Tag: pop

Trying to lock down specific musical influences for artists these days is an inherently difficult task. I submit that this is an awesome thing: it means we’re all getting the equivalent of a musical menagerie with every new song that’s released. Not that we’re getting stuff that’s jam-packed with a thousand different styles and origins, but more that there’s a whole lot of interestin’ experimentin’ goin’ on.

With that, here are Methyl Ethel (so much fun to say), hailing from Australia with their blend of 80s electro-pop and darker synthetic tones and composition. It is all kinds of interesting and tingly, like a good coffee pared with an even better coffee.

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Let’s have some music, shall we? Here is a 70s drenched tune that sounds a bit like a mellower version of Crowded House, but has also had secret sexy time meetings with The Foreign Films.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with secret sexy time meetings between two consenting musical groups, but that is a matter for another time. For now, enjoy this wonderfully relaxed, musical love child.

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Here is a song that starts off like a irreverent but totally charming little pop number, before exploding into a craze of fuzzy guitars and a hammering drum beat. It has the partial air of a lo-fi, post-punk sensibility, and it also has an entirely ludicrous video about a penguin with a drinking problem who also happens to be the President of the United States. Because why not?

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It’s Christmas time! And to celebrate that, today I’m bringing you a song that has absolutely nothing to do with it, because screw Christmas! Today’s distraction from this festive pestilence comes to us from the long-running Australian funk band The Bamboos. They bring us something that, while it is decisively un-funkish, it is most definitely catchy in the way that great pop music tends to be. And hey, there’s even a hint of Christmas in there with what I believe are sleigh bells in the background coupled with some peppy piano work, so you can sort of pretend you’re totally into Christmas music!

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Aww yeah! It’s Sunday night, so you’re looking to chill and hang out and forget that tomorrow is Monday, right? How about some soothing electro-pop to get that scenario off the ground? Ain’t always easy to make electro-pop seem soothing, but between the delicate vocals, the bass and not too harsh drum beat, you’ve got yourself one heck of a chilled out tune.

Can’t say I know a lot about P’ARIS yet, but they seem to be a fairly new outfit with only a handful of tunes so far. All of them seem pretty dang great, though, so feel free to dive in!

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Who likes electronic indie pop from Brooklyn? That’s right, EVERYONE. You’re just lying if you say no! Yes, this trio of ladies is from Brooklyn – they thought they could sneak by disguised as a French electronic indie pop group, but I saw right through them. Also, so did the internet. And their own website. No matter!

This is a marvellously simple song with a nice, thumping beat; one that would surely inspire you to bop that ol’ head of yours in a most agreeable manner. Delightfully pleasing, which is not praise I tend to dish out to most electronic music that stumbles my way.

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Sometimes, I stumble over music I’ve never heard before and kind of want to run around telling people about them. And then, I’m disappointed when I find out that the artist or group were only a thing for a year or so before disbanding. Such is the case with Basement Birds, a supergroup comprised of members from many fine Australian rock bands. Having said that, what they’ve created here is a gentle pop tune, full of a very pleasing vocal harmonies. It’s all very lovely (or soppy, depending on you ask), but I submit that it is a tune to wile away a warm summer’s afternoon with a sweetheart. Never mind that it’s winter here now!

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One of the problems with my appalling laziness is that the world spins on, days become nights, and new music continues to flood my inbox. Life as a blogger is tough, isn’t it? Let’s wipe away the tears that I know you’re currently shedding over my plight and engage the help of our dear friend, Canada, to pull us out of the doldrums. Today, she brings us The Elwins, who in turn bring us a peppy, energetic piece of pop rock (and a fun video to boot!). It’s ever so slightly Strokes-ish (though perhaps not as serious) with a hint of psychedelica thrown in for added spice. It’s also gloriously, stupendously catchy!

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Allow me, if you please, to continue this pretence that I am patriotic with yet another post about an Australian group. Though perhaps I have not stretched that particular sentiment very far, considering they’re performing a cover of a rather famous English DJ’s tune. No matter! Despite the compositional simplicity of Praise You, it’s always been an indelibly catchy, toe-tapping kind of song. And, because it’s yet another tune in the oeuvre of musical history that is comprised solely of pre-existing samples, it’s not one that tends to get trotted out for live performances. But The Belligerents manage to maintain the spark of the original, and give it the pep that only a live performance can bring – there’s something almost Courtney Taylor-Taylor-ish in that screaming falsetto.

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Let us uplift the mood in here, shall we? But let’s not go nuts: we don’t want a Ferris Bueller-esque dance party breaking out. I don’t have the space for that! And my neighbours will voice complaints in a most irritated (and irritating) manner.

Here is a song by a fellow by the name of Ryan O’Reilly who plays in a band called, coincidentally, Ryan O’Reilly. But enough of my ribbing: it’s an intensely charming guitar and piano driven pop track, with just the merest, tiniest hint of hip-hop in the form of a solid back beat. A very lovely and spirited ditty indeed, that will surely make you feel just that little bit warmer, particularly in that special region inside you that tends to beat rather incessantly when you see someone pretty (your heart, for all those smutty people out there thinking otherwise!).

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