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Tankfarm Future Sounds 27
Future Sounds

Tankfarm Future Sounds is what band manager Larry Little got when he partnered with record distributor Future Sounds and garment merchant Tankfarm Clothing. The result is a promotional company that has been compiling tracks for their segments of Must Hear Music, which represents current indie rock artists from around the globe. Tankfarm Future Sounds has been putting out these compilation discs since March 2003. Now, Future Sounds has released its 27th installment which features 15 artists that mix rock, pop, shoegaze, country, and folk into catchy melodic tunes piping a contemporary throttle and elevating sonic bursts. It's music that shares aspects with San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury sound, the post grunge rock of the '90s, and the soft pop and So Cal psychedelics of the '70s. Included in this compilation are:

The Wombats "Patricia The Stripper" has an arousing folk rock patina that shares attributes with Rooney and The Mooney Suzuki.

Hong Kong Six's "Land Of The Brain Damaged" is underpinned by a groove rock rhythm that is infectious and engaging with reflections of The Exit.

Band Of Thieves' "Woman" materializes a country funk melody and a tangy guitar solo surrounded by an alternative pop sonorousness.

David Vandervelde's "Nothin' No" has a husky vocal resonance reminiscent of Rush's Geddy Lee and Coheed & Cambria's Claudio Sanchez along a folk pop palate.

Pop Levi's "Blue Honey" revamps the soft pop psychedelics of the '70s, modernizing the sonic musings of The Doors.

Trainwreck Riders' "In And Out Of Love" has a railroad country rhythm and alternative folk inflections as the vocals stretch out and constrict along the melodic folds.

Poor Richards Press' "Seasons" is a sweet sounding country folk ballad that calms and soothes the senses.

The Unbecome's "The Sheet" has the pop/rock excitement of The Colours and the finessed rhythmic motions of Stellastarr.

The Blakes' "Lintwalk" contains a soft pop fluency reminiscent of British Sea Power and Destroyer.

Sonicflyer's "Sun In My Pocket" stands out with shoegaze soundscapes exuding warm pop tones strapped to light drum rumbles akin to The Cocteau Twins and Lush.

Overview's "Melancholy In The City" induces a bobbing rhythm adorned by synth pop sonics tailored in a modern folk attraction.

New Violators' "Burma" compounds shimmering synth pop phrases likened to The Dears with a Morrissey voicing.

New Cassettes' "Lighthouse" has a raw rock packaging with the lattice of T. Rex and the contemporary contours of Wilco.

Kudo's "Suite Life" has a pearlescent synth pop sheath wrapped around the trip-punk rhythms. Fronted by female vocalist Sylvia Gordan (aka Betty Black), Kudo cherishes new wave flourishes.

The Hundred Days' "Hey" has mellow synth pop tunage and the thermal melodic conditioning of The Libertines and Spoon.

Tankfarm Future Sounds 27 has correlations to indie rock and alternative pop music. The kind of music that has infiltrated into the theme songs of television shows like the WB's Smallville and Fox TV's The OC. There is a So Cal ease about these tunes and a modern folk rock edge that attracts the college rock set. The bands are updates of underground rockers like T. Rex, soft pop's The Beach Boys, and new wave/shoegazers The Cocteau Twins. Each month Tankfarm Future Sounds will be making these installments and finding new music from the industry's underground world.

-Susan Frances

1. Patricia The Stripper (The Wombats)
2. Land Of The Brain Damaged (Hong Kong Six)
3. Woman (Band Of Thieves)
4. Nothin' No (David Vandervelde)
5. Blue Honey (Pop Levi)
6. In And Out Of Love (Trainwreck Riders)
7. Seasons (Poor Richards Press)
8. The Sheet (The Unbecome)
9. Lint walk (The Blakes)
10. Sun In My Pocket (Sonicflyer)
11. Melancholy In The City (Overview)
12. Burma (New Violators)
13. Lighthouse (New Cassettes)
14. Suite Life (Kudo)
15. Hey (The Hundred Days)

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