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Caged Animals – 'All The Beautiful Things In The World'

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Brooklyn’s Caged Animals released their debut single ‘Girls On Medication’ earlier in the year and while it didn’t completely blow my hair back, it showed lots of potential. Now the follow up single ‘Teflon Heart’ is doing the rounds and catching on quick.

Vin Cacchione (known for his work with Soft Black) is Caged Animals leading man and he does a good job at mixing poppy alt radio stylings with trippy sounds. ‘All The Beautiful Things In The World’ is one example from Caged Animals debut album ‘Eat Their Own’ out on September 26 via Lucky Number Music.

Put simply, Caged Animals is an interesting clash of ideas. ‘All The Beautiful Things In The World’ takes a sampled hip hop groove, a drunken synth bass line, falsetto backing vocals and slide guitar, then mashes them up into a digestible pop nugget – good times!

Caged Animals – ‘Eat Their Own’ tracklist…
1. Teenagers In Heat
2. This Summer I’ll Make It Up To You
3. Teflon Heart
4. Hazy Girls
5. Piles Of $$$
6. The NJ Turnpike
7. Feelingz
8. All The Beautiful Things In The World
9. Somebody To Use
10. Lips That Turn The Light To Fire
11. Instant <3breaker
12. Unknown Title

More Caged Animals @ Bandcamp / Myspace or shop for Caged Animals @ Lucky Number Music.

The Cinema Twin – &#039;Red Gtr&#039; (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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I’m glad I checked my email! New Brooklyn band The Cinema Twin have teamed up with Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins for the single ‘Red Gtr’. Thanks to Cinema Twin you can download it here free (right click, save link as).

The Cinema Twin are Zollie Maynard and Jason Chimonides, who first met when Zollie’s former band played at Jason’s school dance in the 80s. Yup, I’m not making this up – very sweet! Fast forward to 2008 and the pair meet up in their Brooklyn digs and start penning some amazing tunes under the Cinema Twin moniker.

‘Red Gtr’ somehow manages to remain understated and clean sounding but not sterile. The polished production blends a lot of sounds into one focus. Its subtle, for example, the vibraphone/keys that sneak into the mix around the one minute mark. But overall, it’s just a great melody performed well. Looking forward to hearing more from The Cinema Twin duo soon.

Visit The Cinema Twin @ Facebook / Twitter or download The Cinema Twin’s three track single from iTunes here.

Chad VanGaalen – ‘Peace On The Rise’

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Canadian artist Chad VanGaalen dropped his fourth album ‘Diaper Island’ on Sub Pop this year. Whilst it may not be the most enticing title, there’s some gems under the bonnet.

Chad VanGaalen’s been broadly tagged as indie rock and folk but its hard to throw a song like ‘Peace On The Rise’ into those categories. The opening guitar line could be from a Sonic Youth album and after a few minutes the whole song implodes on itself, only to re-emerge as if nothing had happened. It’s an odd atmosphere that finally degrades into a heap, concluding in an almost digital didgeridoo refrain. More please.

Visit Chad VanGaalen @ Myspace / Sub Pop / Facebook.

Soft Metals – ‘Psychic Driving’

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Portland’s synth pop duo Soft Metals have released their self-titled debut album featuring ‘Psychic Driving’. The pair (Patricia Hall and Ian Hicks) only teamed up a few years ago and already their song writing is solid.

The Soft Metals album lays its melodies bare with vocals cocooned in minimal arrangements, wrapped in reverb. Perhaps the album could’ve used some less mechanical moments but its early days for Soft Metals. If they maintain their current work ethic there’ll be another full length just around the corner.


Pick up ‘Soft Metals’ @ Captured Tracks / Visit Soft Metals @ Myspace.

Oupa – ‘Forget’

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Daniel Blumberg (best known as the frontman of Yuck) has somehow managed to find the time to record his own solo album under the moniker of Oupa. On a side note, If I’m not mistaken, Oupa is a slang term that has something to do with Grandpa’s. *cough*

Yuck fans will have to prepare themselves for a much mellower experience because Oupa‘s ‘Regret’ is sparse, raw and overtly self-reflective. Don’t expect a polished production either, even the title track has obvious clipping issues where the levels got out of hand. This is in part due to the stylistic approach and doesn’t detract in any way. However, it’s mostly due to being recorded in Blumberg’s London flat earlier this year before his Yuck touring commitments hit full blast.

Oupa‘s album was released this week digitally and on cassette via Fat Possum in the US and Dan’s own label Boiled Egg in the UK. Also available on iTunes.

Visit Oupa @ Bandcamp or Myspace for more.

Cheerleader – ‘New Daze’

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Aww, this is sweet. Just straight up jangly indie pop rock with no extra fat. Lovely! Cheerleader are Donovan Rex and Max Friday, I believe from Hartford in the U.S. But somehow I wonder whether Max Friday and Donovan Rex are really their legit names. I’m thinking as real as my name is Max Powers. Anyway… they’re giving away their wares from their Bandcamp page here! Dig in.