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Chai – “Plastic Love” (Mariya Takeuchi Cover)

CHAI still haven’t confirmed a full-length follow-up to last year’s PUNK LP, but we’ve been hearing a lot from the sweetly eccentric Japanese pop-rock band. Last month, they capped off a steady stream of one-off tracks with the news that they were signing to Sub Pop. The announcement was accompanied by another single, the supremely […]

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Nekra – "Esquire" & "Red Room"

As of now, the London hardcore band Nekra’s discography consists of a searing, righteously angry 2017 demo and a 2019 compilation one-off called “Dad.” In less than 10 minutes of music, they’ve established an identity: shouty and combative, blisteringly fast, in and out in well under two minutes. Next month they’ll add a proper EP […]

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Mary Lattimore – “Hold Your Breath”

It’s been a rough week. And a rough month. And a rough year. Let Mary Lattimore soothe you with the dulcet tones of her harp. The experimental/ambient harpist and composer recently released her deeply calming new album Silver Ladders, produced by Slowdive frontman Neil Halstead. And now she’s back with a lovely new one-off called […]

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Mystic Inane – "Peckerwood Nero"

Three years ago my colleague Tom Breihan posted the LA Women mini-LP by a New Orleans punk band called Patsy, noting, “their schoolyard-taunt snarl is one of the coolest things I’ve heard out of the DIY underground in a minute.” Candice, that band’s driving force, is also in Mystic Inane, who have a new EP […]

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Benee – “Happen To Me”

The young New Zealand pop singer Benee blew up earlier this year on the strength of “Supalonely,” a Gus Dapperton duet that became a hit on TikTok. Since then, she’s joined beabadoobee in the ranks of the young indie-ish bedroom-pop types whose success has entirely been a result of TikTok popularity. Next week, Benee will […]

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Clearbody – “Quarterback”

Clearbody are a young trio out of Charlotte specializing in shoegazey emo that exists in continuum with stated influences like Sunny Day Real Estate and Cloakroom. Earlier this fall they released “Blossom,” the lead single from their debut album One More Day, and today they’re back with another one called “Quarterback.” This one barrels ahead […]

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