Programm – ‘Like The Sun’ [Video]

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Mid last year we had our first listen to Programm‘s moody ‘Like The Sun’, this week the Toronto quartet deliver the video (as premiered by Stereogum). It’ll be available from February 17 through The Hand (as a four track EP). Programm first popped onto our radar with their ‘Everything At Once’ EP in 2013, they have a knack for dark, atmospheric songs that ooze class – the new video is no different. Great work.

 
Programm – ‘Like The Sun’ [Video]

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Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Everything Else Matters’

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Pinkshinyultrablast have delivered their debut LP ‘Everything Else Matters’ featuring the singles ‘Umi’ and ‘Holy Forest’. Following our chat last month, it’s time to take a closer look at the album (streaming via Noisey). On first listen, I was surprised by the album. After all, the lead singles showcase Pinkshiny’s angelic dream pop melodies and the beauty of Lyubov’s voice. The rest of ‘Everything Else Matters’ is another beast entirely, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s got depth, a lot of ground is covered in just eight songs.

Opener ‘Wish We Were’ gets the LP off to a progressive start, a seven minute epic that begins with ambient anticipation before transitioning to a post punk gallop. After repeated listens, it becomes clear that the more abstract, less structured songs are amongst the strongest. They divide the more “traditional” pop songs up, sitting at track 1, 4 (‘Metamorphosis’) and 8 (‘Marigold’). And wow, ‘Marigold’ is the knock out punch, an ambitious and stunning track with cinematic scope. It’s final moments ring out for minutes, a perfect end.

The collaborative approach Pinkyshinyultrablast take with their songs gives each song a complexity. It’s hard to predict, and certainly doesn’t fit neatly into any genre. I’m just glad they were happy to turn up the reverb, it sounds big! If you’ve read this far, I doubt you need convincing. ‘Everything Else Matters’ is a fantastic record and a brilliant start to 2015. Highly recommended. Pick it up via Club AC30 (UK), Shelflife (USA) or Vinyl Junkie (Japan).

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Omega Vague – ‘Reveries’

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Connecticut solo artist Craig Douglas (aka Omega Vague) released his sixth album ‘Reveries’ this month (grab it here). The stand outs ‘Beyond The Stars’ and ‘The Long Way’ pepper a dreamy collection of anthems that are well produced and presented. ‘Reveries’ has so far been praised by The Shoegaze Collective, DKFM and Ambient Airwaves.

 
Omega Vague – ‘Reveries’

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The Morelings – ‘Less’

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Introducing Philly dream pop act The Morelings. The trio (Kedra Kearis, Matt Kearis and Chris Jordan) teamed up with producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson to deliver their debut three tracker ‘No Sign’ this month. Take a listen to the slow-mo opener ‘Less’ and/or grab a copy here!

 
The Morelings – ‘Less’

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Echo Lake – ‘Waves’

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Echo Lake have announced their second album ‘Era’ will be released on March 2 via No Pain In Pop! It turns out the British dream poppers have been keeping busy following the release of their debut LP ‘Wild Peace’ (and the tragic passing of drummer Peter Hayes). Guitarist Thom Hill and vocalist Linda Jarvis have continued on, spending two years creating ‘Era’ and unveiling the lead single ‘Waves’ this week. The news isn’t a complete surprise given their live shows last year and recent reappearance on the ‘Broken Records’ sampler. ‘Waves’ packs all the blissful melodies you’d expect but pushes the boundary further, stretching out into more progressive territory. Welcome back!

 
Echo Lake – ‘Waves’

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Moon King – ‘Roswell’

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Moon King‘s latest single ‘Roswell’ elegantly pairs accessibility and commercial appeal with hazy dream pop. I tip my hat! The Toronto duo (Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde) could’ve opted for a short radio edit cut, but instead, ‘Roswell’ sprawls hypnotically across six minutes. 80′s synth sounds swell and stab throughout the final minutes. Which, oddly enough, compelled me to go and listen to The Neverending Story theme song on Youtube, I kid you not! What was the giant flying dog’s name again!? Moving on… Moon King’s new album ‘Secret Life’ is out April 14 via Last Gang. For fans of Still Corners, I Break Horses and Wye Oak.

 
Moon King – ‘Roswell’

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