Social Studies + Summer Heart

Two more great bands for everyone today. Starting off with the San Francisco five piece band Social Studies. Their sophomore full length album Developer came out last week. Social Studies is a rock infused pop band that has intricate melodies and amazing vocals to give their sound a bluesy kind of feel to it. Sometimes the guitar gets a little buried behind the drums and keys, but when it comes up in full force, it shreds your face off. It’s hard to say that this is a pop album with all the other types of influences implanted into their songs. I really enjoy Developer and you should go out and buy it, or at least listen to it below. My favorite tracks are “Delicate Hands” and “You Still Laughing.”

Next up is Swedish artist Summer Heart. His latest full length About A Feeling came out back in April this year. This chillwave sound is very creative. Summer Heart’s technique on auto-tune is very interesting, whether it’s used for layering vocals or for the main vocal track makes his sound much more unique. Besides the vocals though there is cool clangy guitars and well used keys and synthesizers throughout the tracks. Though maybe not my favorite album of the year, About A Feeling has several gems that I’ve been putting on repeat. “Rusted Scars,” “I Wanna Go,” and “Los Angeles Lies” are my favorites that have been wearing out my speakers, so check them out below.

Cemeteries + Night Moves

Some really great new bands for you all today. We’ll start off with Minneapolis band, Night Moves. Their brand new album, Colored Emotions just came out on the 16th. The sounds that Night Moves produce encompasses all sorts of indie genres, yet not generic to just say it is plainly indie music. With harmonizations that soar to falsetto heights and slide guitars backed with acoustic guitars there is some country twang to their rock-pop beauty. I really enjoy this album from start to finish. Colored Emotions has a lot to offer listeners who like all kinds of indie music.

Next up is Cemeteries, the artist from Buffalo, NY. This is chill dream-pop music at it’s finest. Their debut full length album is called The Wilderness. The album is outrageously good and chill. Cemeteries embodies a lot of different chill ‘n’ roll influences. I hear a lot of The Radio Dept., Real Estate, and Washed Out in their music. They have lots of catchy guitar riffs that drift over landscapes of ambient synthesizers. The Wilderness is a fantastic album that everyone should know about and listen to. So check it out below, my favorite tracks are “Young Blood”, “Summer Smoke”, and “Leland”.

Mothers of Gut + Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

I came across Mothers of Gut while looking at the Family Times Records website. I listened to the track that was on there, “The Summer Century,” and was instantly taken away by this band. The best way to explain them is a kind of psychedelic dream synth-pop groovy-ness. Check out their album on bandcamp and find out for yourself. (I recommend listening to this album with some good headphones)

After much deliberation (not that much), I decided to pick up the new debut Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. album, It’s A Corporate World. It’s really good. They are a mix of The Shins, The Radio Dept., and Ra Ra Riot. So they have that awesome indie guitar sound with a cool chill beat and cool use of vocals. Well you should check out the video, then check out more of their music here.

The Weekly Review of the Week

Now in the future I will post new releases every Tuesday, but since I just started today I will start with the hot new releases this week.
Cults debut album has finally dropped this week after a great single release last year. The self titled album sounds fantastic. It has a sort of dream-pop feel to it. The tracks that stand out most is “Go Outside” and “Oh My God.” Overall the album sounds like a throwback to 50s pop with a new polished sound to it. Think Beach House meets Best Coast. And if you don’t know either of those two bands then you should definitely check them out.
Another great album that came out this week is True Loves by Hooray for Earth. A really cool electro-pop sound that reminds me slightly of Yeasayer. Check out the cool video for the title track “True Loves.”
Besides those two great albums Black Lips, Battles, Ida Maria, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. also came out with new releases this week.

The Artist of the Week for me goes to Oberhofer. I have just been listening to his music on repeat all week long, and though he’s been around for a year or so I have just recently discovered him. I would put him in the realm of chill-wave, so if you’re a fan of Neon Indian or Washed Out, give him a listen.