What Up English, By the Way You Look EP
The fellas of pop-savvy dance-rock troupe What Up English have been kind enough to share their brand-new EP By the Way You Look with us, and you can stream that above or via WUE's Soundcloud page. Par for the course with these guys, all four tracks on the EP are urgent, upbeat, rubbery pop numbers in the vein of Fool's Gold, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend and Shout Out Louds. Ain't nothing wrong with a little bit of gleefully dance-friendly and agreeable rock 'n' roll. Stay tuned for a full, proper release in the coming weeks.
Codaphonic, Oh Radio! EP and Mindwrecker EP
If you pick up this week's dead-tree issue of the Scene (or just click here), you'll see my Critic's Pick for Codaphonic's double EP release show Saturday night at The 5 Spot. 'Phonic frontman Cody Newman has been hard at work crafting this pair of EPs — Oh Radio! and Mindwrecker — and ... well, here, I'm just going to block-quote my own pick:
A scan of Cody Newman’s output as Codaphonic will bring to mind the breeziest, jingliest and most easygoing power pop from the ’60s through the ’90s — Badfinger, Nick Lowe, Tommy Tutone, Superdrag and more. And as it turns out, beneath Newman’s lithe bass lines, punchy hooks, tight instrumentation and well-rounded pop arrangements are the hallmarks of a consistently excellent songwriter: It’s more than just glossy production, clean vocal harmonies and dexterous playing — it’s really memorable songwriting.
Good stuff. Stream both EPs above, or purchase them as one beautiful LP via Codaphonic's Bandcamp page.
Night Beds, "Head for the Hills"
Local troubadour Winston Yellen and his Night Beds just this week debuted a brand-new single by the name of "Head for the Hills." Available to stream above or via the Beds' Soundcloud page, "Hills" is a lush, introspective folk ballad that lands somewhere between Bon Iver and — thanks to some glorious steel parts — Yellen's labelmates Phosphorescent.
Honey Locust, "Blue Rooms"
Self-described Southern gothic folk outfit Honey Locust will release their The Great Southern Brood on Feb. 25, and they're doling out a little peek via the new track "Blue Rooms." Earnest, heartfelt, kitchen-sink folk with plenty of strings and acoustic instrumentation and percussion and vocal harmonies. Definitely for fans of Beirut and Fleet Foxes. Stream it above or buy it for a buck via Honeylocust's Bandcamp page.
Meadownoise, "Louder Like a Microphone"
Avant-garde story-song experimentalist and multi-instrumentalist Matt Glassmeyer is always chugging along as Meadownoise, releasing new pieces and collections all the time. The latest is "Louder Like a Microphone," the third track in Meadownoise's ongoing Dark Digest monthly single series. You can get "Microphone" — along with previous installments "The Bats Have Come Now" and "Hair Just So" — for any price you like via Meadownoise's Bandcamp page.
DJ Wick-It the Instigator, "Song 2 Remix"
You know that wacky instigator DJ Wick-It and his pop-hit remixes. The latest on Wick-It's turntables is a reworking of Blur's massive 1997 alt-rock anthem "Song 2," now with more drops and half-time breakdowns. Certainly a fun party/club banger from the man with the Flabongo. Naturally. Stream "Song 2 Remix" above, or download it for free via Wick-It's FB page.