Twin Studies – ‘Attic Room’

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Twin Studies are releasing a limited run of hand painted CDs at their Drunken Unicorn show in Atlanta tonight! The four piece have been busy recording new tunes, each disc will have their latest single ‘Attic Room’, together with the b-side ‘Space Girl’. The former will be included on their debut full length (expected later this year). Take a listen to the super pretty dream pop tune below! Both songs will be available for download via Bandcamp very shortly (if not, already… depending on whether or not you are reading this in the future). *cough*

Twin Studies – ‘Attic Room’

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Imandra Lake – ‘Kaks vööd’

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Stunning song, stunning video! Seksound present the latest clip from Imandra Lake, the beautiful ‘Kaks vööd’. It’s taken from the ‘Avane’ LP, one of the strongest dream pop albums of last year (download). The Tallinn-based duo teamed up with Joosep Volk (their former Pias Fraus bandmate and drummer), who directed and filmed the video in Soomaa National Park (Estonia).

 
Imandra Lake – ‘Kaks vööd’

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Tape Waves – ‘Hanging On’

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Bleeding Gold Records have re-pressed Tapes Waves 2014 LP ‘Let You Go‘ on blue/pink swirl, cloudy clear or classic black (180 gram) vinyl. Better still, the South Carolina duo are also gifting the new single ‘Hanging On’ via blue flexi disc with the second ‘Let It Go’ pressing! Sounds like summer in dream pop land…

 
Tape Waves – ‘Hanging On’

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Winter – ‘Pretender’

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Like the rest of the music world, Winter are converging on Austin this week for SXSW. The Los Angeles-based foursome released their debut album ‘Supreme Blue Dream’ last month (via Lollipop Records), and it’s well worth checking out! A mix of hazy dream pop, with a sugary twee edge. Lead single ‘Someone Like You’, together with ‘Strange Emotions’ and ‘Pretender’ should convince you. Pick it up here!

 
Winter – ‘Pretender’

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Echo Lake – ‘Era’

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The big week of album releases continues with Echo Lake‘s second LP ‘Era’, out now via No Pain In Pop (CD/Vinyl) or download through iTunes. The British band delivered their much loved debut album ‘Wild Peace’ in 2012, a mix of swirling, dream pop anthems. However, it was a bittersweet time due to the passing of drummer Peter Hayes right before release. Do they disband or regroup? The following year singer Linda Jarvis and guitarist Thom Hill resurfaced to begin work on their new ‘Era’ with Misha Herring at Hackney’s Holy Mountain Studio. Their first time working with a producer who could help expand the Echo Lake sound.

‘Era’ is far less pop centric than ‘Wild Peace’, this time round the songs are more ambitious, with open-ended structures that span up to ten minutes. Which is why there’s only seven songs on the 45 minute album. There’s a much stronger psych rock influence and overall, an emphasis on atmosphere rather than melody. The naivety, and even positivity of ‘Wild Peace’ is replaced by a more serious and commanding tone. This evolution may divide existing fans who are looking for a blast of catchy dream pop.

The album begins with ‘Light Sleeper’, a slow building, cinematic epic. Linda’s vocals interject and overlap each other, much like a chant. It’s hard to predict where the song is going, which is one of the album’s big strengths. However, for all the mood setting we need a payoff, and that’s where the lead single ‘Waves’ comes in. A reminder of how brilliant this band are! A near flawless combination of melody, mood and rock n’ roll. The title track is equally impressive, a slight step back in intensity.

The psych pop slow burner ‘Dröm’ is another highlight, even though the lengthy introduction is somewhat superfluous after hearing a similar build in ‘Light Sleeper’, that said, it’s a trippy mood setter. ‘Sun’ and ‘Nothing Lasts’ are the most light hearted moments on the record but aren’t the most compelling. Whereas the closer ‘Heavy Dreaming’ cements Echo Lake’s transition to free flowing psychedelia. It’s the most hypnotic Echo Lake have ever sounded, it’s fantastic to hear them return with such ambition and scope. Not every song rewards you for taking the journey but it’s an otherwise enjoyable trip.

Echo Lake – ‘Era’ [Album Stream]

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Echo Lake - 'Era'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • Ambitious new sound
  • Epic arrangements
  • Something for psych fans
CON'S
  • Less pop appeal than 'Wild Peace'
3.7Overall Score
Reader Rating: (11 Votes)

Au.Ra – ‘Jane’s Lament’

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After several years collaborating, Tom Crandles & Tim Jenkins officially release their debut album as Au.Ra next week through Felte. ‘Jane’s Lament’ is nine tracks of dream pop bliss, with added shades of psychedelia and shoegaze. It’s no surprise that the LP plays out with an unassuming confidence, after all, they’ve both honed their creative powers through previous projects. Tim in Parades and Tom under many monikers, but perhaps best known as Colours.

‘Jane’s Lament’ was conceived following improvised jam sessions and then recorded between Sydney and London. The duo’s free flowing, relaxed approach rubs off in the music. There’s no fixed formula or predictable structure. Instead, the songs weave their way into your head, which makes it a very easy album to listen to. ‘Sun’ is one example, a beautiful tune that introduces a simple melody with a slacker delivery, then evolves into a psych’ed out instrumental with reversed guitars. It’s all so smoothly done, you may find yourself drifting off.

‘Pyramid’ is brilliantly understated, with bendy melodies and a shoegazey mid section that makes you forget where the song began. Later in the album these experimental sojourns get longer with ‘Talk Show’ and ‘Spare The Thought’. It gives the album great pacing even though much of it ambles around the same tempo. Au.Ra are so good at creating atmospheres, textures and moods that ‘Jane’s Lament’ has a meditative effect. It’s one of the most enjoyable listens I’ve had in 2015, another must for fans of jangle pop, psych or dream pop. There’s so many stellar albums coming out, next week we dive into new LP’s from Echo Lake, Venera 4 and Swervedriver! In the meantime, jump into the album stream below…

Au.Ra – ‘Jane’s Lament’

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Au.Ra - 'Jane's Lament'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • Brilliant mix of psych & dream pop
  • Unpredictable songwriting
CON'S
  • Nope!
4.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (6 Votes)