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]
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French label Beko will release the beautiful new single from Surf Club. The Californians have taken a step from their new wave past into dream pop territory. The result speaks for itself, fantastic tune. Check out the Frankie Soto interview over at Impose for more.
Surf Club – ‘Until Then’
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Fader have premiered the second single ‘Bent Nail’ from Nothing‘s forthcoming debut album ‘Guilty Of Everything‘. The Philly rock act have delivered a heavy fuzz fest once again. The tail end of this tune is particularly interesting, it drops to half time and hits you with an unexpected stretch of harmonic prettiness! Hmm… not sure that sentence works but hit play and you’ll see what I mean. Grab the record on March 4 (USA), March 3 (UK/World), Feb 28 (Germany / Benelux / Finland).
Nothing – ‘Bent Nail’
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Youngteam‘s debut album ‘Daydreamer’ was amongst my favourite records of 2011, so the recent news of a follow up is very welcome! Northern Star Records will deliver their second LP ‘Fading Into Night’ this March featuring the new title track below (free download). On first listen, the Swedish shoegaze outfit are sounding much darker. I suppose the album titles can be taken literally (day/night) as there’s some tortured, stormy sounds on their latest. Looking forward to hearing how the rest of the album unfolds (pre-order).
Youngteam – ‘Fading Into Night’