Italian trio Brothers In Law released their eight track collection ‘Hard Times For Dreamers‘ in January, well worth a listen if you missed it. Album cut ‘Go Ahead’ has recently been given the video treatment by Fabio Nirta, check it out below. In other news, a limited edition 7inch of ‘Lose Control’ is now available through We Were Never Being Boring (with the b-side ‘I Can Try’). For more Italian love – here’s our ‘Blissed Out Italy‘ feature from earlier in the year.
Brothers In Law – ‘Go Ahead’
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The new single from No Joy is a mix of grinding, processed guitars against the spacious vocals of Jasamine White-Gluz. ‘Hare Tarot Lies’ is a timely reminder to mark April 23 in your diary, when the Montreal rock troupe release their second LP ‘Wait To Pleasure’ via Mexican Summer!
No Joy – ‘Hare Tarot Lies’
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Apparently its Christmas. Medicine are back, new album, the works! 18 years after disbanding Medicine have announced a fresh LP called ‘To The Happy Few’ featuring the first single ‘Long As The Sun’ (limited free download), available on August 6 via Captured Tracks! The 2013 line-up features the original members (singer Beth Thompson, Drummer Jim Goodall and singer/guitarist Brad Laner). You’ve got to hand it to Captured Tracks for helping re-engage the band with their ‘Shoegaze Archives’ series, re-releasing ‘Shot Forth Self Living’ and ‘The Buried Life’ - read more here.
Medicine – ‘Long As The Sun’
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Take a listen to the first official single from Weekend‘s new album ‘Jinx’, out July 23 via Slumberland! Last September, we were treated to a rough album cut called ‘Sirens‘ but this is our first real taste. The San Francisco-based trio released their debut LP ‘Sports’ in 2009, lauded by shoegaze fans and post punk lovers alike. The ‘Red’ EP followed in 2011, featuring the much loved ‘Hazel’.
Weekend – ‘Mirror’
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Deerhunter have unveiled the raucous title track to their new album ‘Monomania‘, out May 7 through 4AD (see Jimmy Fallon live performance). And its a loud one, kinda like Marc Boland throwing a tantrum on a pedal board. Well, not really… but its an exciting listen. It just gets increasingly more impulsive and out of control. Gotta love rock n’ roll spaz attacks! That’s my thought for the day. Leading man Bradford Cox has said the record is more avante garde, guess we’ll find out next month! *counts the days*
Deerhunter – ‘Monomania’
Gorgeous new tune from London’s Sky Between Leaves, this one will put you in a new place. Hopefully a better one! ‘O.B.E’ is an instrumental swoon that tip toes genres lines, but for what its worth the most common tags that stick are krautrock and dream pop. Sky Between Leaves released their debut, self-titled single back in 2011 (vinyl here) or snap up a freebie at Soundcloud. For those of you pondering their name – I quote, “The band’s name was taken from Jarvis Cocker’s narrative of being given glasses as a child and realizing that the holes in the trees were in fact the “sky between the leaves”. That enthralling imagery translates to the band’s sound and the elicited sentiment is simple yet poignant: it’s like awakening from a feverish dream to a wildly glittery reality.”
Sky Between Leaves – ‘O.B.E’
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Rebecca Scott (Panda Riot‘s keyboardist and singer) has a side project with fellow Chicago-based music maker Melissa Harris, together they call themselves Architecture. The duo are releasing a new 7inch ‘Diamond Mind‘ on April 17 through Notes And Bolts Records.
Architecture – ‘Diamond Mind’
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Another amazing tune from Melbourne’s James Wallace aka Wintercoats. ‘Everyone Seems To Be In On Something’ marks the second single from his EP ‘Heartful’, available via Yes Please from April 17. If you missed the lead single ‘Halogen Moon’, take a listen over at Soundcloud.
Wintercoats – ‘Everyone Seems To Be In On Something’
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I’ve been meaning to post this tune for several weeks – I blame Easter and bad chicken burritos (but that’s another story)! Belgian Fog is something of a tangent for SBWR, rarely do indie pop tunes like this get much of a look in. But rarely are they this interesting either! Belgian Fog is the work of solo artist Robert Dale, who posted ‘Wait For Help’ online last month. Vocally, it reminds me a little of Gotye but otherwise I’m at a loss for close comparisons. Looking forward to hearing what comes next.
Belgian Fog – ‘Wait For Help’
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Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) released their third record ‘Yeah Right’ via Kanine Records earlier in the year. Whilst its not their strongest release to date, it does contain this solid shoegazer called ‘Shades Of Eternal Night’. Dig in!
Bleeding Rainbow – ‘Shades Of Eternal Night’