Reptar – Amanda
Reptar are all bells and brass with their latest track “Amanda.” The video is the type of weirdo trip you’d expect from the Athens, Georgia band, but the song is as sweet as a peach. Their previous single, “Cable,” would sound great next to All Tiny Creatures on a mixtape, and Reptar’s debut off of Lurid Glow ties the two nicely together.
Reptar plays Madison, Wisconsin tonight at The Frequency – be sure to bring your dancing shoes because every time I’ve seen them it’s turned into a one big party.
Lurid Glow dropped March 31st. Find more tour dates here.
JMSN – Price
JMSN is just too much. Everything Christian Berishaj puts out pendulates between swoon and giggle – he has blessed us with some straight-up baby-making music so nostalgic that it’s either high art or born of a sweetly unabashed love for the silk-pajama-clad past. Either way, it’s endearing, and you’ll soon be singing along while alternately waving the haters off and pulling down the emotion with your clenched fists.
Doomtree – Final Boss
“Final Boss” is the first track on Doomtree‘s excellent album All Hands and it comes hard. The Minneapolis collective’s hearts might be cold but there’s a fire burning behind their eyes. Watch the crew slay lyrically and literally, then get right back up to do it again.
Check out the mixtape Paper Tiger made us here.
Built to Spill – Never Be the Same
There’s something pleasantly familiar about the bass line of this track from Built to Spill, and sometimes that’s what you want. BTS and I have a weird history, in that I got into them late, listened to them a fair amount, and then subconsciously stopped when they ended up being the soundtrack to me getting robbed while on a crowded bus in San Francisco’s Chinatown. I’ll never be the same, but it might be time to be different again.
Built to Spill hits Madison’s High Noon Saloon on May 26th. More dates here.
ODESZA f/ Shy Girls – All We Need
The ups and downs of love can be very, very good, but the highs and lows of addiction don’t mirror that sentiment. Director Kevan Funk turns the sepia-toned glimmer of ODESZA‘s “All We Need” on its head and gives us a couple that may be happy in their own world, but from an outside perspective just seem sad.
Dance your blues away with ODESZA, on tour now.
Beach Baby – Ladybird
“Ladybird” by London’s Beach Baby has a golden haze that perfectly captures the late-summer ennui of our youth. The sunshine and freedom still make the days better than most, but there’s still that nagging sense that something’s lacking nipping at your heels. The Virgin Suicides homage of the video works well here, giving it the right hint of sadness without actually tipping into the drama our teenage selves often imagined surrounded us.
Geographer – The Guest
Where the songs on Geographer‘s 2012 release Myths had a swinging angularity, new single “The Guest” has a pillowy build. Strings and horns crescendo in a way that makes the track worthy of an end-credits roll on a movie where you were actually rooting for the happy ending instead of rolling your eyes at its predictability.
Geographer’s third LP Ghost Modern drops today.