Feb 29th, 2016
by gold flake paint
Heavy Heart – What Became Of Laura R
The next episode in their new-song-every-month project, Heavy Heart have unveiled new track ‘What Became Of Laura R‘ following on from last month’s ‘Time Will Stand Still’, which we premiered on these very pages. Another gem, the new track is an athletic and robust blast of guitar-led pop from the London five-piece. Roll on March.
Future Shapes – Mild Nothing
We’ve been long-time champions of Future Shapes and he continues to save us from embarrassment with a wonderfully solid string of releases tucked under his belt – the latest of which continues to justify said enthusiasm. Released on Valentines Day, new EP ‘Microchasm’ is a suitably gnarly take on dream-pop, marrying skewed guitar freak-outs with that most rugged of vocals. Check out the swooning ‘Feel’ below and seek out the whole thing here.
Rolling Blackouts Costal Fever – Write Back
Lifted from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s forthcoming mini-album, new track Write Back has been gnawing quietly away at us for the past couple of weeks, imparting its restless sense of escape in to these otherwise unhurried days. The music itself is incessant and consuming, while the lead vocal acts as even more pertinent leader, dragging the whole thing kicking and screaming in to the open arms of a Summer fast approaching. Very promising indeed.
Avec Sans – Heartbreak Hi
Ahead of a show at Old Blue Last in London on March 9th, and a subsequent jaunt to SXSW festival, Avec Sans have unveiled their gleaming, bountiful new single, Heartbreak Hi. The first track to be taken from their forthcoming album, of the same name, which is set for release on June 3rd, the new track feels somewhat out of place on a monday morning such is the fantastical nature of its bright, wide-eyed demeanour. Hi-energy electro-pop of the highest order, check it out below.
Sun Dummy – Bunny
While the name of the project might allude to carefree gratification, the new album from Liz Costello is anything but. Released via the lovely folks over at Seagreen Records, the album is a whispered, shadowy undertaking. Crushingly poignant, it presents itself across a series of skewed, darkened pop songs that seem to unravel at a slightly different speed to the rest of the world around us. While it’s worth climbing inside and exploring in one sitting, the beautiful ‘Soap‘ is indicative of the quiet power it possesses. Listen below/stream the whole thing here.
Dazy Crown – Honeydew
More absorbing, reckless dream pop, this time in the form of Dazy Crown’s swelling, swarming Honeydew. Hailing from Ontario but based in Norwich the project is one of the more promising new additions to the UK guitar-pop scene, filling the space with a driving blast of fresh-faced guitar and a well-disguised dose of sentimentality: “The song is dedicated to my parents; after we went through some difficult times together this past summer, it opened my eyes to how hard it must be to actually raise a kid – let alone three – while trying to live your own life.“
Let’s Away – Control
The latest gift from Manchester/London duo Let’s Away is an edgy, somewhat darkened storm of striking guitars and gloomy vocals. Crafted from “sending each other hundreds of iPhone audio recordings” new track ‘Control’ feels anything but fragmented, wrapping itself up in a swelling cloud of atmosphere and energy that barely lets up for the full three-and-a-half minutes. The third single from a band who continue to impress at every turn, this is job very-much done. Bring on wherever they go next.