Sub*T – ‘Table for Four’

Based in California, Sub*T are a garage rock duo who’ve got a penchant for laid-back, lo-fi, 90s inspired grunge-tinged indie.

‘Table for Four’ is the latest single from Jade Alcantara and Grace Bennett and it delivers all that and more. Endearingly ramshackle, it introduces us with an easy going languid air as riffs meander amid a mild layer of warm fuzz, there is an overwhelming sense of melancholy and loss. The latter qualities are rendered by the emotional weight of the rousing vocals, which spurs ‘Table of Four’ toward an impassioned, rousing climax that is explosive. Ramshackle indie packed with passion, fuzzed-up distorted guitars, sweet licks and crashing drums – it is a potent blast of noise and distortion that is so pretty damn irresistible – it is rare that just two people can make such an appealing racket. 

A brilliant intro to the pair’s wares, listen to ‘Table of Four’ below. It is lifted from their debut EP So Green, which is coming soon.

Vanessa Van Ness – ‘The Early Bus’

Vanessa Van Ness is a New York-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for eerie post-punk with psych brush strokes.

Van Ness’ latest single ‘The Early Bus’ is a very personal one, intimate and hypnotic, it is fraught with a harrowing sense of eeriness as it deals with her brother getting hit by a car when they were kids, and taking an early bus each day to visit him in the hospital over a span of six months. A stirring, emotionally charged and sentimental track that musically nods in the direction of 70s/80s UK post-punk and motorik krautrock. Melancholic vocals whisper and flicker above a hypnotic groove while guitars shapeshift and evaporate amid the sparse sea of atmospherics, synth and psych brush strokes. ‘The Early Bus’ is incredibly powerful, moving and captivating – it may be dark and eerie but is also extremely touching too.

Listen to ‘The Early Bus’ below:

SPRINTS – ‘Modern Job’

We’ve been tracking Dublin-based post-punk outfit Sprints for a while now and have impressed no end on each time of asking with their raw, raucous and potent post-punk sound.

Following on from the phenomenal Manifesto EP earlier thai year, Sprints return with news of new EP called A Modern Job, which is due out via Nice Swan Records on March 11 2022. Sprints have already left an indelible mark with releases to date and like their previous work is a fired-up, raucous blast of post-punk. Exploding out of the blocks with ferocious vitality and energy, Karla Chubb’s spoken-sung vocals bite and rise with a focused anger amid the dark, bass-heavy rumblings, sharp guitars and searing noise. Dark, brooding and bone-rattling, potent and poignant;  impressive stuff as usual.

Listen to ‘Modern Job’ below:

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Charlie’s Car’

Lauran Hibberd is an ever reliable source of irresistible blasts of fuzz-filled guitar-pop with a satiric, tongue-in-cheek manner, and wrapped with fuzz, crunchy guitars and anthemic might.

The Isle of Wight native never fails to impress and Hibberd continues this trend with new single ‘Charlie’s Car’. It is the first new material from since the release of the ‘Goober’ EP back in the summer and like the EP, is produced by Suzy Shinn (Weezer, Fall Out Boy). Filled with recognisable attributes that have marked Hibberd’s work to date; it is punchy, potent and powerful with crunching guitars, massive soaring riffs and hooks you could hang your hat on, all bathed in a wall of warm fuzz and distortion. Oh, and it is so catchy. Did we mention it’s catchy? Well it is catchy, so bloody catchy. This fuzz-filled anthem will be bouncing around your head all day long.

Give ‘Charlie’s Car’ a spin below – you’ll be all the better for it.

Anna Vincent – ‘Nothing Wrong’

London singer/songwriter Anna Vincent, known for her work with My Tiger My Timing and Heavy Heart – the latter caught our ear on more than one occasion in recent years with wonderful explorations of ‘90s indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop. – will release her debut solo album Under The Glass on 29 October.

The album was recorded mostly at home (and in lockdown) during 2020 and was inspired by late 60s and early 70s folk and folk-rock by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, John Martyn, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, as well as indie rock like Wilco, Elliott Smith and Teenage Fanclub.

And with the record’s release only weeks away, Vincent has shared ‘Nothing Wrong’, a third single lifted from the forthcoming album. Vincent takes us on a melodic meander through a wonderful woozy world of warm dreamy allure with hazy psych brushstrokes while rippling guitars shimmer a gentle pattering groove undulates beneath the lush and breezy vocals that cruise above.

Listen to ‘Nothing Wrong’ below and keep an eye out for Under The Glass on 29 October.

Maida Rose – ‘Every Day Is Blue’

Maida Rose is dream-pop pairing of Roos Meijer and Javièr den Leeuw from Dutch seaside city the Hague.

Having introduced themselves with ‘Harmony of Heartache’ and ‘Where Do We Go’, the pair are back with another wonderful single, ‘Every Day Is Blue’. It is woozy, richly melodic and marked by a pang of wistful melancholy and dreamy tones.

Smooth, breathy vocals cruise calmly over a gentle strum, shimmering guitar and gently waltzing groove as rich melodic allure pours from the lush, dreamy atmosphere. Like it’s predecessors, ‘Every Day Is Blue’ is oozing with heartfelt nostalgia, nostalgic for a dream that has passed but it has a lovely, human optimism, and leaves a warm wistful glow and a feeling that all things – good, bad or indifferent – eventually pass. Utterly beautiful stuff once again.

Listen to ‘Every Day Is Blue’ below now:

Air Devi – ‘Lint of a Masterpiece’

Air Devi is the moniker of Philadelphia singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Devi Majeske who has been really impressing in recent times with a slew of sumptuous singles.

Beginning life as a home recorded lo-fi indie pop project, Devi released debut EP, ‘Swanning About’ last year, and singles ‘Move Without Place’ (2020) and ‘Mosquitos in the Backyard’ (2021) – and is back with another sublime piece of woozy, starry-eyed dream-pop in ‘Lint of a Masterpiece’. Soft pattering drums and warm melodic vocals usher in the dreamy vibe as guitars jangle gently amid a plush haze of warm alluring fuzz. It meanders along hypnotically subtly adding layers and layers of sound, triumphing as a sitar leads the charge to an emphatic climax. ‘Lint of a Masterpiece’ is yet another piece of indie-pop brilliance from an artist that continues to impress no end.

Listen to ‘Lint of a Masterpiece’ below – you won’t be disappointed.

Nihiloceros – ‘Halfway Human’

Nihiloceros are a trio from Brooklyn, NY who trade in powerful, heavyweight and muscular jams taking influence from post-punk, grunge and 90s alt-rock.

The trio’s latest single, ‘Halfway Human’, taken from their recent EP Self Destroy, is a perfect encapsulation of their raucous, rockin; wares. Fuelled by crunchy guitars, meaty riffs and barreling barrage of loud, pounding drums, ‘Halfway Human’ is bristling with an untamed raw energy that burns bright amid the scuzzy, fuzz and distortion filled environs. A muscular, powerful and terrific blast of crunching alt-rock that is refreshingly unsubtle.

Listen to ‘Halfway Human’ below and why not check out the EP here.

Omaloma – ‘Cool ac yn Rad’

Welsh outfit Omaloma has etched out a rather special place on the musical landscape with blissful, spacey psych-pop; a statement vehemently laid out by a slew of stellar singles, 2020 debut album Swish and Roedd EP from earlier this year.

With that in mind, it is fine news indeed that Omaloma has released a new single ‘Cool ac yn Rad’ (Cool and Rad) – and happy to report it is unsurprisingly divine. Written by George Amor, performed by Amor and Llŷr Parim, the latter on recording and producing duties, it marks a shift away from the 80s synth sounds of Roedd. ‘Cool ac yn Rad’ bobs along a meandering groove carried along an undulating bassline as we are hypnotized with lush sugar spun melodies that mingle with gentle guitar and piano arrangement as Amor’s mellow, laid-back vocals soothe the soul. A charming and utterly, utterly divine earworm – this is Omaloma at their very, very best.

Listen to ‘Cool ac yn Rad’ below, out via Cae Gwyn Records – and in case it wasn’t clear enough, the back catalogue comes highly recommended.

Remington Super 60 – ‘See This Through’

Remington Super 60 are a Norwegian outfit with a penchant for lush, retro-flavoured indie-pop brimming with warmth and dreamy nostalgia – a niche they have carved out over almost two decades. 

In mid-March, the trio – Magnus Abelsen, Elisabeth T & Christoffer Schou – released a brand new seven track EP ‘Nouvelle Nouveau’ – a veritable treasure trove of serene, beautiful and beguiling pop perfection. ‘See This Through’ is the fourth and final single from Remington Super 60’s mini album Nouvelle Noveau released earlier this year – a veritable treasure trove of serene, beautiful and beguiling pop perfection. ‘See This Through’ deals directly with the breakup between the bands producer Christoffer Schou and singer Elisabeth Thorsen, and unsurprisingly, it is very personal for the two. Lush, dreamy vocals hover gracefully above a soft pattering of gentle waltzing beat while gently strummed guitars shimmer and glow amid the soothingly warm hypnosis. While darkness may permeate the origin of the song, it is delivered in a light, fluffy and breezy package that is as close to pure pop perfection as you are likely to hear today.

Listen to ‘See This Through’ below and you can check out the EP now.