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Perhapsy | Morning Star
The solo project of Astronauts, Etc and Bells Atlas‘ guitarist Derek Barber, Perhapsy is readying his debut album, out March 3rd, with another sublime cut, in the form of sparkling new track ‘Morning Star‘. Half-sigh vocals spin around colourful, luxurious spikes of guitar but it’s the added weight that really leaves a mark, a kind of blurred haze, or impalpable fogginess perhaps, that makes for something genuinely intriguing. Very good indeed.
Julien Baker | Something
While her miraculously good ‘Sprained Ankle’ LP came out in 2015, we’ve recently ben graced with the news that Julien Baker is heading across to UK/EU shores for the first time, with a string of live shows set to take place throughout May and June. We don’t need any excuse to lie within her most bewitching, poignant songs but it’s Monday and here we are.
Find all her upcoming dates here.
Jay Som | Turn Into
If you picked up our latest compilation, The Human Noise We Sat There Making, then you should be well familiar with Jay Som, who opened the whole thing with a track from her brilliant ‘Turn Into’ album. Lovely news then that said collection is getting an even fuller release via the great folks at Topshelf Records and Wave Dweller. We heralded the album upon its release and it’s barely left our speakers since. The title-track, below, is indicative of the whole thing; a warm, fuzzy blast of bedroom-pop, as smart as it is affecting.
More news on the release can be found here.
Black Mountain | Mothers Of The Sun
Back with a blistering new album, Black Mountain have unveiled the suitably epic first cut from IV, in the form of the epic spraw of ‘Mothers Of The Sun‘. Billed as being ‘unapologetically ambitious’, the new record. Expect proggy, guitar-led landscapes, raw vocals and the biggest riffs of the year.
Crescendo | Tell
One of the brightest names in the current crop of dream-pop bands, LA’s Crescendo release brand new album ‘Unless’ via the ever-reliable hands of the We Were Never Being Boring collective, home to the likes of both Tight Eye and Brothers In Law, who we’ve covered already this year. Latest track ‘Tell’ is indicative of what the trio do so well, wrapping up heady sentiments in a haze of wistful, often beautiful guitar parts. Hear a bunch of songs over at their Soundcloud and be sure to check out the full album when it drops this coming Friday.
Ladada | New Psych
The first cut from a new double, 12″ EP, Ladada’s ‘New Psych‘ is a furiously-paced undertaking, a kind of dense, dark, surf-rock hybrid that positively tears through its three-or-so minutes. The project of Virginia Beach’s Josiah Schlater, the new release collates a self-titled EP recorded on a four-track and Netbook in small storage space, while the new, leading High-Five EP looks to offer something somewhat more opulent. A mighty fine introduction to one of the season’s more rapid and frenetic release.
Dirty Dishes | All Of Me
The Brooklyn duo have unveiled the first new material since last year’s mighty fine long-form effort, Guilty, on Exploding In Sound. Recorded with Palehound drummer Jesse Weiss, new track ‘All Of Me’ is a fiery, twisted burning of the senses. Led by a wholesome blast of guitar, the track plummets in to the world of the weird thanks to a cacophony of howling vocals that swallow the whole thing over the final minute or so. One of the heaviest hitters that 2016 has thrown-up thus far – and pretty damn addictive at that.
Easy Kill | Not Even Lovers
While much of what Easy Kill deliver here is a staple of the UK indie-rock scene, Theo Tobias’ vocals give the the band a wholly unique spin, shaping their sound completely with a voice that would feel overtly emotional even if it were simply singing its way through the phone book. Released ahead of their debut EP, which arrives on February 26th, latest track ‘Not Even Lovers’ is a rich, swooning thump of pop music that feels ready-made to soundtrack the more wistful moments of 2016. They could well go a very long way indeed.
Kyle Craft | Lady of the Ark
The latest signing to the legendary Sub Pop label, Kyle Craft apparently grew up among the crocodiles and snakes of the Mississippi rather than adhering to any musical premonitions. Hard to believe given the innate sense of pop heritage that blossoms from every ounce of his fruitful, endearingly scorched lead vocal but it wasn’t until Craft stumbled upon a David Bowie that he began to take an interest in music. Lucky for us that he did – debut track ‘Lady Of The Ark’ is a stormy, rugged gem, led by one of the most distinctly impressive new voices in the game. A mighty fine introduction.