A Sunny Day in Glasgow – ‘Almost Like Emotion (The Drop)’

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow have released a new EP called ‘No Death’ featuring remixes and two new songs including ‘Almost Like Emotion (The Drop)’. The limited edition (hand stamped) EP is available to fans that purchase their newly released full length ‘Sea When Absent‘. But here’s the rub, it’s only available in UK stores (more info here). The rest of us are left to, well, eat a bag! Good news is, there’s an online stream of this fresh ditty…

 
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – ‘Almost Like Emotion (The Drop)’

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Abandon City – ‘Rut’

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Abandon City is the moniker of Portland’s Eric Leavell, a noise maker that blends shoegaze, post rock, metal n’ sludge. ‘Rut’ is his latest single, a heavy-hitting rocker with obscured vocals and explosive guitars (cue the pyrotechnics at 3:34)! It’s rough and raw with a great energy to it. Abandon City released a debut EP earlier this year called ‘Lost Lake‘, note that it doesn’t include this tune. Instead, grab a free download of ‘Rut’ here.

 
Abandon City – ‘Rut’

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Nocturne Blue – ‘Images On Imaginary Walls’

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‘Images On Imaginary Walls’ is gorgeous, ghostly and sublime! The slow moving ambient piece features reversed vocal phrases that create a surreal feel. The submerged video is a perfect fit – very hypnotic! The new single was released last week (download) courtesy of Nocturne Blue. The audio/visual collective is led by Los Angeles-based director Dutch Rall with a range of members that have worked with David Lynch, King Crimson and Nick Rhodes. Impressive! See more videos at the Nocturne Blue website.

 
Nocturne Blue – ‘Images On Imaginary Walls’

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Foxes In Fiction – ‘Ontario Gothic’

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Last month we heard ‘Shadow’s Song‘ and now we have another beautiful dream popper from Foxes In Fiction, the title track to the forthcoming EP ‘Ontario Gothic’. It’s the work of Canada’s Warren Hildebrand, the label head of Orchid Tapes. ‘Ontario Gothic’ is available for pre-sale (out September 23 via Orchid Tapes).

Warren explains the back story, “Lyrically, ‘Ontario Gothic’ is written about a close friend name Cait who died in 2010 and to whom the album is dedicated. Cait was one of the closest friends that I had for many years when I was a bit younger. She and I became really close after I had moved back to my hometown in the suburbs of Toronto, away from a farm in rural Ontario that my family lived on from 2001 until 2004. I was coming away from what was the worst and most emotionally tumultuous period of my life at that point and I carried a lot of fucked up anxiety and deep sadness about my life and myself as a person. But more than anything else, getting to know, open up to and spend time with Cait during those first years helped open me up to kinds of happiness and a love for life that I didn’t think was within the realm of possibility at that point in my life.

She was one of the most remarkable, open and truly good people I’ve ever known, really. The song “Flashing Lights Have Ended Now” was also written about her just a point where we’re drifting apart; a year later she was gone. I wrote this song to crystallize the better parts of our friendship and to remember the healing effect that she had on me as a person which without I would not be the same person or have the same acceptance for life that I do now. I miss her enormously and I feel her influence and presence constantly.”
 
Foxes In Fiction – ‘Ontario Gothic’

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Whirr – ‘Heavy’

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Whirr are streaming the second single ‘Heavy’ (via Spin) from their forthcoming album ‘Sway’ (out September 23 thanks to Graveface Records). The Philly/Oakland shoegaze act gave us ‘Mumble‘ last month, it raised a few eyebrows due to the change from female lead vocals to male. ‘Heavy’ may ease those concerns, it’s arguably a stronger track. The subtle vocal harmonies in the latter half show how well the new approach can work. The opening minute is a doom-filled sludge fest with detuned guitars over a laboured rhythm. The uninitiated could be forgiven for presuming it would turn into a metal track. We know that Whirr’s Nick Bassett has kept busy playing with Nothing, that’s bound to rub off. However, half of the new album was initially penned by Joey Bautista and Loren Rivera back in Oakland. So ‘Sway’ should benefit from a mix of ideas when it lands next month. Pre-sale on now.

 
Whirr – ‘Heavy’

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