Alt Pop

Disco Shrine provides summer pop bliss with "Future Memories"

There's no real song of the summer this year, given the limitations upon any sort of activities where someone might blast said song of the summer from a car radio or a boombox or a beachfront DJ setup. But that's not going to stop musicians of all kinds from trying to make one. Disco Shrine, aka Persian Barbie, has a new track out called "Future Memories", and it's a crunchy track that mixes dream pop with headbanging rock to create a tasty summer cocktail of a song. The accompanying music video gets its vintage look from being filmed on a Nineties-era camcorder in locked-down LA. For anyone looking for a fresh addition to their summer playlist, even if that playlist won't leave the confines of their own home, "Future Memories" is one to pick. It'll appear on Disco Shrine's upcoming debut EP xoxo, disco later this summer. Take a look at the video for "Future Memories" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Jonathan Something displays vintage panache in new video “I Tried To Lose You But I Don’t Know How”

There’s something endearing about nakedly bearing one’s heart on your sleeve, and Jonathan Something captures a bygone 80s pre-sadboy bravado in new video “I Tried To lose You But I Don’t Know How.” Forlorn melody and plucky Yamaha synths bring a vintage aesthetic to the forefront (as does the quasi-VHS grain of the visuals), but Something really sells it in his panache, both in physical movement and vocal prowess; his pop vocal delivery occupies the liminal space between camp and classic, equally evocative of both James Murphy and George Michael. Tongue in cheek and deceptively catchy, watch the video below, and stream his new record Cannibal House Rules, out now via Solitaire Recordings. Photo by Mike Boyle

   

Abigail Ory debuts fiery single "Waves"

To a sultry and dangerous blues crawl, Boston’s Abigail Ory enters, drenched in a hot and sticky passion few times encountered in music and elsewhere: the singer/songwriter’s latest single “Waves” is a milky sonic sea to bathe in. The heart-beat bass, the fuzzy electric guitar strums, and Ory’s velvety vocals all ignite the unison shifts that give life and edge to the track, fit for the most underground of clubs, for the best places to catch an evening-altering song. In “Waves,” Ory shows, at a young age, a maturity that separates her from the current crop of indie-pop artists, selecting with care influences beyond the available palette. Stream “Waves” below for a dramatic exit from the week, for a fiery entrance into the weekend. - Rene Cobar

   

PREMIERE: Local Nomad's "Summertime" reminisces on seasons past

It’s not uncommon during periods of stress or uncertainty to regress, or at the very least, imagine some sort of hypothetical bygone age viewed through rose-tinted goggles. Such feverish daydreams are the center of Local Nomad’s new single “Summertime,” a sweltering electro-pop jam that recalls the childlike joys of playing baseball during the warmer months. With synth leads evocative of 80s new wave paired with contemporary, progressive songwriting, multi-instrumentalist Michael Desmond is certainly looking towards the past — though the groove is never overwhelmed by a perverse sense of nostalgia. Rather, Local Nomad’s recollections stay grounded and realistic, letting the track’s vivid memories play off its colorful keys and dynamic vocal performances, in the end crafting a misty, escapist banger for what feels like a ‘lost’ summer — give it a listen below, and be sure to stream the project's self-titled EP, out tomorrow.
 

   

Delaney is not afraid to mix it up in new record "A Small Remaining Quantity of Something"

Manchester, New Hampshire, group Delaney has a new record that explodes with all the emocore goodness you desire for a celebratory weekend. A Small Remaining Quantity of Something contains tracks like “The Ghost of Better Times,” which pops with mighty harmonizing choruses, drum fills for days and even atmospheric breaks for a breather before the mosh madness. The group goes beyond the garage aesthetic with layered tracks like “Thief,” which add piano embellishments to back the melodic vocals, soaked in melancholy, and, yes, the song erupts too. “Broken” is no-holds-barred rock and roll, showcasing the versatility that has always made emocore a beloved and seemingly unforgettable music genre. For a weekend to remember stream A Small Remaining Quantity of Something below. - Rene Cobar