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Glaciers – ‘Living Right’


Glaciers deliver a charming batch of jangly slacker pop on ‘Living Right’ (out this month through Strong Dog / Easy Summer). They’ve got an easy going sound that’s distinctly Australian, or should I say Aust-ray-yan! I can get away with that because I’m from Sydney *wink*. Anyway, it’s either going to sit with you or not. What they do, they do really well and I’m a convert. For fans of twee pop a la The Pastels, Twerps or The Go-Betweens. Now… where’s my beer gotten to?

Glaciers – ‘Living Right’

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The Craters – ‘Sudden Fade’

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Designer Medium Records are releasing The Craters new EP ‘Kids Can Tell’ this week (June 17). The jangly four-track collection closes with the shoegazey ‘Sudden Fade’. It’s the work of Boston’s Wes Kaplan, who produces lo-fi pop gems influenced by MBV and The Beach Boys (pre-order).

The Craters – ‘Sudden Fade’

Visit The Craters @ Designer Medium Records @ Bandcamp.

Molly – ‘Sun Sun Sun’


Austrian shoegaze / dream pop band Molly are now shipping vinyl copies of their debut EP ‘Sun Sun Sun’ (grab one here). The duo craft a stunning ambient sound that has so far landed plays on BBC6, Radio FM4 and GoTV. Molly has also picked up live spots with The KVB and The Telescopes. The worst part about the ‘Sun Sun Sun’ EP is that it’s over too soon! Recommended listening.

Molly – ‘Sun Sun Sun’ [EP Stream]

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Preoccupations – ‘Anxiety’


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]

Visit Preoccupations @ Jagjaguwar @ Facebook.

Sounds Better In The Cloud


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]


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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