Young Guv (aka songwriter Ben Cook) has released his new album GUV IV. Out today via RFC, the album comes hot on the heels of Young Guv's previous full-length, GUV III, which just came out in March. The ever-prolific musician has amassed an impressive and wide-reaching catalog over the years and GUV III and GUV IV are the perfect place for new listeners to jump aboard.
Where GUV III captured Cook's most instantly accessible guitar pop songwriting, GUV IV represents the most sonically adventurous side of Young Guv. The record (which has drawn early attention from the likes of Stereogum, NPR, BrooklynVegan, Uproxx, Paste Magazine, and many more) effortlessly moves between hazy Madchester-inspired rave ups, twangy California jangle, and even homemade sophisti-pop, with Cook's knack for melody always leading the way.
Both 2022 LP releases from Young Guv have been packaged together in a 2xLP titled "GUV III & IV" featuring both full albums plus a bonus track "She Sparkles Everywhere". "GUV III & IV" vinyl is officially out July 15th, but copies are shipping from our store now.
Melbourne trio Camp Cope are releasing their first-ever music video today for the title track of their celebrated new album Running with the Hurricane, out now on Run For Cover Records.
The video was directed by James J. Robinson (who has previously teamed up with Camp Cope lead singer Georgia Maq for an epic photo shoot) and Rachael Morrow. Shot in Australia on Wurundjeri land, Camp Cope say of the video, "It's like a moment in time for us as a band. We were getting ready to fly out to the US for our first international tour since the pandemic started. Kelly is six months pregnant in it and keeps rocking out. Jenny, who has started playing guitar live with us graciously said yes to being in it. We really wanted to capture the energy of the song, and that sometimes the only way out is up. And who doesn't like to get dressed up and do funny things with leaf blowers all day?"
"It’s like a moment in time for us as a band. We were getting ready to fly out to the U.S. for our first international tour since the pandemic started. [Bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich] is six months pregnant in it and keeps rocking out. Jenny [Aslett], who has started playing guitar live with us graciously said yes to being in it. We really wanted to capture the energy of the song, and that sometimes the only way out is up. And who doesn't like to get dressed up and do funny things with leaf blowers all day?"
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Healing Potpourri, the vibrant indie pop project led by songwriter Simi Sohota, recently announced their upcoming album, Paradise, due out August 5th via Run For Cover Records. The album finds the Oakland-based musician unpacking two tumultuous years and pushing the band's sound in exciting new directions while collaborating with co-producer Sean O'Hagan (of Stereolab and The High Llamas) and engineer Jason Kick.
Today the band have shared Paradise's second single, "What Do I Do Now?" The track follows "Wind" (which garnered attention from the likes of Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, New Commute, and more) and offers a perfect cut of sunny keys and horns that highlights Sohora's ability to blend Brian Wilson-inspired chamber pop with a touch of warm psych.
Sohota discussed the new song saying:
"I started writing the chord progression for this one on my girlfriend’s childhood piano at her parents house. They ended up gifting that piano to us as a housewarming present when we moved to Oakland at the beginning of the pandemic and I wrote most of the “Paradise” album on it.
The lyrics are about a childhood friend who struggled with mental health issues and passed away due to an overdose. Since writing it I’ve had two more friends die under similar circumstances and it just really breaks my heart. The song is about feeling guilt from not doing more to help and about how much more was left unsaid. I hope that it will inspire folks to tell their friends and family how much they love them because the future isn’t guaranteed.
I wanted to contrast the lyrical subject matter with the most sugary and poppy production we could come up with. Jason Kick and I had this one nearly finished by the time we brought it to Sean O’hagan, who co-produced. He added some really sugary backup vocal ideas which I re-recorded with my voice.
The music video has this really nostalgic feel that reminds me of the feeling of thinking about a childhood friend, and the innocence of that. We worked with Sarah Phenix and Claire Donohue that have a company called Rainbow Tunnel that specializes in analog film techniques and they did a really amazing capturing the feel of the song."
Where Healing Potpourri's previous album, Blanket of Calm, was made by a large cast of Bay Area musicians, Paradisewas created primarily by the more compact team of Sohota, O'Hagan, and Kick. But the result is actually an even more sprawling sound that seamlessly melds electronic instrumentation and colorful psych washes with Sohota’s knack for rhapsodic songwriting and gorgeous melodies. “There are more synths, it’s more experimental,” he explains. “Part of that was just trying to make a lush, full band sound with just me, Jason, Sean, and a computer, but the other part of it was just the swirling dread and fear and paranoia of the time.” Throughout the record Sohota’s lyrics wrestle with pandemic-era dread and social tumult, looking directly into the deluge of frustration and despair, but also refusing to be completely defeated by it. His words stand in stark contrast with the effervescent instrumentation, adding a new dimension to Healing Potpourri. “The lyrics aren’t about everything being fine," he says. "A lot of the record is about how bad things are and how I’m angry about it–but I realized that can be Healing Potpourri too.”
Guitar pop extraordinaire Tony Molina recently returned with the announcement of his new album, In The Fade, due out August 12th via Summer Shade, a new imprint from Run For Cover Records curated by Madison Woodward (Fury, Object of Affection). In just 18 minutes In The Fade manages to encapsulate all of the different elements that have been so appealing about Molina's songwriting over the years. The record bounces from satisfyingly crunchy power chords, to scrappy jangle, to legitimately Beatles-esque arrangements, never letting the sheer hookiness lag for even a second.
Today Molina has shared the second single from In The Fade, the sweetly catchy "I Don't Like That He." The song highlight's Molina's ability to incorporate the songwriting shine of '60s pop artists as well as their '90s torchbearers likeTeenage Fanclub and The Aislers Set--making for a timeless sounding track that you'll immediately want to play again.
In The Fade is due out August 12th via Summer Shade and Run For Cover Records.
Faced with the perils of an isolating world, High Flying Man reignites the tradition of great American songwriting, speaking in the voice of the longing masses. At heart, Berry demands more life, rejecting both arty cynicism and nostalgic escapism.
It's the third album for Matt Berry’s pseudo-eponymous project. Loss and desire take center stage as Berry delves deep into 21st century malaise, crafting densely layered songs which project an unshakable yearning for deliverance from the world’s shortcomings.
Each track extends an outstretched palm towards universal connection, blending a complex mix of pop hooks, rock swagger, and psychedelia into dejected populist anthems.
On his lead single “Prime”, released today, Berry channels the simple pop mastery of Lindsay Buckingham. Getting older, I’m getting older, he restlessly croons as he takes jabs at the moral laziness of aging millennials, expressing his yearning for a return to vitality and conviction.
With High Flying Man, Berry embraces undying love in the face of isolation. Daring to want more life becomes a spiritual rallying cry against a world that has failed to make life either meaningful or beautiful. At their core, these songs are not about revolution, but they are about the faith that gives something like revolution a purpose in the first place.