Thud – ‘Blank’

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There’s a constant bevy of brilliant noise coming out of Asia, and whilst Japan’s influence immediately springs to mind, China ain’t doing bad either! Case in point, Hong Kong five piece Thud, who recently released their debut EP ‘Floret‘ via Records for Children. The five track collection features a remix by Max Bloom (of Yuck), whom they toured with earlier in the year. ‘Floret’ is predominately a new wave/dream pop collection that’s generous with melody and crisp production. The 80s-tinged jangle popper ‘Blank’ is a favourite…

 
Thud – ‘Blank’

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Appendixes – ‘Persian Rugs’

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Appendixes are back with a fresh EP called ‘Fantasy’, out next week via Track And Field Records! The first single ‘Persian Rugs’ takes their lo-fi dreaminess to new horizons, as premiered via Sound Injections. The Portland-based trio last impressed with their ‘Everyday Use‘ EP back in January.

 
Appendixes – ‘Persian Rugs’

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Tamaryn – ‘Cranekiss’ [Video]

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Next month Tamaryn delivers album number three, ‘Cranekiss’ (via Mexican Summer). It’s stuffed full of dreamy vocals, woozy synths, and a handful of porno samples. Yes, you read that correctly. The Kiwi singer cleared that up during an interview with Billboard, along with a premiere of the new video for the title track (as below). It’ll be interesting to see how big of a stylistic leap the new album is from 2012’s ‘Tender New Signs’, we’ll find out on August 28.

 
Tamaryn – ‘Cranekiss’ [Video]

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Under Electric Light – ‘Pieces Of Me’

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Under Electric Light opens their new EP with the anthem ‘Pieces Of Me’, an easy to digest dream pop tune. The Montreal-based band (helmed by Danny Provencher), has been at it for over a decade, releasing their last album ‘Waiting For The Rain To Fall’ in 2011. The new four track collection ‘Never Lose Another Day’ delves into dreamier sounds, less guitar heavy and more reflective overall. Stream or download via Bandcamp.

 
Under Electric Light – ‘Pieces Of Me’

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Lowtide – ‘Julia/Spring’

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Lowtide return with a new 7inch single (via Lost And Lonesome) and announce a run of Aussie tour dates! The Melbourne-based dream poppers teamed up with production gurus Matthew Hosking (VHS Dream) and Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals) for the recording. ‘Julia’ is a re-working of the Asylum Party’s 1988 original and ‘Spring’ was tracked during sessions for Lowtide’s 2014 LP. It’s one of Lowtide’s more positive sounding songs, and an absolute gem. Hit up Facebook for August tour dates.

 
Lowtide – ‘Julia/Spring’

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Them Are Us Too – ‘Remain’

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Whirr think you should be listening to Them Are Us Too, and they’ve got a point. The 21-year-old duo (guitarist Cash Askew and singer Kennedy Wenning) hail from California, and released their debut album ‘Remain’ in April (which may have flown under radars, but should be in the spotlight). It’s a near flawless debut, taking influence from 80s synth pop/goth (Depeche Mode, New Order), along with 4AD-era dream pop. Noisey have already made comparisons between Kennedy’s vocals and Elisabeth Fraser’s voice (Cocteau Twins), which is high praise given she’s the queen of ethereal vocals. The lead songs ‘Us Now’ and ‘Eudaemonia’ impress. But for me, the album highlight is ‘The Problem With Redheads’ (which can be streamed over at Spotify). Better still, pick up the vinyl through Dais Records, you’ll be glad you did.

 
Them Are Us Too – ‘Us Now’

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