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Some new, some old, but always damn good. Check out this week’s top 5 below!
5. Envoi- What Happened in Wyoming
Envoi is a female fronted Pop/Rock band based out of Cleveland, OH. What Happened in Wyoming is a propulsive Paramore-esque pop song from their latest album,Changes.
4. Geometrist- Modest Mouse
Often categorized as indie or alternative rock, Geometrist’s folk influence is also undeniable in its appreciation for melody and storytelling. The band’s sound is the product of diverse musical tastes, infused along each step in its recipe for song creation. Each song on the band’s debut Geometrist EP - released April, 2013 - is the fully-fleshed version of a singer-songwriter style tune first strummed in 2012.
3. Plaid Dragon- Dog Physics
Dog Physics is a beautiful song from Plaid Dragon’s debut EP of the same name. Over ethereal orchestral noise and delicate acoustic guitar plucks, Inge Chiles lets out a poetic gasp that drifts and lulls like a lullaby.
With a voice like that, I’m sure we’ll be hearing from Plaid Dragon more in the future. Until then, get familiar with their bright beginnings.
Grab the full free EP download here.
2. Miracles of Modern Science- Dear Pressure
Miracles of Modern Science are a string section in mutiny: guitars overboard! The Brooklyn, NY band squeezes together classical textures, disco kinetics, and explosive dynamics you might file under “post-rock” if their instruments weren’t decidedly pre-rock.
Dear Pressure is from their new EP, MEEMS, where the band pushes the limits of their acoustic instruments even further. The result resembles pop music, but you can sense the band ripping apart and rearranging its underlying mechanics like mad scientists.
1. The Vandies- Away
The Vandies are an all-female alternative rock band from Portland, Oregon. Bursting onto the scene in 2011, The Vandies developed their sound where they are most comfortable: on stage. Pulling from a variety of influences, these ladies combine melodic lyrics, driving rhythms and feisty guitar shreds into catchy songs that get audiences on their feet.
On their debut EP that was released last month, The Vandies grab influences from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, The Raincoats, and Elastica as they bounce between the sugar (Bright Lights, Away) and spice (Fine Line, Chinatown) in alternative pop music.