Pinned on some excellent guitar and bass work, “Assossamagh” is a funky, organic retro jam. What really stands out about this track is its near-perfect production, locking every instrument into a complimentary pocket and not letting any, no matter how impressive, outshine the rest and emphasizing primal groove over flash.
“If I Find It”
Florida’s the Currys prove that the most powerful musical harmonies often come from groups of family members, rather like the Avett Brothers and Jamestown Revival. Jimmy and Tommy Curry and cousin Galen Curry are the heart of the indie-folk group with their tight-as-a-rubber-band three-part harmonies. Emerging from the oyster bars and restaurants of the Florida Gulf Coast, the band recently headlined the Florida Folk Fest and have developed enough of a strong following that they were able to crowdfund their sophomore album West of Here, releasing in March. “If I Find It” is the first single from that upcoming release and it’s an infectious tune to say the least.
Panic Is Perfect
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San Francisco’s Panic Is Perfect are a pure pop band who pen super-memorable hooks and create intricate layers of carefully composed music. Band member Mike Hoffman says, “We have a lot of multilayered arrangements in our songs, and almost everything we write features big hooks. Everything is catchy, but it’s also complex.” That’s the approach that leads to pop songs that last and stand the test of time. Panic Is Perfect is a pretty new group, with just a 2015 EP behind them, and so it’s remarkable that their sound is already so fully formed.