Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tight, Urgent Pop Melodies

San Francisco's Man/Miracle purvey melodic and cacophonous rock music that is tightly wound around jangly guitars, group vocals, hand claps and well-wrought songwriting. While we have yet to go through their entire album The Shape of Things, due Feb 23 on Third Culture Records, the music we have heard is joyous and rollicking, thoroughly whetting our appetite for what promises to be a damn-fine full length. Enjoy "Hot Sprawl" above.

In other news...

Danish experimental pop group Oh No Ono threw NYC into quite a frenzy last month during their three show run, including a support slot on a killer bill with Bear in Heaven at the Mercury Lounge. The buzz is well deserved. Their enormous sound reverberates heavily throughout their record Eggs (out now, Friendly Fire Recordings), falling all over itself, yet heavily anchored in falsetto vocals, and hook-laden chord structures. Somehow their epic arrangements feel organic and controlled, without delving too far into their experimental or psychedelic tendencies. Every track is unique and intriguing, and somehow never sounds the same, no matter how many times you hear it.

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