JULY 30 UPDATE: Half the playlist turned over with 15 new tracks added over the past week or so and leading the charge is the newest of them in the form of the scruffily sublime and psych inspired new single ‘Still Let You Down’ from Oakland guitar pop auteur Jackson Phillips, aka Day Wave. Following that opening salvo is the pacy garage and psych inspired pop/rock of Chicago’s Clearance with ‘Another Arrow’ off their new album At Your Leisure followed by the inviting and resonant pop ‘Good To You’ from Alabama artist Kate Teague which is out on 7″ vinyl through Muscle Beach. London’s Value Void take a nostalgic approach on ‘Babeland’ their new single that follows the sparse motorik stylings of previous track ‘Back In The Day’ while Jessica Zambri takes the vocals for the affectionate second single from Mass Gothic, ‘How I Love You’ off their forthcoming album I’ve Tortured You Long Enough. Shy Boys are next with their jaunty harmony laden new single ‘Something Sweet’ from their new album Bell House due this Friday on Polyvinyl.
The strident melodies of ‘Whatever Seems Less Wrong’ from Swedish artist Johan Weber aka Weaver. comes next before The Goon Sax provide the pick of the bunch with their new single ‘Make Time 4 Love’, another economical and expertly written piece of pop brilliance from their upcoming second record We’re Not Talking out in September. Elizabeth Stokes led Auckland outfit The Beths are next with ‘Great No-One’ the standout track from their new album The Future Hates Me, out next month before Angie McMahon’s thrilling vocals enter the fray to add a unique zest to the disciplined raucousness of her new single ‘Keeping Time’. Cincinatti quartet The Ophelia’s offer up another piece of introspective 90s inspired pop/rock with a verse to die for with ‘Lunar Rover’ from their excellent new album Almost released a couple of weeks back.
Sydney trio Phantastic Ferniture released their self titled debut album last week and the latest single, the rocking ‘Bad Timing’ is next before the second single ‘Partners In Montion from Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing sparkles into view. It’s from his forthcoming full length Indigo set for August 31 on Captured Tracks. The final two tracks have been sitting in the playlist for a while. The first is from strong melodies of Bounders’ from Denver’s Flaural while the final new track is the glistening power of ‘Cable Car’ from Melbourne progressive quartet murmurmur.
This Pop/Rock playlist is part of a revolving genre based series of 30 track playlists we share on the Spotify streaming platform. Tracks are roughly ordered by release date and will be replaced by new tracks we like as they become available. To change things up from time to time we may change tracks from the same artist and release. All playlists are regularly updated and limited to original tracks only.
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NEW INDEPENDENT POP/ROCK: AN INDIE30 PLAYLIST
Updated July 30, 2018
JULY 13 UPDATE: Nine instantly appealing and incredibly strong new additions to the pop/rock playlist this week. Melbourne quartet Frida lead us off with the reflectively deep ‘Badlands’ off their new EP. these are all the things we have found. That’s followed by the gorgeous and crystalline ‘Köm Ihag’, the new single from Umeå pop quartet Honungsvagen. And the goodness keeps coming in the form of ‘Unawake’ the new double A single from Bear Grass, the Troy, NY based quartet led by vocalist/guitarist Katie Hammon.
Falmouth, Cornwall dream pop quartet L I P S just released a grand new hope filled single ‘Walls’ while Norwegian veterans Beezewax also have a new single out with the wistful ‘Rainbows’. Next up is the upbeat ‘Until The Last Time’ by Calicoco, the project moniker of Giana Caliolo who just released her new album Float last week. This track best highlights her powerful voice and angular guitar work. Brighton’s Orchards just released their new mini album or double EP Losers/Lovers. The poignant yet insistently defiant and expertly delivered ‘Drama King’ is our pick from it.
London collective Oi Va Voi take their eclectic cues from everywhere and Eastern European and Jewish roots can be heard on their new melancholy and affecting single ‘Big Brother’. Washington State’s Whitney Ballen just released the exquisite ‘Go’ from her forthcoming debut album You’re A Shooting Star, I’m A Sinking Ship. Track number ten and the final of the new ones comes from Clayton Walker’s project Rock Europa. The part sprightly part scruffy pop of ‘In Between’ actually replaces his earlier single ‘It’s Gonna Get Better.
UPDATE JUNE 29: New tracks by Brighton’s Black Honey and Malmö’s Hater. And we’ve finally and belatedly caught up to Sydney’s Phantastic Ferniture.