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jangle pop

Mutes – ‘M.P.D.G’

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Birmingham solo act Mutes (known for his pedal dancing, loop making ways) is re-releasing his debut EP on May 7 via One Note Forever (pre-order). A short run of UK dates have been announced in support. The lovely lead single ‘M.P.D.G’ is a mix of jangle pop and shoegaze, crafted from the bedroom. The densely layered track is propelled by off timed guitar strums and sunken vocals with just a tambourine to keep time. Pick up a free download courtesy of One Note if it scrambles your eggs!

 
Mutes – ‘M.P.D.G’

Visit Mutes @ One Note Forever @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

Permanent Vacation – ‘Ends All’

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Ontario’s Permanent Vacation return with a new three track release called ‘Ends All’ (download / cassette). The duo (​Chris McComas & Joel Blanken) first got our attention in 2012. Over the years their love of lo-fi sounds and reverb blankets hasn’t lessened, as evident by the tape hiss heard on ‘It’s A Game‘. The title track ‘Ends All’ is a lovely jangle pop tune, not far removed from the early Captured Tracks roster.

 
Permanent Vacation – ‘Ends All’

Visit Permanent Vacation @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

School – ‘Head Over Here’

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Jangle poppers School got loads of love following the release of their debut single ‘So Long‘ and the follow up ‘Clouds Aside’ earlier this year. The Swedish foursome has since delivered another stellar track called ‘Head Over Here’, all of which are available through Luxury. There’s also a fan made video to match – the first person to pick the TV show gets a gold star!

 
School – ‘Head Over Here’

Visit School @ Luxury Records @ Facebook.

Grave Pool – ‘You Should All Be Murdered’

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Another Sunny Day‘s classic ‘You Should All Be Murdered’ (originally released in ’89 on Sarah Records) has been beautifully covered by Nashville’s Grave Pool. Pick it up on the EP ‘Dinosaur Hell‘ (available now). It’s a mix of jangle meets dream pop with super pretty vocal harmonies. The original (see here) was more in the vein of the new wave/new romantic movement.

 
Grave Pool – ‘You Should All Be Murdered’

Visit Grave Pool @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud.

Motorama – ‘She Is There’

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Motorama have released their new single ‘She Is There‘ with the b-side ‘Special Day’, download at iTunes or hold out til early May for a limited 7inch via Talitres! The four piece from Rostov-on-Don, Russia have produced a brilliantly catchy tune that remains sunny despite Vlad’s deep and dark vocal performance. Fans will note that drummer Roma Belenky doesn’t appear in the video due to his recent departure from the band. A fresh Motorama album is expected mid year.

 
Motorama – ‘She Is There’

Visit Motorama online @ Talitres @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

Craft Spells – ‘Breaking The Angle Against The Tide’

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Craft Spells are giving away the first single from their forthcoming album ‘Nausea’ (out June 10 via Captured Tracks). The Californian jangle poppers are sounding a little more like their earlier work, only with some added production flourishes (like the strings we hear in ‘Breaking The Angle Against The Tide’). Lead man Justin Paul Vallesteros has been honing his song writing powers over the past five years and Craft Spells latest is a good indication of that. While the 2012 ‘Gallery’ EP was fun, it fell short of expectation after their much loved debut ‘Idle Labor’, fingers crossed ‘Nausea’ is another step forward.

 
Craft Spells – ‘Breaking The Angle Against The Tide’

Visit Craft Spells @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.