“Voyager” comes from Fur Trade’s upcoming album, Don’t Get Heavy. I really like this song. A lot. The fast main guitar riff against the rhythm of the bass is infectious. The autotuned voices play off each other incredibly well. And all of this is wrapped around a synth beat that is ridiculously catchy.
“Algol” comes from Dawn of Midi’s upcoming album Dysnomia. The piano and bass create a hypnotic atmosphere. The piano’s stinger note in the 1st half and the slam note of the 2nd half give off an additional creepy, trance-like vibe. The changing percussion helps keep the eerie feeling alive. This is a song could work as a dance song, though I can also imagine hearing it while walking through a haunted house.
“Polygon of Eyes” comes from Scorpion Child’s self-titled album. The fast guitar and pounding drum beat get you pumped for a speedy piece of metal. Where it really works though is after each speed section the song slows down, like it’s regrouping for the next verse. And while the song ends on one of these slower sections, it still feels like it’s going out on a high note.
“Skin” comes from Acquaintances’ upcoming self-titled album. This song is powered by its guitar section. The main guitar riff is thick and overall the main driving force behind the song. The other guitars get to show off as well during the solo section, where each one gets some time to shine. It’s a slow, low key, but tough-sounding song.
“Made In America” is the title track from Cimorelli’s just-released EP. Imagine a pop song with patriotic lyrics and you’ve got an idea of what this song is like. Naturally, the pop beat makes it infectiously catchy, though the rap-like segment I particularly didn’t like.
“Inland” is the title track from Jars of Clay’s upcoming album. The acoustic guitar and slow drum beat at the beginning initially give the song a somewhat stripped down feel. This changes once the guitar enters, and the song really gains energy with the backing vocals for the last part. It’s a song that effectively builds throughout it’s runtime.
The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Inland will be released later this year.
NOTE: The above embed is a live recording of this song.
“Beekeeper” comes from Aoife O’Donovan’s just released album, Fossils. The slow, methodical guitar starts off as light plucking that builds up through the song until concluding with the solo at the end. Aoife has a voice that really shines when it’s just her and the drums 3/4 into the song. This is an overall great piece of folk rock.
“Weekends Are For Amateurs” comes from Blake Hazard’s upcoming album, The Eleanor Islands. For an indie rock song, the drum section feels more powerful than I expected. Blake’s voice has a sweet sound to it that goes nicely with the simple guitar strum. It’s an overall fun, lighthearted song.
The song can be downloaded for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
The Eleanor Islands is planned to be released July 9, 2013.
“Shake” by I Is Another comes from their upcoming self-titled album. The main guitar riff of the first half gives off the impression of a sports-style rock song. Partway through though, the song becomes heavier, especially once the vocals turn from calmer to more screaming towards the end. It overall makes for a song that could fit into different kinds of situations, depending on what section is being listened to.
“Help Me Lose My Mind” by Disclosure (and London Grammar) comes from the band’s debut album, Settle. The opening cymbal tapping sets the mysterious tone for the song. London’s voices work nicely with the slow, electronic beat. And when their voices echos during parts of the song, it gives it an additional chilling feel.