Jon Crary’s Weekly Sound Off May 5-May 12:
1. Hercules & Love Affair – “ I Try To Talk to You”- One of my favorite albums of the last quarter century was Hercules & Love Affair’s eponymous self-titled 2008 classic, and now, here is a new single which is no less interesting. It has a great beat and loungy-like lyrics, feeling like you are alone walking down a busy street looking for the next gig. This is a huge triumph. Pick of the week!
2. Tom Vek “Sherman (Animals in the Jungle) – This is a catchy, abrasive punk-dance kinda song that you can come to expect from Tom Vek. Tom Vek’s distinctive voice and great lyrics along with a melodic noise which comes with such urgency. This is a great new track! Have a listen!
3. Pawws “Sugar” – Here is a great find from this London-based synth-pop band. They create tinkling melodies reminiscent of early ‘80’s OMD with a tiny-like female voice. It’s the sweet vocals and interesting progressions that make it sound new and relevant. Enjoy.
4. Alvvays “Adult Diversion” – This is a great Toronto, Canada band. Really great lo-fi sounds, cheery vocals, bright guitar and generally smash them up sounds, noisy and fun. Great stuff!
5. Leon T. Pearl “ If You’re Still There” – Here is a cool track from this UK artist. This is a club-like, beat driven, and looped vocals. It’s dreamy and highly complex electronic beats provide the best dance floor option. It’s a great workout track as well. Pulsating dance vibes and loops abound. Dance to the beat!