Bananagun

Bananagun | The True Story of Bananagun | 3hive.com
Bananagun | The True Story of Bananagun | 3hive.com

Melbourne five-piece Bananagun bring their brand of funky exotica meets psychedelic rock goodness on their debut LP The True Story of Bananagun. This is a head-nodding, rump-shaking 11 tracks (including one with birds singing over the top of a killer bongo beat) of nothing but groove, it is safe to say this album has groove for days. Check out “Mushroom Bomb” and “Taking The Present For Granted” below, they will hook you for sure.

The True Story of Bananagun is out now via Full Time Hobby. It’s a good one. Enjoy.

Khruangbin

Khruangbin | Mordechai | 3hive.com
Khruangbin | Mordechai | 3hive.com

Khruangbin are back with Mordechai, their first proper album since their smash 2018 release Con Todo El Mundo. This new album has all the funk, groove and soul you’ve come to expect from a Khruangbin release, with the addition of vocals on most the tracks – which act more like an additional instrument rather than being at the forefront of the tracks – it’s a nice touch.

Mordechai is solid from beginning to end and perfect for those late night “stay home, stay safe” solo dance parties.

We have Mordechai on delicious transparent pink vinyl at the 3hive Record Lounge. It’s also available via Dead Oceans Records. Enjoy.

Galore

Galore | Galore | 3hive.com
Galore | Galore | 3hive.com

San Francisco 4-piece Galore came together based on a shared love of 80’s Brit-pop and the Pacific Northwest scene of the 90’s and we are all better for it.

Their debut, self-titled album is 10 tracks of hazy, lo-fi bedroom-pop / garage-rock goodness. It’s a great 23 minute escape from what ails you. Check out two of my favorite tracks “Lemon Tea” and “Cucaracha” (below) to get yourself acquainted.

Galore is out now via Sonny Smith’s newish label Rocks In Your Head. You can pick it up on vinyl from the 3hive Record Lounge. I highly recommend getting your paws on this one. Enjoy.

Monster Rally

Monster Rally | Escape To The Cloud Forest | 3hive.com
Monster Rally | Escape To The Cloud Forest | 3hive.com

Take a trip through the tropical beats of South America and Japan with Monster Rally’s new two-part digital 45, Escape To The Cloud Forest. As usual, like everything MR releases, it’s really good.

Escape To The Cloud Forest is available now via MR’s Bandcamp page and you can sample its goodness below. Enjoy.

You can also pick up some other Monster Rally releases on vinyl at the 3hive Record Lounge. MR on vinyl is a treat, you won’t regret it.

LAZY SALON

LAZY SALON | Lazy Salon | 3hive.com
LAZY SALON | Lazy Salon | 3hive.com

Sean Byrne (as LAZY SALON) has just added another standout album to his already stacked catalog of LZ releases. Lazy Salon (his new self-titled release) is 34 minutes of chilled out, sweeping instrumentals, layered over the top smoking hot drum beats. These 8 tracks are the Calgon for the soul, especially during these COVID-19 times. He calls them “cosmic instrumentals” which pretty much nails it.

Give “Wild Travels” (below) a spin, it’s a great example of the entire album’s goodness. Lazy Salon is available now on Bandcamp. I highly recommend it.

Camino Sound

Camino Sound | Western Excuses | 3hive.com
Camino Sound | Western Excuses | 3hive.com

Recorded mostly before all hell broke loose in 2020; New Jersey trio, Camino Sound, has unleashed their debut Western Excuses, on the world.

Comprised of 8 instrumental “soundtracks” (that’s how they refer to each song), Western Excuses weaves it’s way through many genres including psych-rock, funk, surf and straight up rock ‘n’ roll. These guys have chops for days.

Listen to “You Are The Map” and “Disculpas Occidentales” (below) for a taste. Western Excuses is available now via Camino Sound’s Bandcamp page. I highly Recommend it.

LAKE

LAKE | Roundelay | 3hive.com
LAKE | Roundelay | 3hive.com

Olympia’s LAKE have been making music together since 2006. Their newest (and heaviest) album Roundelay is 11 songs of avant-pop goodness, containing sprinkles of horns, piano and even pedal steel. They dub their sound “elevator punk”. I think that’s pretty spot on.

Check out “Hanged Man” (below) for a sample. Roundelay is out now via OFF TEMPO and available on their Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Peel Dream Magazine

Peel Dream Magazine | Agitprop Alterna | 3hive.com
Peel Dream Magazine | Agitprop Alterna | 3hive.com

Peel Dream Magazine are back with their incredible new LP, Agitprop Alterna. This sophomore release is so full of shimmery fuzz and gaze it’s sure to make any fans of Stereolab, Yo La Tengo and My Bloody Valentine sit up and pay attention.

The male-female vocals throughout the album really shine alongside the shoegazy walls of sound. Check out “NYC Illuminati” (below) for a taste. It’s a head-nodder for sure and about three quarters of the way through, some sound effect kicks in that has you convinced there is water leaking somewhere around you, seriously, it freaked me out the first time I listened to it.

Agitprop Alterna is a solid record from start to finish. I can’t sum it up any clearer. It’s a contender for album of the year for me for sure.

Agitprop Alterna is out now via Slumberland Records. We also have it available at the 3hive Record Lounge. Pick it up. Spin it. Enjoy.

Stay safe everyone.

The Prefab Messiahs

The Prefab Messiahs | 21st Century Failure | 3hive.com
The Prefab Messiahs | 21st Century Failure | 3hive.com

Our friends, The Prefab Messiahs, are back with another public service announcement in the form of a two and a half minute, psych-rock tune entitled “21st Century Failure”, which is more than appropriate for the current state of the world. Hopefully, their zany video (below) can help break up the monotony of self-isolation.

“21st Century Failure” is available now on all the streamers, including their Bandcamp page.

Stay safe everyone.

Josaleigh Pollett

Josaleigh Pollett | No Woman Is The Sea | 3hive.com
Josaleigh Pollett | No Woman Is The Sea | 3hive.com

Josaleigh Pollett’s incredible new album, No Woman Is The Sea, is a powerful twelve songs about heartbreak and loss but delivered in a way that the listener can’t help but feel good about the future (even in the COVID-19 world we are all living in now).

Pollett’s vocals, guitar work, songwriting skills and band (they kill it!) are stronger than ever which can be heard on standout “Miles of Aisles” below.

No Woman Is The Sea is available digitally via her Bandcamp page and will be available on vinyl via Lavender Vinyl soon. We will also have this on our 3hive Record Lounge shelves as soon as it’s released. I highly recommend this album. It climbs up my favorites of the year each time I listen to it. Enjoy.