Monday, 10 March 2014
Record Store Day is quickly approaching and like previous years there will lots of weird and wonderful rarities and collaborations. A new 7"single that was just announced today is from a new supergroup that is made up of record label Captured Tracks artists. The band is called The Snow and it features jangle rockers Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils, and Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing, plus Andreas Lagerström of Swedish punk band Holograms.
"Memory Loss" is exactly what you expect from a bunch of 80's influenced artists- somewhere between The Cure and a darker post punk sound (I must be suffering memory loss because they sound exactly like a band from the new wave era and I can't think of the name of them).
"Memory Loss" b/w "Joy Of Life" will be available April 19th via Captured Tracks.
Friday, 7 March 2014
What a great name, I think When Nalda Became Punk should get the award for best band name of 2014.
I figure these Spanish twee-gazers are heavily influenced by The Pains of Being Pure At Heart because they sound an awful lot like TPOBPH, and they have a passing reference to TPOBPH (blink and you miss it) in their video for "Song For Carrie Mathison" Not sure who Carrie Mathison is (Homeland girl?? I've never watched the show), but she should be honoured to have such a superb song dedicated to her. Check out the South Park-like video for the track below.
The track is on the band's EP Indie Pop or Whatever? which you can pick up here.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Weeknight are a Brooklyn synth pop duo whose music sides on the darker side of the genre. They will be releasing their new album Post-Everything on March 4th via Artificial Records. The excellent "Dark Light" and "Wreckage" are two tracks from the LP and you can listen to both tracks plus watch the eerie music video for "Dark Light" below:
Thursday, 27 February 2014
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sound like they made a trip to the Wax Bar because they have totally removed the fuzz from their music. The band announced a new LP titled Days of Abandon the other day, and today singer Kip Berman elaborated on how the album will sound by stating that the record would be “joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark.” Their first single "Simple and Sure" is a lot cleaner than the songs on their previous records, and that enhances the melodic pop music they are known for. Now they are a lot less Pastels and a lot more Aztec Camera. Listen below:
Days of Abandon will be out April 22nd via Yebo.
Not sure why I missed hearing about Brighton band Fear of Men before this week, but better late than never. These guys released an EP titled Early Fragments (an EP I really need to check out) last year, and now they will be dropping their debut LP, Loom, on Record Store Day. The first single "Alta/Waterfall"is actually two songs in one. "Alta" is a short 50 second instrumental opener that lapses into the gorgeous dream pop of "Waterfall". And building on that first single is the hazy "Luna", the second track to be previewed from the album. Check them out below:
Loom will be out April 21st via Kanine Records.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
"Mexican Aftershow Party" is the second track to be previewed from Kevin Drew's upcoming new LP Darlings. The Broken Social Scene front man will also make a couple of appearances at Toronto's Field Trip festival on June 7th and 8th, both with his solo project and with his band.
Darlings is out March 18 via Arts & Crafts.
New York indie rock band The Walkmen broke up, got back together to play some NBA all star game benefit show, and then during the last song of that gig announced that it would be the last song the band would ever play. And now, just a few days later, The Walkmen lead singer Hamilton Leithauser has announced a new solo album titled Black Hours.
The boys in the Walkmen have made a lot of friends over the years, and Leithauser's new LP reflects this with a pretty impressive guest list. Among the contributors are Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes), Richard Swift (The Shins), Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors) and Paul Maroon (The Walkmen). Also helping out is Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij who produced and co-wrote the first single "Alexandra", a song not too far removed from Leithauser's work with The Walkman, albeit way more uplifting and less forlornly than the songs of his previous band. Watch the video for the track below and watch for a cameo from the aforementioned Rostam Batmanglij.
Black Hours will be out May 6th via Ribbon Music.