Transmission Break

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Sounds Better has been on an unscheduled break for the past week (or two) due to the early arrival of a baby girl. She’s all kinds of awesome! And while all’s well in the land of projectile turds, there’s loads to catch up on. During the break there was also a technical malfunction – the website got too large and was almost removed (due to hosting restrictions). To remedy this, 20,000+ spam comments (along with thousands of legit comments) were removed. This was regrettable, and apologies to those who contributed and got snuffed out!

On a different (and more pressing) note, is the ongoing Earthquake crisis in Nepal. After spending time there in 2013, it’s heartbreaking to hear of their loss. I’ve been in contact with a Nepali friend this week, his family is one of thousands now living in a tent without any basic needs. If you are in a position to help, please donate through the Red Cross (or your chosen charity). Thanks!

Tamaryn – ‘Hands All Over Me’

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Tamaryn is back and sounding… totally different! ‘Hands All Over Me’ is the lead single from their forthcoming full length ‘Cranekiss’ (out August 28 via Mexican Summer). The New Zealand native has assembled a new line-up for live shows and is sporting an 80s synth pop sound on the single. It’s caused a stir online. After all, it’s a big departure but apparently it’s not representative of the album. I guess we’ll find out in August, but given the brilliance of ‘The Waves’ and ‘Tender New Signs’, I’m full of faith it’ll be a marvelous record.

 
Tamaryn – ‘Hands All Over Me’

Visit Tamaryn @ Mexican Summer @ Facebook.

Moon Tapes – ‘A Little Bit Of Paris / Sleepy’

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Moon Tapes released their first official singles today, ‘A Little Bit Of Paris’ and ‘Sleepy’ (download). It follows the brilliant demo ‘Back In Love’, which I gushed about last November. The Amsterdam four piece craft new wave pop gems with a reverb-heavy, lo-fi charm. ‘A Little Bit Of Paris’ should sit well with fans of The Smiths, there’s also a dash of Alex Turner to the vocals. Bright days ahead!

 
Moon Tapes – ‘A Little Bit Of Paris / Sleepy’

Visit Moon Tapes @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Moon King – ‘Roswell’

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Moon King‘s latest single ‘Roswell’ elegantly pairs accessibility and commercial appeal with hazy dream pop. I tip my hat! The Toronto duo (Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde) could’ve opted for a short radio edit cut, but instead, ‘Roswell’ sprawls hypnotically across six minutes. 80’s synth sounds swell and stab throughout the final minutes. Which, oddly enough, compelled me to go and listen to The Neverending Story theme song on Youtube, I kid you not! What was the giant flying dog’s name again!? Moving on… Moon King’s new album ‘Secret Life’ is out April 14 via Last Gang. For fans of Still Corners, I Break Horses and Wye Oak.

 
Moon King – ‘Roswell’

Visit Moon King @ Last Gang @ Facebook.

Grimm Grimm – ‘Kazega Fuitara Sayonara’

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Japan’s Koichi Yamanoha (formerly of Screaming Tea Party) works under the moniker Grimm Grimm and produces very colourful, spaced out tunes! His latest single ‘Kazega Fuitara Sayonara’ is out September 29 via Pickpocket Records (Kevin Shields own label with Charlotte Marionneau from Le Volume Courbe). It’s an unnerving oddity that’s packed with character. It gave me weird visuals of wind up toys walking in a circle, popping acid. *grin*

 
Grimm Grimm – ‘Kazega Fuitara Sayonara’

Visit Grimm Grimm @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Allegories – ‘Funny Way Of Loving You’

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There’s something very compelling about Allegories ‘Funny Way Of Loving You’ that I can’t put my finger on! The hypnotic video helps, together with that amazing voice (that reminds me of Ian McCulloch from Echo & The Bunnymen). Truth is, nobody knows much about the Belize duo but I’m hoping there’s more from where the debut came from!

 
Allegories – ‘Funny Way Of Loving You’

Visit Allegories online @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.