After a month in the wilderness, SBWR returns. Needless to say, seeing the Himalayas at sunrise from the top of a mountain was amazing. There’s a massive amount of artsy ice and mountain photos ready to be plastered all over these pages! Yawwwwn. Now back to business – there’s a lot to catch up on, with album releases from Black Hearted Brother, Tape Deck Mountain, The Stargazer Lilies and Boardwalk plus new singles from The Fauns, Flyying Colours and many more. Over the next week there will be a bunch of re-caps (so feel free to curse the screen if its old news to you). Apologies to those who haven’t had an email response or post as yet! Perhaps re-submit in a week if I miss your big tune. Thanks.
It’s been over a year since the last break in transmission but its that time again. Regular updates will resume in late October. I’m off to Nepal. I figure excessive hours at the keyboard is the best possible preparation to hit the Himalayas! I’ve got cut price Kathmandu hiking boots and those rip off pants. Yup, things are getting serious. I don’t have the best sense of direction though – considering attaching a GPS to my forehead. Safety first and such.
Thanks to all for contributing, emailing and visiting Sounds Better With Reverb this year. Will shoot out a Facebook note on return. Cheers!
Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3) + Mark Van Hoen (Seefeel) + Nick Holton (Coley Park, Locust) = Black Hearted Brother. Get set for some indulgent space rocking goodness next month when Black Hearted Brother’s ‘Stars Are Our Home’ hits us with their debut album! The experimental noise pop trio recently posted a new anthemic cut called ‘This Is How It Feels‘, which overflows with spaced out harmonies. Grab the album from October 22 through Slumberland Records (USA) (October 21 through Sonic Cathedral in the UK).
Black Hearted Brother – ‘This Is How It Feels’
Visit Black Hearted Brother online @ Sonic Cathedral @ Slumberland Records @ Facebook.
Next week Tape Deck Mountain fans will finally get their hands on the new album ‘Sway’ (via Ninteen98 on October 1). To ease the wait, steam the record via Pitchfork Advance. Its dark and brooding with stalking rock numbers that fringe shoegaze and noise rock. Couple that with some of the biggest guitar tones you’re likely to hear. At times the San Diego trio sound like they’re about to bottom out! Check out the swooning album cut ‘Half Life’ below (pre-order). Put simply, this is one of my personal faves of 2013.
Tape Deck Mountain – ‘Half Life’
Dream pop act Twin Studies channel the Cocteau Twins on their latest track ‘Precious Places’. It’s thickly layered with melodies carried by male / female vocals (Beth Woodruff, Dani Lyman and founder Jay Stanley). The band has been posting new material on Soundcloud since late last year (see ‘Lunar Fever’), no word on an official release as yet.
Twin Studies – ‘Precious Places’
Visit Twin Studies @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.
On October 1 Guilt Ridden Pop will release Brief Candles ‘Newhouse’ EP featuring the opener ‘Olympic Sleeper’. The Milwaukee rock act has dedicated (and named) the release after their late friend Mike Newhouse. It follows Brief Candles third record ‘Fractured Days‘, released back in 2011. ‘Olympic Sleeper’ opens with a raw post punk feel before dropping into a well placed half time breakdown. It builds to a noisy wash, with a crash and burn conclusion that’s absolutely brilliant.
Brief Candles – ‘Olympic Sleeper’
Visit Brief Candles @ Bandcamp @ Guilt Ridden Pop @ Facebook.
Despite leaking online several weeks ago, Mazzy Star’s new album ‘Seasons Of Your Day’ is now “officially” available through Rhymes Of An Hour Records. Given that it’s been more than fifteen years since the group’s last full length, it’s amazing how cohesive this album is. After all, it was recorded over an extended period (and self produced) across locations in Norway, London and California.
Mazzy Star – ‘In The Kingdom’
‘Seasons Of Your Day’ is full of solid songwriting, the six piece haven’t bothered to conform to an audience, instead they’ve grown with them. There’s no forced melodies or slick production in play, its a mature listen. That said, there’s also no great surprises but Hope Sandoval’s vocal chords are as dreamy as ever. Coupled with a country feel, this record is certainly not “alternative rock” as they’re occasionally labelled.
Mazzy Star – ‘Common Burn’
Guitarist David Roback previously stated that an excessive amount of songs were recorded during the sessions for ‘Seasons Of Your Day’ and its likely that another LP won’t be far off. In the meantime, I’m happy to keep this on repeat.
Right from the intro this tune sounds like a winner! And then, it gets better. ‘Tenerife’ maintains an underlying tension that perpetually builds with contrasting hazy vocals over the top. Le Thug are an ambient noise trio that hail from Scotland, download their debut EP ‘Ripping‘ at Bandcamp. The good folks over at FatCat Records recently featured the track as part of their demo series.
Le Thug – ‘Tenerife’
Back in July Edweena dropped the news of their debut album ‘Solar Days And Lunar Nights’ with the lead single ‘Thunderboy‘. The Swedish shoegazers released it this week – download here. Album cut ‘Perspective’ shows off the vocal harmonies you can expect, backed with warm fuzz and driving bass.
Edweena – ‘Perspective’
Back in August Teen Mom impressed with the single ‘Kitchen‘ and today the DC trio deliver a fresh EP called ‘Gilly‘. Closing number ‘Stay Inside’ is a slacker pop tune with a wonderfully flippant delivery. Founder Chris Kelly sings the line “…I don’t give a f***” and yup, I believe him. It’s a strong collection, thumbs up!
Teen Mom – ‘Stay Inside’