- Might as well start with Hidden Gem's flagship band. Helmed by Gregory James, The Skating Party's lucid and buoyant pastiche strikes me as an intoxicating amalgam of New Order and Pains of Being Pure at Heart Check out their Drowning the Electric Boy ep while you're at it for six more songs cut from the same enticing cloth.
- TEEEL and Night Panther, hailing from New Jersey and Philly respectively, serve up pulsing techno pop that very well might beckon you to the dance floor, but won't regard you as a slouch if you opt to remain seated.
- Austin's Young Pharaohs massage their new-romantic canvas into something more soulful and plush with sweet results on "Truth and Fiction"
- As for Arctic Flow and Death of Pop, I can't recommend both of these upstart post-punk powerhouses enough. Neither tread the darkwave path, rather the road they've opted to traverse is considerably more subtle, revealing flourishes of chiming, gazy guitars and primo melodies along the way. Terrific.
Blue Aeroplanes - Birmingham, UK 2017 - *Hare & Hounds* *Kings Heath* *Birmingham, UK * *Jan. 19, 2017* *audience recording (sound quality: VG++; simply an excellent recording)* *The Blue Aeropla...
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