Donovan Blanc – ‘Minha Menina’

Donovan Blanc

Introducing Captured Tracks latest signing, Donovan Blanc. The New Jersey duo (Joseph Black and Raymond Schwab) have spent the past few years releasing EPs under the moniker Honeydrum. Their new manifestation is more paired back with a singer/songwriter feel that doesn’t put you to sleep. Look out for Donovan Blanc’s self-titled debut album on June 24.

 
Donovan Blanc – ‘Minha Menina’

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Astronaut Husband – ‘Drip’

ASTRONAUT HUSBAND - 'DRIP'

Solo artist Alec Grefe has been producing music under the moniker Astronaut Husband since 2012 but is also a member of Wisconsin four piece Haunter. His dreamy acoustic creations grabbed my attention on the fantastic EP ‘Supergiant Blues‘ and this week the beautiful new record ‘Drip‘ was released. Astronaut Husband really deserves a wide audience, this is brilliant work. Stream or download the rest at Bandcamp.

 
Astronaut Husband – ‘Tattoo Land’

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Tim Woulfe – ‘Shapes’

TIM WOULFE - 'THE UNCOUTH SWAIN'

Last June Tim Woulfe released his latest LP ‘The Uncouth Swain‘ via his own label Apollonian Sound. Fans can now pick it up on vinyl as its been newly pressed and screen printed (order)! ‘Shapes’ is one example of Tim’s unique sound that blends folk with psych and gazey influences. When not busy writing his own tunes, Tim also manages the shoegaze archives for Captured Tracks.

 
Tim Woulfe – ‘Shapes’

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Venera 4 – ‘Deaf Heartbeats’ (Winter Sessions)

VENERA 4 - WINTER SESSIONS

If you got short changed at Christmas, perhaps this will cheer you up! Venera 4 have gift wrapped all of their recent singles into one free release – download ‘Winter Sessionshere. But there’s a twist, the songs have been re-recorded and stripped back to their rawest form. Acoustic shoegaze if there’s such a thing?? The French four piece are currently at work on their debut album, expected later this year.

 
Venera 4 – ‘Deaf Heartbeats’ (Winter Sessions)

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Pete Fij / Terry Bickers – ‘Downsizing’

PETE FIJ / TERRY BICKERS - 'DOWNSIZING'

Ex-Creation Records artists Pete Fig (Adorable, Polak) and Terry Bickers (The House of Love, Levitation) launched a Kickstarter campaign this week for their new project. The British duo plan to release their album ‘Broken Heart Surgery’ next year featuring the first single ‘Downsizing‘. Take a listen to the laid back, acoustic affair with its tongue in cheek lyrics detailing a very business-like approach to ending a relationship. Help Pete and Terry out by pledging here.

 
Pete Fij / Terry Bickers – ‘Downsizing’

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Mazzy Star – ‘California’

MAZZY STAR - 'CALIFORNIA'

The intergoogle has gone nuts over Mazzy Star’s new single ‘California’ and the announcement that the veteran duo will deliver a new album called ‘Seasons Of Your Day’ on September 24 through Rhymes Of An Hour Records (pre-order CD/LP). The acoustic piece is sparse and progressive, running at over five minutes. But more importantly, ‘California’ indicates Mazzy Star’s comeback LP will be solid! Of course, the news doesn’t come out of left field – we did have the new single ‘Common Burn’ back in 2011 with the promise of a new album (originally expected last year).

 
Mazzy Star – ‘California’


 
J Mascis – ‘Fade Into You’ (Mazzy Star Cover)

In related news, Dinosaur Jr.’s main man J Mascis has covered Mazzy Star’s classic ‘Fade Into You’ to promote some signature shoes with Vegan footwear company Keep – check ‘em out. Now I’ve finally found the right kicks to match my purple velure tracksuit!

J MASCIS - 'FADE INTO YOU' (MAZZY STAR COVER)

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Alice Boman – ‘Waiting’

ALICE BOMAN - 'WAITING'

Amazing voice. The kind that stops you in your tracks (cliché as it is to say). Alice Boman is a Swedish singer, who releases her first EP ‘Skisser’ on May 22 through Adrian Recordings. The PR puts it well, “A Billie Holliday for the 2010s century, without the jazz.”

 
Alice Boman – ‘Waiting’

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Neil Halstead – ‘Full Moon Rising (Mark Van Hoen Remix)’

NEIL HALSTEAD - 'FULL MOON RISING (REMIX)'

Neil Halstead (of Slowdive / Mojave 3 fame) delivered his third solo record ‘Palindrome Hunches’ last September and on May 13 the second single ‘Spin The Bottle’ will be available through Sonic Cathedral. Point being, there’s a few extra goodies to be had, including a remix of the album cut ‘Full Moon Rising’. Electronic music veteran (and former Seefeel member) Mark Van Hoen has stepped up to the challenge. Mark has turned the acoustic number into a delightfully more dreamy creation while maintaining the organic feel of the original – see below.

 
Neil Halstead – ‘Full Moon Rising (Mark Van Hoen Remix)’


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Lotte Kestner – ‘Wrestler’

LOTTE KESTNER - 'WRESTLER'

Fans of Trespassers William will already be all over this – singer Anna-Lynee Williams has released a new solo album under the moniker Lotte Kestner. ‘The Bluebird Of Happiness’ is available now through Saint Marie Records and features the stunning song ‘Wrestler’. Beautiful voice.

 
Lotte Kestner – ‘Wrestler’

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Cheval Sombre – 'Someplace Else'

New York’s Cheval Sombre is joined by Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500), Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT) and Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3) on his new single ‘Someplace Else’. The ‘folkgaze’ tune straddles acoustic guitar, organ and atmospherics. The sedated feel is heavy and hypnotic, kinda like you just smoked an epic spliff and are powerless to get up from the beanbag you’ve planted yourself in. Taken from Cheval Sombre’s latest LP ‘Made Love’, available now from Sonic Cathedral Recordings.

 

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