This week’s playlist is by Sophie Smith-Roberts of soph.tv, a blog whose mission is to find the best new alternative music before everyone else. If you run a music blog and would like to submit a playlist, send an email to [email protected]
1. Circa Waves – Young Hunters
“Nervous guitars, harmonic“ oh oh ohs ”and lyrics that catch the ears of this lively quartet. Just what summer needs.
2. Honeyblood – Killer Bangs
“Glasgow’s second single is a hook-laden pearl that will guarantee almost anyone to stand up.”
3. Drowners – Luv, Hold Me Down
“These New Yorkers have their own special blend of multi-layered and gritty indie-pop, with melodic hooks, a hoarse voice, and a Strokes-influenced guitar.”
4. The Family Rain – You should be happy to have a man
Synthetic drums lead this seductive combo of alternative rock and sunny blues. “
5. Public Access Television – Monaco
“The first track from these secret New Yorkers features jangly guitar hooks, bass-driven beats… and a certain alluring mystique.”
6. Districts – Rocking Chair
“Honest music is what the band claims to produce. This ruminant track brilliantly highlights their alt-rock speckled with blues. “
seven. Sun Club – Summer feet
“The band from Baltimore mixes raw alternative rock with subtle afro-pop influences. This track provides a happy, spontaneous outfit for the summer – living up to its own name and the band’s name.
8. Catfish and the Bottle Men – Kathleen
“By training you with persuasive percussion, Vann McCann and Co produced a hard-to-resist cocktail of crisp harmonies and fierce guitar. “
9. Happiness – Great minds think the same, all brains taste the same
“The South London trio’s latest single features a bunch of ‘ohs’ that chain the track along with upbeat college rock and twisted layers of bubbly melodies. Everything is done in a quick two minutes, Happyness is wasting no time at all.
ten. Life – Take off with you
“Hull’s grunge-inspired rockers deliver unadorned punch amid scuzzy indie sounds. The catchy chorus also tumbles with infectious and relentless loads of tense hooks. “