Lowtide – ‘Julia/Spring’

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Lowtide return with a new 7inch single (via Lost And Lonesome) and announce a run of Aussie tour dates! The Melbourne-based dream poppers teamed up with production gurus Matthew Hosking (VHS Dream) and Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals) for the recording. ‘Julia’ is a re-working of the Asylum Party’s 1988 original and ‘Spring’ was tracked during sessions for Lowtide’s 2014 LP. It’s one of Lowtide’s more positive sounding songs, and an absolute gem. Hit up Facebook for August tour dates.

 
Lowtide – ‘Julia/Spring’

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Them Are Us Too – ‘Remain’

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Whirr think you should be listening to Them Are Us Too, and they’ve got a point. The 21-year-old duo (guitarist Cash Askew and singer Kennedy Wenning) hail from California, and released their debut album ‘Remain’ in April (which may have flown under radars, but should be in the spotlight). It’s a near flawless debut, taking influence from 80s synth pop/goth (Depeche Mode, New Order), along with 4AD-era dream pop. Noisey have already made comparisons between Kennedy’s vocals and Elisabeth Fraser’s voice (Cocteau Twins), which is high praise given she’s the queen of ethereal vocals. The lead songs ‘Us Now’ and ‘Eudaemonia’ impress. But for me, the album highlight is ‘The Problem With Redheads’ (which can be streamed over at Spotify). Better still, pick up the vinyl through Dais Records, you’ll be glad you did.

 
Them Are Us Too – ‘Us Now’

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Peluché – ‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’

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‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’ is a very interesting new tune by Peluché, an upcoming UK trio. It blends psych and dream pop into something entirely unique, and that voice. Wow! Peluché may still be finding their feet stylistically, with earlier singles sounding rather different. Experimentalism runs rife, and with results like this, why not!? ‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’ will be available on limited 7inch via Speedy Wunderground. The South London label records everything in a single day, and mixes the next. The philosophy being that it prevents “over-cooking and faff”. Mission accomplished, amazing work.

 
Peluché – ‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’

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Helen – ‘Motorcycle’

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Liz Harris (of Grouper) unveiled a new single last week with her side project Helen. It’s only short, but ‘Motorcycle’ points to an exciting debut album, one filled with copious reverb n’ fuzz! The Portland-based band, who originally planned to play thrash metal, will release the record ‘The Original Faces’ on September 4 (via Kranky).

 
Helen – ‘Motorcycle’



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Beach House – ‘Sparks’

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We knew Beach House‘s new album ‘Depression Cherry’ was on the way, but we had no idea it would sound like this! ‘Sparks’ was posted online last week and it’s a jaw dropper. Despite ballooning in popularity since 2010’s ‘Teen Dream’, the Baltimore dream poppers don’t compromise on ‘Sparks’. The opening minute indulges in shoegazey textures before hitting the verse with dissonant keys behind the gorgeous vocals. They could’ve made it sound much prettier, and more accessible. I’m glad they didn’t, what’s left is an intricate extension of their earlier work. Very exciting indeed. ‘Depression Cherry’ is out this August via Sub Pop (pre-order).

 
Beach House – ‘Sparks’

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Gliss – ‘Pale Reflections’

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Gliss have delivered their fifth full length ‘Pale Reflections’, out now via their own label Kraftwööd. It’s a heady mix of dream pop with twee appeal, drawing comparisons to Beach House and The Raveonettes. The Danish/American duo (Victoria Cecilia and Martin Klingman) have been together for decade and ‘Pale Reflections’ is a testament to their hard work. One of their best.

 
Gliss – ‘Pale Reflections’

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