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Whistle Peak – 'Wings Won't Behave'

Louisville’s Whistle Peak meld electronics with whimsical indie folk. The lead single ‘Wings Won’t Behave’ from their upcoming sophomore album ‘Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls’ will be released February 14 via Karate Body Records. Whistle Peak produce laid back atmospheric laments with a silver lining, walking a slim line between downcast ditties and indie pop. The colourful instrumentation keeps Whistle Peak afloat along with a seemingly effortless approach to their songwriting. Keep an ear out on Valentine’s Day folks.

 

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Whistle Peak @ Facebook @ Karate Body Records.

Lanterns On The Lake – ‘A Kingdom’

Just in case you missed Lanterns On The Lake this year, here’s a stunning album cut from their latest record ‘Gracious Tide, Take Me Home’. ‘A Kingdom’ was originally released on the EP ‘Misfortunes and Minor Victories’ before being re-imagined for the new album. The UK six-piece shift from delicate indie folk to ambient rock but for ‘A Kingdom’ its plain bittersweet. Somehow Lanterns On The Lake manage to avoid the sappy, sentimental overtones that plague similar acts and we’re all the better for it.

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Pick up Lanterns On The Lake ‘Gracious Tide, Take Me Home’ from Bella Union here / visit the official website.

Bryan Webb – 'Undertaker'

I don’t like labelling songs depressing because generally only depressed people will bother to listen. It’s like closing the gate after the horse has bolted and preaching to the choir at the same time. But whatever idiom is used, in the case of Bryan Webb‘s ‘Undertaker’ I can’t hide it, this one’s a real downer! However, in all its gloominess, this is a really pretty tune that’s set to stun.

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Canada’s Bryan Webb (also known as Bry Webb) cut his teeth during the 90s playing with indie rockers Shoulder but now fronts The Constantines. ‘Undertaker’ comes from his first solo album ‘Provider’, released this month.

Pick up Bryan Webb’s ‘Provider’ via Idée Fixe Records here / Connect @ Facebook.

Sleepyvillain – 'Keep Calm'

Portland’s Sleepyvillain is the work of multi-instrumentalist Akila Fields. Known for collaborating with a variety of singers and songwriters, this time Akila enlisted vocalist Lucy Martin. The result is simple and direct, the raw production and lyrics are delivered with unassuming charm. ‘Keep Calm’ is a cut from his upcoming EP ‘Love Is A Kaleidoscope’.

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Download Sleepyvillain’s ‘Keep Calm’ free here.

Tashaki Miyaki – ‘Alternate Versions’

Californian band Tashaki Miyaki have just released new versions of ‘Somethin’ Is Better Than Nothin” and ‘Keep Me In Mind’. These are alternate cuts that shine a different light on the originals. Long gone are the buzzing jangly guitars and rough edges.

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The strength of the songwriting and performance holds up without the noise, infact I prefer these takes. The strings and bells fit perfectly against the thick reverb of the vocals on ‘Keep Me In Mind’. Its 50s styled melody is simple and easy to follow but its a lament all the same.

Like many, when I first heard about them I figured Tashaki Miyaki was a Japanese singer,  but no. The Los Angeles outfit have been on the radar for a few months. NME first picked up on Tashaki Miyaki as bloggers started to draw comparisons between them and Best Coast. However, there’s more dynamics at play and the alternate versions prove it. Subtlety goes along way.

Download Tashaki Miyaki’s music via Bandcamp.

Mazzy Star – 'Common Burn' And 'Lay Myself Down'

In case you haven’t heard…Mazzy Star is back – it’s only been fifteen years! Remember ‘Fade Into You’? The Californian dream pop outfit has a new single ‘Common Burn’, out today. At this point it’s a digital release only via singer Hope Sandoval’s own label Rhymes Of An Hour. A limited edition 7 inch of the single and B-side ‘Lay Myself Down’ will be released in November, according to www.mazzystar.nu. Mazzy Star will also be touring early 2012 before releasing a new album. All good news right!?

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Mazzy Star’s new work is typically sedate and intimate. Both ‘Common Burn’ and ‘Lay Myself Down’ are stripped back and mostly acoustic with a few country flares around the edges. Hope Sandoval is sounding as great as ever. The group returns during a resurgence of like minded contemporary acts with a similar feel. Most notably, Widowspeak’s brilliant debut released this August.

Visit Mazzy Star online @ www.mazzystar.nu for more information.