J. Francis – ‘To Adore’

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J. Francis returns with his latest album ‘To Adore‘ this week, his third full length (in as many years). The Brisbane-based solo artist (Julian Pearce) first impressed with 2013’s ‘Almost’ and followed it up last year with ‘Tired’. J. Francis produces the shyest bedroom pop imaginable, with equal parts jangle pop, new wave and dream pop. The title track ‘To Adore’ is one of his most accomplished efforts to date, an introspective gem. But there’s a number of stand outs, like the Cure-esque ‘Hang Up On Me’ and my personal fave, the bleak lament ‘Float, Sway’.

 
J. Francis – ‘To Adore’ [LP Stream]

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Manon Meurt – ‘Untitled’

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Manon Meurt delivered an amazing self-titled EP last year. Some of you may have ‘Glowing Cityscape‘ stuck on repeat!? While the Czech shoegazers are yet to unveil any full length plans, we do have a fresh single called ‘Untitled‘. Manon Meurt (which translates to ‘Manon Dies’ in English), manage to craft effortless-sounding melodies with guy/girl vocals, ‘Untitled’ is another stunning effort.

 
Manon Meurt – ‘Untitled’

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Tape Waves – ‘Hanging On’

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Bleeding Gold Records have re-pressed Tapes Waves 2014 LP ‘Let You Go‘ on blue/pink swirl, cloudy clear or classic black (180 gram) vinyl. Better still, the South Carolina duo are also gifting the new single ‘Hanging On’ via blue flexi disc with the second ‘Let It Go’ pressing! Sounds like summer in dream pop land…

 
Tape Waves – ‘Hanging On’

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Talkie Walkie – ‘Banshee’

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French newcomers Talkie Walkie release their impressive debut single today via Freemount Records. I don’t recommend watching the ‘Banshee’ video with a cup of tea, because you’re likely to spit it at your screen! Side note, the video dancer busting moves at 1:39 made my day. Talkie Walkie will release a self-titled album later this year, no doubt with more noise pop gems like this one.

 
Talkie Walkie – ‘Banshee’

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Winter – ‘Pretender’

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Like the rest of the music world, Winter are converging on Austin this week for SXSW. The Los Angeles-based foursome released their debut album ‘Supreme Blue Dream’ last month (via Lollipop Records), and it’s well worth checking out! A mix of hazy dream pop, with a sugary twee edge. Lead single ‘Someone Like You’, together with ‘Strange Emotions’ and ‘Pretender’ should convince you. Pick it up here!

 
Winter – ‘Pretender’

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My Invisible Friend – ‘Eyes’

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Italian noisemakers My Invisible Friend have delivered a diverse three tracker featuring ‘Eyes’. The trio combine crunchy guitars with lovely lady vocals and a Roland TR-505 drum machine! My Invisible Friend also kick off the newly posted Italian compilation album ‘Shoegazin’ Your Waves’ which can be streamed over at Soundcloud.

 
My Invisible Friend – ‘Eyes’

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