By Cameron Deuel
BandCamp is the single greatest music discovery platform in existence because it grants you instant access to an ecosystem of music in virtually every genre from artists around the world. You could accidentally click on an album under the Recently Sold section and discover your new favorite band. You might also quickly recognize that lo-fi didgeridoo two-step isn’t your jam. (Or maybe it is, and you find acceptance among the didgeridudes and didgeridudettes!) The goal of this column is to point you in the direction of great releases from the last month that flew under the radar. Here are a few outstanding releases from June.
Brutus – Burst
Belgian post-rock three-piece Brutus pack a stadium-sized punch with their latest album, Burst. Every track is a gut-punch of percussive revelry and anthemic lyrics that contain enough pop savvy to keep them stuck in your head for days.
RIYL: Seals, baby seals, mother seals, multi-tasking
Mounika. – How Are You?
How Are You?, the newest project from Mounika., is like a Tumblr page dedicated to found vintage photography. There’s a deceptively simple balance throughout this project in that elegant French pop vocalists are sampled over twinkling, spacious beats. Allow this to become part of your lazy afternoon soundtrack this summer.
RIYL: Bright Eyes, cuffed jeans, baguettes, Françoise Hardy
Pillow Queens – Calm Girls
Some of the best pop punk is currently being created by Dublin’s Pillow Queens and their debut EP, Calm Girls, is perfect proof. This EP takes you from urgent garage rock to slow-burning sing-a-long in just about 10 minutes. Calm Girls is thoughtful, energetic, and essential.
RIYL: Wordplay, sushi art, patches, cutting the sleeves off t-shirts
ShitKid – Fish
ShitKid (pictured at the top of this post) is an off-kilter indie pop master. On Fish, her debut album you can find her doing everything from riding motorbikes to beginning a journey to hell over fuzzy, kaleidoscopic instrumentation that seems to range in space, time, and genre.
RIYL: Jukeboxes, letting your food touch, potpourri, weaving