Posting the new Boards Of Canada seems kinda pointless because, well, its already all over the interwebs, but… it is Boards Of Canada so – here we go! The Scottish duo have teased us for weeks with cryptic clues (or more accurately – clever marketing) surrounding their forthcoming album ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ (out June 10 via Warp). Now we can submerge our ears in the dark and cinematic first single ‘Reach For The Dead’! Pre-orders available here.
Boards Of Canada – ‘Reach For The Dead’
I’ve been a Stones Throw fan for many years but since its traditionally a hip hop label there’s been precious few (if any) of their tracks posted on SBWR. However things have changed in Peanut Butter Wolf’s camp, now there’s all sorts of quality indie artists being added to the roster. Namely L.A. duo BoardWalk, take a listen to their latest single ‘I’m To Blame’ below…
BoardWalk – ‘I’m To Blame’
Visit BoardWalk @ Stones Throw @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.
Skinny Dream have posted ‘Exhale’ from their forthcoming debut EP ‘Crushing’ – expected next month! The British shoegazers have already impressed with ‘Crush‘ and ‘Alloa‘, thankfully ‘Exhale’ (free download) is no different. The Southend four piece lay down a casually paced melody as the layered guitars gradually gain width. Looking forward to June 24!
Skinny Dream – ‘Exhale’
Visit Skinny Dream @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.
Introducing all new sounds from Canada! Divepool are a psych outfit from Calgary who’ve just launched their debut single ‘Plan B’. Dramatic and reverb-heavy, with a progressive 70s rock feel creeping through, expect to see ‘Plan B’ on a forthcoming demo release.
Divepool – ‘Plan B’
Pure Bathing Culture isn’t the catchiest of band names but their latest tune ‘Pendulum’ certainly is. It’s a delicate new wave pop piece with its heart stuck in the 80s. For whatever reason, my warped brain imagined Cyndi Lauper fronting The Smiths at a school disco, playing this for the slow dance. Hmm, well that was embarrassing. Moving on… Pure Bathing Culture’s new album ‘Moon Tides’ is out this August (USA – Partisan Records / UK – Memphis Industries).
Pure Bathing Culture – ‘Pendulum’
Visit Pure Bathing Culture online @ Parisan Records @ Facebook.
Not only was True Widow’s ‘As High As the Highest Heavens and From the Center to the Circumference of the Earth’ one of the longest album titles of 2011, it was also one of that year’s stand out records! If you missed ‘Skull Eyes’ check out the video here. Today the Texas-based trio announced the follow up LP ‘Circumambulation’, out July 23 through Relapse Records (pre-orders are up). Check out the studio footage below…
True Widow – ‘Circumambulation’ [Trailer]
Visit True Widow @ Relapse Records @ Facebook.
Danish producer Rasmus Yde has been producing some incredible tunes over the past six months (working under the moniker Vivl). His latest single ‘Valse’ is available for free download and is accompanied by a slick but simple video. A&R take note!
Vivl – ‘Valse’
Visit Vivl @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.
Hailing from Cologne, Germany, Xul Zolar return with the 7inch single ‘Hex‘ – available from May 31. The trio (Ronald Röttel, Marin Geier and Tim Gorinski) give their electronic infused math rock a dark and 80s twist this time round.
Xul Zolar – ‘Hex’
Visit Xul Zolar online @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.
Sadly we won’t get our hands on I’lls new EP ‘A Warm Reception’ until next month (originally set for May 21) but while we wait til next month’s release date Yes Please has coughed up single number two called ‘Speak Low’ (free download)! Its a subdued ambient pop piece with all the class you’d expect from the Aussie trio. If you missed I’lls lead single ‘Plans Only Drawn’ – treat yourself here.
I’lls – ‘Speak Low’
Visit I’lls @ Bandcamp @ Yes Please @ Facebook.
Melbourne’s Halt Ever have released the three track cassette ‘Therapy‘ featuring some promising new lo-fi rockers! The four piece are currently working on an EP that’s due this August – Victorian locals can catch Halt Ever live about town this month (see dates).
Halt Ever – ‘Therapy’