iTunes, Spotify, and better yet Bandcamp where you can take in a couple of demos as well.
I'll now juxtapose to a not-so new comer, specifically pop veteran Jeremy Morris. I've lost count of how many records he's made at this point (25 to 30 perhaps?) but Hit You With a Flower might be the first with The Jeremy Band trio, rounded out by Dave Dietrich on drums and Todd Borsch on bass. Fans of the man in question know what to expect with virtually anything he affixes his name to - plaintive songwriting, an overarching sunny disposition, and jangly pop instincts that flirt with pleasing, psych-kissed guitar tones. In a nutshell Jeremy doesn't alter the recipe with ...Flower, but the title track is one of the most hook-savvy tunes he's committed to tape since his '90s signature piece "I'm Flying." Not sure where to dig in with Jeremy's deep catalog? My best recommendation would be to start here, straight from the source at Jam Records.
Guilty pleasure confession time. In 2009, I was bit by the "poptronica" bug and fell head over heals for Passion Pit's Manners album. Ever since I've been looking for new-school techno pop outfits that I might become equally besotted with. I hit the jackpot with Brooklyn's Great Good Fine Ok, whose sly synth salvos belie sumptuous, cosmopolitan grooves. GGFO aren't the types I give much coverage to, but genre be damned, 'cos they've concocted some of the most devastatingly delicious music I've encountered in the last five years. On their latest, (III) a maxi-ep of sorts, the dynamic duo of Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman lay down seven unapologetic love ditties couched in a polished modus operandi that all but compel you to shake a leg (or three). An '80s veneer infiltrates the proceedings, not to mention Sandler's relentless falsetto, but neither maneuver is overplayed so as to gum up the works. "Everything to Me" jump-starts a benign frenzy, "Already Love" is awash in bachelor pad sheik, while the concluding slow jam, "Thinking" finds the boys sauntering towards full fledged R&B. Take selected GGFO III cuts for a test drive on Spotify, then finalize your purchase on Amazon or iTunes. Physical copies can be had at their merch table, both online or in the flesh.
Johnson Unit - Live, January 1985 (Unreleased) - John O'Neil - Guitar/Vocals Steve Nordby - Bass/Vocals Robert Christie (RIP) - Drums/Vocals I think Steve gave me this a long time ago but I can't remembe...
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