I am consistently amazed by the volume of quality singles that come out on a weekly basis. As I have continued with this column, I have less and less trouble coming up with 5 songs to post each week. Often, I have more than 5 but rarely, if ever, go beyond that maximum because I want to make sure the stuff I like most does not get lost in deluge of releases and it is, quite regularly, a deluge of new music. And while everyone is constantly bringing our attention to all of the things vying for our attention (so much so that articles about how we are being pulled in multiple directions by the endless influx of data is itself a prominent genre within that endless influx of data), it is really staggering to stop and think about everything that is easily available to us at once. That said, it does mean that I never can fully pay attention to these singles after I write about them; however, this in turn creates its own filter as the stuff that really stands out is the stuff that sticks with me in the proceeding weeks. Either way, regardless of how you feel with being inundated with new bands, micro genres, etc., with such regularity, there is really something exhilarating about it all. So, here are this week's tracks, and as always, enjoy!
Melody's Echo Chamber - "Je Me Perds De Vue:" Melody's Echo Chamber's debut, a solid LP of psychedelic indie pop, was one of last year's most underrated records. "Je Me Perds De Vue," the b-side to an upcoming single is more of the same, a feedback drenched song with a creeping rhythm that, when combined with the icy vocals, is reminiscent of Broadcast.
Pond - "Giant Tortoise:" Originally, Tame Impala was a side project for members of Pond, but Tame Impala became a side project big enough for journalists to refer to Pond as the side project. Pond, while definitely in the same vein as Tame Impala, features a bigger, more anthemic sound. "Giant Tortoise" is a sludgy track featuring a spaced out bridge that slowly builds back to the level of its over the top opening.If you would prefer that Tame Impala be a little more bombastic, Pond might be for you.
Alpine - "Gasoline:" A burst of a song reminiscent of Phoenix at their most catchy. "Gasoline" features female vocals over a blippy synth and guitar and an exceedingly bouncy beat. Alpine, hailing from Australia, will be releasing a debut LP later this year.
Caveman - "In the City:" Caveman's latest single might be my favorite new track this week. The song features a crisp synth line, a steady rhythm and pensive, strident vocals for an overall melancholy effect . The vocals drop out during the last third leaving the dramatic melody to finish out the track.
Washed Out - "The Sound of Creation:" A subtle and drifting track, Washed Out made this as part off a deal with Phillips to create a song exploring his "autobiographical exploration of his musical influences." While I am not really sure what that actually means, the result is "The Sound of Creation." Textured and gentle the song slowly builds until the end, cutting out abruptly before achieving any sort of real climax...that's what she said (HEYO! Sorry.)