Nuevoh! | #002
A weekly new music round-up
As you might expect given the somewhat darkened moniker, Shadow Shadow, the musical name of Sweden’s Mattias Friberg, makes gorgeously sombre electronic music. Recorded in a cottage in the Swedish countryside with the help of various vocal talents, his Riviera single is released this week and comes backed by 1000001, a track which shows the kind of epic grandeur that Scandinavian music is so often built upon. Really rather wonderful indeed; listen below.
Gently clambering out of California armed with a rather beautiful debut record (Time For Joy, released 3rd September via Gold Robot Records) Dim Peaks is a quartet who enjoy the quieter side of life. First-taster from the record is a timeless slice of laid-back Americana that drifts along like the sweetest of winds that we assume you only ever find in Cali. The record comes armed with the following piece of advice; “Listeners be warned: you may see yourself within this album crying happily into your reflection.” We couldn’t have put it any better.
Best intro of the year? Quite possibly. Blue Baby (below) comes courtesy of Ovlov, a band who have been a constant source of unadulterated joy in the East Coast underground scene for a while now, something which the wonderful Exploding In Sound label is trying to change. Their new LP ‘AM’ was released at the start of July and its a thrilling roar of a record – all clattering drums, slabs of huge guitars and vocals that spend the entire time trying to keep their head above the water. Just as we like it, then. If you like big thick guitar records with a helluva lot of heart, then we can’t recommend it highly enough.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Ghost Cousin hail from that lovely country just above the border (nb. this is actually true if you’re based in the States) but Ghost Cousin actually come out of Edmonton, Canada – not our Northerly neighbours; this being despite naming their debut album after Scotland and adorning the cover with pictures of the place. The band make quirky and big-layered indie-pop which sounds great even when playing in their house, as the video below shows.
The cover art to the debut single from RAAF depicts a crow eating the heart of another crow. Yep. Which is kind of ironic because the duo actually make sugary indie pop for us all to fall in love to… NOT! This is dark, slightly sinister and houses a chorus that comes backed by the kind of guitar scream that, if played at full volume, would make every bird in close proximity instantly drop out of the sky. A debut EP is slated for later this year, via Geertruida.