It’s After Valentine’s Day But These Songs Are Still Single
So far, it’s been a spotty year for music. Some weeks have had incredible albums drop. Others are a bit more dry. I’m in high anticipation of the new Glowbug record this week, but until then, here are a few tracks to keep us satiated.
LEDGES continue their trend of moody indie rock with cinematic builds. The band cemented me as a fan with their debut LP, and the singles that have followed are just as strong. This latest offering leaves me hoping more is on the way, pun intended.
On “Bones”, Rosemont holds nothing back. A barren intro leads into full-on post-hardcore fury. The drums are crushing, the guitars spiral, and the vocals soar. The one downside here is most of the action spans less than half the track. Rosemont hasn’t consistently released music for a hot minute, but perhaps this is a sign we’ll see more soon. At the very least, it’s a good teaser.
As a follow up to last year’s Harmony LP, Rich People continue down the logical end of that album and deviate further and further from their emo roots. “Real Close” is undeniably poppy, reminiscent of Hellogoodbye or Metro Station. But it works.
What if Imagine Dragons was less bombastic and inane? Well, you might get Hunter Laird’s latest single. It’s about arena as you can get while still maintaining any sense of cognitive and creative integrity. It deviates a bit from his previous two singles, but there’s still a songwriter’s heart behind it all.
Remember the He-Man meme song? This is a punk/emo cover of that. It’s mathy and raw, capturing the sense of desperation found in the lyrics. Maybe it’ll be harder to sing along to this rendition, but it’s still a noteworthy effort.
Immortal Girlfriend is one of the few bands I’m excited to call “local”, even if that’s a bit of a stretch. “Others” is perhaps less retrowave and more industrial than the group’s earlier songs, drawing immediate comparison to NIN.