You know when someone blasts an awesome track in the next room but you can’t quite hear it? That’s the kinda feeling I get from ‘Never Fun’. There’s an intentional obscuring of sound going on, like your cochlea window is closed but your eardrum’s bedroom door is left slightly ajar. Or… perhaps I just need more sleep. Viscous Liquid is a solo artist from Reading, there’s a bunch more tunes over at Soundcloud to discover.
Viscous Liquid – ‘Never Fun’
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Some of you may remember The Tweeds, a five piece rock act from Philadelphia? They dropped their debut LP ‘Goliath’ back in 2011? Well, apparently tweed wasn’t the best fit because they’ve changed names to Weekender. This week (no pun intended) they release a new EP featuring the single ‘Spanish Peaks‘.
Weekender – ‘Spanish Peaks’
‘Canicula Days’ the debut album from Norway’s Dråpe is out next month (April 18 via Riot Factory). We’ve treated our ears to the first single ‘Blue Skies‘, now dive into the follow up – ‘Memories’. I’ve heard four or five tracks from this record and while I’m not a betting man, I do love to contradict myself – so five bucks says this is one of the strongest dream pop albums of 2013! *puts crystal ball back on shelf* P.s. don’t hold me to the five bucks please.
Dråpe – ‘Memories’
Dråpe: “Memories just happened to come about while we were recording our album and was nicknamed “the dance song”. Someone once said that it’s the perfect song for some good old fashioned linedancing, but yeah – we’ve still to see anything like that at our shows (except when singer and guitarist Ketil gets in the right mood backstage, that is). It’s is a feel-good song, with a sense of fragility lurking just beneath the surface. The song is basically about the waking up a little late on a Sunday and letting your mind fly backwards through last nights ups and downs.”
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Nights are a pop/rock band at heart but don’t hide their shoegaze influences on ‘Walkaway’, the opener to their new album ‘Whisper’ - available now. If you like your rock with plenty of melodic hooks then prepare to have your dress lifted! However, some folks may find it too pop leaning – decide for yourself below. This LP follows the Ohio four piece’s 2010 EP ‘A Tangle Of Arms’.
Nights – ‘Walkaway’
Nottingham’s Spotlight Kid have released their new single ‘Budge Up’ via Saint Marie Records (shop). This marks the six piece’s third full length since releasing their 2006 debut ‘Departure’.
Spotlight Kid – ‘Budge Up’
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Exciting new psych pop single from Chicago’s Sister Crystals (Lauren Whitacre and Colin Croom), ‘For So Long‘ is taken from the duo’s forthcoming LP (out this May via Feeltrip/Walk-in Records).
Sister Crystals – ‘For So Long’
Free and exclusive – two words that sound great together! In support of Ecovillage‘s forthcoming album ‘With Fragile Wings We Reach The Sun’ the Swedish duo are giving away ‘Orange Sunshine’ (free download) which you won’t find on the LP – out May 6 via Parallax Sounds! The psych meets shoegaze band (Emil Holmström and Peter Wikström) formed in 2006, releasing their debut LP ‘Phoenix Asteroid’ in 2009 via Quince/Darla Records. Since then Ecovillage have been working on the follow up featuring guests including Keith Canisius (Rumskib), Jonas Munk (Manual & Causa Sui), Stine Grove and Garett Pierce (Narnak Records).
Ecovillage – ‘Orange Sunshine’
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One of the stand out records of 2013 so far, Grouper‘s ‘The Man Who Died In His Boat’ (available now through Kranky). The long standing solo project of Portland’s Liz Harris has been snaring fans since her debut LP in 2005. Been thrashing the record this week, if you haven’t heard ‘Vital’ yet – check it out below.
Grouper – ‘Vital’
Aussie vets Underground Lovers return with album number seven ‘Weekend‘, out April 5 through Rubber Records (April 16 USA). This marks their first record in 14 years, take a listen to the lead single ‘Au Pair’ below. The five piece rock act started a campaign on pledge music which successfully made target this week. Victorians can catch Underground Lovers live at the Corner hotel on April 20 (the same spot they had their first gig more than twenty years ago).
Underground Lovers – ‘Au Pair’
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Dean Garcia (SPC ECO / Curve) has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Jarek Leskiewicz to form Blurred City Lights. No strangers to hard work, these guys have managed to pump out a debut EP in less than two weeks! This remix features the vocal talents of SPC ECO‘s Rose Berlin, check out the ‘Neon Glow‘ EP here. This tune has a real Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’ thing going on.
Blurred City Lights – ‘Symbiotic Anxiety Attacks’ (Feels So High Mix Feat. Rose Berlin)