Delay Trees make a welcome return with their latest single ‘Perfect Heartache’ (free download). The Finnish quartet have paired with Soliti Music to announce the delivery of their third album ‘Readymade’ in January. Most often labelled as dream pop, Delay Trees opt for some overdriven guitars on ‘Perfect Heartache’. The infectious melody and downcast lyrics move into an extended outro that leaves you wishing this tune ran for a few extra minutes.
Delay Trees – ‘Perfect Heartache’
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Tennis System‘s buzz saw guitar riffs are ready to rip your face off! Take a listen to the new tune ‘The Summer After’, where the vocal hooks are interrupted by some almighty guitar drops. It’s taken from the forthcoming EP ‘Part Time Punk Sessions’ which you can pick up from November 19 through Papercup Music. If that’s not enough, there’s another track from the EP called ‘Call It Home’ streaming on Soundcloud. There’s so much energy in these songs, its bleeding out the speakers! Tennis System is the work of L.A’s Matty Taylor, who we last heard from in May with the single ‘Technicolour Blind‘.
Tennis System – ‘The Summer After’
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I may be wrong but I’m guessing that Weekend‘s latest LP ‘Jinx’ is on plenty of people’s best albums of 2013 list. The San Franciscans unveiled a new video this week for the album cut ‘Rosaries’. Head over to Slumberland for more info.
Weekend – ‘Rosaries’ [VIDEO]
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During the SBWR break, Emerald & Doreen Recordings announced the new Ummagma single ‘Rotation / Live And Let Die‘ (available from December 9). The Canadian-Ukrainian dream pop duo (Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon) have been weaving a mix of electronica, pop and shoegaze since forming in Moscow a decade ago. In 2012 the duo delivered two full lengths (‘Antigravity‘ and ‘Ummagma‘) as well as a split EP. Their latest tune ‘Rotation’ blends pitch bending synths and distorted guitars with poppy hooks! This is just a precursor to more Ummagma releases slated for early 2014.
Ummagma – ‘Rotation’
Fresh fuzz pop from Major Leagues! The Brisbane-based four piece have announced their debut EP ‘Weird Season’ will be out on December 6. ‘Silver Tides’ is a sunny tune with bendy guitars and a garage meets surf pop sound. They’re influenced by Dinosaur Jr, The Breeders and MBV – so expect more catchy melodies (and noise) when the EP lands. Major Leagues will be playing a string of local dates this month following their support slots with Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils and The Preatures.
Major Leagues – ‘Silver Tides’
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Whoa, listening to ‘Cosmic Love Affair’ is like taking a hot bath on mushrooms. Not that I’ve ever tried it, but y’know, poetic license and all that. The single comes courtesy of Melbourne muso Nick Sowersby (aka Sunbeam Sound Machine) who has signed up with Dot Dash/Remote Control. Pick up this psych popper on his forthcoming double EP (available from November 29).
Sunbeam Sound Machine – ‘Cosmic Love Affair’
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Canadian doomgazers No Joy released their last LP ‘Wait To Pleasure’ in April but we’ve already got more music! The trio have announced a new EP ‘Pastel And Pass Out’ for release on November 19 featuring ‘Second Spine’. Known for their noise pop and shoegaze origins, No Joy’s latest is a catchy pop tune with a layer of haze. Pick up the 12inch via Mexican Summer.
No Joy – ‘Second Spine’
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Today Cheatahs finally announced the details of their debut album, as expected, we’ve got to wait til next year. ‘Cheatahs’ will be available from February 10 through Wichita Recordings (USA on the 11th). The London shoegazers first whet appetites in March, when they posted the early album cut ‘Fall’. This was followed by last month’s double a-side release ‘Cut The Grass / Kenworth‘. Needless to say, these tracks indicate a solid album is on its way! Early fan fave ‘The Swan’ has made the tracklist too. Next month Cheatahs are set to tour Europe and the UK with Metz (see dates).
Cheatahs – ‘Cut The Grass / Kenworth’ [VIDEO]
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Chances are you’re already all over this but in case you missed it – Warpaint‘s new self-titled LP is just around the corner (out January 20 through Rough Trade). Our first listen is ‘Love Is To Die’, recorded and mixed by Flood. The Los Angeles four piece will have to deliver something amazing in order to top their 2010 debut. Warpaint conceived the release last year at The Joshua Tree. Director Chris Cunningham’s album teaser is posted below (pre-order).
Warpaint – ‘Love Is To Die’
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Led by Evangelia Maravelias and Brian Wenkebach, Elika have been producing dreamy electro pop since 2005. The Brooklyn quartet released their debut album to much praise in 2006, following it up with ‘Always The Light’ last year. Elika are now readying a trio of 7inch releases, starting with ‘Girls, Be Serious’ (available from November 5 via Saint Marie Records). The b-side ‘Bury’ plays out like a mournful anthem, backed with a chorus of male / female vocals that builds in texture and emotional mass. Elika prove they’ve got the talent and experience to pull off something special.
Elika – ‘Bury’