Weekender: Floaty Feeling, Blue
Sometimes it’s great to discover a band that is totally unique in every way and sometimes it’s equally awesome to find something that’s both new and yet has that familiar feeling. This week, I’m kicking off the 2016 recs with two of the latter. First up is Weekender out of Philadelphia led by Derek Sheehan. Their just-released second EP is Floaty Feeling, Blue and while it is evocative of recent psych-pop favorites featured here, the songs, the energy and the sound just click. Weekender is definitely a band to check out and keep your ear out for.
Old Man Canyon: Delirium
Another brand-new-to-me early-year discovery is Old Man Canyon who operate in a similar sonic space as Weekender, as a sort of mix of Tame Impala and Portugal. The Man. Thankfully for me, those are two of my favorite bands of the past five years. Led by Jett Pace out of Vancouver, they just put out their debut LP, Delirium and it’s been steadily growing on me more and more on me with each listen with their dreamy, psychedelic synth swirl backing. And while the sound may be a bit familiar, it’s the incredibly strong debut of a band with a promising future.