Smallpools are about to take your whole summer over. Arriving on the scene like the perfect middle point between the sunny electronics of Foster The People and the solar-powered vocals of Fun, their debut single "Dreaming" offers synths straight out of Passion Pit's playbook and hooks that would make Dr. Luke jealous. "Dreaming" is alt radio gold with extreme crossover potential, the kind of song that only comes along a few times a year, and rarely on a debut single.
They're from LA because of course they are - songwriting like this doesn't occur naturally anywhere else - and are produced by none other than our dudes Captain Cuts, who we've been saying are only one hit away from global pop domination for about 18 months now. Well, all we can say is it looks like they found their hit.
Nightmare & The Cat
A lot goes into the dusky alt-folk of Los Angeles' Nightmare & The Cat, namely the talents of siblings Samuel and Django Stewart formerly of British cult favorites Blondelle and The Midnight Squires respectively. The full, warm sound of their debut EP, due out on July 12, is bolstered by veteran producers Dan Burns (Surfer Blood, Andrew W.K.) and Grammy-winner Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette).