Atlas Sound – 'Amplifiers'

Bradford Cox (of Deerhunter) is releasing his third solo album as Atlas Sound, titled ‘Parallax’ which will be available via 4AD on November 7. I must admit, the previous album cuts made public haven’t grabbed me as much as I’d like. But ‘Amplifiers’ has a simple playfulness and reminds me a little of Thurston Moore. Perhaps that’s just me!?

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Pre-order Atlas Sound’s ‘Parallax’ from 4AD or visit Atlas Sound @ a very outdated Myspace page!

The Morning Clouds – ‘Ends’ & ‘The Wrong Things’

Denver artist Josh Wambeke is The Morning Clouds – you may remember the tune ‘A Walk Home‘? Eitherway, The Morning Clouds debut album ‘Wasted Youth Blues’ has finally been released via Lefse.

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The lyrics of ‘Ends’ play out like a slow motion argument. They’re amazingly relaxed yet full of rage and resentment. Before long the guitar and synth breaks away into an instrumental deep breath before trudging on again. Great pacing, great song!

If the slow drawl of ‘Ends’ or the drugged out Beach Boys echoes of ‘The Wrong Things’ scrambles your eggs then make sure you check out ‘Wasted Youth Blues’.

Connect with The Morning Clouds @ Lefse Records or thru The Morning Clouds @ Facebook.

Lucy Dreams – 'Skull Mask'

Lovers of noisy rock take note! Lucy Dreams have released their album ‘Vivian’ and they’re still in High School – these kids rock! ‘Skull Mask’ sits squarely in the middle of the nine track release, it’s a spaced out rock tune with lots of melody. The laid back introduction doesn’t give away the energy of the chorus, it’ll get stuck in your head. The scratchy lead guitar break works well against the cleaner sounds too. ‘Skull Mask’ is one of the more sedate tracks on ‘Vivian’, standing out together with ‘VHS’ and ‘Death March’.

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Also, if you’re into drone or experimental sounds, Lucy Dreams’ bass player Graham has a solo project called Ghost Towns Of Arizona. Check it out at his blog here. Each piece of music is named after a former booming town that’s now…a ghost town. You can read up on the history of each, interesting idea.

Download Lucy Dreams‘ ‘Death March’ single free here / Download Lucy Dreams ‘Vivian’ from iTunes or grab the CD cheaper from Pretty Ambitious Records here!

Incan Abraham – 'Wailing Wall' & 'In Milan'

Welcome to the sunny melodies of Incan Abraham! The Los Angeles indie band have just released their new EP ‘Ancient Vacation’ (grab it here free). The opener ‘Wailing Wall’ lets loose with a surf rock introduction before striding into an upbeat tropical jam! Incan Abraham produce a crossover sound that could easily convert into commericial dollars. The four-piece ride that line between pop and college radio, something that Yeasayer fans could easily lap up.

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‘In Milan’ is an understated EP cut that, dare I say it, reminds me a little of Kings Of Leon in its approach. Sure, the vocals don’t follow that line but its a churner that lurks between light and dark, always threatening to hit you over the head with a big chorus that doesn’t really eventuate.

Download Incan Abraham’s ‘Ancient Vacation’ @ Bandcamp / Connect with Incan Abraham @ Facebook.

We Were Promised Jetpacks – 'Act On Impulse'

Apart from loving the name We Were Promised Jetpacks, I haven’t given the Scottish band a serious listen. I remember their 2009 singles, ‘Quiet Little Voices’ and ‘Rolling Up Your Sleeves’ from local radio play but never dug into their debut album ‘These Four Walls’.

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This month, We Were Promised Jetpacks released album number two, ‘In The Pit Of The Stomach’. I came across ‘Act On Impulse’ whilst lurking through Hype Machine and it’s a much more advanced and progressive band than I remember. Perhaps I won’t be so lazy this time round.

Pick up some limited editions and bundles @ Fat Cat Records or visit We Were Promised Jetpacks via their offical webpage.