Great news from Thee Oh Sees with the announcement of a new LP called ‘Drop’ (out April 19 through Castle Face). Lead single ‘Penetrating Eye’ shows the Bay Area psych vets are still full of new ideas. And perhaps with a new death by audio pedal? Sounds like a big octave pedal to me but I may be wrong, I’m no Yngwie Malmsteen!
Thee Oh Sees – ‘Penetrating Eye’
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‘Duke Oddity’ is a great way to spend three minutes, it’s the latest instrumental piece from London’s Gentlemen. The five piece formed in 2012 with members from the UK, Italy and Australia. Influenced by the progressive sounds of the 70s, Gentlemen retreated to a country cottage to record the ‘Night Reels II’ EP, available from February 25 through Week Of Wonders.
Gentlemen – ‘Duke Oddity’ [VIDEO]
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The Wytches are barely out of their teens but they’re already making some incredibly interesting tunes. The Brighton-based trio recently signed to Partisan/Heavenly and have an album coming out in May. The first single ‘Wire Frame Mattress‘ is a slushy garage rocker with an extremely trippy surf rock tangent. A reminder of how fun messy rock can be!
The Wytches – ‘Wire Frame Mattress’
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Lilies On Mars deliver their lavish album ‘Dot To Dot’ today via Saint Marie. After Cocteau Twins/Bella Union vet Simon Raymonde selected a cut for his radio show, the duo already had hopes high. If you’re a fan of the single ‘Dream Of Bees‘ or ‘Oceanic Landscape’, you’re in for a treat. Bandmates Lisa Masia & Marina Cristofalo recorded the LP between London and Sardina with the help of drummer Valentina Magaletti (Fanfarlo/The Oscillation). Their experiments with vintage organs, synths and space echo really pay off, it’s a unique sounding collection. ‘Dot To Dot’ is a Pandora’s box of colourful sounds, elaborate ideas, floating melodies and odd psychedelia. This is a strange record, but a great listen. It’s not an album you’re likely to connect with immediately, it’ll take a few listens to get a grapple on. But once you do, the otherworldly nature of it will stay with you.
Lilies On Mars – ‘No Way’
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Eternal Summers are readying their third record ‘The Drop Beneath’ (out via Kanine on March 4). The lead single ‘Gouge‘ received a lot of praise, and yesterday the second serving ‘Never Enough’ was premiered at COS (pre-order at Pledge Music). So far the trio’s singles are sounding a little less hazy and shoegazey than their 2012 LP ‘Correct Behavior’ but still with a 90s bent. It’s working for them, it’s sounding fresh. Meanwhile, Total Slacker’s ‘Slip Away’ LP has been given a battering this week for being a 90s throwback. It’s a tough line to walk but I can’t judge, my head is so far up the arse of the 90s it’d be like throwing stones in the dark! *grin*
Eternal Summers – ‘Never Enough’
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‘All Right‘ is the latest single from San Francisco’s Balms, taken from the trio’s forthcoming EP (due this Spring). Balms once again weave their melodies in a casual fashion, which will appeal to fans of lo-fi slacker rock and shoegaze alike. The release follows a string of new tunes including ‘Surface / Over My Head‘ and ‘Sidewalk / Grave‘.
Balms – ‘All Right’
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Omega Vague returns with his fifth album, the self-titled full length is available now at Bandcamp featuring the opener ‘Release’. It’s the work of Connecticut-based multi-instrumentalist Craig Douglas, who recorded the album during a difficult 2013. The depths are evident, this is a dark and ambient collection that rarely breaks for light – stream the rest here.
Omega Vague – ‘Release’
Trances, acid dropping and ESP connections, there’s a lot of stories floating around about The Casket Girls. Whether you believe they met in a Savannah field with an autoharp is irrelevant, turning it all into a great album is what matters. And this week we find out, The Casket Girls second album ‘True Love Kills The Fairy Tale’ is released February 11 through Graveface Records (shop or stream via COS). The electronic dream pop trio (sisters Phaedra and Else Greene with Ryan Graveface) have opened themselves up to a larger audience since their 2012 debut ‘Sleepwalking’. It’s a more controlled album and far more pop, built upon the lush vocal choruses of Phaedra and Else. Ryan’s well polished production work takes a backseat. At times they work well together, but occasionally the vocals feel displaced, like they could be placed over a different musical backing entirely. Perhaps this is the feel they were after. But it makes for a mixed experience, that said, stand outs ‘Holding You Back’, ‘Day To Day’ and ‘Same Side’ hold it above water.
The Casket Girls – ‘Holding You Back’
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Brisbane-based shoegazers Roku Music have posted their second single ‘Reflector‘ from the forthcoming LP ‘Collider’ (out March 3 via Sonic Masala Records). Grab a free download via the Triple J Unearthed website here. Needless to say ‘Reflector’ is an exciting track, it sounds like it’s been squashed, pushed and pulled and then run through a blender. If you missed the lead title track, have a listen here.
Roku Music – ‘Reflector’
‘Sun Structures’ has been a long time coming but the Brit rockers officially release it this week via Heavenly/Fat Possum. For fans, the singles ‘Shelter Song’ and ‘Colours To Life’ are already well lived in and a familiar live staple. Along with early EP cuts like ‘The Golden Throne’ that were reworked for the LP. Despite its late arrival ‘Sun Structures’ isn’t lacking punchy melodies or groovy rhythms. As far as psych rock revivals go, it doesn’t get much better. Temples have the songs to back it up… and the afros!
Temples – ‘A Question Isn’t Answered’
There’s head nods to the 60s and 70s all over this, which may repulse some but for those of us that never saw Marc Bolan strut his stuff, it’s a welcome alternative. There’s also a strong Beatles influence, album cut ‘A Question Isn’t Answered’ features Lennon/McCartney inspired vocal harmonies against proggy rock riffs. ‘Sun Structures’ establishes Temples sound but the real challenge is adding something new to the formula next full length. In the meantime, Temples have the best shot of getting psych rock back on the radio amongst a pool of other vintage rock acts.