Deep Sea Arcade – ‘Seen No Right’

‘Seen No Right’ has one of those instantly punchy introductions that just screams radio play. The straight up delivery and vocal hooks make me wonder why it wasn’t a lead single. Deep Sea Arcade have been a live staple for Sydney audiences during the many years its taken to record their debut. But the day has home, ‘Outlands’ is out now via Ivy League Records.

 

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Download Deep Sea Arcade’s ‘Outlands’ @ iTunes @ Ivy League Records / Hear more @ Soundcloud / Connect @ Facebook.

Black City Lights – ‘Get Away’

Fans of Teen Daze, Zola Jesus, Balam Acab (insert downbeat electro artist here) should check out the debut EP from Black City Lights. The Wellington natives have released ‘Parallels’ via fresh New York imprint Stars & Letters. Black City Lights keep it dark, progressive and cinematic – take a listen to the EP cut ‘Get Away’.

 

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Visit Black City Lights @ Star & Letters / Connect @ Facebook.

Sun Glitters – ‘Das Kuma Mixtape’

Sun Glitters (aka Victor Ferrerira) has released a top shelf mixtape of downbeat electronica and chillwave via French website Das Kuma. I’m no aficionado of the genre, but if you’re after some relaxed ambient tunes to read the paper to, do the dishes, catch the bus… this will help you zone out. The mixtape follow’s Sun Glitters latest EP ‘High‘ that was released in January.

 

Sun Glitters – Das Kuma Mixtape tracklist…

1. This Will Destroy You – Black Dunes (Holy Other’s Woman In The Dunes Mix)
2. Thallus – focus the play
3. Teebs – Moments
4. Shigeto – Winter Thaw
5. Mike Slott – Snow Birds
6. Gold Panda – An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds (DJ-Kicks)
7. Evenings – [II] Leees
8. Jewellers – Forward Life (Patterns Remix)
9. Retral – Found
10. Seefeel – Spangle
11. Balam Acab – Motion
12. Essáy & CoMa – Deceptive
13. Sorrow – Through The Night (Stumbleine Remix)
14. A Dancing Beggar – Returning

Sun Glitters online @ Bandcamp / Visit Das Kuma.

Postiljonen – ‘Dit Bara Drömmar Når’

Pan flutes, choral backing vocals, a vinyl drop into a dramatic sax solo… surely not in 2012! Yet somehow Postiljonen pull it off. Sounding like a lost Cocteau Twins single, ‘Dit Bara Drömmar Når’ (Where Only Dreams Reach) is a winner (free download here). The Scandinavian dream pop trio only formed late last year, their first official release is still in the making (hear more here).

 

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Pink Playground – 'She's A Mask Of You'

Pink Playground have released a fresh song called ‘She’s A Mask Of You’ for the Electric Voice Compilation, available from April 8. The Houston shoegaze duo have also made it available for free download, with tentative plans for a 12inch single later in the year.

 

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Airiel – 'Flashlight Tag'

Fresh dream pop from Chicago’s Airiel. Jeremy Wrenn formed the group back in 1997 and went on to release ‘The Battle Of Sealand’ LP and numerous EPs and singles. On May 1st, Airiel will release a new EP ‘Kid Games‘ via Shelflife Records featuring ‘Flashlight Tag’.

 

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Mesita – 'Ken Caryl' And 'Onward Upward'

Since Mesita released the ‘Out For Blood‘ single earlier in the year, the Colorado-based artist (James Cooley) has been busy recording his new album ‘The Coyote’, plus building a lovely new website! You can download a copy now or pre-order the CD which will ship early April. ‘The Coyote’ is impeccably produced, sounding better than most commercially backed releases. But… that doesn’t help if the songs are rubbish. In this case, it’s one well conceived indie pop tune after another. Mesita deserves due praise for ‘The Coyote’. Take a listen.

 

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Visit Mesita online @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

The Natural Extension Concept (The N.E.C.) – 'Six'

Psych rock trio The Natural Extension Concept (The N.E.C.) released their ‘Pineapple’ LP last November but… there’s more! The Atlanta-based outfit have announced the ‘Last Point Of Radiation’ LP will be released this July via  [OVE:EVO] / Spective Audio. The first single ‘Six’ is available as a limited edition 7inch from April 20.

 

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Visit The N.E.C. online @ Facebook @ [OVE:EVO] / Spective Audio.

I Am Dive – 'A Morning Walk'

Spanish duo I Am Dive (Esteban Ruiz and Jose A. Perez) will release their ‘Constellations’ EP in the U.S. via Slanty Slanty Records on April 10. ‘A Morning Walk’ is brilliant, earning comparisons with Jose Gonzalez and Bon Iver. Amazingly, this EP is also available for free digitally here.

 

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Visit I Am Dive online @ Bandcamp / Shop @ Slanty Slanty Records.

Moonbell – 'Parallel'

San Francisco’s Moonbell have been crafting spacey rock since 2010, releasing their debut EP ‘Figurine’ to much praise. The trio are following it up with the ‘Parallel’ EP, available April 3 via Grid Sector. If you can’t wait for that, stream the whole EP here. Moonbell are like the trippy alter ego of Ride, Swervedriver or Spacemen 3 but with more synthesizers and swagger… check out the title track below.

 

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Visit Moonbell online @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.