Obscure Sound: Best of July 2011

July provided us with a massive compilation, boasting 18 tracks that span over an hour. As expected with a compilation of that length, there are plenty of interesting stylistic pursuits inside. The Stepkids nod to the ’70s by tackling a genius fusion of soul and psych-rock, while the ’80s make an appearance with several artists – Memory Tapes, Autre Ne Veut, and Ceremony – producing excellent interpretations of nostalgic new wave and alternative. As they are inspired by the likes of The Cure and New Order, several other artists featured take influences from a period arriving later in the ’80s and early ’90s. The Fantasies and Anna Bradley show DIY alt-rock smarts that bring to mind Pavement and Sebadoh, a sound that Cymbals Eat Guitars also showed on their excellent debut a few years back. Their new epic, “Rifle Eyesight”, shows just as much promise. Throw in a few highly accessible pop/rock efforts – courtesy of Emma-Louise, Jethro Fox, and Burning Hearts – and you have a solid roster of artists this past month. Enjoy!

01. The Stepkids – Shadows on Behalf (post)
02. Washed Out – You and I (post)
03. Emma-Louise – Jungle (post)
04. Jethro Fox – Blinding Light (post)
05. Memory Tapes – Wait in the Dark (post)
06. The Haret – Take A Drink On Me (post)
07. Autre Ne Veut – Sweetheart (post)
08. The Fantasies – Stuck In My World (post)
09. The Rozzes – Leave Without Me (post)
10. Anna Bradley – Perfume (post)
11. Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper (post)
12. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name) (post)
13. The Carpels – Sand (post)
14. Burning Hearts – Into the Wilderness (post)
15. Ceremony – Not Tonight (post)
16. The Vliets – Beneath the Paisley Sky (post)
17. Real Estate – It’s Real (post)
18. Giles Corey – Empty Churches (post)


Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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