So the Triple J Hottest 100 wrapped up about a week ago, meaning we’ve wrapped up 2013 with it. Yeah, Vance Joy prevailed (really?), but most of us that are never satisfied by a song for more than a week are already looking towards the next releases, and what a bloody lot we have to look forward to.
Just the other week, the relatively unknown UK Indie outfit CYMBALS released their debut effort, The Age Of Fracture, which is exciting news for anyone who likes their tunes longer than necessary and their vocals off-pitch enough to sound kind of cool. I know that’s not the best introduction I’ve ever given a band on this blog, but honestly, I really like this band and suggest you check out songs like The Natural World and You Are before writing them off because the intro wasn’t all that interesting for something that went for two minutes.
Following that, Stepdad announced the release of their latest single, Running (Does That Mean You Care?), which is full of their well known style of borderline corny electro-pop. Back in 2012, I pronounced their debut album Wildlife Pop one of the best of the year as it smashed out amazing tracks that I still haven’t tired of two years later. Whether or not you like the new single, it’s worth keeping an eye on them for the upcoming CD because there’s bound to be one or two pearlers in there.
OK, granted this post isn’t doing wonders for positive recommendations, I have to mention Little Comets, and the positive vibes don’t start there. The Newcastle natives also announced the pending release of a new EP entitled The Gentle EP with the first two songs being complete and utter let downs. You might wonder why I even bothered to write about it. Well, because Little Comets are actually one of my favourite bands of all time, and the third track to be let out, Coalition Of One, isn’t actually all bad. That isn’t to say it’s good, but I believe in them that much that I feel they’ll get over this experimental phase they’re going through. I just want to know what drives a band to make songs that barely make sense to the human ear. I get the whole “let’s be cool and experimental and not sell out” thing…but seriously.
Speak have also released a new single which is very exciting for two reasons. One, because they’re actually really good and two, because their new stuff seems to be straying away from the teeny bopper pop of old and more towards the dark, electro-indie style of the stand out single Carrie and later single Peaks. Among the masses of singles and albums always launched around this early time of the year, Be Reasonable, Diane is something to be excited about. Their sophomore album has been a long time coming and preliminary reviews are indicating that it will be an epic one.
Although there’s no new tracks, RAC excited the world with the announcement that his first original EP Don’t Talk To was actually the teaser for a longer album to be released in two parts. The first, Strangers Part 1. will be coming out March 4th and Part 2. following on April 1st. It’s said to be featuring the likes of Alex Ebert from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tegan & Sara and Body Language.