Daydreamers Of ‘SOUVENIR DRIVER’ Deliver One Of The Most Gripping Guitar Pop Albums Of The Year…

Weekly fuel to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…

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Time flies, 2017 progresses slowly but surely towards its end. So thoughts of ‘best albums of the year’ come to mind. One that will be definitely on my list is the fourth, self-titled LP by Portland dream pop experts SOUVENIR DRIVER, released last April. It’s an enrapturing work of epic splendor. Eight gripping masterstrokes where poetic guitar lines, melodic grandeur and delightful vocals meet and turn at times into moody rainbows, at times
into electrifying jams. Magnificent compositions, beautifully arranged and orchestrated, romanticized with shades of shoegaze melancholy and full of sterling emotions.

Guitarist/singer Nate Weye said earlier in an interview: “It’s an evolution, but also a step toward something more personal, vulnerable, and human. The main themes are inspired by relationships, nature, and strangely enough, turtles. Like the image of a parachuter which we use on our merchandise, the turtle exists between two worlds, is vulnerable yet strong. Most importantly, its movement, a slow, but straight vision — mirrored the length of time it took to write/record/and release this, something that at times tested our patience, but which we never questioned or judged.”

Here’s – to my ears – the shiniest diamond on the album…

Experience the beauty in full…


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SOUVENIR DRIVER: Website – Facebook – Twitter


Turtles lovers, so happy together

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 18…

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A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven burning tracks I played on repeat these past days
Seven brisk strokes to feed body and soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!

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1/ ‘Forever Watching The Skies’ by CHEMTRAILS (London UK)
Sounds like a 2017 Ronettes song. Spectacular harmonies, blazing guitars and an overall vital orchestration with a nostalgic twist. Bewitching pop stroke! From the band’s brand new 6-track EP ‘Headless Pin Up Girl‘ out 12 May – all details here on Bandcamp

CHEMTRAILS: Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘Top Boy’ by THE BYZANTINES (Adelaide, Australia)
Inspired by notorious British rock bands such as Kasabian and early Primal Scream this heated quartet from down under produces a smoking hot groove invigorated with infectious hooks and terrific riffs, that will seduce your limbs to do some crazy moves…

THE BYZANTINES: Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘Sunsets’ by SOUVENIR DRIVER (Portland, Oregon, US)
This is a tremendous speedy pop bolide, with dreamy guitars, atmospheric synths and passionate vocals pushing the overwhelming drive to a spectacular and electrifying level. Top! From their new, excellent self-titled album – discover the magic here on Bandcamp

SOUVENIR DRIVER: Tumblr – Twitter

4/ ‘Turning Tables’ by SKETCH CLUB (Melbourne, Australia)
Multi-layered guitar electricity turns this sticky sonic journey, slowly but surely, into
an amplified and polyphonic pop rainbow! A magnificent score from the Australian
band’s brand new 6-track EP ‘Primal Calls & Graceless Falls‘ here on iTunes

SKETCH CLUB: Facebook – The A & R Department (label)

5/ ‘L’ by THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Cape Town,South Africa)
Gloriously rattling DIY noisemakers with a raw garage rock drone spiced with cutting vocals and some sexy oh la la’s in the chorus that will stimulate your lungs to scream along. From the trio’s new 3-track EP ‘Sick Like Paradise’ . Stream all the havoc here.

THE MEDICINE DOLLS: Facebook

6/ ‘The Doctor’ by PELICAT (Oslo, Norway)
Brand new flashy single from this thrilling guitar pop quartet. A catchy, richly arranged, highly appealing and harmonic injection! More band info here: Facebook – Twitter

PELICAT: Facebook – Twitter

7/ ‘Bins’ by JACOB DIAMOND (Melbourne, Australia)
Jacob Diamond is an intriguing and inspired singer/songwriter reminding me of
the best moments of early Evan Dando. Moony beauty for heart and soul enriched
with a gripping voice. Bins is on his new, intimate, 5-track EP ‘Um’ – here on iTunes

JACOB DIAMOND: Facebook – Website

See/hear you next week, music junkies…