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 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.
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.