OE Monomania – The Tracks We Can’t Stop Listening To 12/8


This week, we continue with OpenEars Monomania, tracks we can’t get out of head, songs that are constantly on repeat. These are the tracks that have etched themselves into our minds currently. We hope you will find something new you dig:

Advance Base – Summon Satan

Advance Base is lead by Owen Ashworth who previously recorded under the moniker Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and while the production branches out from simple Casio beats and keys it doesn’t venture too far and that should delight fans of his former band. It’s lo-fi and dusty. It’s lonely and sparse, lyrically dense, honest, gritty and beautiful. – JM

Eliot Sumner – Information

After being blown away seeing Eliot Sumner open up for On An On live a few months ago, this track has been probably one of my most played tracks since, it’s a wonder this hasn’t blown up in the US bigger. The song itself is a perfect feeling of that rage that burns itself inside when you aren’t really sure where you stand with the person you are seeing, asking that person to give you some information, are they feeling the same, where do I stand? While there is no doubt Eliot Sumner has gathered some of the talent from her famous father, Sting himself, and you can even hear him in her voice, Sumner stands alone here. Warning: if listening while driving your car, might want to keep an eye on your speed because you will be 0-90 in no time. – MG

Jet Trash – Baby C’Mon

Since this summer when I first heard this song off the San Francisco quartet’s debut self titled EP on Wiener Records (a Burger Records imprint), this Jet Trash song is played constantly whenever a feverish pace is needed to get pumped up and rage a little. The garage rock group goes hard here from start to finish and you can’t help but screaming along “Baby C’mon” for 3 minutes of bliss. – MG

Mystic Braves – Born to Get to You

The LA based, Echo Park residents, Mystic Braves just released their new album, Days of Yesteryear, via one of my favorite record companies, Lolipop Records, last month, and this album has been on constant rotation. Steeped in 60’s psychedelia, “Born to Get to You” is one of the many stand out tracks with Julian Ducatenzeiler’s gritty voice confessing “I was born to get to you, yes it’s true”, no matter how many times he has broken her heart. Romantic, honest, evil, with the constant pulling away and back to that special person, and this song isn’t without some good ole fashioned fuzzed out rock n roll.

RENO BO – And I Know She Did

My first introduction to RENO BO came from The Whigs drummer Julian Dorio, who had posted about this Nashville band on his Instagram. I was immediately drawn too “And I Know She Did”,  a song that sounds straight out of the 70’s, a good ole fashioned easy listening classic rock song that’s been playing on our record players for years. But no, RENO BO had just released the sophomore album Lessons from a Shooting Star over the summer, not afraid to bring back the soft rock of the past combining classic rock influences from the 60’s and 70’s. – MG

She-Devils – Come

The debut single from Montreal minimalist avant-pop duo Audrey Ann + Kyle Jukka, aka She-Devils, from their forthcoming debut EP, out January 15, 2016, is a hypnotic dream pop piece worth repeat listens. Just watch the video and fall in love with their weird erotica vibe, 60’s french pop and you just want to trip out with She-Devils. – MG

TOPS – The Hollow Sound of the Morning Chimes

Another Montreal dream pop group, TOPS had one of my favorite albums of 2014 with Picture You Staring. Recently they have released two new singles with the melancholy “The Hollow Sound of the Morning Chimes” being on constant repeat. The track is a seductive 7 minutes long, with a 2 minute long guitar driven outro that will have you lost in time. – MG

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Contributors: Mike Gerry (MG) and John McNicholas (JM)


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