Japanese Breakfast – ‘In Heaven’

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I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with ‘In Heaven’ by Japanese Breakfast. It’s not particularly in tune, and the chorus sounds a little like a TV theme song. Nevertheless, it has an intangible awesomeness that gives me good vibes like drunken karaoke! I shouldn’t jest, because the real meaning behind the song is rather tragic. Front woman Michelle Zauner is singing about the death of her parents, and the arduous task of cleaning out the family home. She’s turned an emotional turn of events into a hopeful song. Trying to cheer herself up perhaps? If you love it like I do, don’t miss ‘Psychopomp’, out April 1 through Yellow K Records.

 
Japanese Breakfast – ‘In Heaven’

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Dott – ‘Car Song’

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Night School are teaming up with Dott for a 12-inch split called ‘Carousel’, it’s a special Record Store Day exclusive (April 18) courtesy of Graveface Records. ‘Car Song’ is our first listen, a fun twee rocker with ‘gazey guitars (produced by Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez in Miami). No pre-sale for this one, and limited to 1000 copies! The Irish quartet released their debut album ‘Swoon‘ in 2013.

 
Dott – ‘Car Song’

Visit Dott @ Graveface Records @ Facebook.

Wildhoney – ‘Sleep Through It’

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‘Sleep Through It’, Wildhoney‘s first full length is now available through Deranged/Forward Records. The Baltimore band first impressed with their self-titled 2013 EP featuring ‘Like Me’, followed by the much loved ‘Seventeen Forever’ three tracker last year. I’ll admit, Sounds Better has had a soft spot for Wildhoney since the get go, there’s something very raw, fun and honest about these guys that’s instantly likeable. A mix of garage rock, punk aggression and shoegazey ambiguity. ‘Sleep Through It‘ embodies this, beginning with the title track and previously streamed single ‘Fall In’.

 
Wildhoney – ‘Sleep Through It’

‘Owe You Nothing’ sports a twee edge, with downcast lyrics that hinge on sugary vocals, backed by a jagged wall of sound in the latter half. Truth be told, we’ve heard that sound plenty of times before. But, Wildhoney do add to the mixture, there’s accessible pop-centric melodies combined with lo-fi charm, they’re delivered with a frenetic energy that bowls the listener over. ‘Maybe You’re Crazy’ is a good example of this. It sucks you in with catchy vocals and then hits with a wave of noise.

If a heavy dose of noise pop is your thing, then Wildhoney’s ‘Sleep Through It’ will be right up your street! It’s full throttle most of the way, with a short breath for air during ‘Tea Leaves’ and ‘FSA’, otherwise it doesn’t let up. The standouts ‘Seventeen’, ‘Fall In’, ‘Molly’ and the title track are worth the price of admission alone. Wildhoney aren’t taking themselves too seriously and are producing some really fun noise pop along the way. Download a digital copy here, or head to Deranged/Forward for the vinyl.

Visit Wildhoney @ Deranged Records @ Forward Records @ Facebook.

Wildhoney - 'Sleep Through It'
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  • Packed with noise pop!
  • Loads of fun
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  • Lacks some variety
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Veronica Falls – ‘Teenage’

On February 4 Veronica Falls release their second album ‘Waiting For Something To Happen’ via Slumberland Records (USA) and Bella Union (UK). Their lovable vocal harmonies are back on the sunny lead single ‘Teenage’.

 

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Visit Veronica Falls online @ Slumberland Records @ Bella Union.