R. Cole Furlow mellows out on Dead Gaze‘s latest cut from the forthcoming LP ‘Brain Holiday’ (out through FatCat Records / Palmist on October 22). Following last month’s lead single ‘Rowdy Jungle‘, ‘Stay, Don’t Say’ is a bittersweet affair. I was lucky enough to preview the album a few week’s back and rest assured it’s a solid release. However, there are a few twists and stylistic surprises in store – more on that next month.
Dead Gaze – ‘Stay, Don’t Say’
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Damn Spectres – this is some seriously dark s**t! If the guitars and hushed lyrics don’t give you nightmares, perhaps the image of a dude’s taped up melon will! ‘Lump’ doesn’t pull any punches, the Bristol noise rockers are releasing a split with Naturals via Howling Owl Records on September 30 (pre-order – there’s only 100). Both bands are currently working on their debut albums.
Spectres – ‘Lump’
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Rotterdam rockers AC Berkheimer have delivered their third LP ‘Equation Of State’ via Subroutine Records. Album cut ‘My Love, It’s Not The Same’ is tense, conflicting and noisy! After almost a decade of AC Berkheimer, the four piece have re-launched themselves with new drummer (Aram). Stream the whole record at Spotify.
AC Berkheimer – ‘My Love, It’s Not The Same’
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Dream Boys release their self-titled debut album this week through Art Fag Recordings! Opening track ‘Born Yesterday’ (free download) is a teaser of the jangly/psych pop four piece (who hail from Los Angeles). Head over to Pure Volume for a full album stream. Thanks Monica for the heads up!
Dream Boys – ‘Born Yesterday’
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Ty Segall‘s side project Fuzz return with a new single called ‘What’s In My Head’. If you missed the lead track ‘Loose Sutres‘ I recommend checking it out (especially if you like big, distorted guitars)! Pick up the full length on October 1 through In The Red Records. Fuzz are heading on tour later this month, catch them in Europe, the UK and the USA.
Fuzz – ‘What’s In My Head’
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Liz Harris (Grouper) has formed a new trio called Helen (with Jed Bindeman and Scott Simmons). Their debut offering is a split single ‘Felt This Way / Dying All The Time’ (out now via iTunes). It sounds like these lo-fi recordings were captured on a cassette recorder, lying in the corner of the room during a jam session. The 7inch will be available from Exiled Records/Yellow Electric.
Helen – ‘Felt This Way’
Swedish shoegaze act Divehoney have just posted a new tune called ‘For Sure’ (free download). This time round the guitars are backed with synths and a distinct lack of drums. Check previous single ‘Blow’ from back in April. No word on an official release as yet.
Divehoney – ‘For Sure’
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Heavenly Beat unveils the second single ‘Honest‘ from the forthcoming album ‘Prominence’ (out October 15 through Captured Tracks). The work of John Peña (former Beach Fossils bassist) is easily digestible with light n’ poppy hooks. There’s a whole heap of sounds poking through, is that steel drums too?
Heavenly Beat – ‘Honest’
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Keith Canisius is best known for his dream pop creations and as the founder of Danish shoegazers Rumskib. This week he adds another feather to his cap, releasing an ambient, experimental EP called ‘Everything You Do Is Deja-Vu’ under the moniker Shortwave Broadcaster (available via Saint Marie Records).
Shortwave Broadcaster – ‘Everything You Do Is Deja-Vu’ [Premiere]
Keith was inspired (in name) by Milton William Cooper, a broadcaster who claimed to have seen proof of alien existence. In turn the four track release is fittingly spaced out, with meditative signals, hypnotic rhythms, reversed samples and electronic textures throughout.
However the surrealist soundscapes aren’t heavy listening, while fans of avant-garde / drone wouldn’t blink, there’s still leading melodies for more casual listeners to hook into (‘Europa’ for example).
‘Everything You Do Is Deja-Vu’ is a taster of sorts, there’s a sonic theme throughout that could be extended into more indulgent territory and longer compositions. However, there’s no details of a Shortwave Broadcaster full length as yet. In the meantime, pick up the EP at Saint Marie Records.
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Beliefs are hitting the road (Europe and the UK) on the back of their debut LP (out now via No Pain In Pop [UK] / Hand Drawn Dracula [CAN] / Manimal [USA]). The Ontario shoegazers are celebrating the news with a new video for the album cut ‘She Comes Alive’. Tour dates below…
Beliefs – ‘She Comes Alive’ [VIDEO]
Beliefs UK / EU 2013 tour dates…
09.19.13 – Harlem Bar – Reykjavik IS
09.21.13 – Incubate Festival – Tilburg NL
09.22.13 – JC Den Eglantier – Antwerp BE
09.25.13 – Hafen 2 – Offenbach DE
09.26.13 – West Germany – Berlin DE
09.28.13 – Reeperbahnn Festival – Hamburg DE
09.30.13 – Seabright Arms – London UK
10.01.13 – Pivo – Glasgow UK
10.02.13 – Shipping Forecast – Liverpool UK
10.03.13 – Old Blue Last – London UK
10.04.13 – Espace B – Paris FR
10.20.13 – Piston – Toronto ON