Medicine – ‘Home Everywhere’

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Medicine have returned with their latest LP ‘Home Everywhere’ and once again upturn our preconceptions! The off-the-wall song writing goes out of its way to avoid any conventional structure or formula, with unpredictable melodies to suck you in. It’s hard to follow on first listen but this is not background music, ‘Home Everywhere’ demands an active listener!

The experimental rock vets blend classic psych rock with dubby noise and off kilter rhythms. It’s a fresh sound that tips it’s hat to the past but still sounds ahead of its time, an impressive effort considering ‘To The Happy Few’ only landed last year. The album is strung together with solid vocal performances, much of the melodies have a 60s pop feel, backed by trippy harmonies to fill out the mix.

There’s so many ideas packed into each song, you’re bound to latch onto something different each spin. It’s like listening to a regular album, an album in reverse and an album played at half speed, all at once. This will be too ambitious for some, where do you draw the line between unique and quirky? The latter half of the record has less twists and tangents, it settles into a welcome groove on ‘It’s All About You’.

After more than twenty years making music, Medicine are still taking risks and indulging in creative twists that make ‘Home Everywhere’ a fearless record. It’s bold and full of character but at times there’s just too much going on. The shoegaze and noise rock label doesn’t apply to this album at all, Medicine have developed their own niche. I’m not sure what substances were used to get there but I want in. Available now via Captured Tracks.

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Medicine - 'Home Everywhere'
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PRO'S
  • Ambitious songwriting & sounds
  • Inventive & genre defying
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  • Not as cohesive as 'To The Happy Few'
3.7Overall Score
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Be Right Back…

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SBWR will be back with regular updates (from early November). We’ve got our hands on some cheap flights so it’s holiday time (without internets)! Thanks for your support this year – looking forward to wrapping up 2014 with a look back at the year’s best. There’s also a few more interviews in the pipeline. Until then, cheers!

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To The Wedding – ‘Set Fire’ [Premiere]

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It’s a pleasure to present ‘Set Fire’, the latest song from To The Wedding‘s upcoming ‘Silver Currents’ EP, out October 28 (pre-sale here). It’s the solo moniker of San Francisco’s Lauren Grubb, who first turned heads with the ‘Taken‘ EP back in 2010. ‘Set Fire’ is a cinematic rocker that sits somewhere between shoegaze and post rock. Lauren’s smoky vocals are a haunting contrast to the death marching wall of noise behind her – huge tune! It arrives following the lead track ‘Come On‘ and points towards an impressive EP. Good news is, there’s already a second EP slated for early 2015. (Photo courtesy of Olivia Lee)

 
To The Wedding – ‘Set Fire’ [Premiere]

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Sway – ‘Fall’ [Video Premiere]

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Sway‘s classic 2003 EP ‘The Millia Pink And Green’ has been released on vinyl for the first time with the bonus track ‘Channel’ (available via Saint Marie Records). The 180 gram pressing kicks off with the shoegaze stunner ‘Fall’. In another first, the song has now received the video treatment and we’re proud to share it with you all! The California-based band formed fifteen years ago as a four piece before turning into the solo project of chief songwriter Andrew Saks. Sway’s first (and last) LP ‘This Was Tomorrow‘ arrived in 2011.

 
Sway – ‘Fall’ [Premiere]

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Robin Guthrie And Harold Budd – ‘White Bird’

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Lakeshore Records have delivered a beautiful soundtrack to ‘White Bird In A Blizzard’, with music by Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins) and Harold Budd (Brian Eno / David Sylvian). The pair have worked together previously on the ‘Mysterious Skin’ soundtrack. ‘White Bird’ illustrates the lofty ambient soundscapes you can expect. This is headspace changing music! The film is in cinemas this month and the soundtrack is available now via Lakeshore / iTunes. Side note, How To Disappear Completely also released a fantastic ambient album recently called ‘Somnia’ – full stream here.

 
Robin Guthrie And Harold Budd – ‘White Bird’

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Best Friend – ‘Swallow’ [Premiere]

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Best Friend release their new single ‘Swallow‘ today (with the b-side ‘Still There’), and here’s our first listen! The Tennessee four piece blend jangle and dream pop (for fans of DIIV, Beach House and Wild Nothing). ‘Swallow’ “is about anxiety, and feeling trapped in your own body, as well as getting older. Which only contributes to the anxiety I guess,” writes singer/guitarist Peter McCarville. The introverted feel and theme is contrasted by a breezy melody – it’s a beautiful tune! The band released their full length ‘Division‘ earlier this year, also worth a listen.

 
Best Friend – ‘Swallow’ [Premiere]

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