Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Explorers Club - Hold Me Tight

I've been looking forward to hearing a full-length album from The Explorers Club ever since they released their first self-titled EP back in 2006. They have since signed to Dead Oceans and put together Freedom Wind, 12 tracks of 60's-tinged pop music made for hot summer days at the beach and romantic nights with a cool breeze blowing in.

These guys do the Beach Boys sound better than just about anyone else out there, but be warned... this is not the Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys that Animal Collective and various other bands have latched onto lately. The Explorers Club draw from earlier, more traditional Beach Boys material. The number of slower ballads on the album might turn some people off, but if you're in the mood for catchy vocal harmonies, then look no further. Freedom Wind was released back in May and is in stores now.

» Bonus Track: Forever
» Buy it on Amazon

Koufax - Strugglers

I was pleasantly surprised to hear a couple of weeks ago that Koufax will be releasing a new album in September called Strugglers. If you ask me, not enough people have heard this band and I was beginning to think they had broken up for good. They kind of got the shaft after being dropped from Vagrant Records when their album Social Life failed to sell as many records as bands like The Get Up Kids... go figure. Rob and Ryan Pope actually played in the band at one point too.

If you're into poppy piano ballads and dreamy synthesizers, this is one band you definitely must check out. Considering the fact that they sound kind of similar to Spoon, I'm surprised they haven't completely lit up the blogosphere by now. This title track is our first taste of the new album that will be available on September 23rd. A digital single for the song "Any Moment Now" will also be released on August 5th.

» Bonus Track: Let Us Know (from Social Life)
» Pre-order it on Amazon