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Shout Out Louds, shouldn’t need an introduction. This 5-piece band out of Sweden has been releasing solid music since 2003. We reviewed them back in ‘07, and I am happy to update this site with their fourth full length album Optica, which was released a few days ago on Merge Records.
The driving bass line and distorted guitar, on the upbeat opening track, “Sugar” (below), combined with Adam Olenius’ voice sounds quite a bit like The Cure, which is definitely not a bad thing, and makes the track one of the standouts on the album. “Blue Ice” (also below), another excellent track from Optica, switches things up a bit, into a more melancholy feel as Olenius sings, “It hurts when I breathe, it hurts when I speak, you want everything I own, everything you wanted.” Optica is a must buy and will end up on lots of year end lists. Enjoy.
Shout Out Louds – Sugar from Optica (2013)
Shout Out Louds – Blue Ice from Optica (2013)
Substitute the word “God” with “Rock ‘N’ Roll” and you’ll understand where Milk Music are coming from on their new track, “Cruising with God.” This Olympia four-piece is the type of band, who no matter whom they’re saluting, be it Guns ‘N’ Roses, as on their punny album title, Cruise Your Illusion (out 4/2 on Fat Possum) or the big man upstairs, himself, end up sounding like a biker rock band jamming with Mark Arm and Mudhoney. They are the kids stuck in suburbia in 1976, dreaming of Steppenwolf and a babe on the back of a Harley. They are also the kids who saw Cobain and said we are going to be a band and we’re going to do things our way. These two strains of Rock ‘N’ Roll, classic and DIY, don’t have to be at odds with each other. As Milk Music shows, they can rip together, too.
Some forty years past the movement’s hey day, psychedelic rock can still thrill. Witness “Native Dreams,” the new track by the recent Sub Pop signing, Rose Windows, for example.
By the time the band’s debut finishes its rounds on the internet, vocalist, Rabia Shaheen Qazi will assuredly tire of the Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane comparisons. But with a voice like a rabid animal’s howl and range to boot, the connection to Slick is one too obvious to skip. The six-person backing band, meanwhile, is schooled in grooves both old and new. From the tried and true of twirling flute and whirling organ, to the heavy mysticism of a modern band like Grails and onwards to unabashedly showy, monster guitar riffs favored by Vancouver longhairs, Black Mountain, the mix is both relentless and full of surprises.
Now, excuse my marketing talk, but this is what a teaser track is supposed to do. Unlike that Black Angels track from yesterday, which was empty of any new ideas, this debut by Rose Windows hints there may be even more wild and even more weird on their upcoming record. They’ve got my attention. Look for Rose Windows debut, The Sun Dogs, to be released June 25th on Sub Pop.
There’s the back to basics single, and then there’s the Black Angels’ “Evil Things,” the second track released from their forthcoming album, Indigo Meadow (4/2). Tone-wise, the low-end, head-crush of the opening guitar riff sends one immediately back to 2006′s “Black Grease,” one of the Austin-based, psychedelic rock band’s earliest singles. While the guitar melody is neither a note for note copy nor an inverse of “Black Grease,” try assuring your brain of such a thing when it first hits.Then, try to hide your disappointment.
I can tell you the album gets better. I have a promo to prove it. Does that help any?
Maston (Frank Maston) is a California-based multi-instrumentalist. He recently released his first proper album, Shadows on Trouble In Mind. Maston played all instruments on the album (except for the harp, played by Ana Caravelle).
I have been listening to, and enjoying this album for several weeks now, but have been struggling to find the right words to describe it. The best I can come up with this, a psychedelic, surf, pop rock album that sounds like it could have been recorded in the 60’s. Check out “Young Hearts” below, It’s damn good, and a great example of the entire album.
Maston – Young Hearts from Shadows (2013)