ASTER – ‘Unaware Bliss’

ASTER is a singer, songwriter and musician from Glasgow.

Drawing from a deep well of folk, psych, pop and subtle electronica influences, ranging from  the likes of Big Thief, Perfume Genius and Half Waif, ASTER crafts a unique brand of beautiful, expansive, fragile and experimental psych-folk; something born out on new stunning single ‘Unaware Bliss’. It is an exquisite psych-folk daydreamer that whisks us away on a dreamy meditative journey. ‘Unaware Bliss’ meanders gracefully along a blissful groove and swirling, rhythmic psych-folk, and splashes of electronics complete the mesmeric backdrop for ASTER’s bewitching crystalline vocals entrance the listener completely. An elegant, awe-inspiring and charming blend of shimmering psych-folk and glistening electronica – a hazy, soothing and altogether wonderful song.

Listen to ‘Unaware Bliss’ below.

Psych-O-Positive – ‘Make Me Wanna’

Psych-O-Positive are New Jersey outfit – Andy Gilchrist (vocals, lead guitar), Karyn Kuhl (drums), Judy Nock-Olsen (vocals, electric sitar), Debby Schwartz (vocals, bass) & Louis Zhelesnik (lead guitar) – with a flair gloriously ramshackle and instantly addictive lo-fi garage pop.

Psych-O-Positive’s latest single ‘Make Me Wanna’ is an utterly infectious, sun-drenched lackadaisical garage jam with a nods to 60’s garage band The Prophets and a Who-based tangent and back again. Sun-drenched, hazy and whimsical vibes combine with rumbling drums, scratchy guitars, seductive reverb-soaked guitars and melodies and memorable harmonies. This rollicking adventure is draped with infectious exuberance, inherent sassiness and layers of scuzz – not too far away from Jonathan Richman / The Modern Lovers – what’s not to like? 

Tune into ‘Make Me Wanna’ below: 

Bee Bee Sea – ‘Day Ripper’

Italian garage-psych trio Bee Bee Sea specialize in loud, propulsive and guitar-driven psych infused garage rock stompers – something patently clear from a cursory glance at their output to date.

Following on from ‘Daily Jobs’ & ‘Gonna Get Me’ early in the year, the Italian outfit continue to get us hyped for their new album Day Ripper – due on October 9 via Wild Honey Records – with the record’s title track. ‘Day Ripper’ is packed with all those trademark upbeat, frenzied riffs, sharp tempo shifts, melodic choruses, singalongs and huge hooks; all bathed in a haze of warm fuzz and distortion. Driven relentlessly onward with a propulsive motorik groove and  mesmerising, angular guitars, hypnotic vocals and bold and addictive choruses do battle with the jerky, spiraling riffs and swirls of distortion. ‘Day Ripper’ is a relentless, all-consuming and addictive jam – no question about it!

Listen to the single below and Day Ripper (the album) is due on October 9 via Wild Honey Records.

Low Hummer – ‘Sometimes I Wish (I Was a Different Person)’

Low Hummer are a Hull quintet who do a fine line in wonderfully crafted post-punk meets indie-pop, sprinkled with synths, it is danceable and ridiculously infectious.

Having formed in 2019, Low Hummer have been indulging us with a steady stream of superb singles of the aforementioned ilk – the latest of which, ‘Sometimes I Wish (I Was a Different Person)’, is the best yet. A song about alienation, confusion, contradictions and wishing you could be someone else. ‘Sometimes I Wish (I Was a Different Person)’ opens  with a twinkle of electronics and buzzing angular guitar riff, it swaggers along a deep groove interspersed with jerky rhythms, synth riffs, stellar guitar work, fuzz and formidable vocals, and all dripping with syrupy smooth melodies. A massive, powerful and memorable jam – you will be all the better for a wee bit of Low Hummer in your life,

‘Sometimes I Wish (I Was a Different Person)’ is out now through Dance to the Radio.

Andrea Franz – ‘Stupid Nerves’

Andrea Franz is a Mexican American artist from Southern California who crafts, in her own words, ‘Sad Pop Rock’ – as apt a description as you are likely to find.

Last we heard from Franz was with ‘Running Back’ – a lush, woozy and dreamy affair permeated by melancholy, irresistibly blurring the lines of beauty and darkness. Cut from a similar cloth, Franz is back with a new single ‘Stupid Nerves’. Hushed, honeyed vocals drift breezily by recalling tales of anxiety and fear and juxtaposed by the charming dreamy indie-pop ruminating below as guitars shimmer, bassline bubble amid playful bursts of twinkly chimes, warm melodies and waltzing grooves. It is lush, woozy and bewitching fare, that given a modicum of time, will be jangling around your head for days.

Listen to ‘Stupid Nerves’ below now, you are in for a treat.

Total Rubbish – ‘Honey Ryder’

Total Rubbish are Philadelphia-based garage rock trio – Bre Steinfeldt (bass), Cass Nguyen (guitar) and Kiki Schiller (drums) – who will be releasing their debut EP, Triple Negative, soon and have introduced it, and their wares, with phenomenal single ‘Honey Ryder’.

While taking their cue from 90s alt-rock and grunge, on the evidence of ‘Honey Ryder’ there are 60s psych brustrokes and echoes of shoegaze at play too. It stomps and swaggers out of the blocks with distorted guitar, buzzing meaty riff and scorching lick cutting through a wall of fuzz and distortion as we tread carefully along a steady, solid beat with the hypnotic hushed vocals floating above. With ‘Honey Ryder’ the inappropriately named Total Rubbish have eked out a perfect balance with powerful, brute force and ear for melody, coexisting in a sea of dense atmospheric tones and swirling riffs.

Listen to ‘Honey Ryder’ below now and Triple Negative is out on November 20th via Born Losers Records

Ailbhe Reddy – ‘Looking Happy’

Dubliner Ailbhe Reddy is gearing up to release her debut album, Personal History, on October 2 and has been teasing the record with singles ‘Time Difference’ and ‘Between Your Teeth’, and now ‘Looking Happy’.

‘Looking Happy’ is a buoyant and bouncy indie-pop jam that is simultaneously happy and sad.Punchy guitars dance above a bouncy beat, jerky groove and splashes of cosmic synth while Reddy’s vocals soar powerfully above. ‘Looking Happy’ is a bright and buoyant indie-pop-powerhouse, adorned with addictive hooks you could hang your hat on but with melancholic themes seeping through as lyrically, Reddy laments an ex’s life unfolding on social media. An irresistible jam that exquisitely blurs the lines of beauty and darkness.

Listen to ‘Looking Happy’ below and keep an eye out for debut album, Personal History, on October 2. 

Field Trip to the Moon – ’62 Bullets’

Field Trip to the Moon is the musical project of London-based Manchester native Angela Christofilou, who with band in tow, has a flair for dark, potent – sometimes jagged or dramatic – post-punk infused garage-rock.

Together they released their debut album Something Owed in 2017 and they are back with a new self-titled EP, heralded by lead single ’62 Bullets’; a raw, raucous and thrilling jam. Opening with a catchy, fuzz-drenched riff introducing Christofilou’s raspy vocal before ’62 Bullets’ hurtles off in a blaze of buzzsaw riffs, stomping beats and shredded guitars all basking in a sea of fuzz and distortion. From the off, ’62 Bullets’ is a rip roaring blast of guitar wielding brilliance underpinned by a relentlessly driving beat and fiery energy, and whirlwind of fuzz, that is utterly irresistible.

Listen to the brilliant ’62 Bullets’ below and check out the new EP here.

Introducing: Ford Corl

With a decade’s worth of work already to his name, Ford Corl’s new record, The Dumb Album, is the culmination of four years graft.

Corl’s calling card is a heady brew of starry-eyed indie-rock with shoegaze and psych brushstrokes; as demonstrated by ‘Day Goes On’ and ‘Vitamins’ – both lifted from the new record.

‘Vitamins’ is a crunching yet melodic blast of fuzz-filled, lo-fi leaning indie. Guitars fizz, fuzz and buzz amid a sea of dream-like hazy distortion and infectious reverb while all strewn with hooks you could hang your hat on. It slinks and swaggers on it melodic meander as the straining vocal echoes through the shimmering haze – a tantalising taste of Ford Corl at his most catchy. While not born from a similar hook heaven, ‘Day Goes On’ is captivating but offers a more groove focussed side to Ford Corl’s psych-rock explorations. An exhilarating seven-plus-minutes, it is spearheaded by a relentless motorik groove and droning synth which cuts through the mist of swirling fuzz and distortion as melodic vocals float into view of the bustling guitars and buzzing riffs. An all consuming, immersive and hypnotic jam, and one that reveals itself even more enticing, intriguing and dynamic upon further listens.

Tune in to ‘Day Goes On’ and ‘Vitamins’ below and if they are to your liking, why not check out the new record here.

Simen Mitlid – ‘While Heaven Is on Fire’

Norwegian singer-songwriter Simen Mitlid will release his third album – Birds – on October 30, 2020.

Hailing from the woodlands of Os, Mitlidhas a proven a precocious talent for lush, dreamy indie-folk; emphasised by two sublime albums – 2017’s Everything is the Same & 2019’s Neutral.

With the new album’s release not far on the horizon, Mitlid has shared ‘While Heaven Is on Fire’ – a fourth single taken from the forthcoming LP. While previous tasters ‘Weeks’, ‘Birds’ & ‘Murders’ resided in a more traditional folk avenue, ‘While Heaven Is on Fire’ ventures into more electronic territory as rich vocals effects soar above grandiose sweeping strings, gentle strum and warm folk sounds An intricately crafted and sincere, serene and tender indie-folk ballad brimming with heartfelt and tender emotion. Yet another reason to look forward to the release of album #3.

Listen to ‘While Heaven Is on Fire’ below – and if you haven’t already, please check out the previous records.