It’s Aislinn again, the Assistant Music Director here at WHUS. Nice to be back bringing some more interesting new releases. We’ve got Tacocat – NVM, a fun surfy garage rock band. Their song “Crimson Wave” is a girl anthem of sorts… And we have the solo project from the lead of Thee Oh Sees (John Dwyer) called Damaged Bug. Check it out – and more – below!

New Added Releases:

** = Push

* = Recommend

Habibi* Habibi 60’s girl group garage rock. Cool harmonies and riffs throughout. RIYL: Vivian Girls, The Drums Try #2,3,5,8,10 FCC #9 Burger Records
Sultan Bathery* Sultan Bathery Groovy garage rock, punk 60’s esque. RIYL: Black Lips, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees. Try #1,4,5,9 Slovenly Recordings
Tacocat* NVM Short, fun, surfy garage rock. Benefits from non-aggressive and pleasant vox. Lyrics are weird, but that’s pretty good in this case. Try #11,13 Hardly Art
Bear Hands Distraction Synthy rock, anthem-y. Some tracks have a more electronic influence others more organic. Surfy at times. Try #2,6,7 FCC #2,4 Cantora Records
Bleeding Rainbow Interrupt Often noisy garage pop/rock. Split between male and female vox. RIYL: Cloud Nothings Kanine Records
Cherry Glazer Haxel Princess Cherry Glazel Haxel Princess Somewhat lo-fi slacker garage pop/rock. Really cheesy lyrics, especially Track 2. FCC #5,6,8 RIYL: Best Coast Burger Records
Damaged Bug Hubba Bubba John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees found a synth and decided to make a lo-fi garage album out of his home-made textures and drum machines. Pretty weird. Pretty cool. Castle Face Records
Gabriel Garzón-Montano Gabriel Garzón-Montano Coo-ing vox with nice electronic instrumentals in the bawck. Varied voice but some parts are a little too slow. RIYL: Rhye Sus Records
Jprizm Mindwalker Uninteresting rapper, vox and lyrics nothing special. Primarily electronic beats with some electronic, lyric-less songs. Komatoast
Majestico When Kingdom Come Psych punk with a little country. Not fast and energetic. Some bad songwriting. ATO Records
Michael Kiwanuka You’ve Got Nothing to Lose 7″ Two song EP – mellow RnB that is an easy listen. Vox a little unclear. Third Man
Pillar Point Pillar Point Familiar sounding synth pop mixed with “chillwave” elements. Some cool synth beats, the songs are catchy enough. RIYL: Hot Chip, Painted Palms Polyvinyl Records
Preston Lovinggood Shadow Songs Strange, genre-hopping tracks bounce from soothing indie-rock to more “Strokes”-like ballads. Disorienting. Try #2. Communicating Vessels
Pypy Pagan Day Female fronted rock band with lots of fuzz and killer guitar solos. Iffy vox, overall sounds like T. Rex. Try #4,5,7 Black Gladiator
Sam Smith Sampler Incredible vox, coustic is something else (#4). Disclosure fans may like this solo work, but I wish he had done less electronic instrumental to show off vox. Capitol Records
Sleepy Sun Maui Tears Psych rock. Sounds mostly like Tame Impala and Flaming Lips at parts. Try #2,3,5,4 Dine Alone Records
Solids Blame Confusion Garage punk/fuzz rock. Operate all their songs in the same manner – fast and punchy. Not very impressive. Try #5 Fat Possum Records
The Notwist Close to the Glass Electro-indie pop. An enjoyable enough listen with various soundscapes – structures of sounds allow for fuller and more elegant sounds than traditional indie pop getups. RIYL: The Microphones Try #5,7,12 Sub Pop Records
Tôg Feiring Norwegian house music. Poppy, danceable, lyrics are in Norwegian. Red Eye Transit
U.S. Royalty Blue Sunshine Similar to Local Natives/any folk/rock/indie band. Lots of harmonies with decent guitar. Try #2,4 Self-released
Web of Sunsets Room of Monsters Dreamy, soaked pop. Slow, male and female vox with a slight country feel. Try #1,4,6 RIYL: Mazzy Star FCC Clean AAM Records

Disclaimer: These reviews do not reflect the views of WHUS as a whole, just the views of a select few members of the New Music Committee (who meet Thursdays at 6:30pm in the WHUS Lobby – come by if you want to add your own opinions). 

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