Just in time for the mid-winter glum and hopelessness, The Shivas will come to the rescue with their warm and sunny surf and psych.
Of course, there are big names such as Kanye West and Radiohead that have been teasing us about new albums to the point of insanity, but here I’ve listed (in order of release date) five musicians with guaranteed album drops that I couldn’t be more excited about.
Just in time for the mid-winter glum and hopelessness, The Shivas will come to the rescue with their warm and sunny surf and psych. The content in this eight-song record released through K Records is far from carefree (track titles like “Sad Sad Sorrow”, “Never Never Coming Home”, and “Better Off Dead” can tell us that much) but yet I’m always left with a feeling that somehow it’s all gonna be okay – or if not, who cares?
On their Facebook page, Florist lists their genre as “friends”. Witty as it may be, it’s fitting. Lyricist Emily Sprague’s songs are intimate and immediate, curious and comfortable. The single and title track “The Birds Outside Sang” is more synth-heavy than their last EP, Holdly, and just as genuine as the bulk of their label’s (Double Double Whammy) collection.
Porches – Pool:
After listening to Porches’ single “Hour” off the new album, Pool, I’m wondering if frontman Aaron Maine’s guitar may be taking a vacation for this album in the ever-more popular draw to electronic. Though I’ll miss the raw riffs and strums from past songs like “Headsgiving”, it’s no surprise the band was heading in this direction, and if anyone can pull off electronic adaptation, it’s Porches. It’s also apparent from “Hour” that Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos) will be blessing us with her presence for at least one song (and hopefully more). Though it’s safe to expect a cleaner, more electric sound from Porches’ new album, I’m anticipating to be left with that same wonderfully gritty feeling which first got me hooked on the band.
I’m convinced that no one could ever make a sexier rendition of “Jingle Bells” than Nicholas Krgovich. Whether it’s layers of analog synth, orchestral arrangements, or barebones keyboard and vocals, Krgovich knows pop. Nicholas Krygovich has had a prolific background of collaboration including names like Mount Eerie and Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, but upon hearing 2014’s On Sunset, it didn’t take much to get me sold on his solo career. With no audio released yet of The Hills, I can only listen to his past albums and get giddy with curiosity.
Okay okay, so as we learned from Kanye, a TBA release date is not necessarily guaranteed, but I went to college with these guys and have them to thank for the best house parties I’ve ever been to. Kansas Bible Company, or KBC, hail from Goshen, Indiana, but now this group of seven to twelve lives and rocks in Nashville, Tennessee. Their psychedelic rock and roll blended with powerful brass and memorable lyrics and harmonies make for a fun listen every time. Though I’ve yet to hear any songs from Paper Moon, they describe it as their “boldest project yet”, and I can’t wait to see for myself.