Category Archives: acoustic

Fresh from the Pond

 

Matt Pond PA – The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand

Matt Pond has admittedly been around for a while. With a collective 16 records under his belt spanning a career of a decade and a half with his band Matt Pond PA, of which he is the only consistent member. Don’t let the age fool you though, he’s no classic, with his newest release proving to be just as hip and with it as anything you could find at your local hipster hang-out. The album, entitled The Lives Inside the Lines in your Hand, came out on February 5th of this year, and is not yet downloadable on Australian iTunes. That’s a problem I seem to continue to face with these bands that aren’t so big over here. Nevertheless I’ve managed to pinch a listen from various blogs and determined that this is an album a long time coming in this genre.

Liken to Aussie artist Josh Pyke, and possibly even City & Colour, with this kind of country style acoustic-pop, I haven’t heard something completely brilliant from start to finish in many years. Matt Pond PA are good at what they do and rightfully so after playing for that long. Their lead track from the album, Love to Get Used, is absolutely stunning. From the get go it hooks you in with a fluttering lick on the lead guitar to compliment the fast paced rhythm and bass alongside lyrics that come across as excitedly blue as weird as that description may sound.

Like I said, we can’t get the rest of the album yet, so I suggest you go and check out as much as you can on YouTube. For now, I present via the video below, Love To Get Used by Matt Pond PA.

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Issue Three

In the last couple of weeks since my previous top ten I’ve been away in New Zealand doing a bit of travelling, snowboarding and of course a lot of drinking. It is because of this that many of the songs I’ve chosen in this weeks presentation are tunes I’ve found as backing tracks on snowboard films (thanks IsenSeven for being so awesome), as well as just generally awesome songs that hype me up for a night out.

10. The Royal Concept – Gimme Twice

I came across this band a while ago when I first discovered Blalocks Indie Rock Playlist” as it was included in one of their sterling playlists. They’re a Swedish band that sounds very similar to Phoenix but what’s wrong with that? Seriously, nothing. I haven’t heard much of their other stuff because I think they are relatively new, but the single kills it and I can’t wait to hear more.

9. Daughter – Youth
Despite my huge claims of a playlist entirely made up of pump up songs this one is actually a sombre number. It’s very different from most of the songs I’ve put up so far but you can’t argue with playlist results and this song has been a favourite over the past two weeks.I think it’s great. Very sad though. Once again, I don’t know much about Daughter’s other songs but I know they’re out there somewhere. For the time being, enjoy Youth.

8. Maximo Park – Reluctant Love
Apparently these guys are absolutely massive in England. I just heard this wicked acoustic session on the amazing video blog “The Mahogany Sessions” and it blew me away. Very pop-rock-esque but also has this darker theme about it that makes Maximo Park have the best combination of cool and catchy. The album at the time was called “The National Health” and is wicked. I don’t know if they have a more recent release out…I suppose I should start doing better research on these things.

7. Future Islands – Balance
Future Islands is a band that almost crept in at number 10 last week with a different song. Since then I’ve looked into their other stuff and found this single “Balance” and it kills over the other one. Heaps catchier and a bit more chill too. You gotta love the big focus on bass that drives the songs so far forward and their use of keyboards and samples come together to make this just the coolest.

6. Yung Life – Isn’t This
I only just discovered this song today whilst browsing over the Blalocks website. Apparently they’re from Tennesse which is a place known for great music but definitely not this style of music. They were described of being early 90’s infused and I get that a little bit. I wasn’t a big fan of nineties music but if they are really inspired by early 90’s then it’s definitely all the good parts. The track comes from their debut self-titled LP so make sure to follow up and check it out.

5. New Cassettes – Carnivals
I found out about New Cassettes because of simple curiosity. It was one of only a few songs uploaded onto youtube by the same user than gave me song number four this week. But thank you to whoever it was because this song is absolutely wicked and so are many of their other songs. They have a song called Huey Lewis too which is of course one of the coolest cats from the 80’s, so of course I’m impressed.

4. Little Comets – A Little Opus
I know, I Know. Out of three Issues, Little Comets have been included three times. But you can’t honestly say you haven’t been impressed so far? To be fair this song is a completely new single off their upcoming album and was only released since I’ve been away, so it’s okay. The release date of “Life Is Elsewhere” is 30th of September and I’m chomping at the bits to listen, its too long away! EVERYTHING they do is completely awesome.

3. Purity Ring – Crawlersout
If I let you in on a little secret. I didn’t intend for this to be number 3. I actually wanted to put Purity Ring in last Issue but I couldn’t find the particular song available to view anywhere! I thought maybe it was a laziness in searching thing but turns out it’s just not there. The real song for 3 should be “Amenamy” by the same band, but this song is my second favourite on the album and really is such a wicked tune. The whole album “Shrines” by Purity Ring is unbelievable and is pretty much what I listened to the entire time I was snowboarding in NZ.

2. Faded Paper Figures – Small Talk
These last two songs are coming to you courtesy of the IsenSeven Snowboard film “Don’t Panic”. They simply just pump me up for life. It’s that kind of electro music that runs like clockwork and drives all the way through the song from beginning to end. It doesn’t hurt when there’s some killer riding happening in the background. Those two elements together just make hitting those slopes seem so effortless.

1. Darwin Deez – Radar Detector
This guy is absolutely hilarious to me for some reason. The song is that spritely garage band/drum loop style number that just makes you wanna be 10 again and jump on your bed. The song has just been on a constant loop similar to most my previous numbers. I can’t put my finger on this guy, it’s been a while since I’ve heard something in this style that I’ve just cranked over and over. You’ll all love it. I promise.

So that’s Issue number Three. Hope you enjoyed. As a sneak peek I will mention that since starting this post I actually found a number of “The Royal Concept’s” other songs that are actually unbelievable. So be prepared to see a repeat of them in next Issue.