After a week of conjecture, twitter teasers and ambiguous web pages it’s finally been confirmed – Slowdive are back! The British dream pop veterans will reunite with the original line-up on May 30 for Primavera Sound in Barcelona. The news broke via a Primavera promo video, followed by quotes claiming a new album is likely – happy days! Keep your eyes on The Quietus for a full interview (expected in the next few hours). In the meantime, here’s a live (and acoustic) video of Neil and Rachel performing ‘Alison’ late last year at Cecil Sharp House in London.
Neil Halstead & Rachel Goswell – ‘Alison’ [LIVE VIDEO]
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Here’s a classic cut from Sweet Trip‘s second full length ‘Velocity: Design: Comfort’. Originally released in June of 2003 by Darla Distribution, it was praised for its crazy mix of glitchy beats, electronica, indie pop and shoegaze. ‘Chocolate Matter’ is an example of the latter and is primarily the work of San Francisco’s Roberto Burgos, together with vocalist Valerie Reyes. Sweet Trip’s final album ‘You Will Never Know Why’ was released back in 2009. But… last year Roberto posted a new Sweet Trip tune on Soundcloud, hinting it was the last. P.s. thanks Sam for the note!
Sweet Trip – ‘Chocolate Matter’
Eagulls debut LP is shaping up to be a lot of fun, judging by the title track anyhow! The Leeds post punk band have the same kind of energy and urgency that made everyone fall for Japandroids ‘Celebration Rock’ in 2012. The five piece release ‘Possessed’ on Partisan Records, March 4 (pre-order). Hope there’s more epic guitars on the record!
Eagulls – ‘Possessed’
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Fuzz, reverb and pop hooks combine on September Girls debut long player ‘Cursing The Sea’ (out this month via Fortuna Pop). The Irish outfit follow in the footsteps of Veronica Falls with their energetic garage pop approach. It’s not terribly unique but if you’re a fan of catchy lo-fi rock then best take a peek!
September Girls – ‘Green Eyed’
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London-based band Nevermind Me have delivered a fresh EP called ‘Winter‘ featuring the opener ‘Leaves Fall‘. This alt rocker dips its toes in heavy guitars and dreamy vocals. If it lifts your skirt, check out their self-titled EP from last September here.
Nevermind Me – ‘Leaves Fall’
The Mary Onettes have announced a new mini-album called ‘Portico’, due March 4 via Labrador. The Swedish foursome have posted the lead single ‘Silence Is A Gun‘ in the lead up to their stateside tour (see dates).
The Mary Onettes – ‘Silence Is A Gun’
London dream pop duo Snowbird release their full length ‘Moon’ this week via Rough Trade/Bella Union. It’s the work of Simon Raymonde (former Cocteau Twins bassist) and singer Stephanie Dosen. Of course, nobody can replace the vocals of Elizabeth Fraser but that doesn’t stop comparisons being made between Snowbird and Cocteaus. Nevertheless, ‘Moon’ is a great record, thanks (in part) to the long list of talent that contributed, including Philip Selway and Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake) plus Eric Pulido and McKenzie Smith (Midlake). The album is coupled with a remix album called ‘Luna’. Simon and Stephanie’s styles work so well together and they’ve created some beautiful pop songs. If you’re a fan of Mazzy Star, Land Of Talk or Warpaint, this is a must.
Snowbird – ‘All Wishes Are Ghosts’
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Technicolor Teeth fans can pick up the forthcoming compilation ‘Can You Keep Me Out Of Hell’ at shows from March 4. Only on cassette (at this stage) via Accidental Guest Recordings, but you can stream a few songs here. The eleven track release includes a woozy gem called ‘Tomb’ (via Adhoc) – see tour dates.
Technicolor Teeth – ‘Tomb’
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Jay Watson (of Tame Impala / Pond) unveiled another single late last year called ‘Growin’ Up’ (free download). Working under the moniker Gum, Jay has teamed up with Spinning Top Music for his debut solo album ‘Delorean Highway’. A release date is yet to be announced but I’m hoping there’s more psych pop adventures like ‘Grownin’ Up’ just around the corner.
Gum – ‘Growin’ Up’
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Just in case you needed reminding that Cheatahs debut self-titled album is imminent, the British shoegazers posted these live videos of ‘Fall’ and ‘Get Tight’. They were filmed at Dropout Studios in Camberwell, London, where the four piece tracked the album. Expect two more live videos, presumably the singles ‘Kenworth’ and ‘Cut The Grass’. The album is due February 10 (UK) and February 11 (USA) via Wichita Recordings.
Cheatahs – ‘Fall & Get Tight (Live At Dropout)’ [VIDEO]