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The Laurels – ‘Reentry’


The Laurels return with a warbling, space rocking, acid tinged oddity called ‘Reentry’! Since releasing their debut album ‘Plains’ in 2012, the Sydney-based foursome “have not spent the past four years sitting in their lounge room punching cones…” *cough* …instead they’ve kept busy writing and recording their second LP. The Laurels have also recruited Jasper Fenton in the wake of Kate Wilson’s departure. ‘Reentry’ picks from their shoegaze/psych origins but it’s a much more eclectic and adventurous sound than we heard on ‘Plains’, which is no doubt a good thing! ‘Sonicology’ is out October 14 via Rice Is Nice (pre-order). Side note, if you’ve never heard their ‘Mesozoic’ EP (jump on that here)!

The Laurels – ‘Reentry’

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – ‘La Distinción’


Lorelle Meets The Obsolete are back with ‘La Distinción’, a prowling psych rocker that would sound perfectly at home in a Tarantino movie. They capture so much vintage analogue warmth, like there’s already dust and ash on the reel! The wailing guitar solo towards the end is the cherry on top. It’s taken from the Mexican duo’s forthcoming fourth album ‘Distance’, out September 16 via Captcha Records (US) / Sonic Cathedral (UK/EU). The album was an international affair; recorded at home in Mexico, then mixed in Chicago by Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), and mastered in Melbourne by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – ‘La Distinción’

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Pia Fraus Catalogue Now On Vinyl


If you’re yet to experience the legendary Pias Fraus, there’s never been a better time. The Estonian dream pop/shoegaze band have announced the most comprehensive release of their catalogue to date. All of their otherworldly, melodic awesomeness is now available on vinyl (many for the first time). Seksound (together with Clairecords on several releases) have pressed the ‘Mooie Island’ EP (2004), ‘Wonder What It’s Like’ (2001), ‘In Solarium’ (2002), ‘After Summer’ (2008), and ‘Nature Heart Software’ (2006); these are some of the greatest dream pop records of the noughties.

For the uninitiated, the band was formed in 1998 by six art students (Rein Fuks, Reijo Tagapere, Tõnis Kenkmaa, Joosep Volk, Kristel Loide and Kärt Ojavee). Together they released their debut LP ‘Wonder What It’s Like’ in 2001. Along the way they’ve worked with Ulrich Schnauss and Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, and partnered with Clairecords (USA), Vinyl Junkie (Japan) and Shelflife Records (USA) for the ‘Silmi Island’ compilation. Pia Fraus are a must for fans of Stereolab, The Pastels, Broadcast or The Radio Dept. Pick up the limited pressings from Tone Vendor (USA), Darla (USA), Monorail Music (EU/Scotland), or directly from Seksound.

Pia Fraus – ‘In Solarium’ / ‘Nature Heart Software’

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Lazy Legs – ‘Visiondeath’

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Lazy Legs have unleashed their debut album ‘Visiondeath‘ (out now via Wild Patterns on cassette and digital)! The Chicago trio is Michael Tenzer (vocals/guitar), Laura Wagner (vocals/bass) and drummer Nick Piontek. Together they’ve crafted a selection of atmospheric shoegaze that’s both subtle (‘Crush’) and overblown (‘Open’ / ‘Snaketeeth’). Like their self-titled EP, Lazy Legs don’t opt to over polish their work, ‘Visiondeath’ is honest and raw. It’s a great debut, even stronger than I had expected, it gets its hooks in from the first listen. For fans of No Joy, MBV or Ringo Deathstarr.

Lazy Legs – ‘Visiondeath’

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Castlebeat – ‘Rope’ / ‘Downstairs’


Josh Hwang is Castlebeat, an LA-based student and artist who is very much into the DIY aesthetic; he writes, records and produces everything himself. ‘Downstairs’ and ‘Rope’ is our first taste of Castlebeat’s debut album, which is out next week (July 22 on his own imprint Spirit Goth). I had a listen to the record this week, and it’s a really impressive mix of lo-fi bedroom pop, with loads of dreamy jangly numbers. It’s an unassuming gem of a record. Don’t miss it if you’re a fan of Beach Fossils, Alex G or Wild Nothing.

Castlebeat – ‘Rope’ / ‘Downstairs’

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Preoccupations – ‘Degraded’


Fans of stormy post punk should mark September 16 in their diary because Preoccupations are on their way. ‘Degraded’ is the second single (following ‘Anxiety’) from their forthcoming LP, it’s dripping with nostalgia; the lyrical hopelessness is backed by a scratchy 80s sound that’s bound to draw some obvious comparisons. It needs more reverb *grin* other than that I’m sold! The Preoccupations self-titled album will be available from Inertia/Jagjaguwar.

Preoccupations – ‘Degraded’

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