massive tunes for late night pondering [single reviews]
Vesperteen – “It Will Never Be Enough”: The indie pop juggernaut is back with a single that is the most massive release since his 2015 self-titled. The aggression here is an instant 0-100 MPH type scenario, different than the crescendo that was the previous single “Insane.” There’s not a doubt in my mind this will become a live favorite. I could see this being a rowdy set opener after a long intro to stir the audience into a frenzy. The song is out just time for Vesperteen’s “Together for the Winter” tour, hitting a variety of markets in the Midwest and East coast.
Mija – “Bad For U”: This electronic artist takes electropop to a place that seems to transcend everything I’ve heard in the genre up this point. What I mean is my mind is in a place of wonder, and also a pensive state. This song isn’t better than anything I’ve heard, but it’s certainly unique – some weird cousin of Purity Ring, maybe. I could see this artist on tour with M83 as well.
Ravennas – “Meet in a Garden”: It has been a long while since I’ve heard a quality dreampop track that has warmed my heart. “Meet in a Garden” makes me want to take somebody on a date – a wonderfully ethereal date. Ravennas is a new duo from Seattle, and learning that these two guys have known each other since grade school isn’t altogether surprising. You need chemistry to pull off something like this.
Leyya – “Drumsolo”: If you wanted to see a guy in a gilly suit drumming in a St Vincent inspired alternate reality, this would be the music video for you. But seriously, this Austrian duo knows have to lay some gnarly grooves. The song comes across in both a very lush and a very succinct manner – sort of counterintuitive, but you have to listen to see what I mean. Their album Sauna is out in January.