Last week, Californian synth-pop five-piece Gardens & Villa released Dunes, the full-length follow-up to the band's 2011 self-titled debut on Secretly Canadian. On "Bullet Train," the group's sound is smoother than ever, their avant-pop synthesizers matched by snappy post-punk drums and a melody sung by a twisting flute hook. And now the song receives an equally deft video treatment.Directed by Tony Katai, the clips pairs VHS-nostalgic footage of humorously bored, robotically deadpan musicians with scrappy snapshots of suburban homes and palm trees, ocean waves, and pink flamingos. "The young die young, if they work too hard," frontman Chris Lynch sings in a haze.
"Comes in Loudly," the latest single from Massachusetts duo Fat Creeps, is as an apt introduction to the band's sweet, smoky guitar rock. Since their inception in 2010, the pair has released a varied discography (an EP, a tape, and a split) of grungy surf-tinged riffs and minor-key melodies, juggling moments of moody girl-gang post-punk and chilling, slow-moving dream-pop along the way. But "Comes in Loudly" is their most expansive work yet. Over a heavy drums and psychedelic guitars, the hushed harmonizing between bassist Mariam Saleh and guitarist Gracie Jackson makes for an intimate experience.The single will appear on the band's forthcoming full-length debut, out this spring on cassette via Gnar Tapes.