Jon Crary’s Weekly Sound Off 6/2-6/8:

1. Merchandise “Little Killer” (4AD) – Wow, this is such a great song by this Tampa, Florida based band. I’ve always been a fan. This one is hook filled, dreamy and ethereal yet has a bit of Bowie-glam to it and reminds me a lot of the early ‘80’s goth post punk of Echo & the Bunnymen or even Peter Murphy. This one is on repeat and is my big song pick of the week. Enjoy!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-eoKXzlUJ0]

2. The Jezabels “Look of Love” – From the new album “The Brink”, this is a pop band from Sydney, Australia who serves up a light wispy and blissful pop tune with dreamy female vocals from front woman Hayley Mary. Great summer tune!

3. Ablebody “After Hours” – As members Christoph and Anton Hochheim also of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, these guys are making their own guitar driven dream pop in the band, Ablebody. It’s appeal is in its slight eeriness as the vocals are a bit off from the perfectly blissful and playful distant guitar and high pitched shriek which comes in for a few seconds from the background. Great tune.

4. Vimes “Celestial” – This has a great vocal track with a hypnotic synth line which are catchy and not unlike the early 80’s synth pop. It’s quirky and smart. Great track for your synth-pop collection.

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Jon Crary is an avid music fan. Jon's roots are the late 70’s punk and the new wave scene, but his influences are early 70’s glam- Roxy Music and David Bowie. His tastes evolved in the 80’s to include his influences’ copiers – Japan, Duran Duran and New Order. He hosted a radio program where Echo and the Bunnymen and the Smiths were staples. Now, their legacy is well documented. Many people think he has great taste in music, and he actually has a good record collection. He is also a semi-musician having played the bass guitar in a French garage rock band. Now, you will see him enjoying the new music of this and the last decade…thanks to Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights” album for which he will forever be grateful for revitalizing music for the new generation and old.