Lira Mondal (Vocals, Bass) and Caufield Schnug (Guitar, Drums) are Mini Dresses, a fresh Boston via Austin dream pop outfit. The pair have a new lo-fi, jangly pop single called ‘Watching You’ (free download), backed with ‘Everywhere I Go’.
Mini Dresses – ‘Watching You’
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Late last week Joanna Gruesome and Yuck released the second singles from their forthcoming LP’s (listen to Yuck’s ‘Middle Sea’ here). Both releases are sounding strong. Joanna Gruesome’s debut record is due next month through Slumberland (USA) and Fotuna Pop! (EU). ‘Sugarcrush’ follows the lead single ‘Secret Surprise’, this time round the Cardiff noise pop group deliver sweet vocal lines between explosions of raw punk energy! It builds to a cacophony of blistering beats and dissonant chords, like it can’t contain itself any longer.
Joanna Gruesome – ‘Sugarcrush’
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Dead Gaze has announced the release of the new LP ‘Brain Holiday’ featuring the single ‘Rowdy Jungle’, out through FatCat Records / Palmist on October 22. This follows the compilation album released earlier in the year (which is great btw)! For ‘Brain Holiday’ leading man R. Cole Furlow had the opportunity to record at Sweet Tea, a big change from the regular DIY approach. Furlow tells FatCat, it’s a “huge million dollar studio with an amazing old Neve console…I wanted everything to kinda be perfect. In my head I was thinking there is no way in the world I will touch another studio like this ever again, so f**k it – let’s make an enormous pop record.” In a way this is Dead Gaze’s proper first album, but that doesn’t pay credit to how much work has been done thus far. I’m pretty sure there’s been at least three or four album’s worth of songs released over the last five years or so. ’End Of Days, Why Not You?’, ‘Small Lava’ and some other one with a greenish cover!
Dead Gaze – ‘Rowdy Jungle’
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Smile are all about no frills, traditional songwriting done well. Its simple, straight to the point and causes a feed good, melodic calm. But… there is another side to the self described “evangelical slacker ballads”. That’s the undercurrent of spritual struggle and well, sadness. The playful ‘Sunni Hart’ includes the lyrics “she makes me feel so happy, when I hold her in my arms, she makes me so f**kin’ happy” that drops into the reflective (and very heavy) ‘Jesus Song’ with the call “I followed Jesus but it only made me sad…”.
Smile – ‘Pascoe Vale’
If you boil it down these are mid to low tempo pop/rock songs performed on guitar, bass and drums. 99% of similiar bands induce such a state of boredom that its hard to indulge in more than a few verses. Smile avoid that and keep the listener close (and I’m not sure how). For that, I tip my hat! This is a great record, especially for kicking back to. The Melbourne-based five piece release their debut album ‘Life Choices‘ on August 23.
Smile – ‘Jesus Song’
Los Angeles-based goth-gaze, downer-pop band Dally released their EP ‘The Shine’ earlier this year. ‘Gloom Gun’ (free download) is delivered with a heavy phaser effect on the vocals giving it that underwater vibe a la Dead Gaze. A perfect fit for the forlorn lyrics which don’t attempt to waiver from the bleakness. So yes, Dally hold to their mantra of sad, noisy pop! The four piece are currently working on their first full length.
Dally – ‘Gloom Gun’
Exciting new single from Lorelle Meets The Obsolete (via The Quietus)! Given the Mexican duo (Lorena Quintanilla and Alberto González) only released their last album ‘Corruptible Faces‘ earlier this year, I didn’t expect anything new this soon. Amongst the sea of psych rock releases this year, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete have shone through. Perhaps because they’ve made their own concoction out of shoegaze, stoner rock and psych. Or maybe its just because they’re great songwriters. Either/or, you can pickup ‘What’s Holding You?’ (with the b-side ‘Medicine To Cure Medicine Sickness’) on September 23 through Sonic Cathedral (UK) / Captcha (US) – available on limited-edition blue vinyl 7inches or digitally. It will then be on the band’s third LP ‘Chambers’ (due early 2014). Catch Lorelle Meets The Obsolete on tour in the UK and Europe this September / October – dates here.
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – ‘What’s Holding You?’
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“Its’s really beautiful and makes me wanna get really smashed” … that’s how a friend of mine described this tune when I passed over the link yesterday afternoon. And yeep, its like a shot of heroin. Not that I’d know, but… y’know. Mouth Tooth are a Melbourne-based duo (Max Turner and Rhys Mitchell). If I’m not mistaken, I believe Max is also in a band called Smile who are about to deliver their debut LP, more on that soon! Checkout Mouth Tooth’s new video for ‘Red Belly Roadhouse Blues’ here from the ‘Group Therapy‘ EP. Whoa. Fantastic.
Mouth Tooth – ‘Red Belly Roadhouse Blues’
Its hard not to see the charm in The Ocean Party‘s incredibly lazy (“half arsed”) delivery of ‘Split’. The Brunswick (by way of Wagga Wagga) band will release their third album ‘Split’ on September 27 through Spunk. These guys are somewhat of a local fixture, with their fingers in plenty of other projects including I’lls, Kins and Velcro among plenty others. Listen to more of The Ocean Party over at Bandcamp.
The Ocean Party – ‘Split’
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The debut album from Eros And The Eschaton ’Home Address For Civil War’ is out today via Bar/None. The husband and wife duo (Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins) produce a diverse mix of rock and pop songs with a shoegaze sheen, definitely one to check out if you’re a Yo La Tengo fan. Having said that, don’t expect a straight shoegaze/noise pop album.
Eros and the Eschaton – ‘Heaven Inside’
Lead track ‘Heaven Inside‘ remains a stand out, which was followed by the second single ‘Don’t Look So Sad‘. Album cut ‘Terence McKenna’ is an explosive rocker that hints at the band’s inspiration. The late Terence McKenna became a reknowned figure in counterculture for his work with psychedelics (an author, lecturer and modern day shaman of sorts). You can take a listen to Terence speaking about the meaning of Eros And The Eschaton via Youtube.
Eros And The Eschaton – ‘Don’t Look So Sad’
But back to the music, ‘Home Address For Civil War’ is great debut (album stream via Prefix). It’s an album that explores all sorts of territory as the North Carolina pair find their feet. Now that Eros And The Eschaton are established, it’ll be really interesting to see where they head next. Pick up the album via Bar/None.
Washed Out‘s new LP ‘Paracosm’ is out this week through Sub Pop. And I must admit, I was unsure about this album despite the brilliance of the lead track ‘It All Feels Right‘. But the truth is, there’s some beautiful moments to be had, like the sunny album cut ‘Falling Back‘. I’m yet to fully immerse myself in the album so I’ll avoid making any sweeping statements but if you’re a fan of dreamy pop tunes then best check it out.
Washed Out – ‘Falling Back’