘s Modern Burdens, recently named one of the 50 best albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone). It’s their strongest set yet, reflecting a confident and original new direction, and you can get it here.
Our favorite Australian rock and rollers (well, just this side of You Am I, that is), Royal Chant are back with a new album and a new video. The album, Pride & Poverty, won’t be here until Friday, but we’ve got a great DIY clip for the opener, “Power Pose.” Hard hitting drums (despite what you might see in the video), thick and crunchy guitars, and a killer melody typical of Royal Chant make this a promising lead for the LP. BONUS: A second clip, below, for the delightfully Guided By Voices-y “Cargo Cults.” Enjoy:
The closest analog we could think of while enjoying the new album from Beecher’s Fault, The Easiest Drug To Sell, was Talking Heads. Immediately, the mechanized groove of the opening track, “Moneymouth,” mirrors that of the Heads’ classic “Once In A Lifetime.” The rest of the song and album (at seven songs and just over 26 minutes, it’s technically an EP) is wholly original, but Beecher’s Fault’s meshing of electronic and precisely processed sounds with natural instrumentation, warm lead vocals and tight male-female harmonies (from vocalists Ben Taylor and Lauren Hunt) follows a blueprint created by that seminal NYC art rock band. The Easiest Drug To Sell feels carefully sequenced to invite in the listener, from that somewhat clinical intro through a flat-out rocking and gospel-tinged closer, “Life In This Light” (and doesn’t that title also just evoke the Talking Heads?), which we wrote about when it was released last summer. The lyrics match this flow, beginning with the despairing “Moneymouth” to that final song’s grand zen-like acceptance, via some ebb and flow anxiety and uncertainty on tracks like “Last Disaster.” You can hear the entire record at the Soundcloud link at the bottom:
California’s very, very cool indie rockers Bad Abstract have a totally banging rehearsal/recording space. Just check out the ambience in the video for their mellow jam “No Control” (directed by Louie Banuelos & Daisy Gonzalez). Vibe for days. And, of course, “No Control” itself is the kind of textured and plaintive song that has lifted them to the top of our charts, with five Top 10 and eight Top 40 placements. Enjoy:
This week saw the release of the UK singer-songwriter’s new EP, his second, Another Midnight, which you can get now on iTunes. It’s a five-song set of sparsely orchestrated and arranged songs, which spotlights the young artist’s rich tenor voice and lyrical prowess. Included is one live track, “Tomorrow,” and the ambient style of that recording captures Gorman as a commanding performer, his voice and finger-picked acoustic guitar reverberating and filling the room. Get the new EP here, and see a live performance of the track “Ache No More” below.
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown have a new album on the way, the first since their 2013 debut Wild Child. The self-titled LP, out November 3rd, marks another milestone in the band’s evolution and a kind of creative rebirth, after years on the road with no less than ACϟDC, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses. The 2015 EP The Wayside found the band moving away from the blues guitar pyrotechnics that first brought attention to Bryant as a young prodigy and into a more fuzzed-out sonic landscape. Now, the band pairs that aesthetic with their most sophisticated set of songs yet, leading with the first single, “Heartland;” a call for unity and recognizing our shared humanity, inspired by the positive communal experiences the band has been experiencing onstage. Those tour experiences are the focus of the new lyric video which you can check out below, along with European tour dates stretching through the end of 2017.