Wavves – “Demon to Lean On”
L.A.-based Wavves has released the second single from his forthcoming album, Afraid of Heights, due March 26 on Mom+Pop/Warner. The big leagues haven’t softened Wavves’ crashing sound, but “Demon to Lean On” is also one of the most refined pop songs he’s released thus far, with nice touches like the occasional castanets and milky guitar in the verses. But those crushing Blue-album Weezer chords in the chorus should bring many more kids into the Wavves fold. Wavves previously released the “Sail to the Sun” single and video. They’ll be touring with FIDLAR in the Spring.
Thee Oh Sees Announce New LP
Another year, another Thee Oh Sees album. If that sounds like a knock, it isn’t — San Fransisco garage kings Thee Oh Sees have released three albums in the past two years (including last year’s Putrifiers II), all of them great, so there’s no reason to think this one won’t follow the same route. Between these guys and Ty Segall, there must be something in the water in San Francisco that makes garage bands incredibly prolific and solid at the same time. Acid, maybe. Floating Coffin is out April 16 on Castle Face.
Free Rhye Mixtape
L.A.-based soul duo Rhye have released a great free mixtape via FADER in anticipation of their sure-to-be spectacular debut album, Woman, which comes out March 4 on Polydor (preorder it here). The mix opens with a piano-and-vocal-only version of their flawless Sade-meets-Stereolab song “The Fall.” It’s even more spine-tingling than the original. From their the mix moves into classic soul from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield and Bobby Womack. This is moving, sensual stuff — download it in time for Valentine’s Day.
LIZ – “XTC”
I like this “Love You Down”-style indie R&B song from LIZ, the one-name moniker of a lady who’s part of the Mad Decent fold. I also love that she reps Tarzana. Those synths that come in partway through are pure Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis gold. Head to her Soundcloud for another song, “Underdogs.” No word on a full-length yet.
Secret Circuit – “Afterlife”
This deep ambient house track comes from L.A.’s Secret Circuit, who has spend years in the underground electronic music scene. His newest single, “Afterlife,” is aptly titled enough; its ebbs and flow feel like floating through the white tunnel. The 12” is out on Beats In Space, and it comes from the forthcoming Tactile Galactics album, out April 30.
Francisco the Man – “In the Corners”
One corner of recent ’90s revivalism that has seemingly gone untouched is the intricate guitar rock of bands like Built to Spill. L.A.’s Francisco the Man have us covered. “In the Corners,” from their upcoming 7” of the same name, due Feb. 19 on Small Plates, has the same sort of nasally, upper-register vocals and chimey guitar interplay of BTS and early Band of Horses with a dash of jangle and a couple of crushing chords at the chorus. They sure know how to make dudes like me happy.
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