New Website Is Live

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After a week in the wilderness, the new Sounds Better site is finally live… *breaks into the funky chicken*! There’s still work to be done but most of the changes are completed. Here’s a quick rundown on what’s changed…

* It’s now stable and secure (boring yes, but true)

* Responsive (so it morphs like Optimus Prime when viewing on your mobile or tablet for easy reading)

* Integrated Review System (which is yet to be fully fleshed out but readers can vote on review scores)

* Infinite Scrolling (so you can self-load more posts without excessive pagination)

* Mega-menu’s (you can preview some pages by hovering the mouse over them before opening, plus it sounds cool)

* Navigation (it’s easier to navigate between posts with left and right arrows – for example)

* The audio player is a little short statured! This is so the player fits across all formats and browsers. However,  a new audio player is being tested with more functionality

* Older posts may look sketchy with duplicated images – the perils of progress

If you have any feedback or notice something’s broken – please give me holla! Otherwise, happy clicking.

Nothing – ‘Bent Nail’ [Feat. Kurt Vile Video]

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Nothing get unceremoniously battered by food stuffs in their latest video for ‘Bent Nail’. The hard-to-please crowd are given their ammunition by cameo guest Kurt Vile. My first thought was, “Nooooo – those poor instruments!” In case you missed it, the Philadelphia shoegaze foursome delivered their debut LP ‘Guilty Of Everything’ earlier this month via Relapse Recordsmore on that here. The stateside tour continues throughout May / June (see dates).

 
Nothing – ‘Bent Nail’ [Feat. Kurt Vile Video]

Visit Nothing @ Relapse Records @ Facebook.

Ummagma – ‘Lama Remixes’

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Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon return as Ummagma to preview their forthcoming LP ‘Lama’ on Emerald & Doreen Recordings (due May 16). It follows the ‘Rotation‘ single from last December, a prelude to the several releases slated for the year. The Canadian-Ukrainian dream pop duo have enlisted the remixing talents of Mind Movies and Moscow’s Sounds Of Sputnik, with further collaborations planned with Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mal Holmes (Orchestral Maneouvres In the Dark) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins).

 
Ummagma – ‘Lama Remixes’ [Preview]

Visit Ummagma online @ Bandcamp @ Emerald & Doreen Recordings @ Facebook.

Cheatahs – ‘Leave To Remain’

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You might be sick of hearing about them but nonetheless there’s more news from the Cheatahs camp! The London-based rock act recently released the new single ‘Leave To Remain’, taken from their debut long player (available through Wichita). Plus there’s tour updates across Europe and the USA with Eagulls (see dates). In the meantime, wrap your eyeballs around Cheatahs recent performance for KEXP Seattle…

 
Cheatahs – ‘Leave To Remain’

Visit Cheatahs online @ Wichita Recordings @ Facebook.

Colours – ‘You Can’t See Me’

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Aussie ex-pat Tom Crandles has shared his music through a number of guises, namely Sun Machine and the dream pop duo Au.Ra. But most know his work as Colours, a moniker he returns to for the new digital single ‘You Can’t See Me‘. Described as “industrial shoegaze”, Tom’s latest is one of his strongest songs to date. Pick it up via Father/Daughter Records on April 8. Meanwhile the London-based solo act has hit the studio to record a debut full length – more on that soon.

 
Colours – ‘You Can’t See Me’

Visit Colours @ Father/Daughter Records @ Facebook.

Should – ‘The Great Pretend’

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Dream pop veterans Should returned from a thirteen year hiatus in 2011 with ‘Like A Fire Without A Sound‘ along with the re-issue of their classic ‘A Folding Sieve‘ via Captured Tracks Shoegaze Archives. This month the Baltimore-based duo (Marc Ostermeier and Tanya Maus) delivered their fourth album ‘The Great Pretend’ through Words On Music. Lead tracks ‘Down A Notch’ and ‘Mistakes Are Mine’ would appeal to fans of sugary twee pop while album cut ‘Dalliance’ is an understated gem – stream the rest here.

 
Should – ‘Dalliance’

Visit Should @ Words On Music @ Facebook.

Motorama – ‘She Is There’

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Motorama have released their new single ‘She Is There‘ with the b-side ‘Special Day’, download at iTunes or hold out til early May for a limited 7inch via Talitres! The four piece from Rostov-on-Don, Russia have produced a brilliantly catchy tune that remains sunny despite Vlad’s deep and dark vocal performance. Fans will note that drummer Roma Belenky doesn’t appear in the video due to his recent departure from the band. A fresh Motorama album is expected mid year.

 
Motorama – ‘She Is There’

Visit Motorama online @ Talitres @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

Diving Bells – ‘Paper Thin’

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Irish shoegaze outfit Diving Bells return with the new digital release ‘Paper Thin‘ featuring the blissed out rocker ‘Sirens’. The tune was featured on Greg Wilson’s mighty DKFM over the weekend and rightly so! ‘Paper Thin’ follows Diving Bells debut EP ‘Connection‘ from last March. No word on a full length as yet.

 
Diving Bells – ‘Sirens’

Visit Diving Bells @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

Aires – ‘Contraplacado’

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Get ready to have your hair blown back by the new experimental project Aires (out of Lisbon, Portugal). The eight minute epic ‘Contraplacado’ is enough to put the fear of God into all of us – prepare the fallout shelter folks! Aires is only a few months old, born with a view to explore drone, ambient and field recordings and then combine them with a love of noise rock and shoegaze. The self-titled debut EP (out via Enough Records) is cinematic, dark and gives MBV’s ‘Holocaust’ a run for its money! The beautiful part is, just when you think it’s getting too left field, you realize a melody has already been set up, taking you to another head space. Fans of experimental tunes can stream/download at Bandcamp.

 
Aires – ‘Contraplacado’

Visit Aires @ Enough Records @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp.