Nancy Sinatra’s 1967 classic ‘You Only Live Twice’ has been reworked by Irish outfit Elastic Sleep. Turns out James Bond and dream pop make a pretty good couple! The band are offering the tune for free download in the lead up to their debut EP ‘Leave You’ (due in January via Fifa Records). If you missed Elastic Sleep’s debut single ‘Anywhere’ have a listen here.
Elastic Sleep – ‘You Only Live Twice’
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Super excited for Cull‘s debut EP ‘Bà Nội‘ which was released today (download here). The Sydney-based quartet swing between psych rock and shoegaze with an acid drenched sound that always surprises. Cull are not afraid to experiment with random sounds, weird tempo changes or unorthodox song structures which is why they’re so compelling. Closing track ‘Keep My Star’ is one example of how spaced-out these guys can get while still sucking you in with a catchy melody. Previous singles ‘Good People Disappear’, ‘Canker’ and ‘I Thought We Was’ are all available for streaming via Soundcloud. Locals can catch Cull live on the east coast this month (see dates).
Cull – ‘Keep My Star’
Southend brothers Skinny Dream follow up their ‘Crushing‘ EP with a slow motion shoegazer called ‘Surfercaine’ (free download). Once again packed with ocean references, the beach dwellers back their fuzzy guitars with multi-layered vocals and plenty of reverb! Stream more tunes here.
Skinny Dream – ‘Surfercaine’
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Exit Calm have announced an extensive tour across the UK and Europe on the back of their latest album ‘The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be’ (available now via Club AC30). Take a listen to the third single featuring Nicky Smith’s trademark vocals and Rob Marshall’s dynamic guitar work. The British four piece have produced another melodic anthem in ‘Promise’, with a soaring chorus fit to rock a stadium. Tour dates below…
Exit Calm – ‘Promise’
NOV 14th HULL The Blue Lamp
NOV 16th MIDDLETON Carson’s Bar
NOV 21st ABERDEEN Tunnels
NOV 22nd SUNDERLAND Independent
NOV 24th NORWICH The Waterfront
NOV 25th LEICESTER Soundhouse
NOV 27th BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
NOV 29th MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms
NOV 30th CHESTER Compass
DEC 1st LIVERPOOL Korova
DEC 4th COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Beta
DEC 7th HAARLEM, NETHERLANDS Patronaat-Café
DEC 8th DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS W2 Café
DEC 9th ZURICH, SWITZERLAND El Dorado
DEC 10th VIENNA, AUSTRIA B72
DEC 12th MARGHERA-VENICE, ITALY Marciano
DEC 13th PORDENONE, ITALY Pnbox Studios
DEC 15th BUDAPEST, HUNGARY GMK
DEC 16th PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Chapeau Rouge
DEC 17th BERLIN, GERMANY Privatclub
DEC 18th HAMBURG, GERMANY Gruner Jager
DEC 19th DUSSELDORF, GERMANY Pitcher
Ex-Creation Records artists Pete Fig (Adorable, Polak) and Terry Bickers (The House of Love, Levitation) launched a Kickstarter campaign this week for their new project. The British duo plan to release their album ‘Broken Heart Surgery’ next year featuring the first single ‘Downsizing‘. Take a listen to the laid back, acoustic affair with its tongue in cheek lyrics detailing a very business-like approach to ending a relationship. Help Pete and Terry out by pledging here.
Pete Fij / Terry Bickers – ‘Downsizing’
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The opening minute and a half of ‘Spare The Thought’ is a wash of trippy samples and noise before breaking into a fantastic slow burning psych tune. Pick it up on Au.Ra‘s new 7inch (out through LebensStrasse Records). We first heard from the Aussie duo (Tom Crandles and Tim Jenkins) late last year with the ‘Sun‘ single. Since then Au.Ra have released a number of solid tunes, including their Art Is Hard release ‘Morning‘. Just last week the guys were featured in NME – the future is bright!
Au.Ra – ‘Spare The Thought’
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Joanna Gruesome have managed to pull off an amazing cover of Galaxie 500′s classic ‘Tugboat’ (originally released on the band’s 1988 album ‘Today’). The five piece hit you with a wall of dense guitars, as heard by punters at CMJ’s Music Marathon last month. It’s the b-side to the ‘Sugarcrush’ digital single (out November 18 via Slumberland Records). The Cardiff-based noisepop band released their debut full length ‘Weird Sister‘ in September.
Joanna Gruesome – ‘Tugboat’ (Galaxie 500 Cover)
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The Brian Jonestown Massacre have delivered a fresh single ‘Days, Weeks and Moths’ to coincide with their Australian tour with The KVB next month (see dates). This slacker rock tune will be available as a split release at the shows, together with The KVB’s ‘Again And Again’. Otherwise, you’ll have to hold out til their new album in 2014. I love the despondent, Beatles-esque “woooo’s” in this track, brought a smile to my face anyhow!
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘Days, Weeks and Moths’
Fantastic downbeat electronic tune from Eyedress, taken from his debut EP ‘Supernatural’ (available from December 2 via Abeano Music). ‘Nature Trips’ is desperately bleak, with a darkness that’s emphasized in the new video below. Eyedress (Idris Vicuña) is a producer based in the Philippines, who created this song on a hand-me-down laptop in his bedroom using Fruity Loops. Impressive! Thoughts go out to all of those effected by the Philippines typhoon this week (donate if you can via Unicef).
Eyedress – ‘Nature Trips’ [VIDEO]
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The ‘Rainbow On Your Shoulder‘ EP from Lights That Change sounds like it’s been unearthed from 1988! But nope, the British duo (Marc Joy and Lisa VonH) put a fresh spin on the vintage dream pop sounds that are much loved by many. Full EP stream right here.
Lights That Change – ‘Flying’