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Castlebeat – ‘Rope’ / ‘Downstairs’

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Josh Hwang is Castlebeat, an LA-based student and artist who is very much into the DIY aesthetic; he writes, records and produces everything himself. ‘Downstairs’ and ‘Rope’ is our first taste of Castlebeat’s debut album, which is out next week (July 22 on his own imprint Spirit Goth). I had a listen to the record this week, and it’s a really impressive mix of lo-fi bedroom pop, with loads of dreamy jangly numbers. It’s an unassuming gem of a record. Don’t miss it if you’re a fan of Beach Fossils, Alex G or Wild Nothing.

Castlebeat – ‘Rope’ / ‘Downstairs’

Visit Castlebeat @ Spirit Goth @ Facebook.

Preoccupations – ‘Degraded’

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Fans of stormy post punk should mark September 16 in their diary because Preoccupations are on their way. ‘Degraded’ is the second single (following ‘Anxiety’) from their forthcoming LP, it’s dripping with nostalgia; the lyrical hopelessness is backed by a scratchy 80s sound that’s bound to draw some obvious comparisons. It needs more reverb *grin* other than that I’m sold! The Preoccupations self-titled album will be available from Inertia/Jagjaguwar.

 
Preoccupations – ‘Degraded’

Visit Preoccupations @ Jagjaguwar @ Facebook.

Wildhoney – ‘Horror Movie’

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Mercury Girls, The Spook School, Tigercats and Wildhoney have teamed up for the new compilation EP ‘Continental Drift’ (coming August 26 via Slumberland Records & Fortuna POP!). The Baltimore quintet have contributed two exclusive tracks to the eight song collection, kicking off with ‘Horror Movie’. As the band states in the presser, ” Horror Movie’ weaves dark lyrical content with an upbeat tempo and cheerful pop melody, reflecting the experience of trying to process trauma without the luxury of time and space to fall apart. The song also evokes a sense of triumph upon arriving at a point of clarity, resisting the ongoing, relentless urge to blame oneself for an abusive relationship, and coming out on the other side stronger and wiser than before.”

Wildhoney – ‘Horror Movie’

Wildhoney Tour Dates:

7/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Literature, Infinity Girl, Weed Hounds
7/15 Boston, MA @ The Democracy Center w/ Literature, Bent Shapes
7/16 Philly, PA @ PhilaMoca w/ Literature, Hurry, Free Cake for Every Creature
8/12 Raleigh, NC @ Ruby Deluxe w/ Jenny Besets and Essex Muro
8/13 Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Fest w/ L7, Deerhunter, Ceremony, Turnover and more
8/14 Richmond, Va @ Gallery 5 w/ Big Baby and Christi
8/26 Baltimore, MD @ The Crown w/ Soul Cannon, Creepoid, Flasher and Shinji

Visit Wildhoney @ Slumberland Records @ Facebook.

Doorbells – ‘Distance’

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‘Distance’ is a spacious tune, with warm reverb and fantastic melodies. It’s the work of Brooklyn solo artist Doorbells, who we haven’t featured since the release of his ‘Ambitions‘ EP early last year. ‘Distance’ doesn’t reinvent the wheel from previous efforts, but who cares? It’s a lovely listen (free download here). No word on an official follow-up release as yet.

 
Doorbells – ‘Distance’

Visit Doorbells @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.