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Robert Pollard: Up and Up and Up (Fire Records, Single, 2015)

Hablar en la época de las grabaciones digitales del LoFi puede parecer una entelequia. Pero hubo un tiempo en que personajes como Robert Pollard grababan sus canciones con muy poquitos medios y aún en menos tomas. Pollard vuelve esta primavera con nuevo disco, y este Up and Up and Up es su adelanto. Un bonito corte que nos muestra, más o menos, lo que el personaje ha hecho durante todos estos últimos años: cortes efectivos y emocionantes. 

28 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Robert Pollard | Deja un comentario

Woods: With light and with love (Woodsist, 2014)

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Con este octavo álbum de los norteamericanos Woods, creo que los tipos han encontrado definitivamente su modo de expresión, una bien ganada independencia que les permite hacer realmente lo que les plazca en cada momento. Y de alguna manera, me da la sensación de que en With light and with love hay un poco de repaso a lo que podría ser la música norteamericana durante las últimas cuatro décadas, y por qué no, a su propia biografía musical.
Porque un poco de todo encontramos en este disco: desde el Raga-Rock convertido en rendición sonora a las improvisaciones majestuosas de los Byrds tardíos o el mejor Neil Young (With light and with love, Twin steps); al Folk de raíces más claras ( Shepherd). Desde la cara más amable de la Americana (Moving to the left), o su faceta más Shins (New light). ¿Pero por qué no acercarnos al Dylan de mediados de los sesenta? (Leaves like glass). ¿Por qué no agarrar un steel y sonar al Harrison setentero? (Full moon). With light and with love es un disco absolutamente variopinto y brillante, un perfecto crisol de sonoridades recomendable y delicioso. 


Woods have made huge leaps forward with almost every album since their ramshackle beginnings as a stony folk collective. Their songs, always tuneful and hemmed with emotional push, had a tendency to get a little lost in the presentation on their earliest recordings, with songwriter Jeremy Earl‘s mournful tunes often disrupted by interjections of noise or sullied by murky production. The smoke was beginning to clear with 2009’s Songs of Shame, though the band was still indulging in side-long jams and noisy sidesteps. Released in 2012, Bend Beyond stood as the clearest document of Woodsto date, sounding like a streamlined update to ’70s roots rockers like the Band, Dylan, or Neil Youngwhen backed by Crazy Horse at their most ragged. With Light and with Love sharpens the focus even more, expanding the band’s sonic toolbox and experimenting with more adventurous arrangements and studio trickery. The album still echoes the dusty country-rock vibrations of ’70s FM radio Americana, but tends a little more toward touchstones of ’60s psychedelia and sounds from the dawn of acid rock. Vocals pipe out of watery Leslie speakers in a trick borrowed from the Beatles, and the nine-minute-long title track begins with a single-chord groove, raga-styled guitar lines freaking out on top of the mix à la Sandy Bull or the Byrds. As the song stretches out, it dissolves into a space-brained jam of overdriven organs, driving bass, and all types of auxiliary percussion slowly creeping up in the mix. This type of instrumentation is brand new for Woods, who in their earlier days relied more on ghostly reverb than precisely organized instruments to flesh out their songs. More acoustic numbers fit in nicely among the sprawling jams and busier rockers. “Shepherd” is a straightforward slice of sad-eyed country, coming on like Comes a Time-era Neil Young, but soon filled out with honky tonk piano and glowing pedal steel. “Full Moon” borrows lovesick slide guitar leads from Derek & the Dominos. All of the reference points are just window dressing for the core songwriting that makes Woods stand out in their scene of freaky folksters. Without Earl‘s nasal falsetto singing lyrics of wonderment, wandering, healing, and hope, With Light and with Love would lack the heart that holds together its heightened performances. The album is easily the most solid offering from the Woods camp to date, besting even the production of its incredibly strong predecessor and presenting the songs with even more clarity and interesting choices than ever before” (All Music)

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26 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Woods | Deja un comentario

Panophonic: Broken as we are (Single, 2014)

Adelanto del nuevo trabajo de este pruyecto unipersonal de Psico-Noise llamado Panophonic (aka. Tom Lugo).

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25 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Panophonic | Deja un comentario

Mumrunner: Bond (Soliti, Single, 2015)

Bonito viaje a través de guitarras Shoegazers y melodías vocales lo suficientemente etéreas como para hacer soñar…

“Bond draws you in with distant strums, melodic lead lines and seductive verses. But take off comes via quiet explosions and a soaring chorus that’s pervasively longing and beautiful in equal measure” (Press)

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24 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Mumrunner | Deja un comentario

Pulco: Innovation in the trade (2015)

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“It’s funny how albums come together. I’d started with an idea of recording a number of abstract live drum loops as a basis for each song after being inspired again by the awesome rhythms on Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica.
I knew I’d end up with a set of gnarly off the wall guitar songs and I also made a decision not to use any acoustic guitar either.
I found myself exploring the idea of monologues and short stories and was determined to find a way to include some of these on the album.
During my summer holidays I bought a book of poetry by Adrian Henri in a small bookshop in Aberaeron. His words were perfect for the edgy verbal approach that I had in mind and I’ve actually used loads of his poems for lyrics on the album.
On a musical level a chance thought lead me back to listen again to a Fall CD that I’d never really taken much notice of before. My thoughts also drifted back to the cut & paste song writing approach of Pavement. I think that the sounds of both bands had a big part in the making of Innovation In The Trade.
I terms of an overall direction for the album, the final bridge that I crossed was to immerse myself in a growing love of all things DADA. 
Part of the Dadaist manifesto says – ‘ Reject reason and logic. Prize nonsense, irrationality and intuition’. That makes perfect sense to me. So now pass onward to Innovation In The Trade”

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24 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Pulco | Deja un comentario

Maleso: No es Maleso (2014)

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Martín León Soto es un personaje peculiar, trabaja a su aire, va por libre. La independencia tiene éso: no te permite quizás vivir holgadamente de la música, pero sí te deja crear a tu aire, dar libertad a tu flujo creativo y poder componer cortes tan lejanos del Pop convencional como La torre del Euro o Entierra una extraña, Keith Richards es guay, Montar en bicicleta, Modelo para mi autorretrato...
El secreto de Maleso es escribir de todo lo que le rodea, de lo más cercano, de esas octavillas que te dejan a diario en el buzón de casa, de los pdf´s que te encuentras en el correo basura, de los vídeos virales, de los escándalos que nos rodean… 
Para los amantes del Pop más “de toda la vida”, Maleso nos ofrece canciones que nos recuerdan a sus antiguos proyectos con Tiernos Mancebos o Las Balas: hablo de Amor o indigestión y Dijimos siempre.
¿Estamos pues ante un trovador del siglo ventiuno? Pues probablemente sí. Su música ha ido madurando con el tiempo y en su madurez Martín ha sabido conjugar las más diversas influencias para darles ese tono familiar, cercano y por qué no decirlo, encantador.


“Algunos escriben un diario y otros lo graban en canciones. Maleso nos hace entrega del sexto capítulo de su biografía, de su realismo mágico. Para ello se ha vuelto a rodear del equipo de redactores con el cual viene dando forma a sus relatos. Ya saben, Randy Newman, Harrison, Krahe, Brian Wilson, Lapido, Lennon…
Componer en verano en Sevilla puede dar lugar a estribillos pop maravillosos, como el de “Calor, qué calor”, o que la exposición al sol te haga tomar los derroteros de la sevillana-protesta. En “La Torre del Euro”, Maleso infiltra a Hank Marvin en Los Mártires Del Compás y pone a parir al sistema que nos maneja a su antojo. Lo que no impide el calor, ni el frío, es que siga ajustando cuentas familiares, celebrando un pulso con banda sonora folkie entre Keith Richards y su progenitor en “Keith Richards es guay”. Pero su padre es mejor.
No sabemos cuántos artistas han utilizado,  a la hora de escribir una canción, contenido de esos power points que iban de correo en correo. Maleso sí. Si quieren descubrirlo tendrán que oír esa bossa-pop ácida que es “Modelo para mi autorretrato”.  Y si añoran al Maleso que daba sus primeros pasos en Tiernos Mancebos o al que iba aclarando sus ideas en Las Balas, podéis encontrarlo en “Amor o indigestión” o “Dijimos siempre”. Disparos pop con fuego real.
No será el disco con el que acabéis una noche de fiesta, pero sí con el que iniciéis una sobremesa deliciosa” (Prensa)

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23 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Maleso | Deja un comentario

The Marriage: 947 (Discos del Rollo, 2014)

Este matrimonio lo forman una chica y tres chicos gaditanos que facturan un Indie fresco pero de cierta contundencia y desde luego, naturaleza epatante. Graban para Discos del Rollo, y éste es su segundo Ep.


“The Marriage son adictivos y nos dejan beber de su brebaje a pequeños sorbos. Dieciocho minutos, el tiempo exacto para un buen trago, que comienzan con las prisas del hit “Rush” (primer single del trabajo), continúa llevándonos a lo más oscuro de las relaciones de pareja en “Great excuses” y su primera incursión en el castellano “Hablemos de milenarismo”, se refresca con el sonido más british en “Not happening” y remata con el himno “Waste your time”. 
Grabado en Grabaciones Sumergidas, casa de la nueva ola del pop sureño, será editado bajo la etiqueta Discosdelrollo en una de sus cuidadas ediciones limitadas artesanales que estará disponible en la tienda virtual del sello desde el momento del lanzamiento” (Prensa)

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23 febrero, 2015 Posted by | The Marriage | Deja un comentario

Grooms: Comb the feelings through your hair (Western Vinyl, 2015)

Sonidos que están más cerca del Pop menos convencional, más experimental. Ecos del sonido de Brooklyn, del Math Rock, resuellos Shoegazers y total independencia. Grooms son algo así como unos supervivientes en el difícil mundo de la música del siglo ventiuno.

“Having lived, worked, and created in the ever evolving Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for over a decade, native Texan Travis Johnson has felt the direct impact of the growth and dissolution that comes with rapid gentrification. His band Grooms practiced, and recorded at Brooklyn’s Death By Audio for seven years (first as Muggabears, then as Grooms) before they were forced out of their spiritual and literal home in November 2014 when DBA shut its doors. A little over a year before, with the band’s income not providing enough money to support any of it’s members, bass player and co-writer Emily Ambruso went on hiatus from the band, leaving Johnson as the only original member. Despite these unfortunate blows, Johnson soldiered on, soon recruiting Jay Heiselmann on bass, and actor/comedian Steve Levine on drums.
Travis Johnson’s relentless perseverance isn’t a central theme, but it’s worth keeping in mind when listening to the 11 songs that comprise the new Grooms album Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair, an album which marks a clear aesthetic and thematic departure from the group’s previous efforts. After months of experimenting with sound collages, samples, and electronic beats, the band recorded an obsessively detailed and melodically complex album, with a heavy focus on mood and texture. Unlike their previous album Infinity Caller (which Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis called “…an exercise in explosion and restraint hallmarked by sweeping guitars, stuttery drums, and cryptic, airy vocals…”) many of the songs on Comb… bring the band’s rhythm section to the fore, and Johnson’s trademark guitar stylings often take a backseat to his psychedelic sample-collages and ambient electronics. Fortunately the new approach works, balancing pop structures with masterful experimental production that shifts in tone and color in harmony with Johnson’s tales of acceptance, loneliness, and impotent violence.
On Comb…, that violence is most evident on “Something Wild”, a song about destroying the high-priced waterfront condos that contribute to the rising cost of living in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and then feeling conflicted about it. Love is the subject matter on “Bed Version” (a song which Johnson describes as “a fantasy about seeing the joy in my girlfriend’s face as she realizes she’s not cosmically alone.”), and the album becomes wistful on “Cross Off” (a remembrance and longing for the good old days when Ambruso was still an active member of the band), but even on these songs Levine’s alternately Krautrock and Elvin Jones-inspired drums, and Heiselmann’s propulsive bass help to maintain the album’s intense atmosphere. Album standouts like “Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair” and “Doctor M” deliver head-bobbing pop hooks as Johnson ponders his long-term struggle with addiction, while other songs, “Savage Seminar,” “Will the Boys?,” and “Grenadine Scene from Inside,” explore the thoughts, and feelings of fictional characters in the films Magnolia, Lost Boys, and Steel Magnolias, respectively.
Whether singing from a fictional or personal perspective, Johnson’s songs on Comb… are all loosely about letting go of bitterness and resentment. Like the Brooklyn neighborhood where he lives and works, his internal real estate is constantly being reevaluated, razed, and rebuilt. Fortunately his personal growth has yielded an album that attentive listeners will find relatable and consistently rewarding” (Press)

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22 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Grooms | Deja un comentario

Ben Katzman´s DeGreaser: Rok N Rol Community (Bufu Records, Gnar Tapes, 2015)

Ben Katzman te ofrece un tratado acelerado de cómo rockanrolear en pleno siglo ventiuno. Rock and Roll sounds, tejanos ajustados y mucha pose…

“Miami/Boston transplants Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser have put out a new release called ‘Rok N Rol Community College’ February 7th. Where Grease meets Rock N Roll High School if it were attended by Van Halen’s biggest fanboy. Featuring guest appearances from Juan Watuers, members of Guerilla Toss, Rok N Rol Community College is where Ben Katzman comes to terms with being a music school dropout and finding his true love, rok n rol” (Press)

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21 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Ben Katzman | Deja un comentario

5: A February Records Anniversary Compilation (2015)

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February Records is a micro-label based in New England that releases and promotes independent pop music. February Records is about bringing people together, forging connections and exposing people to great music.
February Records turned 5 in 2014 and, to celebrate, we are releasing a CD compilation featuring 14 bands spanning the length of our catalog. Most of the songs have never been released and are exclusive to this comp. We wanted to make this project special. We think we have.
In addition to the compilation, we’ll produce a limited number of the first physical edition of our zine, “…March, April, & May.” The zine will include interviews with 14 bands plus much more.
The compilation CD is limited to 100 and includes the zine and a digital download of the comp.The zine is also available to purchase separately and the comp is available as a separate digital download.

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20 febrero, 2015 Posted by | VV.AA. | Deja un comentario

Run Rabbit Run: Wasted in the sun (Pavement Records, Single, 2015)

“The new single is a rolling upbeat tune with an American alt-country flavour.Wasted in the Sun is cheerful and infectious, brimming with catchy hooks, and easy-to- digest melodies. The song is a crowd favourite at live shows; it’s energetic and fun, with rich three-part harmonies, bright and airy mandolin, and thumping double bass. The track was recorded at ScreamLouder Studios with Peter ‘Reggie’ Bowman, and mastered by renowned engineer, Don Bartley.
A music video is set for release alongside the new single and, like the last clip; this one is the creation of lead guitarist and co-frontman, Michael Roberts. The idea for this clip was to create something that complimented the singles light-hearted nature.

“I wanted this video to be less story-driven, and more visually appealing. I rear-projected landscape shots onto a white screen as a background to create an interesting effect against the foreground, like moving in fast-motion. We used smoke machines, branches, and coloured stage lights in certain parts for a psychedelic vibe.” Michael Roberts – Run Rabbit Run
Melbourne based Run Rabbit Run are a brew of country’s revelry, folk’s raw honesty, and the intensity of rock. Armed with an impressive assortment of instruments, and a knack for vast dynamic and stylistic diversity, the five- piece folk-rockers are undeniably attention grabbing as they leap effortlessly from banjo-laden country, to mood- altering and atmospheric rock” (Press)

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20 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Run Rabbit Run | Deja un comentario

Ex Hex: Rips (Merge, 2014)

El último trabajo de Ex Hex: Rips (Merge, 2014) es un disco que, pese a tener su interés, pienso que no es ni demasiado bueno ni demasiado malo. Pasa rápido, tiene momentos brillantes… pero no termino de cogerle el espíritu. Partiendo de planteamientos digamos que… Pseudo-Garajeros, creo que el sonido de las chicas es más cercano al Power-Pop de los setenta, a los sonidos que llegaron desde las Islas Británicas por entonces. Pero a sus canciones les falta el empuje final que encuentro quizás en cortes como Waste your time o Hot and cold (riffs calcados incluidos). Pese a que Mary Timony ya lleva bastante tiempo en este negociado, a la música de Ex Hex le queda mucho recorrido…


“The songs look back to ’70s radio rock with some amount of yearning, but Rips isn’t purely motivated by retromania. There’s a bit of environmental pressure built into this record: garage rock is adaptive music, where minimum resources can yield maximum impact, and it can thrive where rents are pricey and practice space is in short supply. You can write it with the people who are around, it plays well in a basement and also on a stage, and it’s easy to know when it’s working. If you can remember a garage rock song two minutes after it’s over, then it’s probably a good one.
All the genre demands is excitement, and Rips is definitely exciting. It’s stripped down, fast, and physical; the songs mostly revolve around scrubby, disappointing dudes and their failings, but the message is never maudlin or tragic. Timony spent years speak-singing, performing lyrics in a cool and detached tone that wavered in and out of pitch. But in Ex Hex, she’s developed a more overtly melodic delivery. As a guitarist, she’s playing a bit below her chops, but her solos are tasteful and on point, pitching up the emotional heft of a song once words won’t cut it anymore.
Over the years, Timony’s own musical style evolved into something fairly distinct, a witchy-sounding and modestly mystical music that bred progressive rock and ’70s British folk with elements of D.C. post-punk. Some of that sound exists in Ex Hex, too, particularly in the modest pace of “Hot and Cold”, but Rips mostly finds the band walking away from Timony’s established voice and pushing toward something more direct and energeticembracing the past, but also blowing things up and starting again” (Pitchfork)

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18 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Ex Hex | Deja un comentario

Weed Hounds: Weed Hounds (Stupid Bag Records, 2014)

Noise y Shoegaze a partes casi iguales. Ofrecen su álbum en descarga legal y gratuita desde aquí.

17 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Weed Hounds | Deja un comentario

Blank Realm: Back to the flood (Fire Records, Single, 2014)

Fieles a su eclecticismo (marca de la casa), Blank Realm continúan ofreciéndonos cortes tan “neoyorquinos” como este Back to the food.

“Taken from the new album ‘Grassed Inn’, Blank Realm unleash the triumphant transition of their nascent fluorescent rock’n’roll glow in to full-blown spiky pop craft. Harking back to the halcyon days of Talking Heads, underpinned by the off-kilter psychedelic blues of Royal Trux. Like Dylan mixing it with Suicide on Highway 61 and a half in a far off universe” (Fire Records)

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Will Spector y Los Fatus: No es una mujer Single, 2015)

El primer sencillo del nuevo disco de Will Spector y Los Fatus se llama No es una mujer, un divertido tema de Noise-Pop descarado e irónico. Su vídeo es todo un homenaje a los trucos del cine de Serie B.

“En palabras del director “se trata de un bastardo con cola de cerdo, hijo de un chroma azul y una planta carnívora. Hablando medio en serio, me encantan las películas fantásticas de serie B de los años 50 y 60, así que con el grupo decidimos sembrar el videoclip de los trucajes más clásicos y petones para acompañar la canción. Es un videoclip que sin ningún tipo de vergüenza crea un desmelenado jardín de homenajes lleno de superposiciones, stop-motion, filtrajes de color y aceleraciones abonadas por referentes que van desde Segundo de Chomón hasta Sam Raimi y todo ello regado locamente por películas como “El Incredible Hombre Menguante”, “La Humanidad en Peligro” o incluso “Dumbo”.La verdad es que tanto en el rodaje, como en el montaje nos los hemos pasado en grande intentando crear el videoclip “cutre-encantador” que Ray Harryhausen le hubiese hecho a Will Spector y los Fatus… si el buen hombre hubiese llegado un poco borracho al set de rodaje.” –M. Velilla, realizador

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16 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Will Spector y Los Fatus | Deja un comentario

Amor de Tokyo: Mentiras (Single, Boreal Music, 2015)

“Amor de Tokyo sigue mostrándonos lo que nos deparará en su nuevo disco “Lujo asitico” que saldrá a la luz el próximo dia 17 de Febrero del 2015 a cargo de Boreal Music. 
“Mentiras (Remix)”, es la segunda canción de adelanto, una canción que quizás sea la que mayor dosis de sonidos electrónicos tiene de todo el disco, un nuevo remix con una marcada cadencia discotequera reconvertida así en todo un lujo para las pistas de baile” (Prensa)

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Passenger Peru: Break my neck (Single, 2015)

Break My Neck, the second song from their forthcoming sophomore record, Light Places, set to release on February 24th.  is a pensive and dreamy cut with lead singer Justin Stivers calmly cooing over waves of anxious guitar strums/plucks and swirling keys. It seems to me like Stivers is reflecting on our fleeting existence– perhaps not? No matter the underlying subject matter, it’s hard to not get caught up in the imagery of these lines — one deep breath, sad but true/one deep breath, leads to you/break my neck, break my neck to/break my neck to see the stars, the stars explode above…

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15 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Passenger Peru | Deja un comentario

Death & Vanilla: California owls (Fire Records, Single, 2015)

Un descubrimiento: los suecos Death & Vanilla son un trío especializado en una suerte de Dream-Pop realizado con instrumentos Vintage y desde luego, analógicos. Resultado: un sonido auténticamente espectacular, que suena a banda sonora de película de realismo mágico o al Dream-Pop más inspirado. Banda a seguir.

“Dreamy Swedish experimental pop duo Death & Vanilla return with their brand new album ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Producing diverse and eclectic soundscapes full of hushed vocals and swirling electronics, the duo revel in the warmth of the older analogue instruments to create a simultaneous sense of nostalgia and escapism. Having already produced an album and a live score for the horror film ‘Vampyr’, 2015’s prospects look bright for Death & Vanilla” (Fire Records)

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14 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Death & Vanilla | Deja un comentario

Noveller: Fantastic planet (Single, Fire Records, 2015)

“Fantastic Planet is the soaring, evocative new album from Noveller, the solo instrumental venture of Austin-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. The LP is a journey through eclectic sonic terrain, blending rich waves of synth with soaring cinematic guitar lines, guiding the listener through Noveller’s most diverse and compelling release to date”

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13 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Noveller | Deja un comentario

Surf City: Hollow veins (Single, Fire Records, 2014)

Y continuamos a vueltas con el Power-Pop, absoluto protagonista del día de hoy. Estos neozelandeses tienen toda la energía de los mejores ejemplos de bandas de finales de los setenta, con un sonido convenientemente actualizado y “playeado”… Avance de Jekyll Island, a editar en Marzo de este mismo año.

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12 febrero, 2015 Posted by | Surf City | Deja un comentario

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