Mazzy Star – 'Common Burn' And 'Lay Myself Down'

In case you haven’t heard…Mazzy Star is back – it’s only been fifteen years! Remember ‘Fade Into You’? The Californian dream pop outfit has a new single ‘Common Burn’, out today. At this point it’s a digital release only via singer Hope Sandoval’s own label Rhymes Of An Hour. A limited edition 7 inch of the single and B-side ‘Lay Myself Down’ will be released in November, according to www.mazzystar.nu. Mazzy Star will also be touring early 2012 before releasing a new album. All good news right!?

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Mazzy Star’s new work is typically sedate and intimate. Both ‘Common Burn’ and ‘Lay Myself Down’ are stripped back and mostly acoustic with a few country flares around the edges. Hope Sandoval is sounding as great as ever. The group returns during a resurgence of like minded contemporary acts with a similar feel. Most notably, Widowspeak’s brilliant debut released this August.

Visit Mazzy Star online @ www.mazzystar.nu for more information.

Glass Vaults – 'Gold Star'

I was blown away by Glass Vaults debut EP when it made its way online last June. They sounded like seasoned pros from the very beginning. Glass Vaults may appeal to Sigur Ros fans but are far more ambient and in my opinion, reach emotional peaks without overstating themselves. Tomorrow indie label JUKBOXR will release Glass Vaults new EP ‘Into Clear’ featuring the beautiful tune ‘Gold Star’.

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Glass Vaults are based in Wellington, New Zealand. Despite their expansive sound they are a duo (Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce). The pair manage to back this up on stage, using a combination of live drums and samples, guitar, synths and plenty of creative looping. Kiwi’s can catch Glass Vaults live at the ‘Into Clear’ launch (The Matterhorn, Wellington on November 5).

Pickup Glass Vaults ‘Into Clear’ @ JUKBOXR / download their debut ‘Glass’ EP @ Bandcamp / Connect @ Facebook.

Lower Heaven – 'Lose It All At Once'

‘Lose It All At Once’ is the closing track of Lower Heaven‘s 2008 record ‘Ashes’. The LA four piece produce a dark, tripped out sound and are always drenched in lovely reverb. The guitars on ‘Lose It All At Once’ are brilliant matched against Marcos Chloka’s Echo And The Bunnymen-esque vocals.

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Lower Heaven released ‘Today Is All We Have’ earlier this year, pick up both releases via iTunes or visit Lower Heaven online here.

Who Invented Double Tap – 'How To Live Forever'

Who Invented Double Tap is a minimalist electronic producer from Warsaw, Poland. What an amazing talent! Her tunes have an ethereal, verbed out quality that completely submerges you. Who Invented Double Tap released the new song ‘How To Live Forever’ arranged around some light vocals.

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Download Who Invented Double Tap’s ‘How To Live Forever’ free here or visit @ Tumblr.

Radioseven – 'Sunset'

Apparently Radio Seven is a Swedish internet radio station… but Radioseven is a Canadian electronic / ambient producer with a new single called ‘Sunset’. This instrumental will wash over you if you let it. Its retro 80s sounds are well polished and the danceable kick drum doesn’t blow your head off either. Radioseven I tip my hat!

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White Wishes – ‘Come And Say Hello’

Russian indie rockers White Wishes released their first physical single ‘Come And Say Hello’ through Shelflife Records last month. This song has more of a 90s Brit rock feel than anything I would stereotypically think of as Russian. Here I go showing my ignorance again! White Wishes are all jangly and loose on their debut; its simple, fuzzy and available now.

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Download White Wishes ‘Come And Say Hello’ free via Bandcamp or grab the 7-inch through Shelflife records.