MP3s: January Releases
Each day, The Spec‘s email is flooded with new releases by artists across the globe. Although it’s impossible for us to review each and every one, we know there’s too many good songs and albums that fly under our radar and we’d like to share them with you.
There are a couple things you can always look forward to in the new year: new bands and fresh releases.
Below, listen to new singles from albums coming out in January…
Peacock Affect “The Heaven Smiles” — The Heaven Smiles / Wallflower due out Jan. 12, 2015
George Holman is the man behind Peacock Affect. Holman has been songwriting since his teenage years and notes The Smiths and Elliott Smith among his influences. Like many other artists, Holman has used his musical talents to express himself, he says ”I think my best songs comes from a really deep and horrible place. I really don’t think I would write anything if I hadn’t suffered from any mental illness. Creating is cathartic.”
Jack Name “Watcher Talk” — Weird Moons due out Jan. 20, 2015
Jack Name is the musical moniker of LA-based musician John Webster Adams. Most of what you need to know about the forthcoming album from Adams can be heard in “Watcher Talk.” The rest, well, let John Dwyer explain: “Recorded in a room with mirrored walls, moth eaten shades pulled low to block the Sun’s brutal radiation and the howls of the urchins 60 stories below. Under the faithful and loving eyes of two canine familiars comes this vintage tasting laser beam […] Reminiscent of late era Can, Bruce Haack, Hans Edler, Solid Space, Dario Argento and VHS tapes…It’s fucking great, listen to this album in an egg shaped speaker chair if possible.”
Alex Calder “Strange Dreams” — Strange Dreams due out Jan. 20, 2015
If you like your music with “acid-induced pop sequences” and “infectious melodies,” Alex Calder’s forthcoming debut album is dedicated to you. Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, the same place that bred Calvin Love and Mac DeMarco, Calder brings a similar sound as his fellow Edmontonians with his first release. “Tight rhythms tie down whirling guitars, sparkling textures bounce off of timeless melodies, and ambition beyond humble means are realized in Alex Calder’s latest album.”
Menace Beach “Lowtalkin” — Ratworld due out Jan. 27, 2015
Leeds outfit Menace Beach is headed by Ryan Needham and Liza Violet, another indie rock duo to pay attention to in the new year. Joined by a backing band, the duo will release a “psyche tinged wonderland” called Ratworld to the masses next month. Tracks on the forthcoming release recall moments from well-known acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Wavves and Pavement.
Suburban Living “No Fall” — self-titled album due out Jan. 27, 2015
In 2012, Suburban Living released its debut EP, Cooper’s Dream. The band has released a 7” single via Dialog Records and toured excessively, even playing multiple music festivals in Japan. Wesley Bunch is the main man behind the music. Originally from Virginia Beach, Bunch relocated to Philadelphia in summer of 2014 and recruited a band to help him carry out his self-described “Dreampop/Shoegaze/Nugaze/maple glaze” efforts.
Emmy the Great “Swimming Pool” — S due out Jan. 27, 2015
In a sentence, Emmy the Great produces: “Songs that walk the line between heartbreaking fragility and bold, wit-laden observations on the human condition continue to enthrall all who hear them.” Emmy has been on the scene since 2009 when she released her debut album, First Love. For “Swimming Pool,” she is joined by Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. Her soon-to-be-released EP titled S was written in cities across the world, including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York, London and Salt Lake City.