Dutch-based ElectroPop trio Say Yes Dog appear to be on a mission to get well and truly stuck in our heads. Permanently. Their post-Hot Chip Quirk-Pop is instantly likable and can be found on their recently released début EP, A Friend, from which we have two track right here. At times the tend to veer a little to far into the Chip’s established territory, in almost a homage style, but mostly it’s gets away with it due to an abundance of fun.
The EP’s title track, A Friend, gets particularly Chippy toward the end, but matins it’s own identity with it’s plinky-plonky snyths and delicious dancefloor beats. It’s mixture of melancholic croon and chirpy melodies actually working really well. Light, and funky, and ultimately feel-good, A Friend’s brand of SynthPop is just hard not to like. Around My Neck is similar in vein, albeit slightly more introspective. Electric piano led, Around My Neck warms things up with some buzzing synths and excitable rhythms, which seems to temper the suspiciously gloomy subject matter. We expect Say Yes Dog will be one of those bands that generates a lot of hype in the coming months, they’ve just got that vibe about them.
♫ Say Yes Dog – A Friend
♫ Say Yes Dog – Around My Neck
Say Yes Dog’s A Friend EP is out now.
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It’s been absolutely ages since we heard anything from Danish artist I Am Noxious. We honestly didn’t;t know is he was still in the business or not. His deeply introspective brand of Bedroom Pop has been with us almost since out inception, beck when Bedroom Pop was a recognized ‘thing’. So, it was a surprise to us when he delivered a brand new tune into our inbox, Watch My Ship Go Down. A tune with proves he’s lost none of his reflective flair, but adds a little bombast to the mix.
Listening to Watch My Ship Go Down you can quite easily slip back into the I Am Noxious groove. That comfortable, personal vibe given off by his music is still present in these new recordings. It’s a pensive track, resting on a combination of toytown beats and gently piano supported by swirls of vintage sounding synths. T’s vocals convey an intimate quality, as with the best Bedroom Pop, but Watch My Ship Go Down also has a surprisingly euphoric chorus up it’s sleeve. A great Monday morning track.
♫ I Am Noxious – Watch My Ship Go Down
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A few weeks ago we featured Nova Scotian Chillwave Popster A.A. Wallace and his track Temporal Suspension, a glitchy but soulful slice of Bedroom Pop. this week sees the release of the man’s début album, irritatingly titled (disambiguation). Yes, we know people who use symbols in titles obviously don’t want potential fans to be able to search for their music in online stores, but pretentious moniker aside if you get into the meat of the release, the music, you’ll find something well worth your time and eight tracks that will lift your day.
A.A. Wallace taking in a varied and ecclectic collection of reference point in his journey though (disambiguation), from R&B to SynthWave to Indie-Electro to Ambient, with a feel for both emotional resonance and a Disco groove, Wallace turns each mood to his advantage. The album opens with Offline, a strong tack to lead with. Catchy and optimistic it shows off his skills with both hazy atmosphere and a dancefloor hook combined and is followed by one of the albums two instrumental moments, the haunting Post Mortem Depression. Feels To Real lays on some 80s soul vibes which get churned up with a machine beat and arpeggios. the abrasive second instrumental Complaining About Airports leads into the blissful Chillwave R&B piano ballad Do What You Wunt and the aforementioned, anthemic, Temporal Suspension. The Indie Disco of Lipstick And Stethoscopes makes one of the albums sing-a-long high points, driven by a compelling, summery beat, Lipstick And Stethoscopes revels in distant guitar and frantic Italo arpeggios to power the track along, allowing it’s accessible vocals to flow over the top. The album plays out on We Can Heal, an easy piano groove leading into a lush mid-80s Pop track that could easily be the next single with it’s warm beats and themes or reinvention. (disambiguation) is a confident and solid début that is, frankly, a joy to listen to and is definitely worth your time.
♫ A.A. Wallace – Lipstick And Stethoscopes
♫ A.A. Wallace – Offline
♫ A.A. Wallace – This Can Heal
♫ A.A. Wallace – Temporal Suspension
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