Top Pops! Chad Valley w/ Glasser & Twin Shadow, Teenage Sweater, Still Corners

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Here’s a cheerful post with Sub Pop Records’ Still Corners, Born Gold’s Teenage Sweater, and UK musician Chad Valley, of Jonquil, featuring Glasser‘s Cameron Mesirow.

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Chad Valley

Glasser‘s Cameron Mesirow turns everything to gold with her New Age delicacy, and Twin Shadow‘s George Lewis Jr. churns out fanatic fans like none other. So it is that both musicians take the ’80s pop-inspired tracks of Hugo Manuel (aka Chad Valley) to the next level. The comparison to “’80s pop” is not used lightly here; Chad Valley pretty much epitomizes the genre, complete with the most straight-forward pop vocals you’ve probably heard in a while. “Fall 4 U” and “I Owe You This” come from Young Hunger, out on Cascine, and the whole record boasts additional contributions from similarly-minded guest stars include El Perro Del Mar, Active Child, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.

Full tracklisting to follow, along with an upbeat remix by Lissvik.

Chad Valley Ft. Twin Shadow – “I Owe You This”

Chad Valley Ft. Glasser – “Fall 4 U” (Original)

 

Chad Valley Ft. Glasser – “Fall 4 U” (Lissvek Remix)

CHAD VALLEY – YOUNG HUNGER TRACKLISTING
1. I Owe You This (Feat. Twin Shadow)
2. Tell All Your Friends
3. Fall 4 U (Feat. Glasser)
4. My Girl (Feat. Jack Goldstein)
5. Evening Surrender (Feat. El Perro del Mar)
6. Interlude
7. Up and Down
8. Young Hunger
9. Fathering Mothering (Feat. Anne Lise Frøkedal)
10. My Life Is Complete (Feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
11. Manimals (Feat. Active Child)

 

Teenage Sweater

Simplicity in synths and drums create a cutesy, vibing track in “Coconut Water”, from San Francisco’s Teenage Sweater. They are now on tour with a limited number of Wes Coast dates, including a Seattle date with rad space-punkers Battle Stations (it is recommended you check them out HERE)!

TEENAGE SWEATER TOUR DATES
October 18 – ABCO Warehouse w/ Casy And Brain – Oakland, CA
October 19 – Campbell Club – Eugene, OR
October 20 – Boom Bap! w/ Prescription Pills – Portland, OR
October 21 – Vermillion w/ Battle Stations – Seattle, WA
October 23 – Valentine’s w/ Virgin Blood – Portland, OR
October 24 – Bows And Arrows w/ Jang, Portraits – Sacramento, CA
October 25 – Storey House – Santa Cruz, CA
October 26 – Twin Lemons Collective – Woodland Hills, CA
October 27 – ADC Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
October 29 – The Dial – Murrieta, CA
November 10 – Bottom of the Hill w/ The Octopus Project – San Francisco, CA

 

Still Corners

Still Corners have recently released a 7″ with “Fireflies” and “Heart Of Fools”, with a full-length to follow in Spring 2013, on Sub Pop. Dream pop has long been exhausted, and “Fireflies” is certainly bordering on that, but its romantic lethargy and ridiculously catchy synth line saves it. You can also listen to “Cuckoo” HERE.

 

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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