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Preoccupations – ‘Anxiety’

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I’ll admit I’m not fond of the video, that’s just me. The song however, is a jaw-dropper. ‘Anxiety’ is immediate, compelling and loaded with feels. It’s the first taste of the Preoccupations forthcoming LP, out September 16 through Jagjaguwar/Inertia. The Calgary band (formerly known as Viet Cong), are all over the interwebs this week, and rightly so. I really, really, hope the rest of the album is this brilliant. The video depicts a series of childhood fears, as shot in Ymir British Columbia. You may find it on repeat.

 
Preoccupations – ‘Anxiety’ [VIDEO]

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Sounds Better In The Cloud

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After several weeks of technical issues, Sounds Better has made the move to a new cloud-based server and web host. Only three keyboards gave their lives to make this happen! It’s been quiet around here lately but loads has been going on under the hood. The process is much like moving house digitally. It proved to be just as stressful, and went on much longer than expected. The change will eliminate downtime and restrictions, meaning the site shouldn’t max out like it was. Problems with the previous host meant that the site was dropping out, plus search engine results were being compromised. Thanks for your patience, and especially to all of the bands effected (several had their premieres pushed back or postponed). With the move done, it’s back to the business of music talk. \m/

Cerise – ‘Smoke Screen Dreams’ [VIDEO]

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Cerise has unveiled the new video ‘Smoke Screen Dreams’, the title track from her debut album (available June 24). The Los Angeles-based singer teamed up with producer Joseph Arthur and mixing engineer Matt Boynton (Bat For Lashes / MGMT). It’s a beautifully inebriated sound, one which will no doubt be compared to Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star. Nevertheless, so far she’s mixed it up on the album cuts ‘St. Nick’ and the droney ‘Shades In Shade’. A great sounding debut so far.

 
Cerise – ‘Smoke Screen Dreams’ [VIDEO]

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Slaughter Beach – ‘Glaze’

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‘Glaze’ is an off-kilter mix of dream pop and psych, courtesy of Slaughter Beach. The Danish trio (which features Hasse Mydtskov of The Kissaway Trail), delivered their debut EP ‘Love/Venice’ just last year, and this month the new single via Brilliance. Slaughter Beach has already been lauded by the likes of NME, The Line of Best Fit, Interview Mag and NPR. With all their momentum it’ll be interesting which direction their next release heads; here’s hoping for more hazy jams like this. On first listen they reminded me of the late Tripping Daisy (before Tim went on to start The Polyphonic Spree).

 
Slaughter Beach – ‘Glaze’

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Man Is Not A Bird – ‘Life And Levity’

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Man Is Not A Bird returned this month with a crushing new EP, ‘Life And Levity’. The French foursome create monstrous anthems by mixing melodic post-rock and shoegaze with math rock precision. If you like thick catchy melodies and crunchy guitars, then this is for you.

 
Man Is Not A Bird – ‘Life And Levity’

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The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Door To The Sun’

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Graveface Records dished up a fantastic psych / shoegaze crossover record this month; The Stargazer LiliesDoor To The Sun’. The Pennsylvanian trio has hit their stride on their sophomore offering; it’s a dynamic and woozy collection of dreamy rockers. Lead track ‘Summer’s Gone’ is flanked by some super trippy creations that at times melt into droning mantras. Changes are, you’re already all over it. If not, indulge yourself…

 
The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Door To The Sun’

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