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Day Wave – ‘Stuck’

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Jackson Phillips (aka Day Wave) has posted the second single ‘Stuck’ from his forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Hard To Read’; out March 4 via Grand Jury (USA) / I OH YOU (AUS/NZ) and Fat Possum (UK/EU). The Oakland soloist combines lo-fi dream pop and jangle into accessible gems. Day Wave will be hitting up SXSW next month, followed by a hometown show at the Noise Pop Festival.

 
Day Wave – ‘Stuck

Visit Day Wave @ I OH YOU @ Facebook.

Crescendo Feat. Frankie Soto Of Surf Club – ‘Pressure’ [Premiere]

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To celebrate the impending release of Crescendo‘s sophomore album ‘Unless’ (out February 19) we’re sharing the first public stream of the album cut ‘Pressure’! It’s an exciting collaboration with Frankie Soto (of Surf Club / formerly Craft Spells) that crosses genre lines with dream pop, jangle and shoegaze. The Los Angles trio knows how to marry noisy edges and accessible melodies, giving their gritty sound just the right amount of sugar! Case in point, the lead single ‘Repulsor’ that was featured on our 2015 “best of” comp. No doubt the dreamgazers will reach a much bigger audience this time round with support from The Line Of Best Fit, Consequence Of Sound and The Deli Mag. It’s only been a few years since Crescendo’s debut ‘Lost Thoughts’ but they’ve grown creatively and stretch their sound on ‘Unless’.

Crescendo Feat. Frankie Soto Of Surf Club – ‘Pressure’ [Premiere]

Gregory (guitarist / singer) explains, “Pressure was one of the last songs on the album to be tracked and produced. It was apparent that we all felt it (Olive, Jess, John Kunkel; Producer / The New Division), and I were feeling the universe tugging to complete the record. At that point we decided to take the energy from the pressure… and transform it into creative power. As an artist your mind will play tricks on you and say, “everyone is counting on you to write the record of the year for your genre, so you better deliver.” … we knew better, and we settled on being ourselves. You can witness our attempt in the songwriting, mix, instrumentation, and the lyrics… It was an absolute pleasure working with Frankie of Surf Club, as he is not only our friend but also has an incredible live set and releases…” Preorder Crescendo‘s ‘Unless’ on vinyl, CD or digital via We Were Never Being Boring!

Crescendo – ‘Repulsor’

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DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’

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Captured Tracks delivered ‘Is The Is Are’ this week, the long-awaited second album by DIIV. So far the press has praised the record, but there’s also plenty of fans calling it “samey” and “bland” on Reddit. It was always going to be tough following up their amazing debut ‘Oshin’, so you best just decide for yourself! ‘Is The Is Are’ covers more ground but loses some subtlety and invention in the process. Nevertheless, it’s recommended listening.

 
DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’ (Selected Cuts)

Visit DIIV @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.

Golden Daze – ‘Never Comin’ Back’

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‘Never Comin’ Back’ is the third offering from Golden Daze, a summery mix of psych pop, jangle and surf (as premiered by Spin). The Los Angeles duo (Ben Schwab and Jacob Loeb) has created a punchy lo-fi tune to sit alongside the first public tracks ‘Low’ and ‘Salt’. Keep an ear out for their forthcoming debut full length (out February 19 via Autumn Tone).

 
Golden Daze – ‘Never Comin’ Back’

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Dear Tracks – ‘Soft Dreams’ [Premiere]

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Dear Tracks return with the second single from their forthcoming EP ‘Soft Dreams’, available from February 26 (pre-order via Track And Field Records / Furious Hooves: mint vinyl / violet vinyl / or cassette here)! The Michigan-based quartet impressed with their debut single ‘Wildflower’ in early 2015, and assert their sound with the forthcoming EP. The title track is a little more sunny and upbeat than the lead single ‘All The Outs Are Free’. It blends lo-fi jangle pop, surf and dream pop into a loveable, swooning creation (for fans of Beach Fossils, DIIV, or Day Wave). You can catch Dear Tracks live at Savannah Stopover on March 12 (at the Graveface Records / Furious Hooves showcase). A full tour update is coming soon, so hit up deartracksband.com for more details.

 
Dear Tracks – ‘Soft Dreams’ [Premiere]

Visit Dear Tracks @ Track & Field Records @ Furious Hooves @ Facebook.

I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream – ‘Drowning’

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I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream or simply, No Mouth, take their name from a “dystopian science fiction short story about survivors of a nuclear war”, with influences from The Cure, Joy Division and MBV. The Berlin rock act unleash their debut full-length this month featuring ‘Drowning’. I’m hearing Sonic Youth in this dissonant gem, which you can pick up via Bandcamp on vinyl, cassette or digital.

 
I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream – ‘Drowning’

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