Bully, Bully EP
Local punky grunge-pop outfit Bully will celebrate the release of their self-titled debut EP next week, and it's already up at their Bandcamp page. I wrote some words on Bully that will be out in next week's dead-tree edition of the Scene, but let me just spoil that a little bit and quote myself: "There’s depth to Bully’s sneering, angular grunge pop, and whether or not you cast it against a backdrop of ’90s greats like The Breeders — or, say, Whip-Smart era Liz Phair — it’s pretty damn fun to listen to." Sounds pretty good, right? Stream Bully above or buy it for $5.
Mystery Twins, The Politics of Being Alone EP
Local rock 'n' roll duo Mystery Twins will release a full album on Nov. 5, but for now, they've got a four-song teaser EP by the name of The Politics of Being Alone, and they're giving it up totally for free. Here are some details from frontman Doug Lehmann:
It's called "The Politics Of Being Alone" and has 4 songs from the album collaged together with found interviews/sound bites. I used public domain interviews with Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller in order to highlight some of the themes of the full album.
Good stuff, and a great way to whet your appetite for more Twins action. Stream above, or download it for free via Mystery Twins' Bandcamp page.
Jensen Sportag, "Rain Code"
Local electronic-pop duo Jensen Sportag will release their Stealth of Days LP Nov. 12 via Cascine. They've just released "Rain Code," an electro-R&B track from Stealth that Spin calls woozily seductive. If you feel like being sleepily seduced by a pair of ultra-smooth Nashville knob-twiddlers, stream "Rain Code" above or via Cascine's Soundcloud page.
What Up English, "Does It Make Me Cruel"
Local dance-punky pop outfit What Up English will release a new EP in early 2014, but they've already gone and shared a single by the name of "Does It Make Me Cruel" that you can stream above or download for $1 via WUE's Bandcamp page. Good, rubbery, disco-infused, four-on-the-floor, tuneful dance rock. I look forward to the rest of the EP. Dive in.
Jasmin Kaset, "The Stranger"
Jasmin Kaset is of course one half of local joke-folk due Birdcloud, but she also makes lovely, gorgeously executed baroque pop on her own. Did you know that? Well, Michael Eades' YK Records will release Kaset's next record, and you can already hear the beautiful "The Stranger" above or via YK's Soundcloud page. Listen to it. It's a quirkily melodious piano-pop tune with an array of instrumental flourishes. Great stuff.
Codaphonic, "Oh Radio" and "Mindwrecker"
Speaking of YK Records releases, Mr. Eades will also soon be releasing an EP from local rock 'n' rollers Codaphonic. You can already hear "Oh Radio" and "Mindwrecker" above or via YK's Soundcloud. If you like the '90s output of such indie outfits as Supergrass, Superdrag and Superchunk, then you'll probably dig on Codaphonic. Good stuff.
Uncle Skeleton, "Dangerous Pets"
You know what? I probably could have made a post just about YK's forthcoming releases. Anyway, electro-pop wunderkind Ross Wariner will soon release his latest Uncle Skeleton album, Too Young, Too Old, via YK, and Eades has shared the preview track "Dangerous Pets." It's a sparkling, complex, otherworldly pop song, and you can stream it above or, once again, via YK's Soundcloud page.