Beach House – ‘Sparks’

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We knew Beach House‘s new album ‘Depression Cherry’ was on the way, but we had no idea it would sound like this! ‘Sparks’ was posted online last week and it’s a jaw dropper. Despite ballooning in popularity since 2010’s ‘Teen Dream’, the Baltimore dream poppers don’t compromise on ‘Sparks’. The opening minute indulges in shoegazey textures before hitting the verse with dissonant keys behind the gorgeous vocals. They could’ve made it sound much prettier, and more accessible. I’m glad they didn’t, what’s left is an intricate extension of their earlier work. Very exciting indeed. ‘Depression Cherry’ is out this August via Sub Pop (pre-order).

 
Beach House – ‘Sparks’

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The Laurels – ‘Zodiac K’

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The Laurels return with a fresh single called ‘Zodiak K’, it’s a melted psych wonder featuring Decoder Ring’s Jasper Fenton on drums, and the great Ayrton Senna as a motivational sample! It’s taken from their forthcoming second album, grab a free download here. The Sydney-based quartet have also announced an Australian tour (kicking off this August) with Nicolas Allbrook of Pond, (formerly Tame Impala).

 
The Laurels – ‘Zodiac K’

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Gliss – ‘Pale Reflections’

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Gliss have delivered their fifth full length ‘Pale Reflections’, out now via their own label Kraftwööd. It’s a heady mix of dream pop with twee appeal, drawing comparisons to Beach House and The Raveonettes. The Danish/American duo (Victoria Cecilia and Martin Klingman) have been together for decade and ‘Pale Reflections’ is a testament to their hard work. One of their best.

 
Gliss – ‘Pale Reflections’

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Hyla – ‘Fever Calls Late’

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Today Perth rock act Hyla delivered their second EP ‘Fever Calls Late’, a well balanced collection of psych n’ shoegaze. Since the release of their debut single ‘Sides/Remedy’ last year, the foursome have picked up airplay (FBi, Triple J), as well as international praise. In a short space of time Hyla have matured into a well rounded band, capable of dizzying rock numbers (‘The Thousands’ / ‘Come Find Us’), trippy psych (‘Fever Calls Late’), as well as dreamy lo-fi tunes (‘Wiser Way’). Grab a download here or stream in full below.

 
Hyla – ‘Fever Calls Late’ [EP Stream]

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Swirlies Announce Tour, 7inch & Re-issue!

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Swirlies are hitting the road next month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their ’93 album ‘Blondertongue Audiobaton’! Taang Records is re-issuing the album on vinyl this summer, which is largely considered to be one of the most kick ass records of the early shoegaze era. Plus the Massachusetts vets have announced a limited edition 7inch called ‘Magic Strop: Orca Vs. Dragon’ which contains three live radio sessions (stream below). This will be available via their own label, Sneaky Flute Empire prior to the tour.

SWIRLIES 2015 TOUR DATES

7.01 Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon
7.02 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
7.03 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
7/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
7.05 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
7.06 Washington, DC @Black Cat
7.07 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
7.08 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
7.09 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7.10 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
7.11 Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise Recordings
7.12 Chicago, IL @ West Fest
7.13 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
7.14 Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
7.15 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.

Swirlies – ‘Magic Strop: Orca Vs. Dragon’ [Live Radio Sessions]

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Uncle Bobby – ‘My Mind Is Already Gone’

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18-year-old solo artist Robert Downie (aka Uncle Bobby) has already been compared to Tame Impala and Connan Mockasin. Listen to his latest psych popper ‘My Mind Is Already Gone’, and you’ll see why. It’s taken from his forthcoming EP, expected later this year via Deaf Ambitions. Impressive work!

 
Uncle Bobby – ‘My Mind Is Already Gone’

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