By: Sarah Besnard and Lee Cahill
Artist : Love Inks
Listen: “Leather Gloves” off of E.S.P
From: Austin, TX
Label: Hell, Yes! / City Slang
Sounds Like: Melancholy, minimal female-fronted dreampop with a tinge of post rock. The XX meets Azure Ray meets :(.
Reason to listen: Their name comes from the book Love Ink that, in one chapter, describes the process of burning letters from old lovers and then using the ashes to woo future lovers.
Artist : Miniature Tigers
Listen: “Boomerang” from their forthcoming album Mia Pharaoh
[audio http://www.box.net/shared/static/hlnpbfkc3aich5ngzuki.mp3]From: Brooklyn, NY
Label: Modern Art Records
Sounds Like: Indie pop-rock that’s in some songs dancy, in some songs chill and surfy, and in other songs psychedelic. The Strokes meets MGMT meets Best Coast.
Reason to listen: Rolling Stone listed Miniature Tigers as “one of the 25 best bands on Myspace” in 2006 (when myspace was still relevant).
Buy: Download for free in exchange for your email on their website http://www.miniaturetigers.com/
Artist : Veronica Falls
Listen: “Bad Feelings” off of their S/T album
From: London, UK
Label: Slumberland Records
Sounds Like: Indie Brit pop-rock with hints of 60s style wall of sound incorporating lots of guitar strumming.
Reason to listen: They’ll be supporting the Dum Dum Girls on their upcoming UK tour and their new album was recorded with producers Guy Fixsen (My Bloody Valentine, The Breeders) and Ash Workman (Metronomy, The Drums)