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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