Nashville outfit JELLY have just released a new EP full of the “thoughtful dose of cerebral stimulation” that we told you about this time last year. We continued to describe their 2015 single Catchin’ Up as a, “completely accessible and craveable track that feels just like a dip in the ocean.” All that gets amplified in Greetings from Jelly, a six-track record that is an addicting collection of jam-packed feel-good surf, from start to finish. The fuzzy white noise that briefly commences the opening track I Feel Fine and carries througout the EP, feels like the not-so-distant waves crashing onto the beachfront—the perfect backdrop to a warm, yet fresh sound emerging from the vintage guitar and key instrumentation.
The EP reminisces 70s soft rock, in the vein of Stealers Wheel’s Stuck In The Middle (With You), and funky California alt-melodies in its easing 90s vibe similar to peak Sugar Ray. Each song is inviting with its frank vocals and unexpected energy—resulting from suprising quirks such as the comforting trumpet cadence bridge in Go To The Beach, the alt-rock infusion present in Jet-like I’m A Man, the hazy psychedelic folk vibe in Sunset Beach (where we hear actual waves crashing melding into the white-noise), and finally the charm emerging from the groove hook in Charisma. Actually, Charisma sounds the most Brian Wilson-inspired tuned with the keys working their magic. Overall, Greeting from Jelly makes listeners feel that JELLY is finally at their sonic destination. The EP is the group’s postcard telling fans what they’re up to and what they’ve found on their surf-rock adventure, and boy are we glad they’re staying in contact.
Miss Geo share an effortless and world-music inspired album that reminisces production in the style of Kraftwerk, YACHT, and Brian Eno records, but with more accessibility through effervescent pop hooks and addictive dance beats. The way we described their last single Miles From Home (which is now featured on the album), perfectly captures where Miss Geo is headed on Connections: “[With a] sonic evolution into a more exploratory atmospheric vibe of their synth sound aesthetic, Miles From Home tends to reminisce late-Talking Heads with its cultural infusion of subtle afro-funk elements. It's refined yet complex as the atmospherics and ornamentation resonate as the construction winds and weaves down the rabbit hole.”
Today the group has released a new single entitled Sea In Between. The two wrote Sea In Between with the idea of home in mind saying, “The song is based on the feeling of moving to a new country and trying to find balance between your old and new home.” The track very much feels like an 80s power anthem, complete with ambient glisten. Abby’s airy vocals makes listeners feel comforted as the song tries to find balance between Miss Geo’s old sound, and this new more textured released which feels like a defined aesthetic home for the trio. The new single could fit easily on Tegan & Sara’s latest record. Abby, Paz & Alex are writing intelligent indie-pop that’s simply inviting. We’re dazzled by what Miss Geo is doing on Connections, and you will be too come September 16th.
Alt Rising Acts Captiva are premiering their cinematic music video for Road To Ruin right here on IndieBeat. When the group released this track last year, we described it as "ruminating honesty with its captivating guitar riffs full of winding and warm sonic nostalgia." Director Michael A. Coleman takes that captivating honesty and translates it into a warm, nostalgic short film, which follows the charming Max the Magician in his (500) Days of Summer-type courtship struggle.
Los Angeles' own FOREBEAR is back with a fantastic alt-rock track off their upcoming album Good God, debuting Saturday May 21st. Delroy Lindo is an ornamented sunrise-melancholia track, reminiscent of angsty 90s alt-rock mixed with forward-thinking, soulful, and cerebral strings. The atmospheric song is filled with fluttering anxiety in the viola and falsetto vocal lines, perfectly paralleling the lyrical and thematic content. Forebear told BuzzBands LA about the track: "[It's] about two people who moved to the West Coast (one from Kentucky and the other Colorado) to be together, only to have the illusion of what they thought waited for them be eaten alive by their false romanticism...a somewhat darker tinge to the sunny promises of California."
As we at IndieBeat have learned, Miami is an innovative independent scene, fostering incredible music and culture in a intimate yet amplified setting. The video showcases this with a tour of the more hole-in-the-wall Miami, with the close community vibe exhibited through use of the paperboy SunGhosts delivering the news that music will never die out in the scene (despite rumors about it going under), to all their band friends including Magic City Hippies, AstroMaps, and Deaf Poets. You'll even find another one of our Alt Rising Acts in there: the amazing Long Shore Drift. The video finishes with the guy's rocking out a small local gig at an unexpected venue, standard to a scene dedicated to playing live no matter how small the nook and cranny.
Having just finished a week full of showcases at SXSW and having charted on college radio stations nationwide, it's incredible what these guys are doing with their rapidly rising fame. SunGhosts never forget about where they started, and that's why everything these guys do is full of passion, ferocity, and genuine talent. Watch the video for Til The City Goes Under below:
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