The Mary Onettes – ‘Portico’

THE MARY ONETTES - 'PORTICO'

Portico‘, the new mini-LP from The Mary Onettes is available now via Labrador (stream here)! We’re not far into 2014 but this is one of the stand out dream pop EPs of the year. It’s a perfect mix of related styles, there’s a little jangle and synth pop amongst the seven track collection. All with a pop sensibility that the Swedes do like no other. Lead tracks ‘Silence Is A Gun‘ and ‘Naive Dream‘ pointed towards something special and the rest of the EP cuts don’t disappoint. ‘Ritual Mind’ is a beautiful tune with dazzling synth work and guitars interweaving. While ‘Your Place’ sounds like early Wild Nothing, simple but effortlessly catchy. And oddly enough, despite the masses of reverb and melancholy vocals, ‘Portico’ isn’t a downer. The Mary Onettes have written an EP that deserves to be heard, these are brilliantly crafted songs.

 
The Mary Onettes – ‘Your Place’

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The Mary Onettes - 'Portico'
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Moonbell – ‘Warm Head Rush’ [Premiere]

MOONBELL - 'AFTERLIVES'

San Francisco shoegazers Moonbell return with their new LP ‘Afterlives’ and SBWR is happy to premiere the album cut ‘Warm Head Rush’. The four piece have already impressed with their ‘Parallel‘ and ‘Figurine‘ EP’s in 2012/11 and their forthcoming full length looks to capitalize on their Creation/4AD inspired sound but now with the added influence from 60s and 70s garage rock! ‘Afterlives’ was mastered by Mike Wells (Tamaryn/Weekend) and will be available digitally and on limited cassette from Moonbell’s own label Hypnogram! from April 1. The label focuses on DIY recordings, ‘Afterlives’ being a DIY experiment of its own and the result of a self-recording and mixing effort. Be sure to check back with Hypnogram! when it goes live next month. In the meantime, check out this loose and lovely lo-fi rocker!

 
Moonbell – ‘Warm Head Rush’ [Premiere]

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September Girls – ‘Sister’

SEPTEMBER GIRLS - 'SISTER'

Sister‘ sounds like dirty doo wop in an echo chamber. Well, kinda anyway! The September Girls channelled 60s girl groups and garage rock to create their debut album ‘Cursing The Sea‘ (out now via Fortuna POP!). The Irish quintet make good use of their four songwriters and singers, each adding a different flavour. ‘Cursing The Sea’ was released in the USA this week, coinciding nicely with their shows in Austin for SXSW.

 
September Girls – ‘Sister’

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Fear Of Men – ‘Outrun Me’

FEAR OF MEN - 'LOOM'

Fear Of Men have posted their latest track ‘Outrun Me’, taken from their forthcoming debut LP ‘Loom’ (as premiered @ The Guardian). The Brighton-based trio will deliver the impressive single ‘Luna‘ with this track as the b-side (available on Flexi 5inch through Art Is Hard on April 7). Fear Of Men pack as much “crippling disconnection, boredom and sexual dread” into ‘Outrun Me’ as possible! If only all our shitty feelings could sound this good. Pre-order ‘Loom’ via Kanine Records.

 
Fear Of Men – ‘Outrun Me’

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The Hours – ‘Steady Glazed Eyes’

THE HOURS - 'STEADY GLAZED EYES'

Winnipeg trio The Hours meld psych pop, dream and shoegaze on their latest track ‘Steady Glazed Eyes’. Written while “staring into lava lamps and jumping on the bed”, The Hours will appeal to fans of Tashaki Miyaki, Widowspeak and Cloud Control – check out more here.

 
The Hours – ‘Steady Glazed Eyes’

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The Snow – ‘Memory Loss’

THE SNOW - 'MEMORY LOSS'

Captured Tracks have gift wrapped a few surprises for Record Store Day, one of the biggest is super group The Snow which features Wild Nothing‘s Jack Tatum, Holograms‘ Andreas Lagerström and Dustin Payseur (of Beach Fossils). Their single ‘Memory Loss’ is unsurprisingly great, a downcast new wave number with an 80s sheen. Pick it up on Record Store Day (April 19), you may also be interested in Medicine‘s Part Time Punks LP (recorded live for air last year) and available in pretty tri-colour vinyl!

 
The Snow – ‘Memory Loss’

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Ice Cream Cathedral – ‘The Swans’

ICE CREAM CATHEDRAL - 'THE SWANS'

Now for something a little different, ‘The Swans’ is a mixture of genres culminating into something that Ice Cream Cathedral call ‘space pop’. The Copenhagen trio take experimental dream pop to the next level, crossing frenetic beats, samples and synths to create beautiful pop songs. There’s an exploratory nature to this seven minute song that breaks from convention and extends into spacey depths the more it progresses! The Danes formed in 2011 before releasing their debut album ‘The Drowsy Kingdom‘ early last year. ‘The Swans’ is our first listen from their second record, due this May via Riot Factory (home to Dråpe, Scarlet Chives & Snøskred).

 
Ice Cream Cathedral – ‘The Swans’


 

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Eastern Hollows – ‘The Way That You’ve Gone’

EASTERN HOLLOWS - 'EASTERN HOLLOWS'

Next month London label Club AC30 celebrates their 10th birthday. The purveyors of fine rock n’ shoegaze are throwing a birthday bash with Exit Calm, Air Formation plus Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody (April 22 @ The Lexington, London – get tix). In other news, recent Club AC30 signees Eastern Hollows are readying their debut self-titled LP (out next month). Check out the Brooklyn five piece and their jangly pop tune ‘The Way That You’ve Gone’…

 
Eastern Hollows – ‘The Way That You’ve Gone’

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Dissolve – ‘Where We Are’

DISSOLVE - 'DISSOLVE'

This month Dissolve delivered their debut three tracker featuring ‘Statement‘ and the swirling shoegazer ‘Where We Are’ (download). The San Francisco duo (Inna Kurikova and Blaine Patrick) delivered a stand out EP last September under their former moniker Modern Charms, if you missed that check it out here!

 
Dissolve – ‘Where We Are’

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Bleach – ‘Trip & Slide’

BLEACH - 'KILLING TIME'

Here’s a flashback to little known British rock act Bleach, who released their LP ‘Killing Time’ in 1992. The quartet didn’t enjoy a long lifespan (1989-93) but produced a handful of EPs and mini albums during their time. Often compared to Curve, Bleach suffered from some inconsistencies but were happy to test the water, even adding a rap to their single ‘Shotgun’ (albeit in a Blondie kind of way). Nevertheless, there was some stand out tunes, namely the album cut ‘Trip & Slide’.

 
Bleach – ‘Trip & Slide’

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