New single: Monsieur Paul & Les Solutions || Plagier Dutronc / Waiting For True Love

If you just look at the posts today, you can see that the music taste of my fellow blogger is quite different from mine. We both check a lot of new sounds and sometimes you hear something that suits the other better. Niek pointed me to this single by Monsieur Paul & Les Solutions this afternoon with the comment ‘You’ll enjoy this one’ and he was right (thanks bro!). French garage rock, I like that indeed.

The English B side Waiting For True Love is nice, but the French A side Plagier Dutronc is extraordinary: the great lyrics tell in an entertaining way that contemporary bands stand on the shoulders of the heroes of the past: ‘Our goal is to follow suit to The Limiñanas // But for psyche rock, on the French side // You have to plagiarize Dutronc, that’s good!” Have you ever heard such original plagiarism?

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New album: Smirk || LP

Smirk is a solo project of Nick Vicario. He also plays (or played) in hardcore acts Autistic Youth, Crisis Man and the guitar heavy postpunk act Public Eye – make sure to check out their 2020 LP. Sonically, Smirk has the most in common with his work in Public Eye. Still, this is very much a distinct musical project. A little bit more punk and lo-fi oriented, and a tad more groovy and hypnotic. Whereas the album title could not be more generic (‘LP’), the music is basically the exact opposite. I particularly love how Vicario efforlessly brings styles from different eras together. For example listen to Violent Game, which sounds like a Stooges and Stones mashup, and out of nowhere features a bass and drum interlude  that harkens back to a whole different era.

LP is compiled of the two Cassette EPs Vicario released in 2020. With a little help of the ever reliant Feel It Records and Drunken Sailor Records, it’s now available on vinyl. Speaking of Feel It Records, they just announced two early april releases that also look to be winners: Waste Man and Spread Joy. Is that fair? Can they do that? Of course they can! Music is not a competition right?

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Feel It Records || Drunken Sailor Records

New EP: Sanya N’Kanta || These Are The Days

Every now and then the personal “Discover Weekly” playlist that Spotify automatically generates makes you turn up the music, then you discover something that you haven’t heard before but is worth your attention. Such is the case with Waste My Time, a beautiful song from Sanya N’Kanta‘s new (digital) EP These Are the Days. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, the Jamaican born artist / producer sings with his great falsetto that ‘the hard lesson to learn in life is that some friends come and go’ and you can’t help but cry along with the person being addressed.

New single: Warm Exit || Warm Exit

Warm Exit are a synthpunk band from the capital of Belgium (and the EU), Brussels. Their new self-titled EP is quite the trip through  a mixture of ideas and styles, despite its brevity – 4 songs, a playing total of ten minutes. The band  integrates breakneck speed garagesynthpunk with (old movie?) samples, and yet, underneath there is plenty of melody. Usually, I apply the term ‘eclectic mix’ for records I don’t really get or understand, but that does not apply here. In spite of, or should I say because of the chaos, Warm Exit make these songs work. Seven inch single out now on Drink and Drive Records!

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New single: The Howlers || I Don’t Love You All the Time

It turns out that desert rockers also roam the deserted streets of London, just watch the video below. As The Howlers Adam Young (vocals / guitar), Guus ter Braak (bass), and Cameron Black (drums) have already made a few singles – Matador in particular is a strong track – and slowly but surely they are being embraced by more and more music lovers. New single I Don’t Love You All The Time will certainly contribute to that. RIYL The Black Keys, Eagles of Death Metal.

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New album: Bobby Ramone || Rocket To Kingston

“Imagine that in the late 70s, Bob Marley crossed paths with the Ramones at the CBGB counter and they decided to make a record together. Here is the result: 10 rasta classics with punk rock sauce 1-2-3-4!” When I read this introduction to Bobby Ramone’s Rocket To Kingston and saw the album cover, I hoped it would be fun yet feared it would sound terrible. Two songs in, I just had to share this with you, because THIS IS FREAKIN’ FUN and well executed. I’d never expect that I could enjoy songs like Get Up Stand Up, Stir it Up, and One Love this much. Even the song titles get the Ramones treatment, as they are now called I Don’t Wanna Stand Up, Stirring In My Room, and Today One Love, Tomorrow The World. What’s not to like? Vinyl available at Guerilla Asso.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Guerilla Asso

New album: Honshu Wolves || Cosmic Creature Capture

You wouldn’t expect it, but somewhere in an alternative trailer park in the back alleys in Switzerland’s capital Bern, with a view on foggy cold mountains, three-piece Honshu Wolves play music you could describe as trippy psychedelic desert gospel Delta space blues – a combination of styles and influences that turns out surprisingly well. They already released the 10″ Shine On Me (2010) and the 12″ Silver Ashes Line The Lane (2014), but hopefully their new full length album Cosmic Creature Capture via Voodoo Rhythm Records will reach a wider audience. The songs of Maryanne Shewolf (vocals, guitar, percussion, piano), Fäbu (guitars, organ, backing vocals), and Mige (drums, percussion) are strong, dreamy, and fascinating. Immerse yourself for 40 minutes.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs || Voodoo Rhythm

New EP: Linnea’s Garden || Nowhere Friday Nights

According to the band’s website, Linnea’s Garden play glampunk you can dance to. I am not sure if that is true, but that may be due to my limited dancing abilities. To my ears, Linnea’s Garden sound more powerpop with a touch of soul than punk on their EP Nowhere Friday Nights. The lead single Non-Dramatic Breakup Song sounds like a lost hit by Milwaukee powerpop legends The Shivvers. It is an instant classic.

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New album: The Sueves || Tears Of Joy

Simplicity, in all its ramshackle glory, is one of the charms of garage rock. That appeal can wear off quickly though when a band’s songwriting is subpar and/or the execution is poor. The Sueves new record is the perfect example of how rewarding it can be when a band challenges itself; when a band is not afraid to go beyond self- or other-imposed boundaries of the genre; when a band invests a little more time in writing and recording music. On Tears of Joy, The Sueves sound more layered, diverse and dynamic than most garage bands, but also in comparison to their past selves. They do so without sacrificing any of the energy and excitement of their earlier work.  Mop Bucket is a modern garage rock classic. Short and fast songs like Alexxxa, Find The Right Fit and Stare will draw in punk fans. Other songs (e.g., Deflect The World) move into The Stooges territory. To be sure, the Sueves have created their own enterprise, and never sound like copycats.
Overall, Tears of Joy is a thrilling listen, a kick to the nuts of those who complain that guitar music nowadays is redundant. I am pretty confident that the allure of the record is more likely to expand than wear off upon further listens. That leaves us with one concern. Now that the band has ran out of primary colors for their album covers – red for their debut, blue for their second one and yellow for Tears Of Joy, what will they do next? Based on this record, the Sueves are just getting started.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Magicatolog

New album: Model Village || World Of Carp

UK jangle pop veterans Model Village open their fourth record (World Of Carp) strongly with Insufferable. It’s a welcoming indie pop track that will instantly make your head bop on its bouncy rhythm. Other standout tracks on World of Carp include the upbeat Oslo and Find It Out, and the Belle and Sebastianesque Roll It Over. Singer Lily Rose has the ability to draw you into these songs while making her singing sound effortless. She has just the right touch of melancholy in her voice, not unlike Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura and Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin. Musically, fans of those bands will enjoy this record as well. Out now on Kingfisher Bluez (Canada) and Towed By The Ghost (UK)!

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