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Anti Pony is the duo of Sanna Colling and Alexander Pierre, who are based out of Stockholm, Sweden, and it doesn’t take long for their latest single “Love Can’t Make You Stay (Can’t Fuck My Heart Away)” to make it perfectly clear that these guys make some damn good Swedish pop. It is more of an upbeat ballad that brings with it some super addictive vocals and melodies that have a nostalgic sense of loss that all of us hopeless romantics can dig into.

The song was released via Lazy Octopus Records and can be streamed below and purchased on iTunes if your ears really like what they hear.
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Camps – “High Heads”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Camps are a garage rock group from Louisiana who have quite a debut offering in their heavy hitting track “High Heads.” It’s an urgent garage rock stomper which has a been of a 90s feel to it and tons of southern flavor that gives it an extra bit of bite and kick.

Strong female vocals and a passionate garage punk sound that feels larger than life. Now that’s one way to catch our attention, Camps.

Stream “High Heads” below and head to their soundcloud to find the rest of their music.
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Ephrata – “Odds”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Seattle group Ephrata won me over pretty early on their charming indie rocker “Odds,” a track that has some lovely Belle & Sebastian like vocals and a melody that reminds me of a few of my favorite 80s tunes. These are all good things and “Odds” is a damn fine winner of a track that is a pure ray of positive sunshine.

“Odds” is taken from their self-titled and self-released debut album which came out in September. You can stream the song below and find the album available to hear in full or purchase at their bandcamp page.
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Francis – “Swing”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Swedish indie pop act Francis returned this summer with new single “Swing,” which was released via Swedish label Strangers Candy.

The single follows the release of their 2016 sophomore album Marathon, proving that they have no signs of slowing down. “Swing” is a smartly crafted indie pop song with some great sugary vocals and smart old school melodies that work charmingly to a tee. It’s a real gem of a track that is a pure delight in every way.

Enjoy a stream below and if you like what you hear grab it over at iTunes.
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Oxenfree – “Garbage Collector”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Oxenfree are a Brooklyn-based band who take inspiration from the pop sensibilities of groups like The New Pornographers while bringing the raw energy of acts like The Replacements. The group has me hooked with their high energy rocker “Garbage Collector.”

The track features some great riffs and passionate vocals that work together to create something that rocks just as hard as it delivers smart hooks.

“Garbage Collector” is off of the band’s Another Land EP which they put out this summer via Sneaky Bear Records. Stream it below and find the whole EP over at their bandcamp page.
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Stone Irr – “In My Mind”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Stone Irr is a choral pop/dream folk project out of Bloomington, Indiana. He makes folk music with an experimental nature that impresses with glorious vocal arrangements such as his track, “In My Mind,” off of his debut album Sinner which was released on July 28 via Darling Recordings.

The track has a mix of Beach Boys production and vocals and dare I say some early Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They’re familiar yet very much in their own element.

Enjoy a stream of “In My Mind” below and find the whole album available to stream in full or purchase at his bandcamp.
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Blood Child – “Psycho”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Hailing from the underground punk scene in Denmark are young rockers Blood Child. They came to my attention after being sent a live video of them performing a live session of their track “Psycho.” It definitely calls to mine of groups such as Ice Age, with a post-punk sound that features some great riffs and vocals that work together to create one hell of a glorious amount of noise. The fact that this track is live makes it all even more impressive.

Hope to get a proper recorded version of this but god damn, this version will do for now. Enjoy the video of the performance at Tapetown Studios posted below.
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The Tokes – “No Sir (Dropout)”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

It doesn’t take long for California punk rockers The Tokes to win you over with their high energy track “No Sir (Dropout),” a enthusiastic punk track with a sunny feel that definitely has an influence from their sunny state of mind being in California.

The band may not exactly be reinventing the wheel with this sound but they execute it so confidently that it completely won me over. These guys have some real licks, it will be interesting to see what comes next.

But for now, enjoy a stream of “No Sir (Dropout)” below.
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The Nursery – “Timeless Eye”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

The Nursery hail from Toronto but makes 80s-esque electronic rock that sounds like it comes straight out of a movie.

Take their track “Timeless Eye,” a track that creates Blade Runner like sounding synths with some lush melodies that remind of some of the work of Smith Westerns. It’s a good combination that results in a real dreamy effect that suites them well.

The song is taken from their debut offering Life After Wartime which was released in July. Stream “Timeless Eye” below and head to their bandcamp to stream/buy the album in full.
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The Arcana – “Ghostwriter”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017 — with 1 comment

The Arcana¬†are a British rock group that formed while at school. Their music has been described as post-psychedelic, baroque pop and contemporary bohemian. They released their debut album Tomorrow Is Yesterday last year and today I will share with you a highlight from the record: “Ghostwriter.”

It captures that old school Brit psych rock sound with relative ease, arriving with plenty of grooves that work well for their sound and style.

You can find the song available to stream below and if you dig it, the album is available to purchase now at CDBaby.





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