Alt Pop

Rain Collectors' "Unless" is Wistful and Lovely

In new track “Unless” by Rain Collectors, a simple guitar melody leads us across a bright and calm landscape. The cello, however, soon glides in beneath and we sink into a more wistful state. Vocals by duo singer/songwriter Santiago Dietche and vocalist Blair Robbins are sensual, yearning. A keyboard trails, dreamlike among the cymbals and Gary Calhoun James’ walking bass; like wandering through the memory of a past relationship, or coming aware that a present one is fading, there is a sense of comfortable resignation. With one earphone in my right ear, and the other shared with you, in your left, we walk together through a night that will not last, with “Unless” soundtracking our melancholy stroll. Give “Unless” a listen below, especially if you’re nursing a slightly nostalgic mood like I was this weekend or, if you’re in a more upbeat place, head to their Bandcamp, where I was also pleased to hear the more upbeat new track by them, “Lock The Door” released on Sunday.

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A. LaFontaine

   

PONY @ The Silver Dollar Room

There seems to be an influx of reverb-heavy power-pop these days. That’s no knock, either. It’s hard not to be suckered into the swirling layers of tender vocals and hook-heavy garage rock. Something about it just screams summertime. Toronto’s PONY is no exception. Their recent Crushed EP depicting a marker- coloured pop can on the cover is symbolic of a more innocent time when summer romances were as fragile as, well, a pop can. Such is the subject matter on each of the four tracks. Sometimes it’s harder determining what is more fragile, the guitars or the vocals pleading for lost love. In this territory of indie, Alvvays and Best Coast are the true frontrunners, but PONY are not far behind at all. Catch them at The Silver Dollar Room on August 8th. - Chris PJ D

   

Stream: A Yawn Worth Yelling - Start Somewhere

The San Jose based indie rock band, A Yawn Worth Yelling has released a single entitled Start Somewhere in anticipation of their upcoming 2015 release. The band's new EP, Play Pretend is due out on September 18th.

Start Somewhere is an intricate indie rock-pop track that is creatively layered with electro-acoustic instrumentals and coated with thoughtful lyrics. Lend your ear to this song and make sure you support this Bay Area band at their live performances as well!

   

Ivory Hours @ Turtle Music Fest

In a musical era where there exists a plethora of easily likeable indie pop bands with an extensive collection of catchy, hook-laden songs, London’s Ivory Hours is a genuine standout. The most surprising thing about this band is that they are somehow still unsigned. However, they’ve benefitted by receiving professional production help from seasoned veterans João Carvalho (mastering) and Dan Brodbeck (producing) on their recent full-length Morning Light. Ivory Hours is a rather young band exhibiting the confidence of experienced musicians through bright, poppy guitar and vocal melodies. Lead single “Warpaint” is chock-full of delicate staccato guitar and tempo changes that mask the lovesick lyrics with lively hooks. Ivory Hours is both figuratively and literally making noise in Canadian indie rock, and are a can’t-miss act at the upcoming Turtle Music Festival on August 1st in Parry Sound. Could be worth the trip, me thinks. - Chris PJ D

   

Opposite Day's Bouncy, Robot-Filled "AI IOU" Music Video

This one’s just plain fun y’all. Opposite Day is a staple of the Austin scene that plays some of the most technical and pure fun music in Austin, a combo you don’t often get. This vid is their new track “AI IOU,” and it’s a series of shots that cut between the band doing their hard-playing, wild-beat thing and then a buncha robot shots that feel very MST3K. That’s a pretty good touchstone in terms of era as well, as this track feels quite outta the 90s though all beefed up with some heavier, mathrockier shit, and the idea of a wilder, more indie Barenaked Ladies that plays faster and punkier isn’t far off. It's fun too to get great tracks that aren't really about love or social issues or something pretty, but instead just about a cool ass concept that the musicians like; in this case a mufucking robot made from parts of other robots! Check the lyrics: "I am rememebering what happened to the parts that make me/I am a conscious agent assembled from other machines." That's the good scifi shit. Tune your robot ears and focus your android eyes on this thing below, and let the AI tell you all about its weird ol' self!