Johnny Lloyd – Pilgrims [London, UK]

Dream Pop / Shoegaze / Alternative Rock

We don’t have much to go on when it comes to London based act Johnny Lloyd. We’ve got his facebook and twitter page but that’s about as far as it goes. What we do know, is that he’s currently on tour playing through UK, Germany, and France. With only two tracks on his soundcloud to go on, it’s remarkable how well he’s demonstrated his ability to go far. It’s gonna be a lot easier letting the music speak for itself. Nostalgia is impeccably cued at the 2.33 mark, just wait for it.

*edit* Johnny’s just coming off the success as previous lead guitar/vocalist of Camden based four piece alternative rock band Tribes that split in 2013. Given it’s quite a different sound but HOW DID WE NOT SEE THIS.

Almost can’t help but say  “Remember when music used to be good?”

If you’re hooked and in Europe currently, get tickets to catch him here.

 

Chromeo – Ezra’s Interlude ft. Ezra Koenig [Montreal, CA]

Acoustic / Ballad

That charm. It’s dangerous.

Every track of White Women leaked so far has been arguably amazing. When Chromeo first announced the collaborators for their new album we were all pretty psyched. With A$AP Ferg and Toro Y Moi already part of the team, we were all secretly hoping for a second collab with Vampire Weekend’s well groomed sweetheart Ezra Koenig. (seriously have you seen his hair? How does One D even exist). Previously they’ve worked together three years back on I Could Be Wrong as part of Business Casual which was just… so right. But that then Ezra took on Chromeo’s style resulting in a rather funky track. This time with this 2 minute interlude, it has taken on a completely Hannah Hunt type piano ballad heart wrenching approach. When it comes to serenading, nobody does it quite like he does.

White Women is due to be released May 12. Keep up here.

Speaking of awesome things that are happening to Chromeo. Dillon Francis, that’s what.

Wilsen – Magnolia [New York, US]

Dream Pop / Folk /Downtempo

Definitely not the first time I’ve had these guys on our blog. Check out what we had to say about them in a previous post. New York based folk/dream pop group Wilsen are back almost more than a year of absence and boy are we glad. Magnolia being the title track of a brand new four-track EP (following their mini-album Sirensis to be released on the 18th of May. Exciting times. This track here’s definitely a track to fall indefinitely to, like off a really really tall building. Not trying to encourage any daredevils to challenge gravity here but that’s what quality dream pop does for you. Fans of Youth Lagoon and Beach House are gonna melt.

These guys are new, but if you’ve been paying any attention at all. They’re good.
Show them some love at facebook. soundcloud. twitter. Go, you know you want to (:

If you’re in the UK check them out in person at any of these chain of debut shows they’ll be playing at.
Having previously supported Daughter, London Grammar and many more on tour.
You know it’s time to jump on that bandwagon.

21st April – Cardiff, The Globe*
22nd April – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds*
24th April – Glasgow, Broadcast*
25th April – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s*
26th April – Manchester, Soup Kitchen*
28th April – Nottingham, Bodega*
30th April – London, Dingwalls*
1st May – Bristol, The Fleece*
6th May – London, Slaughtered Lamb (headline show)
Tickets: www.communionmusic.co.uk/live/events/…htered-lamb/
8th May – Unification Church, Brighton (Great Escape)
9th May – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton (Great Escape)
*supporting Matthew & The Atlas.

 

Shintaro Sakamoto – Wine Glass Woman (Mayer Hawthorne Cover) [Tokyo, JP]

Pop / Soul

yep. definitely a musician.

As part of record store day in 2014, Shintaro Sakamoto lead guitarist of Tokyo underground psychedelic rock three piece Yura Yura Teikoku ゆらゆら帝国 (translated as The Wobbling Empire) will release a split 7” record with none other than the ridiculously multi-talented Mayer Hawthorne. While Sakamoto does a Japanese take on Wine Glass WomanMayer does an english version of In A Phantom Mood (great track for any island getaway). This Sakamoto covered originally Pharrell Williams (that man is everywhere!) produced soulful pop track is definitely a fresh experience. I’d even go so far to say a gateway track to J-rock.

Yes! Finally a reason to get some diversity on this blog! *freeze frame jump*

Check out all the juicy vinyl deets right here.

Radiator Hospital – Please Thrill Me [Philadelphia, US]

Lo-fi / Indie / Pop

radiator hospital

As soon as I heard the doo-wop infected opener of most recent album, the aptly titled Something Wild, I knew that this band was going to be something fun. The friendly voice of Sam Cook-Parrott, the catch pop/punk-ish hooks, and general good vibes of it all–this Philadelphia outfit is simple and fun music with an emotional heft to it that hits without knocking you to the ground. Quietly releasing 6 track from TOTAL REQUEST, a split with Chicago friend Kyle Kaos, the tracks themselves are anything but quiet. Lo-fi, fuzzy goodness abound, the set ends with a straightforward acoustic piece Please Thrill Me about liking someone a lot. It’s cutesy in the most adorable way and doesn’t try to be anything other than an attempt to capture the excitement of a crush. A perfect addition to that mixtape for that special someone this upcoming Valentine’s Day. In the song, Sam exclaims over and over that he doesn’t want to slow down, and I can only hope that he never does, both in term of this project’s output and or feeling as strongly as this song makes me do.

Keep up with Sam on his WordPress or on Facebook, and maybe throw some bucks his way for TOTAL REQUEST (though it’s available for free!).