Malka Spigel – ‘Tall Grey Buildings’

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Israeli-born musician Malka Spigel has spent the past thirty years developing her craft with the new wave/art-pop group Minimal Impact, followed by Githead and more recently her solo work. ‘Tall Grey Buildings’ turns the mundane “empty car parks and tall grey buildings” into a warm indie pop tune with surreal, kaleidoscopic visuals. Malka will release the single on her new EP ‘Gliding’ (out May 19 through Swim / iTunes).

 
Malka Spigel – ‘Tall Grey Buildings’

Visit Malka Spigel online @ Swim.

J. Francis – ‘Almost’

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The lush dream pop of J. Francis is about to be pressed on limited transparent vinyl courtesy of Doom Cat Records (order)! The Brisbane-based solo artist released his debut LP ‘Almost‘ in 2013 featuring the opener ‘Breathe Tonight’. Earlier this year J. Francis gave us the follow up full length ‘Tired‘ featuring a guest appearance by Kigo on ‘Bluelight‘. Talented lad!

 
J. Francis – ‘Breathe Tonight’

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North Arm – ‘Hollow Days’

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North Arm is the musical baby of Rockerick Smith (formerly of Firekites) who produced his first solo EP ‘Thought Lines‘ last year through Spunk. Perhaps you remember the hushed and hazy single ‘Quitely Lightly‘? Twelve months on, Rod has a live band behind him and a fresh tune called ‘Hollow Days’. It was produced by J. Walker (of Machine Translations), who has grown to become a long-term collaborator. Grab it over at Bandcamp!

 
North Arm – ‘Hollow Days’

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Elastic Sleep – ‘Leave You’

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Elastic Sleep deliver their debut EP ‘Leave You’ this week, six tracks of sublime dream pop with extra bite. It’s not all whimsical vocal harmonies, there’s plenty of darker, heavier moments to enjoy as well. In fact, it’s really a rock record at heart. It arrives following their first single ‘Anywhere‘ and a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘You Only Live Twice‘.

The five-piece from Cork (Ireland) is a collective of talent pooled from local acts including Grave Lanterns, Une Pipe, Great Balloon Race, Superblondes and Terror Pop (among others). So despite the fact that this is a “debut” EP, it comes from experience. But has it paid off?

Lead single (and EP opener) ‘Leave You‘ is an absolute gem, it sums up everything that’s great about this band. There’s strong guy/girl vocals, interesting song writing, big melodies and a contrast between the dream pop styled verses and the crunchier, shoegazey outbursts. It’s Elastic Sleep’s best song to date and a brilliant start to the EP.

‘I Found Love’ instantly takes you somewhere else, it’s tortured and menacing. It’s a surprise that switches up the mood, this time with male vocals at the fore. This is the trend throughout, rock with male vocal lead, then dream pop with female vocal lead. However, the EP works best when these two approaches come together in one song (as in the single). When they’re split, it’s a little less effective. Personally, I found the female fronted moments more compelling.

‘Deep And Blue’ is a real stand out, with it’s windswept atmosphere and icy, suspenseful opening. It builds and breaks with a cacophony of percussion and reverb heavy vocals. It sounds like its coming from the depths of a castle. It has the beautiful female vocals and the male-centric brute force of ‘Tzar Bomba (No More Tears)’, this contrast makes it engrossing. But overall, it’s a fantastic debut offering. The songs ‘Leave You’ and ‘Deep And Blue’ are worth the price of admission alone. ‘Leave You’ is available on 10inch vinyl and digitally through the UK’s Big Tea Records and Fifa Records (Ireland) from April 28.
 
Elastic Sleep – ‘Leave You’ [EP Stream]

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Cheri Cheri Jaguar – ‘Walk/Don’t Walk’

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Parisan four piece Cheri Cheri Jaguar are about to deliver their impressive debut EP ‘Collapsing Vapor’ on May 5 (through their own label Pillow Talk). It was tracked at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather Studio (DIIV, Friends, Teen). The result is six tracks of reverb lathered post punk with shades of new wave and jangle pop. Recommended for fans of Savage Sister, Weekend or Dum Dum Girls. The new video for ‘Walk/Don’t Walk’ is our first taste. More on the EP soon!

 
Cheri Cheri Jaguar – ‘Walk / Don’t Walk’

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Kigo – ‘Close (Enough To Kiss)’

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Kigo gave us his debut album ‘So Lost Now‘ last November, the conclusion to a run of EPs. Five in fact! As you may have guessed, we’ve got another new release to jump into. The Brisbane-based solo artist (Dwayne Pearce) has posted the new song ‘Close (Enough To Kiss)‘, from the EP of the same name (out now). It’s a saturated shoegaze monster, with desperately off kilter drumming, tone bending guitars and claustrophobic vocals. That’s the charm of Kigo, a dissonant wall of noise that sounds like it could fall apart at any moment. Almost like a whole EP’s worth of songs have been blended together.

 
Kigo – ‘Close (Enough To Kiss)’

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