Beach House – “Myth”: The latest in the dream-pop trend pops up with this huge single. The vocals are soft, breathy, and are reminiscent of a female Bear in Heaven. An ambient guitar solo (who knew?) closes out the song. The lyrics fit the vibe of the music perfectly. I especially like a comment one user left on Youtube, regarding their David Letterman performance: “Ohh [sic] let the ashes fly…… help me to name it…..” when she sings that part, I get chills, everything seems to open up and expand within and around me.”
Passion Pit – “Take A Walk”: The alt-synth-pop group that brought us the smash “Sleepyhead” is back with “Take A Walk.” I’ll be first to admit I didn’t love “Sleepyhead” as much as everyone seemed to, and I actually like this one a lot more. In any case, it should take off just the same. Its melody is a bit more forgettable, though. There aren’t as many falsetto moments here either.
Project 86 – “Fall, Goliath, Fall”: This single from the upcoming Wait For the Siren is reaching rock radio now, and recently I had the opportunity to preview it as one of the band’s Kickstarter backers. It starts out with an ethereal vibe, then morphs into a classic Project anthem on conquering demons and obstacles. From this theme we get the title. Consider “The Butcher” from Picket Fence Cartel if you absolutely must have an older song to compare this to, but this single is much more interesting and experimental.
White Collar Sideshow – “Black Heart Hearse”: The industrial rock quartet returns with the first single off their debut LP, WitcHunt. A song with vocals marks new territory for the eerie yet hopeful group. The song sounds like Marilyn Manson or Nine Inch Nails single, albeit very heavy on the drum and bass side. This is undoubtedly the catchiest track of this kind I’ve heard, and its available for request at rock radio. Take a listen here.