Youngteam – ‘Fading Into Night’

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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Youngteam - 'Fading Into Night'
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Oyama – ‘Wasted (Dinosaur)’

OYAMA - 'I WANNA'

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’

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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She Sir - 'Go Guitars'
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Tennis System – ‘Call It Home’

TENNIS SYSTEM - 'PART TIME PUNKS SESSION'

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’

VHS DREAM - 'WONDERFULLY HOPELESS'

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’

LORE CITY - 'KILL YOUR DREAMS'

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’

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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Anto Dust – ’1955′

ANTO DUST - '1955'

Anto Dust‘s spacey new single ‘1955‘ is one the best dream pop singles I’ve heard this year. Apart from the drenching of reverb, it’s a subtle song but with a far reaching melody. Plus there’s enough pop appeal to attract a wider audience than most of their peers manage. The British-based band became a fully formed quintet less than twelve months ago but already show signs of being something really special. No word on an official release as yet.

 
Anto Dust – ’1955′

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Contrast – ‘Pipe Dreams’

CONTRAST - 'PIPE DREAMS'

Noisy post punk fans take note! Contrast posted their latest tune ‘Pipe Dreams’ this week (via Who The Hell), taken from their forthcoming EP, due April 4. It follows the single ‘Dull‘ from mid last year and is a promising sign of the EP to come. The Melbourne-based rockers are launching the EP at the John Curtin Hotel on March 7 (see dates).

 
Contrast – ‘Pipe Dreams’

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Edweena – ‘Lunar Nights’

EDWEENA - 'LUNAR NIGHTS'

Sad news from Swedish trio Edweena who recently announced the passing of band member Magnus Thelin. The final recordings of Edweena have been posted on Soundcloud (taken from the ‘Solar Days And Lunar Nights‘ recording sessions). The combined vocal harmonies of Magnus and Johannes is what made Edweena so unique, it was almost like Simon and Garfunkel fronting a noise rock band. Amazing talent, thoughts go out to friends and family of Magnus.

 
Edweena – ‘Lunar Nights’

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