Matt Schmalfeld makes laid back indie seem effortless. His stripped down sound on Frogs
hints at the 70’s Beatles without sounding diluted or retro. And I know…any comparison to the Beatles is doomed to disappoint, but take a listen and drop a comment if you disagree.
It’s hard to go a week without an Australian band making the list. This week its the Money War with the Right Kind of Love. There is so much to love about this track, but for me the melody and almost pleading lyrics stand out. Love is a contact sport folks.
If I’m honest. The original track probably wouldn’t have made the cut, but Soft Swells’ Be Young had good bones. It just needed a little nudge, which we now have courtesy of Oslo Park. It’s a light touch, but ends up making a world of difference. Listen for yourself.
Idle Frets deserves a shout out. These guys (and gal) strike me as the consummate struggling garage band…probably holding down shitty day jobs and gigging whenever they can. Of course, I can’t prove that since all their soundcloud bio says is, and I quote;
Ben – Guitar, Vocals
Dave – Guitar
Luke – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Erin – Drums, Backing Vocals
Alright, so not big on details, but if Glow is any indication of where this band is going consider me on board.
Lean comprises of Stephen Johnson and Kyle McCammon who actually met recording on other bands’ albums. They apparently hit it off and Lean was born. While the band is still getting off the ground (their fb profile dates to December 2016), their polished song writing and honed session chops are already paying dividends as they do here on Come Back.
photo courtesy of xpressmag.com.au