Hopefully 2019 is treating you well so far. Musically I couldn’t be more excited. Here are some great things I’ve been hoarding.
#1. Pedro the Lion. “Phoenix”
Following a 15 year dry-spell this Seattle Indie band has decided to grace us with a new album. The hand of frontman and creative force Dave Bazan could not be more present or more welcome in this piece. Known for his meticulous and dark lyrics with a somewhat cheeky emotion Bazan shows off his talent in spades. Listening to this record will give you a burst of nostalgia, but not in a cheap Disney way only remaking old things that you used to enjoy.
Much of the focus of the songs are towards things like childhood, teenage ennui, and a burgeoning emotional and spiritual apathy. I can’t fully express why I’m so excited to see the return of Pedro the Lion to the indie scene, but as a Canadian it would be akin to the Constantines or the Stills making a musical comeback which would put my maple syrup over the moon.
Bazan brings a much needed emotionally mature venerability with a beautiful blend of distorted guitars to a glitzy and self possessed music world. Give it a listen.
#2. Broken Social Scene. “Let’s Try the After (Vol. 1)” l.p.
Canada’s resident indie super-group/ front runners for most members in a band award have decided it’s time to huddle round the creative bonfire yet again and give us a short 5 song tease.
Much of their familiar flair for multi guitar soundscapes and clever rhythms is present. Good signs for any potential plans of a longer full album release from this cabal of musicians. Who knows what exactly volume 2 will entail, but one thing for sure it’ll be a curiously appealing melodic ensemble.
#3. Body Type. “Body Type EP”
Last up is a four piece hailing from Sydney. Body Type are a fresh face making what I would describe as pop shoe-gaze but you can actually hear what the singer is doing. Hoping to take the Australian music scene by storm their release EP isn’t a bad place to start.
Featuring catchy guitar lines, some fast bass work, and steady drums to hold everything together. Body Type are here to plant a tune in your head and not let it escape easily. Hopefully they keep up the pace and continue to refine pop music for the better.
Keep up the awesome pace 2019!
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