Thanks. – ‘Annabelle’

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Steve Pagano and Mario Borgatta make music under the moniker thanks. – which they blend, morph and encompass psych through the prism of melodic and irresistible proggy pop.

The Los Angeles-based duo’s latest single ‘Annabelle’ captures their enchanting psych-pop confection perfectly. It is a hallucinogenic slice of woozy, waltzing and enchanting psych-pop perfection, with an abundance of sinuous melodies. laid-back and spaced-out vibes. Truth be told, it is hard not to be taken by this wonderful, woozy number. A playful, easygoing, enchanting and whimsical, good old fashioned pop gem, with a healthy dose of Lennon/McCartney and Brian Wilson threaded through the fabric of his sound. The pair are currently prepping their debut album ‘Colfax’, which, if ‘Annabelle’ is anything to go by, should be a treasure trove of buoyant and irresistible psych-pop.

Check out ‘Annabelle’ below & watch the video too, while you’re at it:

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #28

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A regular slot on blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past seven days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more crackin’ tunes. Well, without further ado, here’s #28 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist. Get stuck into the tunes & enjoy the weekend! You can follow me on Spotify here.

Introducing: Great News

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As evidenced by a series of sublime singles thus far, Norwegian psych-pop trio Great News do a superb trade in dreamy psychedelic pop, blended with big choruses and catchy hooks.

Things are set to get even better still, as the trio have announced their intention to release their much anticipated debut album this autumn. Ahead of it’s release, we’ve been afforded two tantalising tasters in singles ‘Never Get My Love’ and ‘Wonderfault’. ‘Never Get My Love’ is a bass-led beauty that sees Even Kjelby’s commanding-yet-weary vocal croon  wrapped in a heady swirl of psychedelic flourishes to outlandish tropical textures, it’s an irresistible blend of cheerful melodies, steel drums and sparkling guitars that will dispel those Autumnal wearies. Propelled by bass guitar gallops through frazzled electronics, ‘Wonderfault’ is a colorful, hazy and adventure in cheerful and dreamy psychedelic pop, blended with big choruses and catchy hooks. Two sublime examples of how Great News produce some real catchy tunes with great effect, and why their debut album is one to certainly keep an eye out for.

You can listen to ‘Never Get My Love’ and ‘Wonderfault’ below. Keep an eye out for their debut album Wonderfault, which is out in late October/early November.

Celebrity Warship – ‘Best Friends’

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Celebrity Warship is an NYC based five-piece, fronted and led by Jacob Sanders.

Sanders & Company’s self-titled debut is a wonderful collection of understated cuts of melodic indie. There is no faffing about, they are songs that proudly embrace bare bones recording methods and none more so that lead single ‘Best Friends’. Amid the hushed tones and mild cloak of fuzz; this is pure ‘ear-candy’. Shimmering guitars mingle with crashing cymbals and hushed vocals to distil a brand of melodic lo-fi indie that purrs with a lovingly applied warmth and lightly-coated in fuzz. ‘Best Friends’ gets inside your head and refuses leave, such is its insatiably catchy nature. A fine opening introduction from this New York five-piece.

You can listen to ‘Best Friends’ below & listen to their debut album here.

 

Introducing: Maintain Mainframe

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“In the year 3046 a robot searches for the Alpha Key to unlock a cryptic sequence of code” – as far as back stories go, Maintain Mainframe’s is pretty different.

Unusual as it may be, it is pretty apt as this peculiar music outfit treat us to an unusual retro-futuristic fusion of classic rock, synth & psych pop and indie/alt-rock, strewn with science fiction influences. And aside from the imaginative sci-fi backstory, that’s the tale of their self-titled debut record.

Most recent single ‘The Mirror’ opens with a pastoral sounding strum and hushed vocals, before making way for a series of gritty riffs as it swaggers along a danceable groove., that sounds wonderfully gritty, dark and edgy. Similarly danceable is ‘Dreamphase’. Engulfed in layers of fuzz and eerie and menacing tones, muscular guitars and buzzing riffs up the intensity and ferocity, while propelled along an irresistible rhythmic groove and some sparkling retro-futuristic synth work. Meanwhile, ‘I Am A Robot’ channels the sound of The Flaming Lips for a colorful, melody filled and spaced-out spectacle.

This is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the colourful and imaginative creations for sometime. Combining everything from psych-pop, rock, electronica, krautrock and more, they do so with a supreme potency and in full Technicolor.

You can check out some choice cuts below, I assure you I’m not spoofing and you can listen to their debut album here.

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