FL Recommends: September
Our monthly round-up of the best emerging bands on the internet – from a Melbourne “anti-supergroup” to a hypey New York duo with a Tumblr page.
Boomagates are the anti-supergroup. Strung together with members of The Twerps, Eddy Current and Dick Diver there is nary a bloated rockstar or dueling guitar solo to be heard. Instead, this handful of friends have transformed a Thursday night “couch jam” into debut album Double Natural. Flexing their country chops on lead single ‘Whispering or Singing’, Brendan Huntley and Steph Hughes exchange paranoid musings (“I can hear the thoughts coming from your head”) over sloopy, lo-fi guitar lines and a killer melody. They may not feature Sammy Hagar but Boomgates are serious fun.
MS MR have all the right ingredients for building hype: Anonymity, Tumblr, a film clip of spliced-up retro images softened with instagram filters. Did we mention Tumblr? Unlike the dozens of DIY internet sensations grasping at Lana Del Rey’s coattails, MS MR have tunes to back up the buzz. Debut single ‘Hurricane’ is a dreamy love song, while new tune ‘Bones’ is the kind of dramatic pop that could soundtrack Ridge’s upcoming death on Bold and The Beautiful (make it happen Ronn Moss). Their debut EP is available now … via Tumblr.
Pony Face don’t have a-symmetrical haircuts, wear brogues or write pop songs. Their music is moody, syrupy and steeped in a dark Australian aesthetic – but never inaccessible. In fact, once you’ve tuned in to Pony Face it’s hard to tune out. The trio’s new album Hypnotized is a hazy ‘90s love letter with the sticky finger prints of producer Casey Rice (Tortoise, Dirty Three) all over it. With its lashes of electro distortion and twisted male/female vocal hook, lead single ‘Silver Tongue’ is one of this year’s finest.
High Highs are exceedingly pretty. Pretty faces, pretty voices and very pretty songs. Having fled Australia for the brightlights of Brooklyn, Jack Milas and Oli Chang have created a sound that floats somewhere between the earthy acoustics of Fleet Foxes and Real Estate’s dreamy pop. Milas’ breathy falsetto is the band’s watermark and boldly differentiates them from the glut of same-same indie bands bursting out of the boroughs in 2012.