Crone – ‘The Silver Hammer’

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Isis fans may still be wiping at their tears after the band’s breakup… but there is some good news.  Bassist Jeff Caxide (also of Red Sparrowes) has released a new solo project called Crone.

It’s dark, scarey as hell and will get under your skin! It may not be for everyone but the five-track album ‘Endless Midnight’ is a real sonic experience.

More info via the Waylon Recordings blog here.

Cass McCombs – ‘County Line’

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Wow, this song is a downer. ‘County Line’ is like the Mount Fuji of sad bastard music, so if you’re not in the mood – beware. But… if you hang in there it will take you to a different headspace.

There’s a number of things I find fascinating about this song. Firstly, it sounds terribly nerdy. It sounds like the kind of crusty cassette tape you’d find in your parents glovebox, despite being a current release.

The second thing is, it sounds like a classic. I imagine if John Lennon covered a Bee Gees hit at half speed, you’d just about have this track. And lastly, it’s just an amazing song with an incredible vocal delivery. I just hope somebody keeps an eye on Cass before he goes the way of Elliott Smith.

You can pick up the album ‘Wit’s End’ from Cass McCombs here.

Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – ‘Girls Of 1000 Dreams’

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These New York city hipster kids are a lot of fun! It’s got a retro thing going on and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The lyrics are undeniably naff on both their records but it fits the straight ahead approach!

‘Girls Of 1000 Dreams’ is from their second record ‘Belong’ which is available now.

You can get the full low down at www.thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com.

Solkyri – ‘Strangers’

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Here’s a post rock band that hasn’t opted for a four paragraph song title – respect!

These guys hail from Sydney’s west and have released their debut EP ‘No House’ via Bandcamp. If you like it progressive and ambient, its well worth a listen. Plus their drummer is incredible (both live and on record).

Click to visit Solkyri @ Bandcamp.

Teen Daze – ‘The Harvest’

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Ahhh, this new track from Teen Daze is bathed in warm reverb. It’s an impressive effort from a one man band otherwise known as Jamison. The Vancouver native is releasing a new EP on September 13 called ‘A Silent Planet’ and this is the fourth track.

A SILENT PLANET

01 “Surface”
02 “It Calls Me Under”
03 “I Fell Into The Light”
04 “The Harvest”
05 “Watch Over Me”
06 “Malacandra”

Teen Daze mixtapes here!

Glass Vaults – ‘Set Sail’

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I’ve got absolutely no idea why New Zealand’s Glass Vaults haven’t been discovered and paraded all over the internets. Their 2010 ‘Glass’ EP was offered for free download for months and it’s a great bunch of songs.

You can name your price for the EP on their Bandcamp page.