The War On Drugs – ‘Lost In The Dream’

THE WAR ON DRUGS - 'LOST IN THE DREAM'

After more than two years of writing and recording, The War On Drugs third album ‘Lost In The Dream’ is released this week via Secretly Canadian. The Philadelphia-based band have already been accused of turning ‘soft rock’ after the brilliant lead single ‘Red Eyes‘ was noted for its similarities to The Boss. If you’re in that camp, the rest of ‘Lost In The Dream’ isn’t going to change your mind, best give it a miss. This is a top shelf collection of songs but it’s likely to divide fans. Primary songwriter Adam Granduciel has evolved since 2011′s ‘Slave Ambient’, and why shouldn’t he? It’s a more settled record, which is surprising given that a relationship breakdown occurred at the outset. That said, there’s still exploratory moments, take the ambient final minutes of ‘Under The Pressure’ or the closing song ‘In Reverse’ (both running at over seven minutes). After repeated listens, ‘Lost In The Dream’ really takes hold, it’s a logical progression after almost a decade of music making. I recommend grabbing a pair of headphones and settling in for a superb late night listening session.

 
The War On Drugs – ‘Under The Pressure’

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The War On Drugs - 'Lost In The Dream'
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Sundaze – ‘Green’

SUNDAZE - 'OK THEN'

Off the wall British noise rock from newcomers Sundaze! ‘Green’ is the first single taken from their debut EP  ‘Ok//Then‘ (out now). It’s a fuzz overload that sits somewhere between A Place To Bury Strangers and The Jesus & Mary Chain. The band began as a solo recording project before growing into a duo for live shows. Since appearing out of the never in January, Sundaze have enjoyed airplay on Part Time Punks and Simon Raymonde’s (Cocteau Twins) Amazing Radio show.

 
Sundaze – ‘Green’

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Svper – ‘Nuevo Cisne De Piedra’

SVPER - 'NUEVO CISNE DE PIEDRA (NEW SWAN STONE)'

Svper returned this week with the fresh tune ‘Nuevo Cisne De Piedra‘ (translates as ‘New Stone Swan’ *thanks Carlos*) and the promise of a new full length in 2014. Their latest is a little more synth heavy and Luciana’s vocals steal the show! The Spanish duo (Sergio Pérez and Luciana Della Villa) formed in 2011 under the moniker Pegasvs before switching names and delivering their debut LP in 2012 (you may remember I gushed about it). Not only are Svper hitting up SXSW this week, they’re also joining Slowdive at Primavera Sound this May.

 
Svper – ‘Nuevo Cisne De Piedra’ (New Stone Swan)

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The Churchhill Garden Feat. Hideka – ‘Forever’

THE CHURCHHILL GARDEN FEAT. HIDEKA - 'FOREVER'

The Churchhill Garden (solo artist Andy Jossi) has returned with the new single ‘Forever’ (free download). The Swiss producer teamed up with Japanese singer Hideka for the song, who is known for her work with The Pristines and also for her solo material (which is mostly dream pop or shoegaze related). However ‘Forever’ is a cinematic post rocker, it swells and contracts with multi-layered sounds galore! Paging Alcest fans.

 
The Churchhill Garden Feat. Hideka – ‘Forever’

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Eternal Summers – ‘The Drop Beneath’

ETERNAL SUMMERS - 'THE DROP BENEATH'

Eternal Summers are lapping up the Texas sunset at SXSW on the back of their third LP ‘The Drop Beneath’ (available now through Kanine Records). This time round the Roanoke trio teamed up with producer Doug Gillard (Doug’s really been about town – having played guitar with Guided By Voices, Nada Surf, Cobra Verde, Richard Buckner and many, many more). The collaboration resulted in Eternal Summers most focused (and perhaps best) album to date. It’s a little less raw but in all the right places. Lead single ‘Gouge‘ demonstrates how 90s twee rock nostalgia can still sound fresh, fun and most of all, relevant. Our second listen (the track ‘Never Enough‘) confirmed this again. How? Because there’s a real emotional undercurrent to these songs, it connects. Fans of the previous albums ‘Silver’ and ‘Correct Behavior’ should love this record and ‘The Drop Beneath’ is likely to win Eternal Summers more fans. Granted, it’s not the most creative album of the year, but it is a solid one. Thumbs up.

 
Eternal Summers – ’100′

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Spotlight Kid – ‘Ten Thousand Hours’

SPOTLIGHT KID - 'TEN THOUSAND HOURS'

Spotlight Kid‘s third record ‘Ten Thousand Hours’ is out this week via Saint Marie Records. The British five piece don’t leave a stone unturned on ‘Ten Thousand Hours’, it’s got high voltage noise pop and experimental tangents, right through to noisy shoegaze. But, each tune has an accessibility that would appeal to the casual indie pop fan. Personally, I prefer the album cuts that don’t have the bold vocal hooks and catchy choruses (like ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘Hold On’). Sometimes a little less sugar does the world of good! ‘Can’t Let Go’ sits somewhere in between, but shows just how pretty this record is. Spotlight Kid have definitely stepped forward since 2012′s ‘Disaster Tourist‘ – check out the full stream at Soundcloud.

 
Spotlight Kid – ‘Can’t Let Go’

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