Brooklyn’s Woods are back with their outstanding 9th LP, City Sun Eater in the River of Light. Taking the best parts of almost every genre of music out there and adding it their already wonky, folk-psych sound, Woods have created a groove-driven (dare I call it “groove-psych”), psychedelic rock masterpiece.
Check out the head bobbing beat of “Can’t See At All” (below) for a mere sampling of how cool this album is.
City Sun Eater… is out now and available on whatever media suits your fancy from WOODSIST Records – I highly, highly recommend it.
Woods – Can’t See At All from City Sun Eater in the River of Light (2016)
Brooklyn-based quartet Howard released their debut album, Religion, at the beginning of 2015. For their follow up EP, Please Recycle, Howard has completely reworked songs from Religion (with no additional tracking or anything else, mind you) to create a fantastic departure from their debut. The results, Please Recycle is 5 songs of electronica gold, reminiscent of artists like Four Tet and Tycho.
Give “Plastic” (below) a spin, it’s a great example of the entire EP. Please Recycle is available now via Fashion People, I highly recommend it.
Howard – Plastic from Please Recycle (2016)
Washington, DC trio Polyon unleash their brand of 90′s inspired shoegaze meets pummeling indie rock on their newest EP Blue.
Check out the fuzzy, heavy-as-hell title track below for a taste.
Polyon – Blue from Blue EP (2015)
Waveless is a three-piece post-punk band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their layered, shoegazey, reverbed, noise-rock is hard to beat. Their newest 12″, Spirit Island, is out now through Deranged Records. Check out album opener, ‘My Apathy’ (below) for a taste.
Waveless – My Apathy from Spirit Island (2016)
Fifteen nifty hits sure to get you ready for spring.
1. Odd Nosdam – Sisters
2. RUMTUM – Makin Magic
3. Christmas Day – Defend Uptown
4. TV Girl – Song About Me (feat. Maddie Acid)
5. Alpenglow – Solitude
6. Woods – Find Them Empty
7. S.M. Wolf – Midnight Shake
8. Ted Leo And The Pharmacists – Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?
9. Radiator Hospital – Do You Remember?
10. Geisha Girls – Retaining Water
11. Suzies – The Log Lady
12. Ex-Pet – Summer Alone
13. Jumpers – Center Stage
14. Lasso – Suckatash
15. jinsang – with.you
Portland-based Radiation City recently dropped their third LP and first with Polyvinyl Records. Synesthetica is a hook-driven, electro-pop gold mine – the deeper you dig into the album the more rich stuff you find. Check out one of many standout tracks “Milky White” (below) for a taste.
Synesthetica is out now and available in all formats from Polyvinyl.
Radiation City – Milky White from Synesthetica (2016)
Greensboro, NC duo Wahyas play a sinister style of raunchy, garage-psych that’s hard to top. Their own description, “Evil garage gospel like Johnny & June with less church”, pretty much sums it up.
They just co-released their 7″ single, Third Eye, with Shipwrecked Records and Six Tonnes De Chair Records. You can get this on vinyl or digitally through Six Tonnes De Chair’s Bandcamp page. You can download this directly from Wahyas’ Bandcamp page as well. Stream this bad boy (below) and get your self a copy on wax before they are gone.
Belfast trio Sea Pinks play an infectious style of hook driven, fuzzy pop that I can’t get enough of. Their new LP, Soft Days, has had me bouncing around the house for weeks, it’s one of my favorite listens right now. Check out the fuzzed-out, jangly guitars of title track “Soft Days” (below) for a sample.
Sea Pinks – Soft Days from Soft Days (2016)
California beat maker jinsang combines jazz cuts over chilled out beats to create some killer, smooth, grooved-out tracks. His latest release, solitude., is 26 tracks of pure groove. The more I listen to it the higher it jumps up my favorite releases of 2016 list.
His entire catalog is available to buy on his Bandcamp page for only a measly $7 bucks! Trust me that’s $7 bucks well spent my friends. Below are a few tracks from solitude. and a new one he just put up on his Soundcloud page. Check them out, then go get your hands on some of his music. Enjoy.