No Lands – “Pretender”: Dreamlike layering by this electronic collective sounds like it was written to take listeners to another plane of consciousness… Wow, that sounded really new-age-ish. For real, I feel like I should be on drugs, but they aren’t needed to get the effect of this track. The whole thing is one long crescendo, which is accentuated by the somewhat jarring appearance of some reverbed effects early on in the song.
Tallesen – “Strike Silver, Love Green”: I have a mental image of myself floating in a swimming pool, staring up at an atrium flanked by skylights allowing me a view of a city. The groove ebbs and flows in a way that is at once calming and striking. Get hypnotised by Tallesen now.
OSCAR – “Kitchen Song”: An unassuming pop song that is endearing in a quirky way. Rough guitars back the low, almost aloof sounding singing. You might laugh. The song almost sounds unintentionally ridiculous at times. But the songwriting is solid enough to shame me away from this sentiment.
YAWN – “Flytrap”: Warning – do not listen to this while tired. The layering in this song literally forces you to pay attention. A passive listen would probably bore you, but a yawn this band will not allow. At least, not till the percussion fade out at the end. Interesting psychedelic alternative track for sure.
The Cordial Sins – “Before the Bend”: If I had to direct people to a go-to easy listening folk tune that somehow also rocks, it would be this one. The foursome adds an ambient, all encompassing vibe to a familiar sound. It’s fresh, and the crescendo to organ and soaring guitars at the end is might good. I’m looking forward to the full length!
Imperial Mammoth – “The Last One to Leave the Party”: It’s been said that this band is reminiscent of CHVRCHES, The Naked and Famous, and Foster the People. I’m not one to promote namedropping in comparisons for the sake of name dropping, but this is startlingly accurate. The vocals are vaguely reminiscent of Mark Foster, and the structure and melody is vaguely pensive, yet fun. Kinda like CHVRCHES. Nice start for a new band.