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premiere: stream PARTS’ lovely debut EP

PARTS

We're psyched to premiere the promising debut tape release from young Grand Rapids duo Alyssa Midcalf + Marley Ferguson, aka PARTS. Their self-titled 3-song EP is an ethereal collection of diaphanous, dreamily melancholy synth-pop, highlighted by the swooning, achingly pretty opening track "Pieces" and its poignant refrain of "I don't love you but I need you to stay"...

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Hoops – Feelin’ Fine

Tape #3

We're still hooked on Hoops' undeniably infectious and charming tapes #1 + #2, which dropped earlier this year. Today the band offers the first glimpse at their next tape in the form of new track "Feelin' Fine", and it's more of the kind of fuzzy, vaguely nostalgic and summer-ready lo-fi guitar-pop vibes that we loved about the first two releases...

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download HOOPS’ charming lo-fi pop tapes

HOOPS

Shout out to our boy Greg for the heads up on the charming and eminently listenable lo-fi guitar pop from HOOPS, which is seemingly just one of the many projects of a kid named Drew Auscherman. For our money, the songwriting is consistently as strong as the stuff with which it will inevitably be compared — Mac Demarco comes to mind — and there are legit flashes of brilliance to be found in the tapes' collective, gently warped 40-minutes, starting with tape #1's basketball-as-metaphor-for-love opening track "Nothing But Net"...

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