Swedish newcomers School recently released a fantastic debut single called ‘SoLong‘ (via Luxury) which is already getting plenty of blogosphere love. It’s an airy jangle pop tune with a super catchy chorus. The Gothenburg quartet followed it up with ‘Clouds Aside‘, also great. No doubt they’ll be labelled a buzz band by the indie press before long! Either way, great start.
School – ‘SoLong’
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Power Pyramid give the tremelo arm a workout on ‘Crawled Into Gooseflesh’, the opener to their latest EP ‘Insomnia’. Grab the digital download at Bandcamp or pre-order the cassette from Nice People Records. Since releasing ‘The God Drums‘ full length last September, the Oklahoma shoegazers have added drummer Brent Hodge to the band. A welcome edition and no doubt a bonus for live shows.
Power Pyramid – ‘Crawled Into Gooseflesh’
Blackstone Rngrs are set to deliver their six track EP ‘Descendant’ on February 25 through Saint Marie Records (pre-order). Influenced by classic 4AD-era noise and dream pop, the Texas trio layer their melodies into a swirling, ambient mix of guitars and synthesizers. ‘Judas Tree’ is our first listen, it’s a dynamic slow burner that builds around Ruth’s vocals. Blackstone Rngrs released their much loved debut EP ‘ Into The Sea‘ in 2012, following it up with a an extensive tour with stops at NXNE and SXSW. Judging by ‘Descendant’, it’s going to be a very busy year for them!
Blackstone Rngrs- ‘Judas Tree’
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Spin have posted the new single/video from Norwegian rockers The Megaphonic Thrift. It’s taken from their forthcoming (and as yet untitled) new album. Berlin film makers Blank Blank put the video together, a great fit for this spacey track. No word on a release date yet.
The Megaphonic Thrift – ‘If You Shiver (Overload)’ [VIDEO]
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Towns have posted their latest single ‘Young At Heart’, an upbeat psych pop tune due for release March 3 via Howling Owl (digital / cassette). The Bristol rock act have never sounded so catchy, a step away from their overdriven guitar sound and shoegaze wash. The single was mastered by their label mate Oliver Wilde. Catch Towns live in London this month with Dead Rabbits and The Telescopes! Meanwhile the four piece ready their debut album ‘Get By’ for a May release.
Towns – ‘Young At Heart’
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Bulldog Skin‘s latest was written on an iPod in the middle of the Negev desert, Israel. Kinda romantic right!? Well, not quite. It’s the work of Canadian muso and Gold Soundz blogger, Marc Z. Gold who conceived his latest EP ‘Oh Jacob, How Goodly Are Your Daughers’ during an 18 month stint in the Israeli Defence force. So, not such a happy time and it shows, but an impressive result nonetheless. In Marc’s words, “it was an attempt to mix the intimacy of Casio For The Painfully Alone with the romance of My Bloody Valentine”. Stream or download the rest here.
Bulldog Skin – ‘Sensitive Soul’
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Aussie outfit Flyying Colours released their self-titled EP digitally last year, it ended up being one of the best shoegaze EP’s of 2013. While the Melbourne-based quartet work on their first full length, the EP is being released on limited run 180 gram vinyl by two great labels. In the UK, 250 copies on blue vinyl via Club AC30 (March 10). In the USA, 250 copies on black grape vinyl via Shelflife Records (March 11).
Flyying Colours – ‘Wavygravy’ [VIDEO]
The super talented Kristina Esfandiari (aka Miserable) returns with the title track to her forthcoming EP ‘Halloween Dream’ (following the last single ‘Bell Jar‘). The former Whirr vocalist holds back for the first few minutes before breaking into an ass kicking wall of sound. Filter premiered the video this week which you can watch below. The good folks over at Native Sound are releasing this on February 18 (pre-order).
Miserable – ‘Halloween Dream’ [VIDEO]
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British rock act Yuck have gone a ‘lil bit gazey! The four piece have delivered a new single called ‘Athena’, taken from their forthcoming EP ‘Southern Skies’ (due this Spring). It’s a more lush and layered sound than we’ve heard from Yuck before. The new material comes just months after their second album ‘Glow And Behold‘.
Yuck – ‘Athena’
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To round off a massive news week for Slowdive fans, here’s more good news! Mark Van Hoen (of Black Hearted Brother, Seefeel, Locust and Scala) has a new project with Martin Maeers called Children Of The Stones. A host of guests will join the pair including his Black Hearted Brother bandmate Neil Halstead (Slowdive), plus Angus Finlayson, Al Forrester and Rachel Davies (Esben And The Witch). Saint Marie Records have announced two EPs and an LP due in the coming months, kicking off with the EP ‘Extended Play’ on February 18 (pre-order). The lead single is ‘The Stars And The Silence’ – check out the newly released video. I’m not sure how Mark has had time to sleep over the past twelve months! Saint Marie have been equally busy, with solid albums from Lilies On Mars and Blackstone Rangers just around the corner.
Children Of The Stones – ‘The Stars And The Silence’ [VIDEO]