Singles Club: County Line Runner + Lost In Japan + Sloucher
Hook-laden and nostalgic, County Line Runner's "Wide Eyes" is a fine little tugger of heartstrings. Transatlantic Americana with a spare throb of a bassline that calls to mind certain New Order songs, "Wide Eyes" is a song full of moments and memories and might-have-been.
London (Ontario) outfit Lost In Japan wants to provide musical escapism, and their latest single "Never Was You" certainly does the trick. Reminiscent of Liverpool's The Wombats, "Never Was You" comes across as rambunctious and irrepressible, a breathless and dynamic song with an easy, impishly defiant appeal.
If you've got a hankering for some disarmingly delightful Pacific Northwest slack pop, look no further than Seattle's Sloucher. "Be True" is one of those songs with the potential to immediately get under your skin, with the band's jaunty, lo-fi hullabaloo using the 1990s as a touchstone and making things even sweeter. A band to definitely keep an eye on.