Blackstrap – ‘Monument’


The third track ‘Monument‘ from Blackstrap‘s forthcoming album has been posted! The album is running a little late (originally expected in late 2013) but nevertheless the Stockholm vets are in fine form, ‘Monument’ is a brilliant slow burner with a dark, synth-driven introduction (peppered with chimes) that blooms into a noise pop anthem. The single follows a remix by BNLX of the song ‘Make Sense Make Change‘ featuring Victoria Bergsman (of Taken by Trees and Concretes). The original version was released last February (shop) check out the clip below. An album release date is to be confirmed.

Blackstrap – ‘Monument’

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Dead Leaf Echo – ‘true.deep.sleeper’ EP [Premiere]


Brooklyn’s Dead Leaf Echo deliver their four track EP ‘true.deep.sleeper’ today via Moon Sounds Records (digital/vinyl)! The new release follows the quartet’s debut LP ‘Thought And Language‘ and leads into a fresh set of tour dates across the USA and Canada (see below). The title track ‘true​.​deep​.​sleeper’ is a densely layered affair with a seductive vocal line woven through the wash. Clearly all of last year’s live shows have paid off because Dead Leaf Echo are sounding more confident than ever. The EP pays homage to the shoegazing anthems of their debut but then extends into electronic territory for the ambient ‘heaven.sent.sleeper’. There’s a definite 80s synth pop influence throughout, the dark and swirling ‘so.wrong’ is the best example, not unlike the early days of The Cure. Whereas ‘blind.island’ is a sojourn into experimental dream pop, with its twisted vocal performances and overall oddity. ‘true​.​deep​.​sleeper’ is a welcome edition to Dead Leaf Echo’s catalog and will appease fans hanging out for album number two which is expected later this year.

Dead Leaf Echo – ‘true.deep.sleeper’

Dead Leaf Echo – true.deep.sleeper – 2014 Winter Tour Dates

2.25 Brooklyn NY. Union Pool (EP Release Party)
2.28 Montreal CA. TBD
3.1 Toronto CA Smiling Buddha
3.2 Hamilton CA Casbah
3.3 Detroit MI. New Way Bar
3.4 Ft. Wayne IN. The Brass Rail
3.5 Cincinnati OH. MOTR
3.6 Milwaukee WI. Riverwest Public House Cooperative
3.7 Minneapolis MN. Triple Rock Social Club
3.8 Chicago IL. The Empty Bottle
3.9 St. Louis MO The Firebird
3.10 Lawrence KS. Eighth St. Taproom
3.11. Ft. Worth TX. Lola’s Saloon
3.12. Dallas TX. The Crown and Harp
3.13. Houston TX. Fitzgerald’s
3.13. SXSW
3.14. SXSW
3.15. SXSW (Official Showcase Night)
3.16. Mobile Al. The Blind Mule Restaurant & Bar
3.17. Atlanta GA. TBD
3.18. Asheville NC. The Mothlight
4.19. New York NY. PIANOS Opening for David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets)

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Youngteam – ‘Fading Into Night’


Youngteam had a big challenge on their hands in recording the follow up to their lauded 2011 debut LP ‘Daydreamer‘. That record was a fuzzy feast of guy/girl rock, shoegaze and dream pop, so diverse that it could be stuck on repeat. But instead of trying to do it all over again, the Swedish quartet have re-invented themselves on their second album ‘Fading Into Night‘. Gone are the distorted guitars and poppy harmonies in place of a much darker, more psych rock focused sound. The impressive singles ‘Fading Into Night‘ and ‘It’s Getting Dark’ show off how well these changes worked. It’s a more mature set of songs but it’s also less grabbing. The psych swagger begins to wear a little mid way as Youngteam settle into a feel that sounds somewhere between Brian Jonestown Massacre and Spacemen 3. Having said that, the spacious mix and bittersweet vocals are compelling and reach to depths that ‘Daydreamer’ never dared venture. Pick up the full length from March 24 through Northern Star Records (pre-order). Side note, British fans may want to check out the Northern Star Weekender next month with 93millionmilesfromthesun, Youngteam, The Lost Rivers and many more great acts.

Youngteam – ‘Fading Into Night’

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Oyama – ‘Wasted (Dinosaur)’


Oyama fans will want to be quick and pick up the few remaining physical copies of their 2013 debut EP ‘I Wanna‘ (shop)! The Reykjavík shoegazers manoeuvre themselves between twee pop and noise rock with ease, brandishing colourful male/female vocal hooks with enough song writing tangents to keep listeners on their toes. Fingers crossed for more tunes soon!

Oyama – ‘Wasted (Dinosaur)’

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She Sir – ‘Go Guitars’


Go Guitars‘ the new LP from She Sir arrives this week through Shelflife Records (shop). As expected, this is a strong debut and a blessing for fans of jangle/dream pop and indie guitar bands in general. The “Debut” label is used loosely, as the Austin-based quartet have been making music together for close to a decade, and released their first shoegaze-inspired EP ‘Who Can’t Say Yes‘ in 2006. In fact, She Sir’s seasoned line-up features ex-members of The Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice and Ringo Deathstarr. For ‘Go Guitars’ She Sir smoothed out the edges and sharpened their melodies, like the effortlessly catchy ‘Condesendidents’ and ‘Kissing Can Wait‘. The album cuts are consistently solid, with sugary vocal hooks dusted with harmony and warm reverb. ‘Go Guitars’ is a beautiful record, for fans of Violens, Felt, Beach House and Real Estate.


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Tennis System – ‘Call It Home’


In case you missed it, here’s another cut ‘Call It Home’ from Tennis System‘s latest EP ‘Part Time Punks Session’ (out now via Papercup Music). It’s the work of Matty Taylor, an L.A-based artist who knows how to throw a tune together. The ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP is a favourite from late last year, full of energetic melodic hooks that will wake you up faster than a cup o’ joe!

Tennis System – ‘Call It Home’

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VHS Dream – ‘Daysleeping’


Aussie newcomer VHS Dream delivers his debut EP ‘Wonderfully Hopeless‘ featuring the apocalyptic track ‘Daysleeping’. The Melbourne-based artist is likely to connect with listeners who are up to the challenge of experimental noise, drone and left field shoegaze. ‘Daysleeping’ is a highly textured beast that sounds like two songs scratched together, not that there’s anything wrong with that! Deerhunter fans will recognize the moniker as a song from the band’s 2008 album ‘Weird Era Cont.’ Stream or download ‘Wonderfully Hopeless’ at Bandcamp.

VHS Dream – ‘Daysleeping’

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Lore City – ‘Gone Past’


The amount of incredible music we’ve already heard in 2014 is staggering, it’s going to be a landmark year if it stays at this pace! Case in point, the new single ‘Gone Past‘ from Chicago’s Lore City. The duo will launch their atmospheric new full length ‘Kill Your Dreams‘ on June 3 (via Already Dead Tapes / 1980 Records).

Lore City – ‘Gone Past’

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Hawkmoth – ‘Calamitas’


SBWR rarely delves into the realms of metal but when it’s this good, exceptions must be made! Hawkmoth‘s latest album ‘Calamitas‘ was released today (CD/Digital) featuring a collection of instrumental stoner/sludge rock meets post-metal chaos! It’s been almost four years in the making and follows their 2011 debut LP. The Sydney-based four piece have enlisted drummer Jason Canelas for the recording which has added a new layer of complicity and depth. ‘Calamitas’ was tracked at 301 Studios (the same space used for Springsteen’s latest) with mastering from Alan Douches (Dillinger Escape Plan, Japandroids, Odonis Odonis). So yes, it’s one of the better sounding post-metal albums you’re likely to hear. Album cut ‘Hitler’s Dogs’ is the shortest song on the record but it still drops waves of doom on your head! Fans of the genre will want to take the time out for this one – stream/download the rest here.

Hawkmoth – ‘Hitler’s Dogs’

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