Lowtide – ‘Lowtide’

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Lowtide‘s self-titled debut album is out this Friday (July 18) thanks to Lost And Lonesome! The Melbourne-based foursome are streaming the record at The Music ahead of its release. It’s been four years since their debut EP ‘You Are My Good Light‘ and a long wait for fans since ‘Underneath Tonight/Memory No. 7‘. Lowtide opted to refine the songs for this album over several years at Soundpark Studios with producer Gareth Parton. The lead singles ‘Blue Movie‘ and ‘Held‘ whet our appetite and now we can dig into the nine track release.

 

Album opener ‘Whale’ is a fantastic starter, it’s a little taste of everything that’s loveable about this band. The vocal interplay between dual bassists/singers Lucy Buckeridge and Giles Simon is Lowtide’s biggest weapon. Combine that with inventive compositions and the immersive work of guitarist Gabriel Lewis and you’ve got a recipe for a very good dream pop album! While the singles were strong, I really didn’t feel the full impact until I heard the album as whole. Then its claws stick in.

‘Wedding Ring’ has a sunny melody and pretty vocal harmonies contrasted by droning guitars. It’s the most poppy Lowtide get, along with the single ‘Held’. The album isn’t a downer but don’t expect an upbeat record. ‘Yesterday’ reaches to the depths, a beautiful song with a bassline fit for The Cure. ‘Maxillæ Leaving, Seaward’ is another stand-out, a cinematic slow burner of post rock proportions! It’s also one of the band’s favourites, which Giles mentions in our soon to be published interview. Closer ‘Still Time’ wraps up an amazing record. ‘Lowtide’ is an ambitious album and it sounds flawless, if you’re a lover of dream pop then this is a must listen. Melbourne impresses again!

Visit Lowtide @ Bandcamp @ Lost And Lonesome @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

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The Royal Landscaping Society – ‘Early Sunrays (I Am Dive Remix)’

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I Am Dive have produced a brilliant remix of The Royal Landscaping Society‘s ‘Early Sunrays’. It’s taken from the forthcoming EP, with six tracks and three remixes (courtesy of Beko). It’s the first release from the Sevilla-based four piece. I Am Dive’s treatment transports the indie pop act into electro-gaze territory with blissful results.

 
The Royal Landscaping Society – ‘Early Sunrays (I Am Dive Remix)’

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Slowdive North American Tour 2014

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Slowdive‘s North American fans are officially losing their s**t after the English shoegazers announced 2014 tour dates! For the full list and ticket links head to their official website. Tickets are on sale very soon – this Friday, July 18. So I hope you’ve saved your pennies! In the meantime, here’s a webcast from last month’s European show.

 
Slowdive Live @ Best Kept Secret (Netherlands June 2014)

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Programm – ‘Like The Sun’

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Scion Sessions and Field Trip unite for the Discovery Series, it aims to “unlock your mind with some of Toronto’s best experimental, avant-pop and psych rock. The limited edition 7″ will be made available for free later this summer…” The 7inch split (with Fresh Snow) features a stellar tune called ‘Like The Sun’ by Whitby five piece Programm. Toronto locals can catch the live show on July 24 at The Garrison.

 
Programm – ‘Like The Sun’

Visit Programm @ Bandcamp @ Scion Sessions @ Facebook.

The Fauns – ’7 Hours (Lost Bass Demo Mix)’

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Bristol shoegazers The Fauns have announced that Invada Records is re-issuing their 2008 debut album! It’s been out of print but the new version comes with a bonus remix disc, available from July 28 (pre-sale). In other news, The Fauns recently contributed ’7 Hours (Lost Bass Demo Mix)’ to the compilation album ‘Music For A Good Home Three‘. It was compiled by Audioscope who raise funds for the UK homelessness charity Shelter. Not only is the reworked version of ‘Seven Hours’ amazing, it’ll also make you feel warm n’ fuzzy for helping out a charity! The original version can be found on The Fauns second album ‘Lights‘.

 
The Fauns – ’7 Hours (Lost Bass Demo Mix)’

Visit The Fauns @ Audioscope @ Invada Records @ Facebook.