Another New Release Round-Up: June 2020
Jetstream Pony are a UK band that's released a few terrific singles over the past couple years (they lured me in with a fizzy little cover of "Don't Fear The Reaper"). Their self-titled debut reaches back to late 80s/early 90s shoegaze, buzzing guitars and sweet vocals, though with a little more jangle and a little less feedback. Think Lush and the Darling Buds crossed with the Sundays, women-helmed noise-pop with hooks aplently. Buy it at Bandcamp.
Third full-length outing for all-women Madrid-based indie rockers Hinds, and simply comparing the colorful cover of The Prettiest Curse to the drunken slumber-party photos of the prior releases gives a good indication that they are moving beyond the lo-fi roots into something much more polished. But it's hardly slick, the distorted vocals and skewed post-punk guitars keeping this far afield from straight pop, more like the cool girls from school trying to rework their Pavement and Go! Team records into something fresh. Buy it at Bandcamp.