pop

* David Brookings and The Average Lookings * Pi Ja Ma * Strandels *

David Brookings and The Average Lookings “I Grow Up Fast”

David Brookings and The Average Lookings are power pop masters. “I Grow Up Fast” is worthy of The Wonders. If you dig Fountains of Wayne or Captain Geech and The Shrimp Shack Shooters, then David Brookings and The Average Lookings are your new favorite band. The guitars chime and the groove swings with a classic, catchy vocal. The production is polished and a good time blasting from the speakers. Keep an ear on these fellas!

 
 

Pi Ja Ma “I Hate You”

Pi Ja Ma has enough swagger to knock out a rhino, and she puts it to good use in “I Hate You." The song is laid back with a catchy retro production and melody. The Parisian alt-pop artist is cool as a cucumber, as she performs the tune with an equally engaging video. The music and video come together to depict a different era. It’s fun, pointed, and groovy. If you dig sixties style melody with a heap of spring reverb, then Pi Ja Ma is where it’s at, big time.

 
 

Strandels “Love On Repeat”

The Strandels write the kind of pop that ranks Swedish songwriters among the best around. Sibling-duo Tova and Sixten Strandell have been busy these last few years, making music that has gained serious attention. “Love On Repeat” is sure to gain some fans with its timeless pop appeal and theme of “classic heart-break.” The Strandel’s performance and production is spot on, with a tasteful arrangement . It’s hard not to move to The Strandels.

 
 

* Spectator * Sean Alan and The True Love Band * Freedom Fry *

Spectator “Weight”

Spectator gets you shimmying to their new tune, “Weight.” Brightly strummed acoustic guitar keeps the song rolling along, with steady bass and drums driving forward. The vocals are laid back and catchy, pleading through the chorus. The production has a Jeff Lynne meets Phosphorescent vibe — keeping it classic yet modern. We dig it, and look forward to Charlie, Baby, out April 12, 2019 in Scandinavia via Painted Black, a subsidiary of Nordic Records.

 
 

Sean Alan and the True Love Band “Dusty Photograph”

Sean Alan and the True Love Band keep the impressive songs coming with their latest single, “Dusty Photograph.” The production is worthy of the six-piece ensemble that recorded it. Alan is a true artist, with material that is unlike any of his contemporaries. “Dusty Photograph” takes turns and trips, always welcomed, before returning back to the powerful chorus. A spirited performance, the tune is the second single of Shake My Tears — a worthy listen.

 
 

Freedom Fry “Candy”

Freedom Fry offers a taste of nostalgia and bubblegum with their pop ditty, “Candy.” This song makes you feel good. It is produced with a retro touch, pulling from early indie and sixties tunes. The chorus is fun - “C-C-C-Candy” - now that is a good time hook. The arrangement is perfect, dropping at 2:30 before returning the listener to the “sweet” refrain. Freedom Fry dished up a cool one with “Candy” — the first track off their EP, Glory Days.

* The Exbats * Margo * The Harmaleighs *

The Exbats “2027”

Bop til you drop to the sounds of The Exbats and “2027.” This is the kind of tune that makes you want to cut your hair into shaggy bangs. It sonically screams denim and leather. In other words, this is a Ramones style tune that you can move to. “2027” is the perfect punk production. “More troublegum than bubblegum”…you have to dig that. A father/daughter duo releasing music on Burger Records. Awesome. Their catalog is ferocious. Check it out…now.

 
 

Margø “In Between”

Margø crushes the speakers with her latest tune, “In Between.” Fuzzed out 808s and doo-wop heartbreak grab your ears right away. The Canadian born artist has a lovely screech to her voice, which fits perfectly ahead of a distorted wall of sound. The production is dynamic and dangerous. We love it. It is pop music with a nice gritty bite. Lyrically, it is about taking back power in a “toxic situation,” and delivered as a saturated gem. Well done, Margø.

 
 

The Harmaleighs “Sorry, I’m Busy”

The Harmaleighs offer a catchy apology with their new tune, “Sorry, I’m Busy.” It is a groovy beat, with a driving indie garage rock rhythm. The vocals dip and dive, before erupting into a manic melody. Fans of Angel Olsen will dig this, as will retro pop rockers. Production wise, there is a fun amount of grit, distortion, and wild emotion. The Harmaleighs are a Nashville duo set to release a rattling record She Won’t Make Sense on August 2, so stay tuned!

 
 

* Baby FuzZ * Lyrah * Division 7 *

Baby FuzZ “Mr. Blu”

Baby FuzZ is a songwriting and producing dynamo. His songs are other-worldly gems — each and every one of them. He has the mark of an artist that leads the pack in originality, talent, and fearless determination to be different. “Mr Blu” is a mid-century trip, with modern stunners thrown into the arrangement. It is a sonic wonderland, and Baby FuzZ deserves to be playing Super Bowls, shaking ear drums around the world to the sound of “Mr Blu.” If anyone can bring The Fleetwoods into the twenty first century, it is surely Baby FuzZ.

 
 

Lyrah “When We’re High”

Lyrah makes us want to sway in the candlelight to her new single, “When We’re High.” The song has a hypnotic element that is hard not to surrender to. The production is wide, and the vocals fill the speakers with the message of “falling for someone but being too guarded to show it.” The beat is solid, and the panning is wicked clever. The arrangement has a lot going on, pulsing and driving the listener through a dynamic performance that we dig…big time.

 
 

Division 7 “Jag säger vad jag vill”

Strap in and enjoy the ride with Division 7 and “Jag säger vad jag vill.” The song is supercharged pop, punk, rock and roll. The fuzzed-out guitars wail — always staying slightly off the rails — and the vocal harmonies glide over bass and drums that pound all the way though. This is a group I would love to see live. There’s also something nice about not knowing what they are saying, too…it lets the music do the talking, and it is awesome.