Exploding Flowers: Stumbling Blocks (2020)
Per Bandcamp, the band is comprised of members of various other indie bands with which I'm not familiar, so I guess I've got some homework to do. This is actually their second release; their 2011 debut had a rougher edge and bit more of a post-punk vibe, while this one has a lot more mellow jangle to it.
The album opens with the melodic "A Daunting Thought," the pleasantly chiming guitars and insistent organ coming across like a blend of the Chills and Bats. Other standouts include the more rollicking upbeat "Far, But Never Gone," the Go-Betweens-like "Mirror to Mirror, Face to Face," and the charming pop of "Timing Is Everything." There are a few stylistic variations as well--"Billions Just Like You Here Today" and "My Poor Heart" offer angular new wave flashes, with the Farfisa organ sound of the former in particular mixing things up; "I Need Your Devotion" has more of a droning groove going on--but most sticks to pleasant jangle.
Buy it at Bandcamp.
Audio rip of "Daunting Thought":...and "Far, But Never Gone":