Full disclosure: I am on vacation this week. That's right: I am taking a bit of time off, so this week's songs are a pile of things that I'm going to be listening to while I'm relaxing (read: it's a little all over the place)
....now I suppose I could've not posted a list this week, but that just doesn't sound like me...
The Guys From do not hold the rights to any of these songs, it is more our hope to expose our readers to new and different music, or re-expose them to things they may have forgotten about.
At the top of each section, will be the song name, followed by the artists' name linked to their website, so you can fall down the rabbit hole, finding and supporting what you dig.
Starting this week off much like last week's Tuesday Tunes with a couple of young, European electronic producers (Ludomir from Sweden, SOWL from Spain) who have put together an excellent summer track, with Grant Genske on vocals, and just a great mix of snyth and organic sound to support Genske in creating a song that I'm listening to right now, with a beer and a beach chair.
THOSE HORNS! "Kiss and Tell" caught me early, and then swung through a electro-progression that keeps me coming back.
Start this Fire - The Royal Foundry
An Alberta-based electro-folk-pop band, The Royal Foundry has an absolutely wonderful song to sing along to in "Start this Fire". This is one of those bands that I talk about sometimes, where you can just hear how much they love playing together, and how much they just love being musicians. It comes across spectacularly in the energy of "Start this Fire", which as it happens, is an fantastic bit of indie folk-pop.
You may recognize their sound, having been featured in ABC's Rookie Blue, as well as before CFL games (if you're into Canadian football), but as far as I'm concerned, they're still criminally under-known.
The Noise - Castlecomer
Australian band Castlecomer returns to Tuesday Tunes this week with their song "The Noise" (here's the first time we talked about them). This is just another example of a really good indie rock band delivering a well-produced, well-thought-out track which is really grounded in it's bass and drums (letting the vocals and guitar inject the songs' energy).
Honestly, I don't know what else I can say about Castelcomer at this point, other than that you, indie rock fans, should be listening to them. Like now.
Golden Ticket - Highasakite
There's never a lot of pure-pop music on Tuesday Tunes, but every once in a while, I come across a song that I just cannot pass up. Like "Golden Ticket" by Norwegian indie pop band Highasakite. The band describes themselves (via their website) as: "Rare musical landscapes, a place of long dark shadows, sudden flashes of glittering light, brooding silences and unexpected explosions of fierce percussion." which is just all kinds of awesome...and pretty accurate.I think this may be something of a case of: 'they're really well known in their home country (their second album Silent Treatment has been on the Norwegian charts for 93 consecutive weeks --and counting--), but they have yet to really breakthrough over here.
Which means if you are into great pop music, and I mean great pop music, then lucky you: you have three Highasakite albums to discover. If you're looking for where this synthy gold (heh) is from, check out their latest album Camp Echo released earlier this year...then thank me later.
Neverending - Little Coyote
I was going to try and describe Australian alt-indie-rock band Little Coyote...but there is literally no way I could to it better than they have described themselves:
Little Coyote is a cheeky cosmic canine that guides people on a psychedelic journey from our world to the astral plane, along the way telling us stories of madness and adventure from all layers of reality. It’s also a band of four hungry young Sydney musicians looking to create the same transcendental experience.
Little Coyote is your guide down the rabbit hole into tripped-out-indie-rock. Whether inspiring hope or psychosis, what’s most important is that your blood is pumping and your skin is tingling the way it does when you hear a song with that indescribable something.
This is an indie alt-rock group who are very much themselves, but you when you listen to them, they're going to sound innately familiar, but you won't quite be able to put your finger on it...as they sound like everyone, and no one at the same time (in other words, they sound like Little Coyote, but you might be sure you've heard them before). Great vocals take you on a musical trip within "Neverending", all supported by a melodic, bass and drum thread, punched up by that electric guitar this song needed, but is never overused.
Seriously, "Neverending" is a smashing debut single, and I'm looking forward to seeing what strange alt-rock journeys Little Coyote takes us on next.
Here's the Apple Music Playlist for June 2016! I have done my best to mix it all together like I'm spinning a set for you, but as that is hard to do without being able to fade, mix, or talk through the transitions, you will have to forgive a few hard edges...and this was a (surprisingly) tough month...
Remember, if you want me to put these playlists on other services (like Spotify), let me know on Twitter (I've linked it below).
If you're looking for more Tuesday Tunes, are late to the party, or just want more theguysfrom.com in your day, here are the playlists for:
December 2015 & January 2016 (because I felt crazy)
Support what you dig! It's soooo much cheaper than anything else out there. You cannot even buy a nap for what one of the songs listed here would cost you....I have not been sleeping well..but hopefully this week is fixing that.
We will see you again next week with 5 more Tuesday Tunes, and the July Playlist!