Perhaps Slowdive aren’t joining the slew of reforming 90s shoegazers but perhaps this is the next best thing! Black Hearted Brother is a supergroup (yep, I’m using that term) featuring Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), Mark Van Hoen (Seefeel, Locust) and Nick Holton (Coley Park, Holton’s Opulent Oog). The project has been ruminating for several years but will finally spawn a debut album called ‘Stars Are Our Home’ on October 22 via Slumberland Records (USA) (October 21 through Sonic Cathedral in the UK). ‘(I Don’t Mean To) Wonder’ is the lead single – take a listen to the glorious wall of guitars below!
Black Hearted Brother – ‘(I Don’t Mean To) Wonder’
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This week the The Stargazer Lilies posted the second single ‘Endless Days’ from their forthcoming debut LP ‘We Are The Dreamers’ (out September 10 via Graveface Records). The shoegaze outfit features former Soundpool members (singer/bass player Kim Field and all rounder John Cep).
The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Endless Days’
My Bloody Valentine, Medicine, Mazzy Star and now… Kitchens Of Distinction! In case you missed it, the Londoners have reformed with a new single ‘Japan To Jupiter’ from their upcoming album ‘Folly’ (available from September 30 through 3 Loop Music). It’s unfair to lump all these veterans together but, chances are you liked one or two of them. Kitchens Of Distinction played guitars in the UK but other than that have remained non-genre specific.
Kitchens Of Distinction – ‘Japan To Jupiter’
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Ryan Lescure (Moonbeams) and Sophia Campbell (LSD And The Search For God) team up for the new shoegaze gem ‘Secrets‘ from My Red Dress. The San Franciscans look to deliver the song as a b-side to a 7inch (coming soon from Blue Aurora Audio). Ryan tells me an LP is also in the works!
My Red Dress – ‘Secrets’
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This week a random technical fault caused administration chaos; troubleshooting, restoring of databases, deactivation of software, reactivation… all the fun stuff! It meant that no new music could be posted. Thankfully the Gremlins have been defeated (for now) but as a result, things are running behind. Back to business over the next few days. Thanks.
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Medicine’s eighteen year draught ends this week with the release of their new album ‘To The Happy Few’ via Captured Tracks. Chances are you’ve already had a listen (via Spin) but if not, take a listen to the album stream below. There’s been plenty of press flying about, including a fresh interview by Philthy Mag. 2013 has been very kind for new music and Medicine do not disappoint – from the opening singles ‘Long As The Sun’ and ‘Its Not Enough’ its clear that these shoegaze vets have something new to say. Their mix of rock and psych pop is more vivid than ever and its not a safe (or expected) listen either. ‘To The Happy Few’ deserves to snare a new generation of fans – something that Captured Tracks has been working hard to do since announcing their re-issue series. What’s more, Medicine are already planning a follow up!
Medicine – ‘To The Happy Few’
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Exciting noise rock from Bambara of Athens, Georgia! ‘Hawk Bones’ is a rollicking tour de force that busts though walls of percussion and dissonant guitars. The trio deliver their latest record ‘Dreamviolence’ on vinyl through Arrowhawk Records on August 27 (digital available now).
Bambara – ‘Hawk Bones’
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Teen Mom has unleashed their new single ‘Kitchen’ and at over six minutes in length, it’s quite a journey. The Washington DC trio are sounding a little more reflective and progressive than their self-titled EP (released last November). No word on album details as yet but on the strength of ‘Kitchen’ I hope that happens sooner rather than later.
Teen Mom – ‘Kitchen’
Doom choon of the week from Windhand’s forthcoming album ‘Soma’ – available from September 13 (Germany), 16 (UK/World), September 17 (USA) via Relapse Records. Vocally, it sounds like the second coming of Layne Staley to me (a la Alice In Chains).
Windhand – ‘Woodbine’
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Frankie Rose has joined the Fat Possum roster and announced that her new album ‘Herein Wild’ will be released on September 24 (US) and October 8 (UK/Europe). The singer has a colourful history as part of acts including Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and the Vivian Girls. ‘Herein Wild’ follows Frankie’s highly praised second LP ‘Interstellar’, released last February.
Frankie Rose – ‘Sorrow’