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Gem Club – 'Black Ships'

Swoon! Gem Club‘s new record ‘Breakers’ was released yesterday and I’m in love. Over the past few month’s ‘Breakers‘ and ‘Twins‘ have been revealed in all their captivating glory, now they’re backed up with seven more quality creations.

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Gem Club‘s latest is full of space; notes pause, vocals linger, there’s heaps of breathing room to step inside of as a listener. Without wanting to sound completely trite, there’s a silence to the album and an overall calm feeling on ‘Breakers’. It would be too easy to put Gem Club in the slow and depressing basket, but I don’t think that’s accurate.

Songs like ‘Black Ships’ demand you stop and sink into it. I conceed its not friday night music. Especially with lyrics like “I can’t feel my hands anymore” sung with chill. But there’s more reflection going on throughout ‘Breakers’ than tears. It’s not a pop album and doesn’t pretend to be.

Hats off to the Gem Club duo (Christoper Barnes and Kristen Drymala) for creating so much with just a piano, violin and one hell of an amazing voice!

Visit Gem Club online @ www.iamgemclub or pick up Gem Club’s ‘Breakers’ via Hardly Art.

Dark Captain – 'Submarines'

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Resisting the urge to make a terrible joke about an evil boating captain on a submarine is difficult at this point…but I’ll get over it! London’s Dark Captain have a new album on the way titled ‘Dead Legs & Alibis’ and ‘Submarines’ is our first listen.

Dark Captain are offering the single free from their webpage here or through Dark Captain at Soundcloud. Plus you can pre-order ‘Dead Legs & Alibis’ which will hit shelves and hard drives on October 17 thanks to Lo Recordings.

More Dark Captain info @ www.darkcaptain.com.

 

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Naomi Punk – ‘The Spell’

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Blood Diamonds – ‘Move The Stars’

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Lower Dens – ‘Deer Knives’

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28 Degrees Taurus – ‘Everything Can Go To Hell’

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Arctique Circles – ‘When You Sleep’ [MBV Cover]

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Gem Club – 'Breakers'

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Lo-fi Massachusetts duo Gem Club will release their debut album ‘Breakers’ through Hardly Art on September 27. I can’t wait. Take a listen to Gem Club’s title track which has a newly produced video (below).

It’s a softly reflective piece that is so simple. Another ‘Breakers’ album cut ‘Twins’ proves this point again. The miminal instrumentation with piano and strings combined with the hushed vocals…aww, its hard not to get clucky about Gem Club!

‘Breakers’ tracklist…

01. Twins
02. Breakers
03. Lands
04. Red Arrow (John)
05. I Heard the Party
06. Black Ships
07. Tanager
08. 252
09. In Wavelengths

The ‘Breakers’ video is the work of artist BriAnna Olson. She was also behind Gem Club‘s ‘Spine’ video from last year…

You can download Gem Club’s ‘Breakers’ and ‘Twins’ for free on the Gem Club bandcamp page here! CD and Vinyl pre-orders of the ‘Breakers’ album are available here from Hardly Art. Or visit Gem Club @ Myspace or online @ www.iamgemclub.

Cass McCombs – ‘The Same Thing’

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Domino Records has announced that Cass McCombs will release his second album for the year on November 7! ‘Humor Risk’ sounds decidedly more upbeat than the solemn ‘Wit’s End’ LP.

Check out the first public track ‘The Same Thing’ which is available as a free download from Domino’s Soundcloud page here.

Cass McCombs – ‘Humor Risk’ Tracklist…

1. Love Thine Enemy
2. The Living Word
3. The Same Thing
4. To Every Man His Chimera
5. Robin Egg Blue
6. Mystery Mail
7. Meet Me At the Mannequin Gallery
8. Mariah (sketch)

For more info visit Cass McCombs online / Myspace or Domino Records.

Cat’s Eyes (Rachel Zeffira) – ‘To Here Knows When’ (Live)

Rachel Zeffira – ‘To Here Knows When’ (Live) [My Bloody Valentine Cover]

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My Bloody Valentine – ‘To Here Knows When’ (Live)

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Cat’s Eyes performed at London’s Roundhouse a few hours ago (August 22) following the release of their self-titled debut album on Rough Trade/Polydor. Cat’s Eyes is the side project of Italian/Canadian composer (and incredible singer) Rachel Zeffira and the Horrors Brit rocking vocalist Faris Badwan.

During the set Rachel Zeffira treated fans to a few solo numbers, including one very special cover of My Bloody Valentine‘s ‘To Here Knows When’. The 1991 ‘Loveless’ classic has never sounded so… posh! And thanks to the interwebs we are able to hear it (as reported by Pitchfork).

The amazing thing about Rachel Zeffira‘s version of ‘To Here Knows When’ is that its entirely acoustic. She manages to pull off the wavering vocal, the string section mimics the tremolo riding guitar work of Kevin Shields, the piano keeps you hypnotized…you get the drift, it works!

If you’re unfamiliar with My Bloody Valentine’s original, take a listen to their live version recorded in 2008 as part of the Fuji Rock Festival. This is co-incidentally available on ‘The Light Shines Into Your Dream’ compilation which was posted last week to benefit the Japanese Earthquake relief effort.

Catch up on Rachel Zeffira and Faris Badwin’s Cat’s Eyes @ www.catseyesmusic.com.

Imandra Lake – ‘Ärkamise Aeg’

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I don’t think I’d ever heard a song sung in Estonian before Imandra Lake. The dreamy folk group released their debut album last September called ‘Seesamseesam’ on Seksound Records.

Amazingly, Imandra Lake have already recorded a new EP and its available now! The ‘Ülistuslaulud EP‘ has five tracks combining instrumental pieces with male and female duets. ‘Ärkamise Aeg’ shows off Eve Komp’s sleepy vocals, I have no idea what they’re saying but I don’t care i.e. Cocteau Twins. Blissful tune!

You can download Imandra Lake‘s debut album ‘Seesamseesam’ and the The ‘Ülistuslaulud EP’ from Imandra Lake @ Bandcamp.