Hailing from New Zealand, Ha the Unclear have one of the more unique releases of the year. It's a combination of quirky indie pop with classic, vintage 60s California pop. It will probably draw a ton of comparisons with Alt-J, but to me it sounds more like a mix of Arctic Monkeys and The Kinks.
The standout track is the first single, "Growing Mould." It's universal theme of discovering that you've been broken up with without an explanation, and the ensuing one sided conversation as you try to figure it out is paired with one of the catchiest choruses of the year.
"Secret Lives of Furniture" is the type of song that could become the surprise hit of next summer. It features a killer bass line and a tempo that you keep waiting to explode, with a chorus that is nearly hypnotic. We'll spend the entire winter listening, and get then hear it everywhere next year.
Bacterium, Look At Your Motor Go is out on September 30. You can check out their website here, and listen to "85" below.