Beach Fossils – ‘Adversity’

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Captured Tracks released Beach Fossils second EP ‘What A Pleasure’ with the closing track ‘Adversity’.

The Brooklyn four piece are sounding more like Wild Nothing than ever and that’s not a bad thing.

Beach Fossils – “Adversity” (Official Music Video).

Washed Out – ‘Amor Fati’

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It’s only been a few weeks since Ernest Greene aka Washed Out released his debut album ‘Within And Without’ and already the Googlesphere has gone crazy for it. To be fair his first EPs were well recieved back in 2009 but I’m sure even his label mates are surprised by its level of success. Despite being lumped in with the Chillwave movement of bedroom producers, Greene has already managed to chart this album in the UK and the US.

On another note, If you haven’t seen the video for ‘Belong’ from the ‘High Times’ record then prepare to be bedazzled by the most ridiculous video you’ll see all week…

http://vimeo.com/8180278

Visit Washed Out online @ www.myspace.com/thebabeinthewoods.

True Widow – ‘Skull Eyes’

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Thankyou Texas! Thankyou Jebus! And thankyou Kemado Records for delivering the awe inspiring sound of True Widow. How was that for a lead in? These guys (and girl) deserve every accolade coming to them.

If the weight of this groove doesn’t move you a little please turn off your computer and stick your head in a bucket. The deep dredging guitars heard on Skull Eyes are fantastic combined with the sombre male and female vocal delivery.

Quite possibly my top song of the year (so far). The album is equally brilliant. Get the album ‘As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center Of The Circumference Of The Earth’ (Yup, the album is so epic it needed an epic title) from their blog – www.truewidow.blogspot.com.

The Middle East – ‘Months’

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The Middle East are no more. No, not the region, the Townsville indie folkers who just released the amazing album ‘I Want That You Are Always Happy’. It all happened mid set at Splendour In The Grass yesterday…sad, sad, sad. Whilst the song ‘Months’ isn’t very reverb-centric at all, it’ll have to be a swansong.

Download ‘I Want That You Are Always Happy’ from Spunk / EMI via the The Middle East (official site) or iTunes here.

Dum Dum Girls – ‘Coming Down’

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In the past I’ve only really checked out the Dum Dum Girls tunes because a) they covered the Smiths b) they dressed kinda cool, and c) they’re a band of cute girls. Yep, I can be like that.

But now they’ve got an album on the way and the first track is rather impressive! So it looks like I’m going to have to quit being a patronizing jerk and enjoy what the Dum Dum Girls were all about in the first place.

‘Coming Down’ is a reverb laden ballad, performed at a trudging pace. The track feels like its got a body on its back, endlessly climbing uphill. Only the slow grind is really effective. You can download this track for free from www.wearethedumdumgirls.com, the album ‘Only In Dreams’ will be out this September on Sub Pop.

Panzer Queen – 'Into The Golden Ocean'

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Panzer Queen are giving away their single ‘Into The Golden Ocean’ for free right here! The guys have been honing their post-rock powers in Sydney since their debut EP ‘Hunting the White Stag’.

Fans of Explosions In The Sky and Mogwai will warm quickly to Panzer Queen. Under the guidence of prog rock preaching label The Birds Robe Collective who have been doing big things this year. Next on the cards is Progest 2011 (Laurenz Pike (PVT), Avarin (album launch), Solkyri, Grun and We Lost The Sea plus more) which hits the Annandale on Aug 13, details here.

Visit Panzer Queen @ Myspace / Bandcamp / Online or through The Birds Robe Collective. Thanks Andrew for the tip!