Dead Leaf Echo – ‘true.deep.sleeper’

DEAD LEAF ECHO - 'TRUE DEEP SLEEPER'

After an epic 80 shows alongside the likes of Weekend, Whirr, The Telescopes and Beach Fossils, Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo announce a new EP ‘true.deep.sleeper‘ (out February 25 through Moon Sounds Records). A release party will be held at Union Pool followed by a 20 date tour across Canada and the USA. Dead Leaf Echo’s debut LP ‘Thought & Language‘ received plenty of praise last year, and a full length follow up isn’t far off. The four piece have already entered the studio to begin work on their second album.

 
Dead Leaf Echo – ‘true.deep.sleeper’

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Odonis Odonis – ‘New Obsession’

ODONIS ODONIS - 'NEW OBSESSION'

Prepare your eardrums for a battering! Toronto-based trio Odonis Odonis venture into industrial noise rock territory with ‘New Obsession‘, the lead single from their forthcoming album ‘Hard Boiled Soft Boiled’ (out April 15 via Buzz Records). The concept is, one side of the record is abrasive, the other is soft n’ dreamy (the PR mentions Slowdive and Cocteaus).

 
Odonis Odonis – ‘New Obsession’

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Astronaut Husband – ‘Drip’

ASTRONAUT HUSBAND - 'DRIP'

Solo artist Alec Grefe has been producing music under the moniker Astronaut Husband since 2012 but is also a member of Wisconsin four piece Haunter. His dreamy acoustic creations grabbed my attention on the fantastic EP ‘Supergiant Blues‘ and this week the beautiful new record ‘Drip‘ was released. Astronaut Husband really deserves a wide audience, this is brilliant work. Stream or download the rest at Bandcamp.

 
Astronaut Husband – ‘Tattoo Land’

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Be Forest – ‘Earthbeat’

BE FOREST - 'EARTHBEAT'

This week Italian dream pop outfit Be Forest deliver their second album ‘Earthbeat’ (via We Were Never Being Boring). In addition, the four piece have announced a string of European tour dates. Since releasing their debut album ‘Cold’ in 2011 Be Forest have evolved, this time round it’s a much warmer, outward looking album. With the addition of synth specialist Lorenzo Badioli, the group is now a four piece, enabling a broader scope. But rather than adding an electronic layer, this has had the opposite effect, as Lorenzo opts for organic keyboard sounds (vibes, bells and only an occasional electronic swell). ‘Earthbeat’ also favours percussive rhythms, Drummer Erica Terenzi mixes it up throughout, keeping time with toms and shakers rather than the familiar sound of the hi-hat. This is where the Native American influence of the record really shines through. ‘Earthbeat’ is a breath of fresh air, a well considered collection of songs and one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. It’s also proof positive that an endless swathe of effects pedals isn’t a prerequisite for the genre. Not that that’s a bad thing! Highly recommended.

 
Be Forest – ‘Earthbeat’ (Album Stream)

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Be Forest - 'Earthbeat'
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School – ‘SoLong’

SCHOOL - 'SO LONG'

Swedish newcomers School recently released a fantastic debut single called ‘SoLong‘ (via Luxury) which is already getting plenty of blogosphere love. It’s an airy jangle pop tune with a super catchy chorus. The Gothenburg quartet followed it up with ‘Clouds Aside‘, also great. No doubt they’ll be labelled a buzz band by the indie press before long! Either way, great start.

 
School – ‘SoLong’

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Power Pyramid – ‘Insomnia’

POWER PYRAMID - 'INSOMNIA'

Power Pyramid give the tremelo arm a workout on ‘Crawled Into Gooseflesh’, the opener to their latest EP ‘Insomnia’. Grab the digital download at Bandcamp or pre-order the cassette from Nice People Records.  Since releasing ‘The God Drums‘ full length last September, the Oklahoma shoegazers have added drummer Brent Hodge to the band. A welcome edition and no doubt a bonus for live shows.

 
Power Pyramid – ‘Crawled Into Gooseflesh’

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Blackstone Rngrs – ‘Judas Tree’ [Premiere]

BLACKSTONE RNGERS

Blackstone Rngrs are set to deliver their six track EP ‘Descendant’ on February 25 through Saint Marie Records (pre-order). Influenced by classic 4AD-era noise and dream pop, the Texas trio layer their melodies into a swirling, ambient mix of guitars and synthesizers. ‘Judas Tree’ is our first listen, it’s a dynamic slow burner that builds around Ruth’s vocals. Blackstone Rngrs released their much loved debut EP ‘ Into The Sea‘ in 2012,  following it up with a an extensive tour with stops at NXNE and SXSW. Judging by ‘Descendant’, it’s going to be a very busy year for them!

 
Blackstone Rngrs- ‘Judas Tree’

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Towns – ‘Young At Heart’

TOWNS - 'YOUNG AT HEART'

Towns have posted their latest single ‘Young At Heart’, an upbeat psych pop tune due for release March 3 via Howling Owl (digital / cassette). The Bristol rock act have never sounded so catchy, a step away from their overdriven guitar sound and shoegaze wash. The single was mastered by their label mate Oliver Wilde. Catch Towns live in London this month with Dead Rabbits and The Telescopes! Meanwhile the four piece ready their debut album ‘Get By’ for a May release.

 
Towns – ‘Young At Heart’

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Bulldog Skin – ‘Sensitive Soul’

BULLDOG SKIN

Bulldog Skin‘s latest was written on an iPod in the middle of the Negev desert, Israel. Kinda romantic right!? Well, not quite. It’s the work of Canadian muso and Gold Soundz blogger, Marc Z. Gold who conceived his latest EP ‘Oh Jacob, How Goodly Are Your Daughers’ during an 18 month stint in the Israeli Defence force. So, not such a happy time and it shows, but an impressive result nonetheless. In Marc’s words, “it was an attempt to mix the intimacy of Casio For The Painfully Alone with the romance of My Bloody Valentine”. Stream or download the rest here.

 
Bulldog Skin – ‘Sensitive Soul’

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