The Alt Weekly Roundup (8/26)

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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.

Commonweather—”Mellow Drama”

Introspection and uncertainty about avoiding relationship imbalance is the thematic crux of Commonweather’s new track “Mellow Drama.” It’s full of surging, Free Throw-like riffs and it was produced by two members of Microwave, which is palpable in its sound. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Nervus—”They Don’t”

The new Nervus single is a massively catchy and bouncy grunge-pop nugget that begs to soundtrack a midday bed-jumping sesh. Or, as the UK quartet exemplify in their video for the track, stomping repeatedly on little toy cop cars. For all its sugary hookiness, “They Don’t” is a righteously ACAB protest song about the fallacy of more police equalling more safety.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

Future Teens—”Reindeer Games”

Oso Oso rules. Future Teens rules. Future Teens covering Oso Oso? Shit rules. 

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison 

toobin—”hemorrhaging light” / deku scrub” 

DIY as it might be (down to the handmade mics used to record it), toobin’s first single release of two tracks “hemorrhaging light”/”deku scrub” feels like a mix between the light, airy nature of indie-surf bands like hot flash heat wave mixed with classic twinkly emo. Weird as it may sound, it feels like something to listen to when you’re watching sunlight glimmer on water in the middle of the afternoon.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Great Grandpa—”Mono no Aware”

Great Grandpa’s nostalgic new single finds the band at their slowest and most somber—and perhaps their best. “Do you feel this same thing that I do?” asks vocalist Alex Menne. I can’t promise you’ll feel the same way they do, but I can promise you’ll feel something intense listening to “Mono No Aware.”

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Anxious—”Never Better”

With the same energy that follows an intense head-rush of adrenaline, Anxious explodes with an infectious hype on their new Never Better EP. Teetering the line between vulnerability and power, tracks like “Small” showcase the group’s knack for putting their own emo-influenced spin on their sonically punk core.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Max Gowan—”7th Day” music video

Psychedelic bedroom pop artist Max Gowan dropped his latest project, Bygones, back in February, but his new video for its second track “7th Day” just came out last week. It’s a stunningly kaleidoscopic mini-film that sees a multicolored, silhouetted Gowan interspersed with artful shots of a miniature village. It’s wacky and it suits the otherworldly vibe of the song quite nicely.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

Macseal—”Always Hazy”

Sentimentally emo as always, Macseal’s single “Always Hazy” carries a whimsical type of charm that is fed by a glimmering guitar tone and attention grabbing moments of tempo change. It’s the perfect tune to coast down a highway to, hair whipping around your face with all of your windows wide open.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

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