Motorama – ‘She Is There’

MOTORAMA - 'SHE IS THERE'

Motorama have released their new single ‘She Is There‘ with the b-side ‘Special Day’, download at iTunes or hold out til early May for a limited 7inch via Talitres! The four piece from Rostov-on-Don, Russia have produced a brilliantly catchy tune that remains sunny despite Vlad’s deep and dark vocal performance. Fans will note that drummer Roma Belenky doesn’t appear in the video due to his recent departure from the band. A fresh Motorama album is expected mid year.

 
Motorama – ‘She Is There’

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Diving Bells – ‘Paper Thin’

DIVING BELLS - 'PAPER THIN'

Irish shoegaze outfit Diving Bells return with the new digital release ‘Paper Thin‘ featuring the blissed out rocker ‘Sirens’. The tune was featured on Greg Wilson’s mighty DKFM over the weekend and rightly so! ‘Paper Thin’ follows Diving Bells debut EP ‘Connection‘ from last March. No word on a full length as yet.

 
Diving Bells – ‘Sirens’

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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’

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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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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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Children Of The Stones – ‘The Stars And The Silence’

CHILDREN OF THE STONES - 'THE STARS AND THE SILENCE'

Electronic wiz Mark Van Hoen (Black Hearted Brother, Seefeel, Locust, Scala) has teamed up with Martin Maeers for the new project Children Of The Stones. Back in January we had a listen to the debut EP ‘Extended Play‘ but now we can stream the whole album ‘The Stars And The Silence’ (out this week via Saint Marie). The record features guests Rachel Davies (Esben & The Witch), Neil Halstead (Slowdive / Black Hearted Brother) and Angus Finlayson. It’s an eclectic mix of electronic oddities, but throws up some magical vocal melodies to suck you in. ‘Out Of Reach’ is just one example, dig in!

 
Children Of The Stones – ‘The Stars And The Silence’ [Stream]

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Dianas – ‘Sleep Now’

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Last month Perth trio Dianas released their new ‘EP#02‘ featuring the aforementioned single ‘Weightless‘ (download). It’s a mix of indie pop and surf rock plus there’s a beautiful tune called ‘Sleep Now’ on there. The swoon-worthy vocal harmonies of Nathalie Pavlovic and Caitlin Moloney set it apart. Since forming in 2012, Dianas have produced four DIY pop releases, check out the rest here.

 
Dianas – ‘Sleep Now’

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