Modern Charms 'Modern Charms' (EP stream)

Modern Charms 'Modern Charms' (EP stream)
Mark Palm spends part of his time slinging vicious thrash riffs in Seattle metal crew Black Breath, but the guitarist knows his way around a hooky melody, as evidenced by his alt-pop inspired outfit Modern Charms' upcoming self-titled 12-inch.

The band's membership is spread out between San Francisco and Vancouver, and their six-song set navigates '90s-minded territiories via shoegazing guitar dips and the gossamer coos of Inna Kurikova. Just check sublime soundscapes "Someday" or the Gish-indebted ballad "Ancient Cities" for proof.

Modern Charms is available digitally on the group's Bandcamp page, where you can also order a cassette edition of the song cycle. The 12-inch pressing is due to be released sometime in the near future by Vancouver imprint Clue #2, with pre-orders being taken now.

In other news, Palm's slightly crunchier pop project Supercrush officially released their previously teased Lifted"/"Melt Into You (Drift Away)" 7-inch through Bedside Records this week.