Programm – ‘Like The Sun’

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Scion Sessions and Field Trip unite for the Discovery Series, it aims to “unlock your mind with some of Toronto’s best experimental, avant-pop and psych rock. The limited edition 7″ will be made available for free later this summer…” The 7inch split (with Fresh Snow) features a stellar tune called ‘Like The Sun’ by Whitby five piece Programm. Toronto locals can catch the live show on July 24 at The Garrison.

 
Programm – ‘Like The Sun’

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The Fauns – ’7 Hours (Lost Bass Demo Mix)’

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Bristol shoegazers The Fauns have announced that Invada Records is re-issuing their 2008 debut album! It’s been out of print but the new version comes with a bonus remix disc, available from July 28 (pre-sale). In other news, The Fauns recently contributed ’7 Hours (Lost Bass Demo Mix)’ to the compilation album ‘Music For A Good Home Three‘. It was compiled by Audioscope who raise funds for the UK homelessness charity Shelter. Not only is the reworked version of ‘Seven Hours’ amazing, it’ll also make you feel warm n’ fuzzy for helping out a charity! The original version can be found on The Fauns second album ‘Lights‘.

 
The Fauns – ’7 Hours (Lost Bass Demo Mix)’

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Letting Up Despite Great Faults – ‘Wrapped’

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Letting Up Despite Great Faults have premiered their latest single ‘Wrapped’ over at Under The Radar. The Texas foursome released their dream pop debut in 2009, followed by the ‘Paper Crush’ EP in 2011 – remember ‘Teenage Tide‘? However, their newer material sounds far more synth pop focused. We’ll find out more when ‘Neon‘ is released on August 12.

 
Letting Up Despite Great Faults – ‘Wrapped’

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Whirr – ‘Mumble’

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Graveface Records have dished the news on Whirr‘s second album ‘Sway’, out September 23. Since the release of Whirr’s ‘Around’ EP, the band have toured extensively while making a sport of social media confrontations. That’s putting it diplomatically! Now the five piece are split between coasts, Nick Bassett in Philly, while the remainder are in Oakland. The lead single ‘Mumble’ is just a short blast of what’s to come. While it only runs at two and a half minutes, it doesn’t lack the kind of progressive song writing that made ‘Around’ so great. Producer Jack Shirley has done a fantastic job containing it all. Pre-orders on colored vinyl, CD, cassette and digital are available here. And lastly, Whirr have also announced Stateside shows this September, details and tickets here.

 
Whirr – ‘Mumble’

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Highlands – ‘Dark Matter Traveler’

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Long Beach rock act Highlands deliver their second album ‘Dark Matter Traveler‘ on July 15. The four piece share their love of classic Creation Records artists by drenching themselves in reverb and noise, just the way we like it! The result is a dense whirlwind of epic riffs, hushed vocals and psychedelic grooves. And yet Highlands deliver it in such a smooth way. That’s partly due to the relaxed vocal performances which are placed louder in the mix than most records of the genre. In terms of comparisons, it reminded me a little of Nothing’s ‘Guilty Of Everything’ but without the punk edge.

‘Show Me’, ‘Onto You’ and ‘Beauty’ open the album strong, an introduction to the distant sound and sonic swirls throughout. Mid album is ‘Connections’, a monster fit to rock a stadium that draws influence from Brit rockers (a la Ride). Highlands also make good use of vocal harmonies, shown in ‘Your Let Down’. This track also lets fly with an almighty wall of guitars toward the end, one of the highlights… which also scared the s**t outta me (thanks headphones)!

‘Dark Matter Traveler’ is a solid record but could’ve benefited from a little more variation. The audio nerd in me would also like to hear the unmastered version, before the dynamics got smoothed out. That said, this album is a big step up from 2012′s ‘Singularity’. It’s got something for all manner of rock lovers, if you liked the singles then don’t sleep on this. It’s the kind of record that would sound amazing live. If you get the chance, remember to pack your earplugs.

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Highlands - 'Dark Matter Traveler'
Songwriting
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PRO'S
  • Big guitar sounds!
  • Great vocal harmonies
CON'S
  • Lacks some variation
3.7Overall Score
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