Life On Venus – ‘Distant Lights’

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The ultra-talented Life On Venus have crafted a brilliant two track demo called ‘Distant Lights’ featuring ‘Kingdom Of The Day’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’. The four piece tracked it at Moscow University and it sounds amazing. Russia continues to dish up superb dream pop – it must be the weather!

 
Life On Venus – ‘Distant Lights’

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Leave The Planet – ‘Nowhere’ [EP Premiere]

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Nathalie Bruno and Jack Milwaukee formed Leave The Planet with a shared love of Slowdive, Felt and early Sarah Records acts. The East Londoners named themselves after a Galaxie 500 song and went on to release an impressive demo (selected by Fat Records), and several singles through Kanine Records. ‘Nowhere’ marks their first EP and features some stunning songs recorded over the past few years. The pair don’t overstate themselves, it’s a gentle and progressive EP that’s delivered with confidence. The combination of classic synths, drum machine and plenty of washed-out guitars makes for a late 80s synth pop sound, most evident on ‘Sirius B’ and ‘White Astra’, while ‘Surrender’ mixes it up with a new wave/jangle pop sound. ‘Seashore’ stretches their abilities again, proving that Leave The Planet are capable of carrying themselves into less structured territory, this (almost six minute song) is perhaps the hidden highlight. ‘Nowhere’ is one of the finest dream pop debuts I’ve heard in a while, highly recommended listening! Pick it up via Weiner Records from March 28 (pre-order).

Leave The Planet – ‘Nowhere’ [EP Premiere]

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Plastic Flowers – ‘Mary (Del)’

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The Native Sound (one of our much loved New York labels) has dished up two brilliant singles; Miserable’s ‘Violet’ and Plastic Flowers’ ‘Mary (Del)’. The latter is led by multi-instrumentalist George Samaras who creates beautiful soundscapes and delicate dream pop that’s been praised by the BBC. ‘Mary (Del)’ is taken from Plastic Flowers new record ‘Heavenly’ (out April 22). Meanwhile San Francisco’s Miserable (aka Kristina Esfandiari) is back with ‘Violet’ (this follows the lead tune ‘Oven’ that went public a few weeks back). I think its safe to say that Kristina has really hit her stride, her debut LP ‘Uncontrollable’ is sounding special, it’s available from April 29.

Plastic Flowers – ‘Mary (Del)’

Miserable – ‘Violet’

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Rayning – ‘See You Soon’

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Gerald McKay is back with another offering under his solo moniker Rayning. ‘See You Soon’ is a fresh five track EP with minimal vocals and loads of ambient dream pop. The Detroit artist has delivered four releases in as many years, last impressing with his self-titled 2014 EP (pick them up here).

 
Rayning – ‘See You Soon’ [EP Stream]

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Leave The Planet – ‘Forever’

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British shoegazers Leave The Planet have shared ‘Forever’, the first single from their forthcoming debut EP (as premiered by Going Solo). The duo (Nathalie Bruno and Jack Milwaukee) have collected songs written between 2014 and ’15 for the ‘Nowhere’ EP, out March 28 via Weiner Records.

 
Leave The Planet – ‘Forever’

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Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions – ‘Isn’t It True’

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Despite how you might feel about Record Store Day, there is a silver lining! Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions have announced that a third album is on the way, and it kicks off with a special Record Store Day limited red 7-inch on April 16, it features a new album cut called ‘Isn’t It True’ and the RSD exclusive song ‘She’s In The Wall’. Sadly, we don’t have a stream as yet (and I’m not sure there will be one anytime soon). So you’ll have to make do with the ‘Trouble’ video (lifted from their 2009 album ‘Through The Devil Softly’). For uninitiated, the trio is comprised of My Bloody Valentine’s Colm Ó Cíosóig, Hope of Mazzy Star and Rader Bros’ Jim Putnam. Here’s to long lines this Record Store Day!

Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions – ‘Trouble’

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