The Alt Weekly Roundup (5/10)

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The Alternative Weekly Roundup is a column where our staff plugs a variety of new releases in a concise, streamlined format. Albums, singles, videos, and live sets. Check back each Monday to see what we were jamming the week prior.

Swim Camp — Stupidest Thing / First Day Back

The new single by Swim Camp is a great introduction into the world of Philly singer-songwriter Tom Morris. “Stupid Thing” is a gorgeous, expertly layered slowcore song replete with trilling violin and sparkling keys to give it a robustness the genre tends to lack, while “First Day Back,” which is not a Braid cover, finds kinship with Low’s recent work in its ability to turn piercing feedback into a gorgeous instrument of its own.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Mumbletide — “Sucker”

Mumble Tide are labeled as bedroom pop on Bandcamp, but the duo are louder and punchier than that suggests on their new single “Sucker”. The Bristol band have created a song about saying goodbye to baggage with a snarl and a wink that will stick in your head like candy.

Jami Fowler | @audiocurio

Damper / Slow Disco — Existential Split

The second track on Damper and Slow Disco’s Existential Split is called “Showed Up Too Late for the Emo Revival” and, while it’s clearly an ironic title, it’s fairly fitting in the way that this split plays out like a sampler of the various styles of emo that cropped up during that time. Damper’s two offerings have shades of Empire! Empire!, noodly math, and punishing skramz, while Slow Disco’s half exemplifies the anthemic, scream-it-to-the-rafters quality that emo embodies at its best.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Again in May — Feels Like Home

Annapolis, Maryland, four-piece post-hardcore outfit Again in May dropped their debut EP Feels Like Home on May 7. Citing Movements, Citizen, and Bring Me the Horizon as influences, the newcomers toe a delicate balance between melodic vocals and heavy instrumentation. The foursome refuse to sacrifice hooks, but even so, they manage to keep their heavier edge, serving as an accessible conduit between emo and hardcore sensibilities.

Michelle Bruton | @MichelleBruton

hey ily — internet breath

By now you’ve probably seen the hype for hey ily’s second EP internet breath. And let me tell you it’s well deserved. Throughout its six tracks, the one-man band melds emo, lofi, hyperpop, skramz, punk, and powerpop into something totally new.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

small pictures — songs for people who grew up in the church

Judy Mitchell is best known as the frontwoman for Record Setter, the best ever skramz band out of Denton. But her debut solo EP songs for people who grew up in the church shows a different side of her. These songs are softer, almost folksy at times, indie rock songs that recall, for example, early Bright Eyes.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

The Alternative’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist

Each week our editor Lindsy Carrasquillo compiles a playlist of songs our staff has been jamming. We’ll post it on Fridays on Twitter and then include it in each edition of the ‘Weekly Roundup’ to make sure you don’t miss all of the great music we’re recommending.

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