Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Umi’

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Pinkshinyultrablast have dropped a fresh tune out of the blue – dip your ears into ‘Umi’ (free download)! It’s taken from their long, long, awaited debut full length, expected later this year. The Saint Petersburg shoegazers named themselves after Astrobrite‘s 2002 album and then released their own debut EP ‘Happy Songs For Happy Zombies‘ in 2009 (remember ‘Blaster‘!?). For more updates, head over to Facebook.

 
Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Umi’

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The Bilinda Butchers – ‘Edo Method’

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The Bilinda Butchers are back! The San Francisco shoegazers posted ‘Edo Method’ today and announced that their debut album ‘Heaven’ will be out July 15 through Orchid Tapes (Vinyl) / Fastcut Records (CD). Not only that, the trio have enlisted a bunch of guest artists including Juri Nakashima, Sarah P, Lamp & Harriet Brown. ‘Edo Method’ is a masterful mix of noise, dream and twee pop. It’s been a long wait, The Bilinda Butchers released their last single ‘Lovers’ Suicide‘ more than a year ago, preceded by the EPs ‘Goodbyes‘ and ‘Regret, Love, Guilt, Dreams‘. The new album is a concept piece, built around a twisted Japanese love story set in the 19th century, haven’t gotten my head around it yet. Drama, heartbreak, death. Perhaps not in that order. Either way, it hasn’t been an easy task, readers of their blog would know it almost got thrown out – thankfully not. Grab a pre-order from Orchid Records to snap up a fancy vinyl copy.

 
The Bilinda Butchers – ‘Edo Method’

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Sleep Party People – ‘Floating’

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‘Floating’, the latest record from Sleep Party People is out worldwide this week, dive into the LP stream below! For the uninitiated, this is the work of Denmark’s Brian Batz, a multi-instrumentalist with an MBV fetish and too many keyboards! It’s an eclectic mix of oddities that doesn’t disappoint. Pick it up via Riot Factory.

 
Sleep Party People – ‘Floating’ [Stream]

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Slowness – ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’

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June 3 marks the release of ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’, the second album from Slowness (out through Blue Aurora Audio on vinyl/digital). The LP benefits from some high profile production talent, including producer Monte Vallier (Wax Idols, The Soft Moon, Weekend) plus Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low) on mastering. It sounds great but isn’t over baked! Founding members Julie Lynn (bass/keys/vocals) and Geoffrey Scott (guitar/keys/vocals) are joined by a host of other musicians on the album. Enough of the preamble, let’s get stuck in.

 

Lead single ‘Mountain’ opens the album and unsurprisingly, it’s one of the strongest tracks. While ‘Division’ follows a light groove and highlights the beautiful vocal harmonies, a delight throughout the LP. It’s perhaps the most conventional song on the album, from this point Slowness start their exploration. Taking queues from classic prog rock, psych and dream pop but not sitting firmly in any particular camp. ‘Anon’ could’ve been written in the 60s or 70s, if it had, Pink Floyd would’ve been fans. This is trippy stuff! ‘Anon (Part II)’ is the most concise but there’s plenty of indulgent moments, or minutes (is more accurate). Which is intentional however it will eliminate casual listeners and be too slow moving for some (excuse the pun).

Slowness have distilled their dreamy psych pop powers into a hypnotic concoction that’s thoughtful, meditative and wholly intoxicating. It’s not a quick fix, this is a mature record but it’s worth the trip. Perfectly suited to a smoke filled room! *wink*

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Slowness - 'How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain'
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  • Beautiful vocal harmonies
  • Great production
  • Perfect for late night sessions!
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  • May be too indulgent for some
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The Death Of Pop – ‘Whenever’

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We’ve been following The Death Of Pop for some time now (most recently the single ‘Circles‘) but it looks like the forthcoming EP ‘Fifths’ will be their most accessible work to date. The London-based act have signed up with Art Is Hard, the EP is out July 28 digitally and on 7inch flexidisc (pre-order). Our first listen is ‘Whenever’ which builds on the reverb heavy jangle pop of ‘Circles’ but is even catchier. It’s a big step away from their shoegaze debut! Brits can catch the five piece on tour later this month (details).

 
The Death Of Pop – ‘Whenever’

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