The Aces – “Daydream”: The alt trio is back with a quick, sunny pop rock gem to brighten your day. The band is on Red Bull Records, which seems fitting as they have energy, attitude, and atmospheric vocals. The song almost seems to end too soon, with a dreamy electric guitar solo tapering off after the final carefree chorus. The band’s debut LP, When My Heart Felt Volcanic, was a favorite at Tuned Up HQ, so we’re stoked on whatever they have coming next!
LeTrainiump – “Electric”: Michael Jackson meets The 1975. That about sums up the vibe of his newest release, “Electric.” A release from this buzzing New Orleans based artist is rare, so when you get something—value it! That said, he’s got a lot in the pipeline, so hopefully we continue to receive cheer inducing dance bops like this one. Sometimes a song to get the audience grooving is all you need, and this is one of those songs. Looking back on what I wrote about this song, I can hear LeTrainiump hitting that high note melody in agreement.
VAR – “Moments”: Spartan Records is one of the best labels that no one knows about. They’ve quietly released many great records in the emo/post rock/indie genres. VAR is a post rock influenced cinematic group from Iceland, who are releasing their Spartan Records full length in April. “Moments” is poignant and actually reminds a lot of some worship songs with its emotional swells that ebb and flow. Post rock is a genre that communicates the emotion of triumph in a particularly effective way, and “Moments” is no exception.
Local H – “Hold That Thought”: With my angst about Coronavirus the potential impact to Columbus, I need some good angry rock to channel that in a healthy way. “Hold That Thought” takes inspiration from many and is a bombastic banger that makes me shocked to think this duo has been at it for 30 years. Future Steadfast headliner? Maybe. Their new album, LIFERS, is due out April 10th via AntiFragile.
Social Animals – “Get Over It”: Listening to this song, I immediately think of my aunts who introduced me to several prominent 80s artists (I probably inherited my love of music from my mom’s side of the family) like Crowded House, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, and more. This song mixes the old with the new, and it’s 80s influenced “it will all be ok” sound weaved into a breakup anthem is something that is going to have a lot of tweeners and Gen Z-ers running toward Tears For Fears and Huey Lewis. Fans of the Band CAMINO would love this, too.
Blimes and Gab featuring Iamsu! – “Magic”: The pair of San Francisco based Blimes and Seattle MC Gab has released this sunny rap tune that will take you back to the days of watching Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Kenan and Kel. I can’t particularly articulate why I have that feeling—but it’s there. This song is timely, as people will need feel good songs to get through possible periods of social distancing to halt the spread of coronavirus. While this blows over, I’ll be blasting this boldly.