Desktop Error – ‘Nam Khang’

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Desktop Error may not be a big name in your town but the rock act are doing very well for themselves in their homeland of Bangkok, Thailand. The five piece recently released their new album ‘Keep Looking At The Window’ through SO::ON Dry Flower (available @ iTunes). Since releasing their debut EP in 2006, Desktop Error have delivered a charting album and hit the festival circuit in Macau and Hong Kong. Here’s their latest video for the shoegazing album cut ‘Nam Khang’.

 
Desktop Error – ‘Nam Khang’

Visit Desktop Error @ iTunes @ SO::ON Dry Flower @ Facebook.

Eastern Hollows – ‘Eastern Hollows’

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Club AC30 delivered Eastern Hollows debut LP this month and it’s time to take it for a test drive! The five piece impressed with the singles ‘Summers Dead’ and ‘The Way That You’ve Gone‘ earlier in the year, so expectations are high going in. Gigwise premiered the album, stating “In the same way Australian duo Jagwar Ma out-Manchestered Manchester bands in 2013, Brooklyn-based collective Eastern Hollows have done the same for 2014. Their debut album is a glorious collection of modern shoegaze anthems, all brimming with influence from the Madchester scene of the early nineties.” Indeed, there’s a British sheen to these songs, but the band do cite Oxford legends Ride as an influence. Along with The Stone Roses and The Jesus And Mary Chain, so it makes sense.

Eastern Hollows don’t rely on the shoegaze  hallmarks though, the album only lightly nods its head that way. There’s very little pitch bending or destructive distortion, instead they rely on classic rock n’ roll with plenty of reverb and singable melodies. It’s an accessible record with a 90s frame of mind. Apart from the aforementioned singles, ‘Mickey Galaxy’ is a stand out. A dreamy slow burner that escalates over five plus minutes. Overall, Eastern Hollows is solid debut offering that ticks the boxes you’d expect but also has enough diversity to keep you listening. They’ve come a long way since releasing their ‘Days Ahead’ EP in 2012 and deserve all the praise coming to them. Catch the album launch on June 6 at Brooklyn’s Radio Bushwick, limited vinyl pressing available here.

Visit Eastern Hollows @ Club AC30 @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Eastern Hollows - 'Eastern Hollows'
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  • The singles are great
  • Lots of reverb!
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  • 'Baggy' rock fans may find it too derivative
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4AD To Reissue Cocteau Twins In High Def!

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For the first time since the original pressing, 4AD are re-issuing Cocteau Twins 1990 classic ‘Heaven Or Las Vegas‘ and 1988′s ‘Blue Bell Knoll‘ on heavyweight vinyl from new high fidelity masters. *does a Scottish jig* There will also be high definition audio (96/24) downloads on offer, as announced today. For non audio nerds, that’s better quality than your current CD copies. However, I doubt the increased fidelity will make picking out Elizabeth Fraser’s lyrics any easier! Pre-orders are already available here and here. The reissues will be on shelves from July 14.

 
Cocteau Twins – ‘Heaven Or Las Vegas’

Visit Cocteau Twins online / Shop for high def reissues @ 4AD.

Lowtide – ‘Blue Movie’ [Video]

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On July 18 Lowtide release their debut full length through Lost And Lonesome! The lead single ‘Blue Movie‘ has been given the video treatment (as premiered by Who The Hell this week). But don’t let the title mislead you, there’s no X-rated action here! The Melbourne-based shoegaze outfit will officially launch the song tonight at the Worker’s Club (with Hideous Towns & The Ocean Party). Vinyl pre-orders right here.

 
Lowtide – ‘Blue Movie’ [Video]

Visit Lowtide @ Bandcamp @ Lost And Lonesome @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Whirlpool’

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Here’s a lovely shoegaze tune from Japan’s Kinoko Teikoku (which translates to English as ‘Mushroom Empire’). ‘Whirlpool’ was originally released on the seven track EP ‘Uzuninaru’ through the UK Project in mid 2012 (also on iTunes). Since forming in 2007, the four piece have delivered a pair of EPs and last year’s impressive album ‘Eureka‘ (full stream).

 
Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Whirlpool’

Visit Kinoko Teikoku online @ UK Project @ Facebook.