Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Helio Sequence – “Stoic Resemblance” (The Portland indie-rock duo of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel released their self-titled sixth album this week via Sub Pop.  The new album was written during a fast-paced and adventurous demoing process that gave the band new life as they enter their third decade together.  The thumping propulsive rhythm and poppy sing-along chorus of the standout single here is the perfect introduction to the stunning album's vibe.)

Valkyrie – “Mountain Stomp” (The Virginia sludge-rockers, led by brothers Jake and Pete Adams - the latter also of Baroness – released their third album, Shadows this week via Relapse after a long, seven year wait.  The epic aptly-titled album opener, “Mountain Stomp” is the perfect blend of melodic dual guitar leads, prog-rock tangents, thunderous blues-rock riffs and soulful, classic rock-era vocal melodies for a triumphant return.)


Tanlines – “Slipping Away” (The NYC-based indie-pop duo consisting of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm released their long-awaited sophomore album, Highlights, this week via True Panther Sounds.  After their computer blew up, they chose to focus on a more guitar-heavy approach that along with the addition of some world music vibes and some danceable hip-hop and techno-inspired beats serves the band well.  Check out the loping and jangly 80’s-indebted standout single below.)



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