Un.Real – ‘Kids Are Astronauts / Drones’

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Brilliant new shoegazer from Un.Real! The Puerto Rico five piece have delivered a double a-side single called ‘Kids Are Astronauts / Drones’, taken from the forthcoming concept album ‘Islands’. Guitarist/singer Gardy Perez founded the group in ’95, but the band are yet to release an official full length. No need to rush things I suppose! *grin* Take a listen to their extensive EP catalogue at Bandcamp.

 
Un.Real – ‘Kids Are Astronauts / Drones’

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Blindness – ‘Wrapped In Plastic’ [Premiere]

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Here’s an exclusive listen to ‘Wrapped In Plastic’, the debut album from Blindness. It’s out today (on digital, disc and vinyl) through Saint Marie Records. The London-based trio craft relentless ass kickers with industrial swagger and noise rock intensity! Lead tracks ‘Confessions’ and ‘Serves Me Right’ are a testament to that. The group features veteran guitarist Debbie Smith (formerly of Curve, Echobelly and Snowpony), together with bassist Emma Quick and programmer/singer Beth Rettig. Brits can catch the album launch this Sunday (details at FB).

 
Blindness – ‘Wrapped In Plastic’ [Premiere]

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Minor Victories – ‘Film One’

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The latest supergroup to whet our rock n’ roll fantasies is Minor Victories, a recently announced collective including Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Hand Held Cine Club’s James Lockey and Editors’ Justin Lockey. The term ‘supergroup’ often creates more internet hype than it merits, but after watching Minor Victories first teaser video, they may live up to it. Sure, it’s just a snippet but it’s all class (via Pitchfork TV). The audio (on the car stereo) at the beginning sounds gigantic. *drools*

 
Minor Victories – ‘Film One’

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Pinkshinyultrablast Announce UK Tour And Single

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Pinkshinyultrablast will tour throughout the United Kingdom this September (kicking off at Liverpool Psych Fest) and continuing til the Rockaway Beach Festival in October (see details at FB). Plus, the Russian dream poppers have announced that a new single called ‘Kiddy Pool Dreams’ will be out on October 2 (via Club AC30). Perhaps it’ll be pressed on transparent, wee-yellow vinyl. Get it!? Kiddy pool. Okay… moving on. Earlier this month Pinkshiny’s hit up Red Bull for an interview and some live sessions, check that out below.

 
Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Holy Forest’ [Live] (Redbull Stripped Sessions)

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The Churchill Garden Feat. Omega Vague – ‘Waking Up’

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Swiss solo artist Andy Jossi (aka The Churchhill Garden) has teamed up with Craig Douglas (Omega Vague) and Hideka for his latest single ‘Waking Up’ (free download). The eight minute dream popper blends chilled melodies with a cinematic feel. The slow building conclusion is a real highlight, epic work! Check out more of Andy’s work via his website here.

 
The Churchill Garden Feat. Omega Vague – ‘Waking Up’

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Thud – ‘Blank’

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There’s a constant bevy of brilliant noise coming out of Asia, and whilst Japan’s influence immediately springs to mind, China ain’t doing bad either! Case in point, Hong Kong five piece Thud, who recently released their debut EP ‘Floret‘ via Records for Children. The five track collection features a remix by Max Bloom (of Yuck), whom they toured with earlier in the year. ‘Floret’ is predominately a new wave/dream pop collection that’s generous with melody and crisp production. The 80s-tinged jangle popper ‘Blank’ is a favourite…

 
Thud – ‘Blank’

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