DWR Singles Roundup 6/28

Going to try something a bit more short form, I really need to work on some fiction. Anyway, I curate sometimes. So, here’s five singles you should get your ears on, and one recommended Dirt Witch Records track. At the bottom I’ll post a playlist with the songs attached and a larger playlist curated by Dirt Witch.

  • Sick Day: Stars Shining Over Me
    • Released June 17 2022
    • Sick Day is indie rock group based in Chicago(?)
    • I’ve actually done a show review of Sick Day before (I bought a hat), and they are, well sick. Their new single is no exception. Its emotional and dynamic, with an indie pop style chorus that moves into a more rock n’ roll chorus and verse, with fantastic drumming that carries the song through the movements, and some cool choral style vocals near the end to increase the impact of the final chorus.
  • Art Of Conversation: A Dream To Hold Onto
    • Released June 10 2022
    • Art Of Conversation is a 5 piece indie rock/ indie pop band out of Detroit
    • This song is super soulful, and full of atmosphere. To be honest, this song makes me want to slow-dance with my wife. This has to be some of my favorite steel guitar in a song, ever, and all of the instrumentals come together beautifully, and support the soulful singing.
  • sleepyhead: Centrefold
    • Released August 13, 2021
    • sleepyhead are an indie pop duo out of Manchester, England
    • This song is fucking addictive. It holds true to brit pop rock, with program drums, synthy bass and constant, down-strummed high register guitar. The vocals are perfectly laconic, and the chorus is catchy as fuck.
  • RUMKICKS: Goodbye Song
    • Released August 18, 2020
    • RUMKICKS are a punk (mostly duo) out of Korea
    • A bit old, but man this song is fucking cool. Do you like fast punk guitar, drums, and choral style vocals. Do you like all of that in Korean?
  • Loops & Loops: Everything Changes
    • Released November 5, 2021
    • Loops & Loops is a shoegaze/ambient/indie/dream pop project out of New York
    • This song is positively dreamy. The shoegaze is strong here with dreamy reverb soaked vocals over a soundscape of who knows, direct bassy drums and a clean, reverb heavy guitar.
  • Kyle Kaos: Bennie’s On Bennies
    • Originally released Jun 2012
    • Kyle Kaos was a punk project out of Chicago (Music being re-released digitally by Dirt Witch Records)
    • This is the song that makes me feel like I can get to know Kyle the most. I love the story style of the song, and the production is so perfectly lo-fi. Kyle’s guitarwork is punky but varied, always serving the song. I mean, I have obvious bias, but this song is fucking perfect.

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