Correatown – ‘Isomer’

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Correatown are all set to release their new album ‘Pleiades’ on September 20 via Correa’s own independant imprint, Another Room Recordings. This comes after an impressive fundraising effort to get the cash to make it all happen!

Correatown take their name from singer Angela Correa who has been keeping busy with several projects of late (scoring a film and her work with Les Shelleys). The Los Angeles based collective includes drummer Rob Poynter, guitarist Mike Corwin and bassist Jenni Tarma.

Together they push out an ellusive mix of sounds that reels you in. The original version of ‘Isomer’ from the ‘Pleiades’ album proves this point, it’s almost as if its a few songs in one. This isn’t easy to do and Correatown do it well. The opening electronic ambient feel sets you at ease and then it just blossoms into other territory completely. You’ll know what I mean when you hit the Radiohead-esque guitar break at around the 2.30 mark.

The first time I heard ‘Isomer’ was on the ‘Etch The Line‘ EP released in May. Only then it was a remix by Wittches with a different tone to it. Now I’m eager to hear ‘Pleiades’ in full to see just where this is all going.

Thanks Lisa @ SAM for the heads up!

For more info visit Correatown via their website / facebook / myspace / bandcamp.

Sigur Ros – ‘Inni’

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Sigur Ros have unveiled a mysterious online video ‘Inni’ with no explanation…

*UPDATE* – Apparently ‘Inni’ is a Vincent Morisset directed film and new live album recorded in 2008 to be screened as part of the Venice Film Festival on August 31.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dDTAQV6mgs

So what’s ‘Inni‘? What are they building in there!? New album on the way? Given this point in their career a live, “greatest hits” album/dvd/blu-ray deal would make alot of sense (be lucrative).

But let the rumour mill run ‘Inni‘ wild. I’m putting my money on a Sigur Ros re-imagining of the Sgt Peppers album translated into Jonsi’s Icelandic Elvish? But I could be wrong.

Either way their marketing stunt has worked…dammit.

More updates on ‘Inni’ @ the Sigur Ros homepage.

Dead Gaze – ‘Fishing With Robert’

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Any day now Dead Gaze are bound to drop a new single, an album, something new to chew on. At least I really hope so!

Because let’s face it, when it comes to the internet, or communication in general, Dead Gaze aren’t too bothered. Infact, there was very little promotion around the ‘Somewhere Else’ 7″ released earlier in the year which includes the jaunty ‘Fishing With Robert’.

The Mississippi DIY champion Cole Furlow must have a good sense of humour because most of the Dead Gaze releases walk a fine line. ‘Fishing With Robert’ in particular, is like sticking your head in a fish bowl and trying to rock out. Thankfully the result is a gem!

Whilst trudging around the interwebs I came across an earlier video of ‘This Big World’ from a split single, recorded by Newtown Radio which is well worth a look, arguably the recording quality is a little higher than the home studio too…

Download the ‘Somewhere Else’ single from Dead Gaze here or through Atelier Ciseaux / La Station Radar.

The New Division – ‘Opium’

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I came across the Californian synth poppers The New Division the old fashion way. By hearing someone else play it, in a magazine shop no less. Rather than approach the hipster shop attendant and ask, I quickly shazamed it on my phone (so perhaps not so old fashioned). Either way, I was struck by the simplicity of the track ‘Starfield’ and how shamelessly it drew from Depeche Mode (in a good way).

Now songwriter John Kunkel and co have announced a new album ‘Shadows’ with the lead single ‘Opium’ which doesn’t beat around the bush in regards to subject matter. The 14 track album will be released on September 27.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc72EfzZ2x8

And the ‘Shadows’ album art is….

Download ‘Opium’ from The New Division @ Bandcamp / visit  www.thenewdivision.net.

Wye Oak – ‘Holy Holy’

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Baltimore’s Wye Oak have announced new dates across the UK and Europe to add to an already epic tour in support of their album ‘Civilian’. Its hard to believe that the sound on this record is created by a duo (Jenn Wasner on vocals and guitar with Andy Stack  on drums and keys).

‘Holy Holy’ shows off Jenn’s awesome guitar sound, there’s plenty of big swells and drops. Its a grungey swagger for the most part but is well composed and doesn’t lack a catchy chorus.

EUROPE/UK TOUR DATES…

Mon 22-Aug-11 UK Manchester @ Ruby Lounge
Tue 23-Aug-11 UK EDINBURGH @ CORN EXCHANGE W/ THE NATIONAL
Wed 24-Aug-11 UK GLASGOW@ ACADEMY W/ THE NATIONAL
Thu 3-Nov-11 GER – BERLIN @ LIDO
Fri 4-Nov-11 DEN – COPENHAGEN@ HUSET MAGSTRAEDE
Sat 5-Nov-11 SWE – STOCKHOLM @ DEBASER
Sun 6-Nov-11 NOR – OSLO @ MONO
Tue 8-Nov-11 GER – MUNSTER @ GLEIS 22
Wed 9-Nov-11 GER – HEIDELBERG @ KARLSTORBAHNHOF
Thu 10-Nov-11 SWI – FRIBOURG @ FRI-SON
Fri 11-Nov-11 IT -MILAN SALUMERIA @ DELLA MUSICA
Sat 12-Nov-11 FRA – TOULOUSE @ SAINT DES SEINS
Sun 13-Nov-11 SPA – SAN SEBASTIEN @ KONTADORES
Tue 15-Nov-11 SPA – BARCELONA @ SIDECAR
Thu 17-Nov-11 GER – KOLN @ GEBAUDE
Fri 18-Nov-11 LUX – LUX @ ROCKHAL CAFÉ
Sat 19-Nov-11 NETH – DEN HAAG @ CROSSING BORDER FESTIVAL
Sun 20-Nov-11 BEL – ANTWERP @ CROSSING BORDER FESTIVAL
Mon 21-Nov-11 FRA – PARIS @ POINT EPHEMERE
Tue 22-Nov-11 UK – LONDON @ XOYO

More info @ www.wyeoakmusic.com / merge records.

My Violaine Morning – ‘Light Inside’

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Before you scream “I don’t hear enough rock n’ roll coming out of Indonesia these days!”…hold your breath… there is My Violaine Morning!

These guys have been around since the mid noughties seemingly on a mission to re-invent the mid-nineties, or late-eighties, or whenever the Cocteau Twins, Ride and Slowdive were about.

On September 14 My Violaine Morning‘s album ‘The Next Episode Of This World’ will be released through Japanese label Happy Prince and distributed in the U.S. by Darla Records. The first track we’ve heard is ‘Light Inside’ which Yugo Inoue at Happy Prince is offering as a free download here to fans until August 31.

You can pickup the album ‘The Next Episode Of This World’ from Happy Prince or Darla Records. More info at My Violaine Morning Myspace or their official website.