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Do you ever ask yourself Why? What is everybody doing? Not in a kind of religious, quest for purpose type of way. But more in a What is everybody doing type? Minding their own businesses. Well, can’t help you there, but Chicago’s Oddysseys here slam one of the hottest serves of the year home in Body Heat, their latest single. The group showcases their full talent and repertoire on this brilliant piece of recording, with a mad sense for when to change pace, and when to change direction and find you wrong footed.

The quartet is busy working on a full length album, that, at this quality, should rank right up there in the post-punk post-quarantine top-10s of this awkward year that is 2020. So, maybe this is it, and this is the Why. In the meantime, find Body Heat, alongside other hot new tracks in our weekly updated Spotify playlist Poule d’Or Journal, over at www.pouledor.com/spotify.

Nicely layered electronic vibes coming in by way of KASKE, out of the liberal hotbed that is Antwerp, Belgium. Break here is a pure groover of a track, stacking up what seem to be field recordings alongside clean cut bpms. Altogether modern and precise and yet with a nice distinct and direct vintage analog feel to it, beautiful.

Further info is sparse, but it’s safe to say that he is going places. Once this pandemic is done and dealt with. In the meantime, check his 2018 EP Oyster, and find this track on Poule d’Or Journal, the Spotify playlist with nothing but the latest musings straight from the headquarters.

Photo credits go to the talented Maxime Minsen.

cyamoGothenburg’s CYAMO smoothed their way into this awkward year with this stellar single Electricity here, which has been out since February, attached below. They are a charming group of two, Mathias Engwall and Per-Olof Stjärnered, channeling their inner Elon Musk to produce a flawless blend of indie delicacy and palmy rock. Despite coming out in the deepest of Euro winter, Electricity perfectly soundtracks the hazy days spent on deck here at MS Poule. If a song has got the legs to wear shorts, this is it.

damenSteaming hot new tunes coming in by way of Gothenburg’s infamous Varø label. Damen here are an energetic quartet out of the same city and released Americana in January already but it still comes to full force in the dirty heat of July and the seclusions of a global pandemic.

They sport a neat sense for tempo and harmonies and know how to work their vocals which is always a plus of course. Americana is great pop jam in the best indie way, an anthem of a song, and off their powering Varø debut Sagrada Família that came out in February.

Feel like you’re heading backwards, simply out of time? Hell of a song coming in by way of Lisbon then, right here. The charming House Plants really know how to pluck those strings and turn on the reverb. City Vocabulary has been out since January, when life was much different but personal anxieties within were pretty much the same.

The track surfs on just the right amount of pace and fuzziness, keeping the balance throughout. The group evolved around Guilherme Correia who does most of the writing and recording from the safety of his own bedroom – so that probably hasn’t been too much of a transition in times of a global pandemic. Their upcoming debut EP Public Speaking could be a more private affair though, streamed into your headphones, release date tba.

Summer time is traveling time, and traveling time is happy time. But be it pandemic or environmental reasons, plane rides to far away corners of the globe aren‘t on the menu right now, and possibly for times to come.

So, consider getting in your Tesla or pick up truck and just drive, open roads, through the landscapes rushing by, and pop in some of Lost Beach‘s brilliant driver songs, firmly holding on to that steering wheel. Exhibit A is attached below in Runaway Rose, a gentle track that will take you right to your desired destination, just like that. Flawless, and out now. Tour dates, in the future.