Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Sept. 18

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Stove, Mosquiter, Stove Mosquiter

Stove, “Mosquiter.”

Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips.

Artists on platforms such as Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does!

We pooled our resources to find some of the best new singles from all genres and backgrounds, so you can find your newest earworm without all the drama. Enjoy this week’s hidden gems:

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Indoor Pets, “Hi” – This self-described “dirty pop” group abounds in unexampled personality. Its sound feels like a more reserved version of the Frights and lends itself to intimate surf-punk undertones. “Hi” is a simple but thoughtful song, with lyrics that taste like hopeful ambition for a future that feels pretty out of reach. With many nods to the likes of Weezer, “Hi” serves its purpose as an empathetic cry for help and solidarity.

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Stove, “Mosquiter” – This quartet excels with slow jams, through serene melodies laced with mellow percussion and laid-back guitar playing. “Mosquiter” strokes your heartstrings as its intro borrows elements of “The Wind Blows” by the All American Rejects. The washes of reverb strewn about the song give the song an element of interest and surprise as it develops and progresses. These guys have something special, as they bridge the gap between gentle indie and mellow pop to a seamless effect.

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Lapel, “Summer Vacation” – Debbie Neigher, better known as Lapel, is an introspective feminist. Behind her carefully chosen name is the inspiration from a Margaret Trudeau quote: “I want to be more than a rose on my husband’s lapel.” Neigher’s worldview colors the lyrics of Lapel’s single “Summer Vacation.” Her synth-pop groove beautifully intertwines with the sentimentality behind her words. She sings full of reassurance toward her partner.

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Grapetooth, “Violent” – These Japanese new-wave junkies do the style proud with this repulsive banger. The bouncy bass line and calming synth of “Violent” provide the perfect foil for punky vocals and an unrelenting beat. The duo’s inception traces back to a bottle of cheap red wine, a theme they’re keen on running with, considering it named their EP Red Wine as well. “Violent” feels some of the serenades from Modern English, especially in frontman Clay Frankel urgent croons.

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Charlotte Lawrence, “Stole Your Car” – This pop standout makes her presence known as soon as her powerful Bebe Rexha-like vocal hits. “Stole Your Car” might fall in line with the sound of many current female chart-toppers, but Lawrence maintains her own infectious aura. With a ridiculously fun and sexy beat drop, this relevant electronic track would have the audacity to set the perfect party mood. Her balance of heavy Auto-Tune and natural singing creates a unique timbre, and her cuttingly comical lyrics appropriately furnish the accessible dynamic.

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Vic’s Pick: Having a major crush of bands like Death Cab for Cutie and Rex Orange County definitely set me up for finding favor with Stove’s single “Mosquiter.” The soft-spoken song flows and harmonizes to form gorgeous lines of refreshing lyricism. The group’s sound could work in coffee houses and art houses, a vibe as versital as it is distinct.

Follow writer Vic Silva at Twitter.com/VicSilvaaaa.

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