I’ve written extensively about my friend Jeff’s Lean Horse Marathon project, but I’ve unfortunately never had a chance to really dive into his band Sea Patterns that he’s in with Kevin and Chris from Baltimore. The first track by them to really pop onto my radar was “Battle Royale,” which sounds like a more punk Surfer Blood in my mind. But now the three piece with no bass drum returns with “Cape,” a more laid-back track with a great melody. The opening lead guitar melody is just an earworm. From the first notes, you know this pop yet rock track is good. Cop it below and more Sea Patterns stuff over at their Soundcloud.
School starts tomorrow for me. It’s been a really good, albeit nearly blogless, summer and tomorrow morning will feel like a new awakening. In the above video teaser for “Sacrifice Hat,” the centerpiece of Lean Horse Marathon’s Reflections, light starts piercing through the dark. Slowly but surely the lights get brighter and the noise gets louder, just like they will tomorrow morning when I have to pry myself out of bed. It’s an awakening, just like “Sacrifice Hat.”
Lean Horse Marathon is Baltimore’s Jeff Koplovitz, an 18-year-old with a great ear and chops to boot. You can stream Reflections via Only For Us for the time being and buy it on iTunes. Facebook rumors lead towards the possibility of a cassette in the future.
Since I downloaded the new Big Troubles track “Sad Girls” this afternoon, it’s been on repeat in my room. Until I stumbled upon this split cassette from the awesome Abadabad and the sick Stoner Showers (alliteration, yes). I knew this release had been on its way from Chill Mega Chill and that it’s been on my wishlist for a bit (fingers crossed the tapes last until next week), but I hadn’t heard any of it outside of Abadabad’s “Park Slope” and “California Birds.” That changed today on the Chill Mega Chill bandcamp, where Makeout Beach is available digitally for $1 or via a MediaFire link in the album information.
Abadabad’s music holds up well, as the space in “Park Slope” is makes it a summer favorite for me. The coolest part about the Abadabad side of the split is the remix of “Park Slope” from Yalls. I’m usually not a big fan of remixes, but Yalls expands on “Park Slope” and makes it that much better. Check out the bandcamp stream of that at the bottom.
Stoner Showers was completely new to me, but it instantly brought me in with its electronic and reverb-drenched atmospheres. You could almost call it chillwave. “Welcome Home” opens the side of the cassette, and like the name implies, makes you feel like you never left a familiar place. The highlight of this side for me is “I Want U 2 Know,” streaming below, which reminds me of the first time I heard Neon Indian, except slightly dark. The synth sound is so full and the beat is just schizophrenic enough to make it fun to dance to. Plus, the vocals are up front, adding a new dimension to the track.
The NJ shoegazers return with the lead single off their upcoming album Romantic Comedy titled “Sad Girls.” In it we hear Alex Craig singing about, well, sad girls. The studio production again highlights the guitars and allows the bass to pop out in the songs more. It brings us one step closer to Romantic Comedy, with “Misery” being posted last month. The only question I have so far on Romantic Comedy is where are all Ian Drennan’s songs? It’s just making me look forward to that album even more.
Last year’s Sports from Weekend was a great, if a bit underrated release, at least in my conversational circles. But repeated listens reveal awesome melodic basslines under all the scuzz.
“Hazel,” from the upcoming Red EP on Slumberland, builds on Sports, but with a poppier and more addictive sound. The bass chords drive the song, providing a great rhythmic backbone for the shoegaze sound the band is known for to build on. The vocals are clear on these tracks and provide the repeated hooks of “Eyes like mine” and “Hazel”, letting the bass and guitar be complementary pieces, something that suits this band well.
Red is due out Sept. 20 on Slumberland. Weekend plays DC9 on September 7.
We’ve seen LCD Soundsystem rock out as Muppets not once, but twice over the years, but James Murphy, Nancy Whang and Pat Mahoney get the LEGO treatment in the above video for the killer “All My Friends,” undoubtedly one of the most emotional songs in the LCD catalog. Check out its resemblance to the original, here.