Friday, March 1, 2013

The Week in Fresh Tracks [Photo Ops, Coupler, Matt Moody, Calicocat, More]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM

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Good week for fresh tracks. First up, Third Man Records just released two live singles — The People's Temple's "Never More" b/w "Miles Away" and Hell Beach's "Ocean Floor" b/w "End." While you've gotta buy the downloads or the 7-inches in order to hear the tunes in full, you can stream preview excerpts via TMR's Soundcloud page. Follow me below to hear even more: dreamy indie pop from Photo Ops; warm instrumental experimentation from Coupler; grooving psych-pop from Matt Moody; and fine indie rock from Calicocat. Look back at past weeks in fresh tracks here, and if you have anything for us, email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.


Photo Ops, How To Say Goodbye

Local songster Terry Price — known for his work with defunct local outfit Oblio — released his debut album under the moniker Photo Ops on Tuesday, and he'll celebrate with a release show tonight at The 5 Spot. Fellow Creamster Adam Gold wrote a Critic's Pick on the release show, calling Goodbye "10 tracks of post-traumatic, spacious dream pop that, despite the emotional bloodletting, is a consistently uplifting listen, rife with Edge-inspired licks, warm synths and sparse beats that add catchy comfort to Price’s raw soul-bearing." Indeed. I also recently said that, whether it's due to his voice or "his knack for pretty pop songs that are about heavy stuff but don't feel heavy," something about the track "Someplace" "reminds me of the phase I had with Kent's Isola back in college." So there's your analysis. Stream all of How To Say Goodbye above, or download it for $8 over at Photo Ops' Bandcamp page.

Coupler, "Sideman"

Seemingly ubiquitous Nashville sideman Ryan Norris (Lambchop, The Privates, Forrest Bride, a billion more) and his project Coupler have a new tape called Sunless, and it's being released by local indie No Kings Records. The tape will feature contributions from Cortney Tidwell, Amy Marcantel and Matt Glassmeyer, and according to No Kings, it's "one of the most sophisticated and well-crafted albums [the label] ever had the pleasure to release." You can hear the tune "Sideman" — a warm, clicking and appropriately titled analog-synth exploration from Sunless — above or via No Kings' Soundcloud page. According to Norris, "Vinyl will be available on Record Store Day through Russell Cothran's Made In Canada label." Sick.


Matt Moody, "Slash Across America"

Well, you've already seen the murderous video for Matt Moody's new single, "Slash Across America," but now you can get your mitts on the track itself. A brief, bobbing, Southern-psych blast of perfectly tuneful rock 'n' roll, "Slash" clocks in at just under two minutes. Listen to it above, or purchase it for one little ol' dollar at Moody's Bandcamp page. "Slash" is the first single from Moody's forthcoming When I Get to the Fence.


Calicocat, Mighty Superfluous

I may have said this before (I have), but the output of thoughtful indie-rock youngsters Calicocat makes me think that they probably listen quite a bit to pop craftsmen like The Shins and Harry Nilsson. The 'Cat has a new eight-song release by the name of Mighty Superfluous, and it's packed with sunny psychedelic riffing and catchy if unlikely pop melodies. Stream it above, or download the whole thing for any price you like over at Calicocat's Bandcamp page.

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