This Fall will see the return of Banhart, and the early tracks out there from Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon are promising. Out 9/25 through Beggars, the album was recorded at home in Topanga, CA throughout the Spring of 2007, and was co-produced by Noah Georgeson and Devendra. This is the track that everyone is talking about so far - a long, slow building monolith of a jam that turns from homemade folk into full-on rock.
MP3 :: Seahorse
(from Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon)
Aaron Schroeder writes the kind of melodic power-pop that can’t help but put a twinkle in your eye. Just like The New Pornographers, The Shins, or The Long Winters, his new album, Black & Gold, is bursting with catchy hooks and exuberant sing-alongs, with some strong hints that Schroeder also digs the rural twang of Golden Smog and The Jayhawks.
Polynya is another group that is confidant with a melodic pop hook. Hailing from North Carolina, the group spent 4 years working on their self-titled debut, and the hard work has paid off. It’s full of sleek, new wavey gems - think an American Camera Obscura.