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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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’

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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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Suburban Living – ‘Video Love’

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Wesley Bunch (better known as Suburban Living) relives the glory days of 80s VHS tapes in his latest clip ‘Video Love’. Wesley combines his love of new wave, jangle pop and shoegaze, along with a healthy sense of humour! I particularly enjoyed the “sick guitar solo” subtitles. The Virginia-based artist first got our attention with ‘Summer Breeze‘ back in 2011, which was swiftly followed by the debut EP ‘Cooper’s Dream‘. I’m told a debut LP is just around the corner.

 
Suburban Living – ‘Video Love’

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Roku Music – ‘Ended’

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Roku Music are in the midst of an Australian tour following the release of their debut album ‘Collider‘ (available through Sonic Masala Records). I managed to catch one of the shows last week which was fun, apart from the guy next to me that spent the whole gig farting. Don’t you hate that? Really kills the vibe. Sure, no one can hear you but that don’t make it right – that’s my thought for the day! Moving on (sorry Rokus), here’s the Brisbane shoegazers new video ‘Ended’ in all its fuzzy goodness.

 
Roku Music – ‘Ended’

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Craft Spells – ‘Breaking The Angle Against The Tide’

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Craft Spells are giving away the first single from their forthcoming album ‘Nausea’ (out June 10 via Captured Tracks). The Californian jangle poppers are sounding a little more like their earlier work, only with some added production flourishes (like the strings we hear in ‘Breaking The Angle Against The Tide’). Lead man Justin Paul Vallesteros has been honing his song writing powers over the past five years and Craft Spells latest is a good indication of that. While the 2012 ‘Gallery’ EP was fun, it fell short of expectation after their much loved debut ‘Idle Labor’, fingers crossed ‘Nausea’ is another step forward.

 
Craft Spells – ‘Breaking The Angle Against The Tide’

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Velvet Morning – ‘Octocity’

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Time to indulge in the smooth psychedelic sounds of Velvet Morning! It’s the project of 19-year old British songwriter Samuel Jones which has expanded with the addition of Chris Richardson (drums), ¬†John Kirkwood (bass) and Luke Elgar (guitars). Sonic Playground are offering a free download of the double a-side featuring ‘Octocity’ and ‘Clouds Come First’ (grabbit).

 
Velvet Morning – ‘Octocity’

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