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Catch the Buzz: Hopeful Monster

Canadian songsmith Jason Ball gathers a psych-pop troupe to flesh out his bubbly electronic, harmony-laced numbers recalling the best of the Postal Service.

Who? Hopeful Monster head Jason Ball began his studio experimentations in rural Nova Scotia, Canada before settling comfortably amidst the Toronto indie scene where he crafts ’60s piano-pop throwbacks, building staccato, Zombies-style ditties and updating each with electronic flourishes. Ball — with a recently cemented five-piece line-up, featuring members of the Hylozoists and By Divine Right — delivers synth lines conjuring Grandaddy’s bounce and emotive melodies that breeze over measured computer buzzes with the earnestness of the Postal Service. Check out the odyssey and oracle of “Uncivilized” in MP3 form below.

Their latest: Ball’s second full-length as Hopeful Monster, entitled Metatasking, arrived stateside July 29.

Recommended if you like… The Postal Service, Zombies, Grandaddy

Now Hear This: Hopeful Monster, “Uncivilized”(DOWNLOAD MP3)

Attention Bands! Hopeful Monster was selected for our Buzzcatcher section via the band’s electronic press kit, which was submitted to SPIN.com via Sonicbids, a website aiding up-and-coming bands. To be considered for a Buzzcatcher spotlight, sign up at sonicbids.com and submit your music today!