FRUIT BATS (Chicago/Portland)
Over the course of three records on the legendary Sub Pop label, Eric D. Johnson (who also plays in the Shins and Vetiver) and
Fruit Bats have looked for ways to file down the cynical edge of modern life and found many. Using bright melodies, defiantly major-key chord structures, natural imagery mixed with the occasional blazing insight and tender observation, the Fruit Bats have never shied away from darkness, but more uncommon in this day and age, they’ve refused to shy away from light.
' It’s not that this is a new sound they’re making—much of this record, unsurprisingly, revels in early ‘70s SoCal bliss and other alt-country permutations. But what they are doing here is deepening their sound, and expanding it by incorporating more classic rock stuff. More guitar rundowns and solos, subtle shifts in tempo, dabbles in piano-pop, and jangly group singalongs. It’s a varied and rich set, and the best from a band that has been pretty good all along.' - PopMatters
DEER PARK (London)
Indie folk-rockers like The Hold Steady going a bit celtic. Debut album out now!
Yo La tengo-esque acoustica from isle of Wight.