Should – ‘Faded’

On November 29, Brooklyn imprint Captured Tracks are kicking off a series of classic releases coined ‘The Shoegaze Archives’. First up is Should’s album ‘A Folding Sieve’ from 1995, plus a compilation of Deardarkhead’s work from the early 90s titled ‘Oceanside; 1991-1993’. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on these releases, mainly to get educated on lost classics. Should’s ‘Faded’ is a great start with all its fuzziness and saturated warmth.

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Co-incidentally or not, Should released a comeback record this year titled ‘Like A Fire Without Sound’ through Words On Music. However, with more than a decade between releases, the Should of 2011 is a lot cleaner than their mid 90s selves (check it out here).

Visit Captured Tracks for more on The Shoegaze Archives / Visit Should @ Words On Music.

True Widow – 'Bathyscaphe' & 'I.N.O'

It’s getting late in the year and I can still say that True Widow‘s ‘Skull Eyes‘ is one of my favourite tracks of 2011. True Widow’s ridiculously long titled album, ‘As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center Of The Circumference Of The Earth‘ is top notch sludgy rock! So upon hearing the news of a new True Widow EP I was so excited that a little bit of pee came out. Joking, joking!

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True Widow‘s ‘I.N.O’ was recorded by the Texans themselves at their practice space with their own gear, before the last album was released. In fact, according to truewidow.com it was their first recording.

So I know what you’re thinking – oh right, so now they’ve released a full album we’re being fed the outtakes and b-sides. Thankfully, this is not the case. There’s three totally fresh tunes on the ‘I.N.O’ EP that are just as heavy and expansive as anything True Widow have produced to date. From the opening instrumental ‘For Grace’ to the fourteen minute epic of the title track, this EP works as its own self contained mini-album.

‘I.N.O’ drives along like an old grunge tune at half speed, getting more progressive and experimental as it stumbles forward. Whereas ‘Bathyscaphe’ starts with a hypnotic and raw guitar line before kicking into a full on swagger. Like only Texans can! It eventually builds with the female backing vocals while the guitar sound descends towards the scratchiness of a blown out speaker. ‘Bathyscaphe’ is a slow grind and blends into the more haunting tune, ‘S.Y.B’.

True Widow – ‘I.N.O’ tracklist…
1. For Grace
2. I.N.O
3. Bathyscaphe
4. S.Y.B
5. S.F.H.D

Grab True Widow’s ‘I.N.O’ EP on CD or download via Kemado / visit True Widow @ www.truewidow.com.

Manner – ‘Caught In The Middle’

Brooklyn’s Manner released their debut album ‘Side Launch’ this week, pick it up here. This kind of techy rock doesn’t normally float my boat but holy s**tballs Batman, Manner bring some serious stops and angles on this one! ‘Caught In The Middle’ crashes about with robot rock precision and high production quality across the board. There’s some definite Tom Morello stylings going on too.

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Download ‘Side Launch’ from Manner here / connect @ Facebook.

Mint Julep – 'Days Gone By'

Boston husband and wife duo Mint Julep are set to release their new album ‘Save Your Season’ in late November via Village Green. The album cut ‘Days Gone By’ has just had the video treatment by director Noah Harris (watch below…if you dare, the axe lady gives me the creeps)!

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

Connect with Mint Julep @ Facebook or through Village Green.

Arrange + Ricky Eat Acid – ‘P.S.L.W.’

I’ve been struggling to keep up with the musical tidal wave of late and Arrange‘s collaboration with Ricky Eat Acid has been one of the casualties! The pair have worked together to create the incredible song ‘P.S.L.W’.

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If you haven’t yet heard Arrange‘s ‘Plantation’ album then do yourself a favour and pick it up here free. Arrange is producer Malcolm Lacey from Southern Florida whilst Ricky Eat Acid is otherwise known as Sam Ray from Maryland. No doubt this won’t be the last we hear from the duo.

Arrange @ Facebook + Bandcamp / Ricky Eat Acid @ Facebook + Bandcamp.

The Patience – 'Moving Through The Echoes' & 'Solar Fields'

Russian indie pop outfit The Patience have released the follow up to their EP ‘Sun Is Always Pt. 1’. The sequel features three well crafted tracks including ‘Moving Through The Echoes’ and ‘Solar Fields’. The former is a catchy, ultra-reverbed affair whilst ‘Solar Fields’ gets nice and dreamy.

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The Patience formed in 2007, releasing their first disc ‘Every Minute Is Ok’ the following year. You can pick up all of their work to date via Bandcamp and ‘name your price’.

Connect with The Patience @ Facebook, visit The Patience @ Myspace / Bandcamp.