Le Days “Blood is Blood”

I have to admit, it took me a few listens before this song really sunk it’s hooks into me. It’s nearly Jandekian level of mystery and eerieness it a tough pill to swallow. However, it’s often these more difficult songs that hold the most impact over the years.

This haunted song has been on regular rotation since I first heard it a couple of weeks ago. It’s a rare song that pays off well with repeated listens.

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Swedish Death Candy “Broken Engrams”

Named after a Scientological coined term meaning “a “recording” of a past painful event not normally accessible to the conscious mind”, so I’m not entirely sure if they’re pro or antl LRH, but with a song this good I’d be happy to jump up and down on Oprah’s couch for a while too. This high and tight track reverberates with nearly solid source of energy.

A little to punk to be psych, and a little to psych to be punk, this Reese’s Peanut Butter cup of a track that is the perfect combination of opposing sounds that doesn’t suffer too much from it’s sticky sweet pop flavor.

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Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? “Sheep”

Winner of what has to be one of the best band names I’ve ever heard in my entire life, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?’s “Sheep” is a sleak and powerful track about possibly one of the strangest subjects I’ve ever heard of “Ovinaphobia” (go look it up, or better yet… don’t) The organ sound on this track is worth the cost of admission alone, and vocalist has the Debbie Harry vibe down pat. I couldn’t run out of good things to say about this track, but instead of reading this how about you just press play and thank me.

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CO SONN “behave”

Gritty and hard hitting, “behave” is one of those songs that almost feels like it’s bleeding from a wall to your neibhour’s house who just happens to have excellent taste in music. CO SONN is a solo project, but like many garage rock veterans before him such as Jay Reatard you wouldn’t know it from listening to this track. It’s got a full thick sound that really draws you in. Another reason we all should be paying attention to the Swedish scene.

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Wutip “Street Lights”

If Wutip’s “Street Lights” was any more 77″ Brit-Punk, I’d swear it was a re-issue. This buzzy and and energetic single reminds me of all the best things to come out of the London scene, everything from it’s marble mouth intro vocals to the shout along hooks it’s just not a song that you can easily ignore.

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M.A.G.S. “Drugs”

Full of Beach Boys’ syrupy sweet sunshine, M.A.G.S. “Drugs” feels like there’s quite a bit of a deeper darkness that lies underneath, that makes me wonder what was happening in those substance fueled nights where Dennis was hanging out with Charlie and the Family those dark nights in his valley mansion.

“Drugs” is one of those songs that has a different feel every time you listen to it, and is ultimately rewarding the more time that you invest in it.

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Elephant Fire “Natural Heart”

Buzzy and lean Elephant Fire’s “Natural Heart” makes me think of that crucial era in the mid-60’s where bands hadn’t quite given up the uppers that were fueling their 4 shows a night rotation, but had just begun expanding their minds to the universal consciousness.

Not to say that this song is hippy dippy in the least. Elephant Fire is all jagged edges and id with just enough of the ethereal to keep it interesting. Definitely a unique sound that’s worth exploring further.

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Basement Bout “Another Night”

When I think of Sweden, I tend to think of twee bedroom pop and not huge, sleazy, garage rock riffs. However, that’s a stereotype that Basement Bout is about to knock out of my head for good with their new single “Another Night”.

The song itself is raw, but glammed out in a Beggars Banquet kind of way, which makes you wonder what kind of substances are fueling this night. It’s a well crafted and catchy song that hearkens back to all the good things that come to mind when thinking about 70’s rock without all the over produced bloat.

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The Van T’s “Bitter Sweet”

The Van T’s are heavy riffs and sweet vocal melodies galore. On their new single “Bitter Sweet” we catch back up with the band and their sound has matured a lot in the last year or so. Built on a foundation of solid production and straight forward, catchy, melodies The Van T’s are poised to take over the world one fan at a time with their lean 90’s sound.

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Vazum “Fall Guy”

The first thing that smacks you in the face about “Fall Guy” is the just how interesting the drumming sounds compared to a lot of other groups out there right now. This punchy little post-punk track really stands out in a world do dominated by Joy Division clones. Detroit native Zach Pliska has apparently been around that scene for years, the massive list of previous bands is impressive. Definitely a starting point to a rabbit hole that deserves to be check out.

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