We love a bit of dream pop, but let’s face it, some of it is more, well, drift pop. Packing more of a punch, this chunk of winsome fuzziness with a great screeching guitar line slicing through it is a cattle prod to the genre.
The lo fi proto punk stylings of their earlier offerings have evolved into this shimmering nugget of relaxedly insistent, somehow more USA in feel, college pop. It’s kinda like early Deus on steroids, and certainly compells one to check their album.
Any band that throws together the energy and sounds of DFA 1979, Justice, The Stooges & the pure showmanship of Kiss deserve all the plaudits they’re long overdue. Their live shows are legendary, and we’re all bating our breath for the imminent album.
The ongoing audio visual project of producer Jeymes Samuel reaches a new phase with the release of this new track. it’s sparse, almost twee and full of little surprises with a Richard Hawley esque vocal enriching the proceedings.
The ongoing audio visual project of producer Jeymes Samuel reaches a new phase with the release of this new track. It’s sparse, almost twee and full of little surprises with a Richard Hawley-esque vocal enriching the proceedings.
They’re gradually making the genre ‘Northern Americana’, a kinda West Coast (of Lancashire) sound, all their own with their blend of cosmic country folk rock. And you know what? it’s starting to work for us.
Kites are fast evolving into a band comprising all your favourite new wave/electro sounds in one. They avoid being ‘a bit cut and pastey’ (C - total idiots) by the depth of the Wolfesque vocals, the restraint employed with the synths and samples and the actual craft of songwriting being employed. Plus, and let’s not forget this, they look great.
The giant swathe that Airship have cut through the melancholoy rock valley populated by the likes of early Elbow & Editors has set this remix in good stead. In this, slowed to zombie walk rework, the hints of Morrissey in the vocals come to the fore and are couched in clouds of effects that offer an entirely different landscape altogether.
Heralding the resurgance of lad rock, this 5 piece offer a more thoughtful take on the ‘genre’, allowing for a depth of sound incorporating layers of guitars, baggy vocals and a psychadelic wash that is redolantly atmospheric of the late 90’s. And not a Stone Island jacket in sight, thank Zeus.
If Hadouken had smashed their buggy into the wall of Friendly Fires’ pop hooks and then tried to put the resultant carnage back together with thundering guitars and great slabs of synth, this would be the monster truck they’d create.
It’s a literary name, yet a cinematic sound full of great whooshing swathes of synth chords, melody like rain on a window and a distant, yet close, vocal. Who knew electronic music could emote so much?
Remember Port O Brian? Well, he’s kinda back, but in a more angry, growly, garage rocky guise, and IOHO, all the better for it. His pop chops are still present, but this time they’re wearing ripped jeans & a Sebadoh t shirt.
Everyone’s favourite new purveyors of messed up chugging psychadelia are given the Voluntary Butler Scheme treatment here, giving it an extra layer of melody and sonics, which somehow makes it more….well, poppy. In a weird way.
Coming on like the Arctics covering Kings of Leon but, thankfully, with more passion & slyly sexual suggestion than both of them. This is a driving, insistent call to indie dancefloors across the country.
The Go! Team - Apollo Throwdown (Star Slinger Remix) The vocal & beats tag team’s usually frenetic pace is given a smooth over courtesy of previously featured rising producer Starslinger, & the results ooze groove supported balearic pianos, waves of half caught samples & a feeling of general good times.
My Tiger My Timing - Endless Summer (Bright Light Bright Light mix)
This remix brings a Club Tropicana in the Balearics feel to it, with ‘Strings of Life’ er, strings and ravey chords which all complement the schools-out feel of the vocals and gets you ready for the season ahead.
We featured this Danish outfits last glorious offering in BoM, so thought we’d celebrate the imminent release of their debut album with this Miike Snow down the pop disco slice of shoulder shuggling fun.
Like a chirpy Ron Sexsmith with Woody Guthrie’s guitar and a Spanish way with a well timed handclap. A pop country delight, you’ll be humming this in the shower for weeks, if that’s how long you stay in the shower for….
You’ll find yourself in a haunted electronic dancehall with this track. Gorgeously restrained & full of spooky atmospherics, neglected needle glitches & forgotten film spools, the vocal weaves through it all, leaving you dreamy & sated.
This comes on like Underworld covering Kaiser Chiefs in a grimey dubstep basement. The heavy production is lifted by stabs of Sam Robson’s suburban angst cries of ‘So I Can Look Good’ that should, by rights, be echoing across fields all summer.
Having introduced you to these guys on our predecessor, BoM, we’re delighted to say they’ve overcome numerous setbacks and are are here in joyful Sebadoh, Husker Du form on this, their second album. Huzzah.
Think early Super Furry Animals with Donovan up front and 700 different ideas clamouring to be heard at the back. A turbocharged call to arms for the Red Bull generation, all psyched guitars, thundering drums & giddy delivery.
Lovely spangly synths adorn the galloping drums and lift up the widescreen vocals and looping guitar licks until you’re slathering on the factor 50 and stretching out in their musical back yard (not a euphemism).
Dreaming of Accidents Leverage Models A lullaby sung by the sea with the subdued hysterics of of Scritti Politti, anchored to the harbour of 80’s synths & sax. The drawled, dreamy delivery, full of chords of nostalgia and reminiscence, will drench you in unspecified yearning & leave you reaching for the repeat button.
The indie pop strum that underpins this may have you kicking back into credible indie mode, but be warned, there’s a bite and menace in the vocal that will grab your guts and string them across the dancefloor.