:Icky Blossoms – Living in Fiction: I’ve fully gone from shrugging my shoulders at Icky Blossoms to being rather excited for their sophomore LP. The new stuff just has a rad kick to it. Mask is due out May 12 via Saddle Creek.
:Guantanamo Baywatch – Do What You Want: Everything about Guantanamo Baywatch is gloriously retro (think these words in particular – surf, soul, garage), and I really dig it. I’ll be surprised if I don’t end up adoring their new album. Darling … It’s Too Late is due out May 12 via Suicide Squeeze.
:BLXPLTN – Auf Wiedersehen: This song is BLXPLTN’s “tribute to those whose lives were innocently taken by the police force.” Gotta love a strong message like that, right? The Austin-based act’s sophomore album will be out later this year.
:Sweet John Bloom – Moving Target: I came across this energetic slice of indie rock while digging around in my inbox this weekend. It’s good enough to make Sweet John Bloom a name worth noting. Weird Prayer will be out later this year via Tiny Engines.
:Braid – Kids Get Grids: Here’s the latest solid track to slip out of Braid’s comeback campaign. I think the reemerged emo scene needs vets like them, so hopefully they’ll keep churning out new stuff. The Kids Get Grids 7″ is due out on Record Store Day.