New album: Waltzer || Time Traveler

Waltzer is a project helmed by multi-hyphenate songwriter Sophie Sputnik. With such a great name, you don’t actually need a stage name, but that didn’t feel right. Waltzer may be a moniker, but it contains ever-evolving multitudes. It’s also a character, a persona, a songwriting collaboration unit, a one-woman project, a sketch-comedy routine, even a TV show. Let’s focus on the music here: Time Traveler is Waltzer’s debut full-length album, the end result of years of work (the song Destroyer is 10 years old). The LP takes some time to win you over, but is varied and engaging enough to give it a shot. Out now via Side Hustle Records.

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New single: Ma’aM || Cruisin All The Time / A Horse Is A Corpse

The tags on Ma’aM’s Bandcamp page include country, outlaw, cowpunk, and garage rock, leaving plenty of room to put their music in whatever corner you prefer. Wat I do know is this: Cruisin’ All the Time, the A-side to their latest single, has an earworm chorus that I don’t mind at all. Out now on a hand cut clear 7″ lathe record.


So I’ll get into my car and drive away // Cruisin up and down the highway // Thinkin’ about the things I shouldn’t say // And I’ll be quiet

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New album: Modern Cynics || Auditory Postcards

Auditory Postcards is a fitting title for a record that plays 18 tracks in 19 minutes. I am referring to the first full length release by Modern Cynics,  which is the brainchild of Matty Grace of Future Girls. Matty plays all the instruments on Auditory Postcards, another quarantine project born out of isolation and  frustration.  Staying in line with a world full of restrictions, the lyrics to the songs were limited to 20 words or less.

Call it punkrock or quarantine core, there is a dark edge to these songs, creating a haunting listening experience that won’t be for everyone, but I am intrigued. Dirt Cult Records has a way of finding these sorts of bands. RIYL Mind Spiders.


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New single: Telephone Numbers || Leviathan

When we talk about quality indiepop, we often talk about Melbourne. We should not count out San Francisco though. Here is one example: The Telephone Numbers released their first physical release Leviathan today on Fruits & Flowers. The A-side is a jangle pop gem, the B-side has hints of Teenage Fanclub. Suffice to say, I like this a lot.


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Overlooked album: Davey Woodward And The Winter Orphans || Love And Optimism

If you are into indie and janglepop from around the globe, I recommended subscribing to DJ nstop’s (Jen Matson) weekly radio show Cycles Per Second. I had her latest show playing in the background this morning while working from home, and this one song grabbed my attention. It was Bad Day by Davey Woodward And The Winter Orphans. It’s the latest single from their album Love and Optimism, which was released a couple of months ago. Davey Woodward is a scene veteran, having played in bands such as Brilliant Corners and The Experimental Pop Band. What a fine surprise this record is. It’s described as pop music for grownups. I am not sure about that, but it definitely is not the pop music for juvenile delinquents I usually abuse my ears with. Still, it’s a safe bet that if you like Lou Reed and Velvet Underground, you’ll appreciate this record. Love and Optimism is a testimony of Woodward’s strong songwriting skills. The band recorded the record live in the studio, giving the songs a natural feel and edge that I believe soothes them well. The result? A record that is perfect for a gray and rainy day.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs

New album: Still Corners || The Last Exit

As a change from all the guitar violence of the past few days on this blog, I would like to share with you the new LP from Still Corners, a release from last week that I keep coming back to. ‘It’s about the myth and folklore of the open road. In a world where everyone thinks all the corners of the map are filled in, Still Corners believe there’s something beyond what we see and feel, something eternal in the landscape of those never-ending drives.’ The Last Exit gets under your skin: 11 songs that are dreamy, cinematic, atmospheric, and hypnotic. Out now through Wrecking Light Records.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs || Cargo Records

New EP: Vera Bloom || Vera Bloom

“Tonight’s a good night for making bad decisions,” Vera Bloom sings on the standout track of her self-titled EP, before adding some well-timed “uh huh’s.” Both lyrically and musically, the track feels like a straight-up tribute to the glampunkrock of the Donnas. The rest of the EP sounds completely different. On her EP, Vera Bloom goes from powerballads (Breathe, Love Like Knives), to ’90’s alternative rock (Sharp Shooter), and indie rock (Blue, my 2nd favorite track on the EP). I guess this mix of styles won’t be for everyone, but I am adding Vera Bloom to my artists to watch.

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New album: Cereal Milk || Cereal Milk

From the moment I got into punkrock and hardcore back in the mid-nineties, I don’t think I ever fully grasped the concept of emo. To my ears, most of the music I was listening to oozed emotion. Whether it was anger, angst, hate, love, melancholy, hope(lessness) or feeling left out, I always felt that the best punk and hardcore bands have that emotional edge: they feel real, and whatever emotions they convey, they feel authentic, making them stand out from most mainstream music. As such, I struggle considering emo to be a distinct genre, but rather an almost necessary element of great punk and hardcore music. Perhaps this explains why I’ve taken an immediate liking to the self-titled record of Cereal Milk. Here is a band that literally is leaving it all out there: Cereal Milk no longer is a band and this posthumous record will be their final release. Some of its songs have been previously released, for example on the 2017 Amazing Singer Record comp by Emotional Response. Cereal Milk is an intense though melodic record, with a singer absolutely singing his heart out. It’s a dynamic record, with plenty of palm muting, cool guitar riffs, and well timed tempo and soft-loud variations. Shoutout to Californian label Phat ‘n’ Phunky for putting this out.

then, as they dropped the gates // and the bets were placed // your’s was against me // like some insider trade // you were privy to my fate // i’m the horse with the broken leg


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New EP: Camp Trash || Downtiming

Now this is a compelling debut EP. The American indie rock band Camp Trash has released a 7″ with four songs rooted in the 90s / 2000s that you really should listen to. Strong songs with appealing lyrics, performed by a singer with a great voice and a band that knows how to play driving rhythms. Out now through Count Your Lucky Stars. Reportedly Bryan, Keegan, Alex, and Levi are busy in the studio recording their first full-length album, which should be out later this year.

‘I play songs the songs I wrote with Keegan // peeling off the labels on medicine // pretending it’s nothing don’t worry about me // I just need someone to worry without me asking’

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || CYLS

New single: Sekunderna || Hjärtet EP

Sekunderna have been described as the perfect mix between ABBA and Marked Men. That ABBA reference is far-fetched, even though the band is from Sweden. But clearly, Sekunderna know how to make their garage poppunk melodic and memorable. This EP stands out from the pack. Out now on a 7″ at Luftslott Records.


Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs

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