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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Eternal Summers - 'The Drop Beneath'
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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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The Mary Onettes – ‘Portico’


Portico‘, the new mini-LP from The Mary Onettes is available now via Labrador (stream here)! We’re not far into 2014 but this is one of the stand out dream pop EPs of the year. It’s a perfect mix of related styles, there’s a little jangle and synth pop amongst the seven track collection. All with a pop sensibility that the Swedes do like no other. Lead tracks ‘Silence Is A Gun‘ and ‘Naive Dream‘ pointed towards something special and the rest of the EP cuts don’t disappoint. ‘Ritual Mind’ is a beautiful tune with dazzling synth work and guitars interweaving. While ‘Your Place’ sounds like early Wild Nothing, simple but effortlessly catchy. And oddly enough, despite the masses of reverb and melancholy vocals, ‘Portico’ isn’t a downer. The Mary Onettes have written an EP that deserves to be heard, these are brilliantly crafted songs.

The Mary Onettes – ‘Your Place’

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Moonbell – ‘Warm Head Rush’ [Premiere]


San Francisco shoegazers Moonbell return with their new LP ‘Afterlives’ and SBWR is happy to premiere the album cut ‘Warm Head Rush’. The four piece have already impressed with their ‘Parallel‘ and ‘Figurine‘ EP’s in 2012/11 and their forthcoming full length looks to capitalize on their Creation/4AD inspired sound but now with the added influence from 60s and 70s garage rock! ‘Afterlives’ was mastered by Mike Wells (Tamaryn/Weekend) and will be available digitally and on limited cassette from Moonbell’s own label Hypnogram! from April 1. The label focuses on DIY recordings, ‘Afterlives’ being a DIY experiment of its own and the result of a self-recording and mixing effort. Be sure to check back with Hypnogram! when it goes live next month. In the meantime, check out this loose and lovely lo-fi rocker!

Moonbell – ‘Warm Head Rush’ [Premiere]

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September Girls – ‘Sister’


Sister‘ sounds like dirty doo wop in an echo chamber. Well, kinda anyway! The September Girls channelled 60s girl groups and garage rock to create their debut album ‘Cursing The Sea‘ (out now via Fortuna POP!). The Irish quintet make good use of their four songwriters and singers, each adding a different flavour. ‘Cursing The Sea’ was released in the USA this week, coinciding nicely with their shows in Austin for SXSW.

September Girls – ‘Sister’

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Fear Of Men – ‘Outrun Me’


Fear Of Men have posted their latest track ‘Outrun Me’, taken from their forthcoming debut LP ‘Loom’ (as premiered @ The Guardian). The Brighton-based trio will deliver the impressive single ‘Luna‘ with this track as the b-side (available on Flexi 5inch through Art Is Hard on April 7). Fear Of Men pack as much “crippling disconnection, boredom and sexual dread” into ‘Outrun Me’ as possible! If only all our shitty feelings could sound this good. Pre-order ‘Loom’ via Kanine Records.

Fear Of Men – ‘Outrun Me’

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