Tremble Out – ‘The Shore’

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Shoegaze and math rock combine on Tremble Out‘s new five track release ‘Based On Our Situation’ (download). It’s a bizarre blend at times, take a listen to the opener ‘The Shore’ which transitions from a downer indie rock feel to frenetic math rock and back again. The idea being that the EP “captures all of the intensity and grandeur of internal daily emotions without leaving out the insecurities of just getting by”. It’s based literally on their situation, and paints a vivid, cerebral picture. There’s some beautiful songs to be discovered in the stream below, impressive work from the Austin foursome.

 
Tremble Out – ‘The Shore’

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Panda Panda – ‘What Are You Waiting For?’

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Meet Panda Panda, a new rock act out of Norway who posted an impressive tune this month called ‘What Are You Waiting For?’. They sound like a band that should be on the Riot Factory roster alongside Dråpe and Snøskred. Same town right? So perhaps there’s a connection that I’m not privy to! Great tune, more to come.

 
Panda Panda – ‘What Are You Waiting For?’

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Swervedriver – ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’

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Swervedriver fans lap up fresh tunes this week, as the British rock vets unleash their fifth full length ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ (stream via NPR). The release begins a March long USA tour (including a stop at SXSW) before hitting the UK this May. The LP is a big deal for the band, their first since ’99th Dream’ in 1998. It’s also the culmination of work that began with their 2008 reunion tour, and a clear indication that it wasn’t just a nostalgia trip but a continuing work in progress. And thankfully, ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ delivers.

Much of the music press has been quick to draw comparisons between Swervedriver and the renaissance of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and Ride. It’s understandable, but an awkward fit, just like the shoegaze label they landed when signing to Creation. Early on there were just as many musical similarities to the punk acts that influenced their youth (like The Stooges, The Ramones or MC5). But you are the company you keep, and whatever the term used, it’s loud guitar music either way! Lead single ‘Deep Wound’ arrived back in 2013, and hinted that perhaps the band were ready to revisit the early rockin’ days of 91’s ‘Raise’. It’s a brilliant fuzz filled tune, that sounds like it always existed but just showed up!

However, the reality is that ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ is more of an extension of ’99th Dream’ than a revival of ‘Mezcal Head’. While it doesn’t have the same raw intensity, it’s the next creative step for the band. And as far as songwriting goes, Swervedriver have more to give. The slow burning mid tempo track ‘Autodidact’ opens the record, there’s so much to this song, it takes a few listens to absorb it’s brilliance. It leads into the sunny ‘Last Rites’, a tune that could win over Dinosaur Jr. fans and a reminder of how effortlessly melodic Swervedriver are.

Despite the hiatus, they haven’t been idle creatively (as individuals). Their song writing and tastes have matured, and as a result we have gems like ‘Setting Sun’ and ‘Red Queen Arms Race’. The latter is armed with bluesy rock riffs and an overblown chorus. Closing track ‘I Wonder’ descends into experimental noise and will no doubt sound amazing on tour. Overall, there’s enough strong songs to please existing fans, the album touches on the Swervedriver of old without sacrificing where they’re at in 2015. What more could you want? Pick up ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ via Amazon UK or Insound (there’s also red, orange and purple vinyl available).

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Swervedriver - 'I Wasn't Born To Lose You'
SONGWRITING
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PRO'S
  • A fitting return for the vets!
  • A mix of old and new
CON'S
  • Some fans will miss the hard edges
3.8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (11 Votes)

Weird. – ‘A Long Period Of Blindness’ [Album Premiere]

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It’s a pleasure to present the first public stream of Weird‘s forthcoming album ‘A Long Period Of Blindness’. It’s an ambient rock feast with psych swagger, shoegaze swoon and epic slow burners! The record is highlighted by some monumental tunes, namely ‘Gaze’, ‘The Sound Of Your Heartbreak’ and the single ‘Infinite Decay’. It follows Weird’s 2013 debut LP, ‘Desert Love For Lonely Graves‘ and a tour of their native Italy. The Roman band formed in 2011 with front man Marco Barzetti (guitar/vocals), together with drummer Massimiliano Pecci and Giovanni Romano (bass). ‘A Long Period Of Blindness’ will be available from March 2 via Lady Sometimes Records (pre-order here).

 
Weird. – ‘A Long Period Of Blindness’ [Album Premiere]

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Moon Tapes – ‘A Little Bit Of Paris / Sleepy’

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Moon Tapes released their first official singles today, ‘A Little Bit Of Paris’ and ‘Sleepy’ (download). It follows the brilliant demo ‘Back In Love’, which I gushed about last November. The Amsterdam four piece craft new wave pop gems with a reverb-heavy, lo-fi charm. ‘A Little Bit Of Paris’ should sit well with fans of The Smiths, there’s also a dash of Alex Turner to the vocals. Bright days ahead!

 
Moon Tapes – ‘A Little Bit Of Paris / Sleepy’

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Au.Ra – ‘Jane’s Lament’

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After several years collaborating, Tom Crandles & Tim Jenkins officially release their debut album as Au.Ra next week through Felte. ‘Jane’s Lament’ is nine tracks of dream pop bliss, with added shades of psychedelia and shoegaze. It’s no surprise that the LP plays out with an unassuming confidence, after all, they’ve both honed their creative powers through previous projects. Tim in Parades and Tom under many monikers, but perhaps best known as Colours.

‘Jane’s Lament’ was conceived following improvised jam sessions and then recorded between Sydney and London. The duo’s free flowing, relaxed approach rubs off in the music. There’s no fixed formula or predictable structure. Instead, the songs weave their way into your head, which makes it a very easy album to listen to. ‘Sun’ is one example, a beautiful tune that introduces a simple melody with a slacker delivery, then evolves into a psych’ed out instrumental with reversed guitars. It’s all so smoothly done, you may find yourself drifting off.

‘Pyramid’ is brilliantly understated, with bendy melodies and a shoegazey mid section that makes you forget where the song began. Later in the album these experimental sojourns get longer with ‘Talk Show’ and ‘Spare The Thought’. It gives the album great pacing even though much of it ambles around the same tempo. Au.Ra are so good at creating atmospheres, textures and moods that ‘Jane’s Lament’ has a meditative effect. It’s one of the most enjoyable listens I’ve had in 2015, another must for fans of jangle pop, psych or dream pop. There’s so many stellar albums coming out, next week we dive into new LP’s from Echo Lake, Venera 4 and Swervedriver! In the meantime, jump into the album stream below…

Au.Ra – ‘Jane’s Lament’

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Au.Ra - 'Jane's Lament'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • Brilliant mix of psych & dream pop
  • Unpredictable songwriting
CON'S
  • Nope!
4.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (6 Votes)