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Steven Hyden’s Favorite Music Of February 2024

Consistently, Uproxx social pundit Steven Hyden makes an unranked rundown of his #1 music-related things delivered during this period  melodies, collections, books, films, and so on.

1. Vampire Weekend, “Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops”

A mark band of 21st century non mainstream reported their return this month with two new tunes from an impending collection, Just God Was Above Us, due in April. They are unequivocally unique in relation to each other "Capricorn" is a swaying mix undergirded by an acoustic guitar play that sounds acquired from a late-'60s Crimps record, while "Gen-X Police" is a surf-rock rave-up with a screechingly overheated slide-guitar riff.

However, taken together, they offer an obvious sign that the California crunchiness of Father Of The Lady has been saved until further notice. This will most likely please devotees of VW's New York City driven pre-FOTB yield, however as a FOTB fan I'm likewise satisfied to hear that this band's cautious songcraft and lovely creation taste stays as unerring as could be expected.

2. DIIV, “Brown Paper Bag”

On my week after week non mainstream rock web recording and somewhere else, I have been bullish on the fate of this fairly star-crossed shoegaze band. During the 2010s, they endured private matters and changing melodic tides while gathering a discreetly incredible discography of three collections, including their latest exertion, 2019's Double crosser. They have a committed following, yet they actually appear to be somewhat unrecognized.

What's more, this was all before I heard their forthcoming collection, Frog In Bubbling Water, due in May. I will keep my particular contemplations on the record to myself until further notice, yet I'll simply say that positions among the absolute best collections I have heard such a long ways in 2024. The single "Earthy colored Paper Sack" is the steer off course, and it's a decent sign of the record's quality.

3. Liquid Mike, Paul Bunyan’s Slingshot

I realized I planned to adore this collection when I got to the 6th track and seen that it cited my number one scene from the 1999 narrative American Film. For those that haven't seen it: American Film is about a hopeful movie producer from Milwaukee who is attempting to conquer powers outer (his unsupportive family, his lower-working class conditions) and inside (liquor addiction, an inclination to behave destructively) to make his true to life show-stopper, Northwestern.

It's a good idea that Fluid Mike a band that hails from Michigan's distant Upper Landmass would connect with this film. Head lyricist Mike Maple is one more gifted Midwestern striver who is all the while interested by the ordinary specifics of modest community life and frightened to-death that it could gulp down him. Gracious, and I have referenced the music yet? I question you will find a more honed power-pop record this year, especially on the off chance that you wish Directed By Voices sounded more like Everclear.

4. Jessica Pratt, “Life Is”

So many collection declarations this month from acts who haven't put out new music since the Trump organization! This is the main single from Here In The Pitch, which will be out in May, and it's precisely exact thing you would anticipate from this mysterious, in bad shape ace — it seems as though she's singing in a desolate room arranged within an old inn populated by writers, addicts, and perfectly defiled heroes from 1967. At the end of the day: Awesome.

5. Amen Dunes, “Purple Land”

Who needs one more new collection from a regarded non mainstream act that was last heard from quite a while prior? Back in 2018, So be it Rises put out one of the extraordinary non mainstream rock collections of the most recent 10 years, Opportunity. On that record, Damon McMahon appeared as though he was progressing to a more standard sound, showing a propensity for anthemic guitar sticks that took off to elating settlements.

However, on his impending LP due in May, Passing Jokes, McMahon turns back to a more trial and contemplative style that is as disrupting as the title proposes. I'm actually making sense of it, in all honesty, however it's been a captivating excursion.

6. MGMT, Loss Of Life

These splendid jokesters generally stand by four or five years between collections, which is sufficiently lengthy for individuals to think, "Gracious, these folks are very great" and afterward promptly forget about it until the following collection. To me they are the Steely Dan of blog rock an exceptionally savvy pair who met at a world class East Coast school and afterward found far-fetched pop achievement, after which they developed considerably more unreasonable.

Death toll sort of sounds like Steely Dan on occasion there are a ton of delicate stone moves and lots of fretless bass. It is another Congrats style curve after 2018's Little Dim Age, which was their straightest collection since Mysterious Breathtaking. Yet again MGMT is behaving like a band who had two enormous hits right out of the entryway, and presently will play with house cash.

7. Real Estate, Daniel

Similarly as with MGMT, recognizing that Land is currently a heritage act that has placed out collections in three unique many years makes a shock of mortality likened to the "Matt Damon ages into an elderly person toward the finish of Saving Confidential Ryan" image. Wasn't it just yesterday that these New Jersey dream-poppers were composing nostalgic tunes about suburbia during the Obama organization?

Yet again with Daniel, Land explain that their M.O. is refining instead of changing their sound. Martin Courtney composes extremely lovely guitar pop tunes, and his band plays those melodies like The Feelies subsequent to bringing down a charming eatable. Daniel reveals every one of the beneficial things about becoming older, and none of the awful ones. Assuming you like Land, the collection conveys.

8. Hovvdy, “Forever”

This Texas couple causes strummy society rock tunes that to feel like comfortable back-yard hangs. It's the sort of music that you can without much of a stretch waste an early evening time paying attention to again and again. So it's great that their impending record is a self-named twofold collection, which drops on April 26. The single is designated "Perpetually," and it's beautiful.

9. Memorytown, It Takes Forever

Discussing comfortable jams, this Philadelphia band is a side undertaking for Matt Schimelfenig, who likewise plays in the band Gladie alongside delivering scores of different gatherings. With Memorytown, he makes stout heartland awesome music that is ideal for an unexpectedly warm winter. Their most recent It Takes Everlastingly is a champ.