As comfortingly familiar as certain strains of retro-tinged garage rock can be, it often has a downside of being perfectly predictable. Not too bad a downside, of course, if you’re just trying to recapture the raw excitement of vintage rock. But it’s so much more thrilling to hear the classic tape echo tones and amped-up fuzz-jangle taking unexpected musical turns. That’s what Australia’s Royal Chant has brought us with their new track, “I Get A Kick Out Of Being Kicked Around By You.” It’s a great title, to begin with, and the Merseybeat groove of the track is a baseline for inventive melodies and chord changes that never do quite what you expect them to to. Royal Chant has cleverly paired the song with some cut together ’70s-era home movies to complete the vintage vibe. Watch below.
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.
The flashy, glammy, rocking powerhouse known as Kat Robichaud has spent the last couple of years focused on her live production of the Misfit Cabaret, “a splendiferous variety show centered around magical music with a rotating cast of eccentric performers.” From the clips we’ve seen, it’s quite a spectacle. So we cannot wait to see how this endeavor informs her brand new album, for which she recently dropped a teaser. The short video is primarily a trailer for the ever-evolving Cabaret performances, but the music is a clip from the upcoming album, and the projects are intrinsically intertwined. For each new Misfit Cabaret event, Robichaud has been writing a couple of new originals, and so we can expect to hear a lot of that music on June 2nd, when the album is released.
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Philadelphia’s Viv and the Revival have been on our radar for a long time now, and their progression as artists has been incredibly impressive to see. Viv Peyrat was already crafting sophisticated pop songs when, in 2012, he earned the opportunity on OurStage to have his winning track “Fire” featured in a campaign for the London Olympics on NBC. Just a few days ago he released a new single called “Faded,” and it finds Viv at the top of his game. The song has a great groove, driving but atmospheric, punctuated with acoustic guitars, and all glued together by Viv’s smooth and soulful vocal. He closes the deal with a delicious hook and a great lyric. Listen below.
Hungarian artist Naked Woods (aka Eszter Polyák) makes unassuming mini-epics that are difficult to classify. They sound comfortingly familiar while remaining remarkably original. On the new single “Clouds of the Storm,” some New Order-esque musical changes, a bit of Cyndi Lauper vocal inflection, and a wholly modern electronic groove make for an engrossing listen. Polyák creates, records, and mixes her music herself, and with each release sounds increasingly confident. Listen below.
We are shamefully late to the party on this one. We’ve just discovered that one of our favorite singer/songwriters, Jes Hudak, has formed a new group, Neon Void, along with rapper and singer Roan Smith (aka Know One). Hudak writes and produces (as “Ponymane“) in addition to singing and playing piano, while Smith contributes rhymes along with some excellent graphic design. Almost as impressive as the music is the fact that they collaborate from different cities; Hudak in Brooklyn and Smith in New Orleans. The duo’s single “Can’t Have You” was released back in December. While that means we’ve missed a couple of months of enjoying this, hopefully it also means we won’t have to wait too long before the next single drops.