Tape Waves – ‘Stay All Night’ [Premiere]


Tapes Waves premiere their beautiful new jangle pop tune ‘Stay All Night’, continuing a successful run since the July release of their critically praised EP. The Charleston, South Carolina duo (Kim Hart and Jarod Weldin) capitalize on Kim’s dreamy vocals and their ability to create catchy pop hooks. Tapes Waves traverse indie pop, surf and dream pop, creating cruisey tunes with a unique touch. Their sound has been described as “Mazzy Star or Beach House intersecting with bands like Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils and Best Coast.” Pick up ‘Stay All Night’ on the new self-titled 7inch from May 28 through Portuguese-based label LebensStrasse Records (pre-order here)! LebensStrasse is also home to Sun Glitters, AuRa, Thin Gaze and Slow Magic.

Tape Waves – ‘Stay All Night’ [Premiere]

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Bloom – ‘Daydream’


Introducing Bloom and their reverb heavy debut single ‘Daydream’ (free download)! The fresh faced four piece hail from Winchester in the UK and have a sound that’s influenced by DIIV, Wu Lyf and Splashh.  Bloom are currently at work on an EP, more tracks are expected in the next fortnight.

Bloom – ‘Daydream’

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Slowness – ‘Mountain’

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Exciting news from Slowness, the San Francisco collective will deliver their second album ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’ on June 3 via Blue Aurora Audio (pre-order vinyl / digital)! Take a listen to the impressive opener ‘Mountain’, a mix of dream pop and progressive psych. Slowness recruited  Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols) and Geoffrey Scott to produce and record, with mastering duties handled by Mark Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low). The group was founded by Julie Lynn and Geoffrey Scott in 2008 which has since grown into a four piece with a host of additional collaborators. Slowness went on to release an EP and their debut album ‘For Those Who Wish To See The Glass Half Full’ in March 2013.

Slowness – ‘Mountain’

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Highlands – ‘Beauty’

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Highlands have given fans a taste of their second album ‘Dark Matter Traveler’ with the song ‘Beauty’ (as premiered by Brooklyn Vegan). The Longbeach foursome got our attention with their 2012 LP ‘Singularity‘, a hazy blend of shoegaze, stoner and psych rock! Pick up the album from July 15 from the band’s label Say Again Records. Oh and, they’ve also got a rad mascot called Tofu (see pic).

Highlands – ‘Beauty’

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Ceremony – ‘Birds’


John Fedowitz returns with Ceremony‘s latest EP ‘Birds’ (out May 20 via Emerald & Doreen Recordings). It follows last year’s full length ‘Distance‘ and arrives almost a decade after the band first formed in 2005. ‘Birds’ is a fuzz pop feast, full of sonic mayhem. But this time round the dark edges don’t creep in, it’s the happiest sounding Ceremony release I’ve heard. And it’s full of catchy party starters!

The familiar overdriven Ceremony sound will be welcomed by long standing fans, there’s no end to the lo-fi haze! Once again Oliver Ackermann (of A Place To Bury Strangers) jumped on board to master the release. Which is brave of him because on ‘Distance’ Oliver’s noise mangling wasn’t enough. In our interview John joked, “I had to send it back to him two times saying it’s not crazy enough! I called him saying “make it fucked up!!!”. It’s mission accomplished on ‘Birds’, it sounds well fucked up! Like the loudest band ever being blasted from a broken speaker at the back of a hall.

Lead single ‘Until Forever‘ is unrelenting, with a simple melody and punk rock rawness to it. Which would sound great live, the whole EP would. ‘Let Me In’ has a playful bass line beneath the white noise wash, even when played at low volume this one’s an ear bleeder! ‘Deep Breath’ is the most solemn moment and is more in the vein of last year’s LP. Closing track ‘It’s Not You’ is a pitchy affair, a noise rocking monster that descends into feedback and wraps up the EP. If you’re a punk or noise rock fan, ‘Birds’ will flip your eggs, no question. It’s got loads of personality and sonic madness you’re not likely to find elsewhere. It’s going to be way too abrasive for some, but that’s the point, this is built to make your ears ring!
Ceremony – ‘Birds’ [EP Stream]

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Ceremony - 'Birds'
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  • The happiest Ceremony release yet!
  • No filler
  • It will make your ears bleed
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