CHVRCHES – “Get Out”: One of the most aggressive offerings of the Scottish trio so far manifests itself in the angsty song “Get Out.” That in-your-face analog synth gives new meaning to the term “music to my ears,” even though quite literally that’s what it is (as if you need me to explain that to you). The simple yet bombastic chorus hits like a punch to the gut. This is undoubtedly the start of what will be another huge year for the electropop group. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if they pull a Portugal. The Man and have a surprise Top 40 hit.
Many Rooms – “Which Is, To Say, Everything”: Brianna Hunt’s ambient sad music was named a Columbus band to watch last year… and then Hunt promptly packed up and relocated to Nashville, TN and later her homestate of Texas (Houston, to be exact). It would be easy to say that Hunt is following in the trend of sparse, raw, songs without a tradition structure but that is selling Hunt short. The lead single of her forthcoming album There Is Presence Here has an ethereal, almost magical quality that continues her raw legacy while at the same time reflecting Hunt’s healthier mindset. The song travels a winding road, appropriately whetting our appetites for what’s to come.
Oliver Hazard – “Hey Louise”: Yesterday I posted a review of a record that walks the line between accessibility and lofi indulgence, and another such artist is Oliver Hazard. This slightly unpolished approach to a folk song accomplishes an effect of being on the “edge” in spite of the song’s overall down to earth feel. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good “stomp clap” type of song every once in awhile? Oliver Hazard is one to watch with their upcoming appearance at Bonnaroo. Plus they’re an Ohio band! Brownie points Tuned Up land, for sure.
The Voodoo Children – “Tangerines and Daffodils”: Wow, I never thought I’d enjoy hearing JT Daly’s voice in a garage rock context, but here we are. The call and answer format demonstrates good chemistry between Daly and new collaborator Nikki Barber, and the succinctness of the song works out well in the end. Another thing I appreciate is that JT’s trademark brooding production we hear in Paper Route songs emerges in new fashion in this project.