Aires – ‘Contraplacado’

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Get ready to have your hair blown back by the new experimental project Aires (out of Lisbon, Portugal). The eight minute epic ‘Contraplacado’ is enough to put the fear of God into all of us – prepare the fallout shelter folks! Aires is only a few months old, born with a view to explore drone, ambient and field recordings and then combine them with a love of noise rock and shoegaze. The self-titled debut EP (out via Enough Records) is cinematic, dark and gives MBV’s ‘Holocaust’ a run for its money! The beautiful part is, just when you think it’s getting too left field, you realize a melody has already been set up, taking you to another head space. Fans of experimental tunes can stream/download at Bandcamp.

 
Aires – ‘Contraplacado’

Visit Aires @ Enough Records @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp.

Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Gods Dream’ [Stream]

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Ringo Deathstarr‘s mini-album ‘Gods Dream‘ is now available pretty much everywhere following an early release on Vinyl Junkie in Japan last year. Grab it on clear red vinyl via Neon Sigh (USA), Noyes Records (CAN) or Invada Records (UK & EU – April 19). Plus there’s some copies of the super special coke bottle green vinyl left via Ringo Deathstarr’s online store. To make it a little more complicated, there’s also 100 dual colored records out there too, but they’re sold out. *sob* Enough with the selling talk, after sitting with this record for a number of months, I think it’s the Texan shoegazers best work. It defies genre conventions in an uncontrived way, with strong song writing throughout. What more could you want!? Well, I do have one question – why does some of the artwork have an apostrophe (God’s) and some doesn’t? *cue Twilight Zone theme* The painting above is courtesy of Ray Kimura – stream via Neon Sigh below…

 
Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Gods Dream’ [Stream]

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Kramies Feat. Jason Lytle – ‘Clocks Were All Broken’

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Grandaddy‘s Jason Lytle recently collaborated with Dutch-American songwriter Kramies on his EP ‘The Wooden Heart‘ (available now via Perth’s Hidden Shoal Recordings). With the help of Robert Pollard and Todd Tobias, Kramies delivered the dreamy single ‘Clocks Were All Broken’. This week label Manager Cam Merton unveiled the video (which he created himself) around the idea of time standing still and “a never-ending summer’s day at the beach”. The results are rather surreal, see for yourself…

 
Kramies Feat. Jason Lytle – ‘Clocks Were All Broken’

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Strata Florida – ‘Made Of Stars’

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Louise Trehy (former member of the 4AD shoegaze duo Swallow) released her second album in twenty years this week! Working under the moniker Strata Florida, she gives us the full length ‘Made Of Stars’ (available via Saint Marie). Following a long hiatus from music, Trehy recruited musician Peter Pavli for the album and together they began a DIY recording process in 2012. The resulting songs are gritty, dark and raw. However the light falsetto vocals keep ‘Made Of Stars’ from being a heavy affair. Album stand outs ‘Hang On’ and ‘Take Me Out’ both have an off-kilter, wonky feel which is not going to be for everyone. But, I don’t think Strata Florida are much concerned for pop appeal! Stream the whole record below..

 
Strata Florida – ‘Made Of Stars’

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Creepoid – ‘Wet Bread’

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Here’s your nostalgia rock fix for the day! Graveface are preparing for the release of Creepoid‘s new EP ‘Wet’, out on Record Store Day (April 19) on 12inch vinyl exclusively. There’s four songs on the record, with an etching on the b-side. And wow, that artwork is creepy! ‘Wet Bread’ is a not-so-subtle head nod to Nirvana, complete with slacker vocals and overdriven guitars. But full credit to the Philly foursome, they do it well.

 
Creepoid – ‘Wet Bread’

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Is/Is – ‘Gleam’

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Prefix have premiered the latest video ‘Gleam’ from Is/Is, taken from the trio’s self-titled album (out now through Manimal / Loose Recordings). There’s also fancy vinyl here! The Minneapolis-based band (Sarah Rose, Sarah Nienaber and Ronnie Lee) revel in lo-fi rock that borders shoegaze, dream pop and noise. Check out the full stream below with the stand out tune ‘Shine Down’.

 

Is/Is – ‘Is/Is’ [Album Stream]

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