“100” — Eternal Summers
Do yourself a favor and buy this entire record right now. Not only will it provide you with the perfect pining-for-summer soundtrack, but their album “The Drop Beneath” is killer from start to finish. The warm guitar sound on this track churns the bass and vocals into a swirling mix of pure pop perfection.
“Spirit” — Future Islands
Combining the synth pop of MGMT and groovy world beats of Vampire Weekend, Future Islands will take you aback if you’ve never heard them before. The deep baritone of Samuel Herring, the group’s lead singer, provides a nice contrast to this song’s bopping rhythms. Future Island’s latest album, “Singles,” was released on Tuesday.
“A Beginner’s Guide To Destroying The Moon” — Foster The People
High expectations follow these hipsters of “Pumped Up Kicks” fame. While their sophomore release, “Supermodel,” doesn’t exactly live up to the hype, this track is a fun collection of disjointed guitar, synth and vocals that somehow meet to create one catchy dance-pop tune. “Supermodel” was released on Columbia Records this Tuesday.
“Mouthful Of Sand” — Nights
Nights is about to embark on a month-long tour of Japan and will be playing one last U.S. show at the Happy Dog Saturday night. This group is native to Cleveland’s West Side and fuses the grungy guitar blast of the Smashing Pumpkins with an ethereal falsetto.
“Fever” — The Black Keys
The first new material from Akron’s rock heroes in three years, “Fever” is the first single off of “Turn Blue” which will be released on May 13. Featuring a funky bass line that undercuts syncopated guitar and Dan Auerbach’s signature croon, the psychedelic-blues of this track harkens back to the Key’s “Attack & Release” days. I was personally underwhelmed at first, but this track is a grower. Advised listening volume: LOUD.
Retro Pick of the Week: “The Ballad of El Goodo” — Big Star
America’s quintessential power-pop band, Big Star sports sweet vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles and a jangly guitar sound evocative of the Byrds. Big Star proudly carried the legacy of these two groups into the 70s, an era in which no one (except maybe the Raspberries) wanted to write light pop songs. “The Ballad of El Goodo” is a shimmering and gorgeous testament to the timelessness of pop music.