Over the weekend rock vets Swervedriver released their new single ‘Deep Wound‘ – download here! This is the first newly recorded material in fifteen years from the British shoegazers and a prelude to their forthcoming album (due in 2014). ‘Deep Wound’ is four minutes of melodic riff rock that doesn’t let up.
Swervedriver – ‘Deep Wound’
‘Weird Season‘ is out today, the debut EP from Brisbane’s Major Leagues! The foursome impressed with their shoegazey single ‘Silver Tides‘ and follow it up with an EP full of 90s influenced rockers with lots of pop hooks (full EP stream). Grab the vinyl here or download at iTunes.
Major Leagues – ‘Feel’
Here’s an otherworldly tune by Lilies On Mars (Lisa Masia and Marina Cristofalo) who hail from Sardinia but now call London home. Taken from their forthcoming LP ‘Dot To Dot’ (out next year via Saint Marie). ‘Dream Of Bees‘ takes some unexpected twists and turns, its a lush pop song with a carnival-like organ and delicate vocals. Meanwhile Saint Marie Records have released their latest compilation ‘Static Waves 2‘ featuring 32 tracks at a bargain price featuring Elika, Presents For Sally, Jetman Jet Team, Keith Canisius and more – check it out here.
Lilies on Mars – ‘Dream Of Bees’
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As the year wraps up the list of 2014 album releases continues to mount up! Today Secretly Canadian announced details of The War On Drugs third album ‘Lost In The Dream’ (out March 18). New single ‘Red Eyes’ is a straight ahead ambient rocker that’s all gold. It manages to pull off the ‘rock anthem’ feel without sounding trite and there’s a vast array of instruments in the mix too.
The War On Drugs – ‘Red Eyes’
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Mexican psych duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete have announced their third record ‘Chambers’ will be out February 17 via Captcha (US) and Sonic Cathedral (UK/EU). Take a listen to the rollicking single ‘Music For Dozens‘ which plods along like a monster before breaking into a dizzying sprint. Once again Lorelle Meets The Obsolete show they’re full of character, spun out sounds and are a heap of fun to listen to.
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – ‘Music For Dozens’
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‘Colours’ is the second serving from Be Forest‘s forthcoming LP ‘Earthbeat‘ (as premiered via Stereogum). The Italian dream poppers dish up another beautiful melody with heavy set reverb and playful percussion. If you missed the lead single ‘Captured Heart’ have a listen here (pre-order the limited edition vinyl @ Bandcamp).
Be Forest – ‘Colours’
Happy are offering an exclusive download of Keep On Dancin’s ‘Shelf Life‘, an unreleased cut from their forthcoming LP ‘Hunter’ (due in 2014). Given the strength of this tune, the album must be solid! It follows the singles ‘Baby‘ and ‘Grey Ghost‘ and is the first new music from the Brisbane-based quartet since their 2011 album ‘The End Of Everything‘. The band have a lustre for reverb, often with a surf pop twang and a shoegaze bent. However ‘Shelf Life’ is a downbeat affair, with a dreamy pop melody not unlike The Casket Girls, Frankie Rose or Widowspeak.
Keep on Dancin’s – ‘Shelf Life’
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Run For Cover Records have released a new 7inch split with the debut recordings of Miserable (a side project of ex-Whirr singer Kristina Esfandiari) and Pennsylvanian trio Grey Zine (grab vinyl and/or digital copies here). ‘It’s Grim Up North’ is a jangly, lo-fi rocker carried by William and Evan’s vocal harmonies. Grey Zine first released demos back in 2011, followed by the ‘Hopesfault‘ single last year.
Grey Zine – ‘It’s Grim Up North’
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Fresh dream pop with a twist, this one’s sung in Spanish! Malka are a new four piece (based in New York) who have recently posted their debut song ‘Mientras Se Respira’ (free download). It’s a beautiful slice of melodic pop that builds into a wall of swaying guitars. Head over to Malka’s Soundcloud page to hear more.
Malka – ‘Mientras Se Respira’
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‘Innocence’ is the dirtiest sounding rock n’ roll tune I’ve heard in some time (free download)! The lyrics are hurled out like commands against sloshy hi-hats and a relentless guitar riff that’s part 70s classic, part garage punk. Sounds like these three brothers had a lot of fun in the studio! ‘Innocence’ is the title track of Pontiak‘s new album, out January 28 through Thrill Jockey Records (pre-order).
Pontiak – ‘Innocence’