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Twin Shadow – 'Changes'

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Twin Shadow has released a new single, ‘Changes’ which is actually a re-imagined cover of Baggare’s ‘Circus Is Gone’. I hadn’t heard of Baggare before this and to be honest, Twin Shadow’s cover isn’t making me more interested.

Based on Twin Shadow’s amazing debut album ‘Forget’, I’m still looking forward to the follow up, due early next year. You can download Twin Shadow’s ‘Changes’ for free via their website here.

Blouse – ‘Videotapes’

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There’s also new music from Portland’s Blouse who are set to deliver their debut album on November 1 via Captured Tracks. Their latest ‘Videotapes’ is 80s drenched and doesn’t lift my skirt like their first singles… but it may lift yours, who knows!? Listen above, for more visit Blouse @ Bandcamp.

Young Man – 'Enough'

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Is it just me, or are there a multitude of albums being released on September 27!? Well…here comes another one! Young Man will release ‘Ideas Of Distance’ via Frenchkiss Records.

This record will be the first of three planned for Young Man over the next 18 months! The Chicago based producer, otherwise known as Colin Caulfield, has written eight tracks for ‘Ideas Of Distance’. The first is ‘Enough’ and is followed by the free download of Young Man’s latest ‘Tired Eyes’.

Pre-order Young Man’s ‘Ideas Of Distance’ here / Visit Young Man’s website.

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.