Roy Ira, Still Be My Love
You may recall that local Americanists/folksters Roy Ira were seeking funds to release a full-length last year. Fans of big-hearted, occasionally gospel-inflected sing-along folk will be happy to know that Roy Ira did indeed achieve their goal, and their Still Be My Love is out now. (RI actually sent us a copy, along with some beers and some shirts.) Album-opener "Like a Bad Movie" is certainly a standout, its realist yet sentimental depiction of love tugging at the heartstrings, and frontman Keith Parish's inflection and cleverly constructed lyrics occasionally call to mind The Mountain Goats or a folked-up They Might Be Giants. Anyway, stream Still Be My Love above, or buy it digitally ($6) or physically ($15) over at Roy Ira's Bandcamp page.
Brandon Jazz, "Exit Strategies/Used 2 Believe"
Glitter-encrusted glam-pop fancypants Brandon Jazz and His Armed Forces will play Saturday night at Cannery Ballroom as part of Mercy Lounge's two-night anniversary series. And wouldn't you know it, they have a brand-new track to show off! While Jazz tells us this version of "Exit Strategies/Used 2 Believe" "will not be the version that ultimately makes [his forthcoming] full-length," it's still a synth-laden, '80s-cribbing, electro-pop breakup song, and one that certainly calls to mind Jazz's (seemingly) primary influences: Ray Parker Jr., Robert Palmer, Phil Collins, Huey Lewis, Eurhythmics, et al. Nice work, Jazz & Co. And hey, wasn't that art work shot at The Stone Fox? Also, if you're wondering, that's Hanzelle's Jeremi Morris performing all those next-level "bitch please" samples. Stream "Exit Strategies/Used 2 Believe" at BJ&HAF's Bandcamp page.
Aave, "You Will Live" and more
While none of the tracks over at Aave's Bandcamp page are particularly brand-spanking-new, the outfit itself is new to us here at the Cream. Their most recent track, "You Will Live," is a chilled-out number with layers of textured ambient-pop sheen, not unlike Washed Out or a subdued Yeasayer. Poke around over at Aave's Tumblr to hear some more.
Deep Machine, Riverside Drive EP
Instrumental, post-rocky experimentalists Deep Machine have a new EP by the name of Riverside Drive, and it features all sorts of influence — psych rock, industrial, metal, pop, country, on and on. If you're the sort who can dig on some winding, groove-centric and vocal-less rock jams with tight playing, stream Riverside Drive above, or download it for any price you like over at Deep Machine's Bandcamp page.