By Scott Jones
Album: Wasa Tusa
Although fall is already upon us, this catchy single is a tune that helps keep the previous season in the listener’s mind. A melodic ’80s backbeat helps along with Christopher Martin’s smooth vocals as the leaves refuse to change colour.
Sounds like: Late-night August pop with the shades on.
EP: Part One: The Radioactive Club
Sometimes a drive through the countryside with an inflatable duck in the passenger seat can prompt debate on the existence of extra-terrestrials. Throw in energetic riffs and some cool vocal harmonies, and you’ve got much to discuss on your road trip.
Sounds like: Gin Blossoms/Weezer-esque power pop.
EP: Abstract Mind
The accompanying music video for this track is a sure-fire match for the sonics of the music, as the title of the song also reflects the multi-layered vocals and instrumentation provided by this hard-driven LA trio.
Sounds like: A reverberating, West Coast new wave revival.
Artist: King Colour
Single: You Just Don’t Know It Yet
This Sydney group adds solid, retro-styled guitar riffs, and powerful drumming to a modern brain stimulator of a psych track, yearning for that one true love. Highly recommended for fans of rocky road ice cream.
Sounds like: Oasis and the Velvet Underground sharing rocky road ice cream.
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Artist: Nations of the Soul
Single: My Old World
Siblings often know each other’s musical talent best. This is clearly the case with Bergen’s (Norway) brothers Mikael and Lucas Roussel who channel each other’s emotive lyrics and six-string interplay. The only drawback is the song’s brevity.
Sounds like: Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens