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Summer Camp – ‘Better Off Without You’

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Try and keep a straight face for this one! I think it’s hilarious. ‘Better Off Without You’ is like a soundtrack classic to an 80s teen movie that never got made.

The London duo are offering fans this as a taster as part of their Steve Mackey (Pulp) produced debut album out soon through Moshi Moshi Records. You can even pledge to help get it made via pledge music here!

Visit Summer Camp @ Myspace for more info.

Exitmusic – ‘The Sea’

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Exitmusic will give you the chills! Aleksa’s voice is frosty, hollow, disembodied… like an ice cube for your ear. Sounds horrible right? But its not, take a listen to ‘The Sea’ and tell me I’m wrong.

The Brooklyn based (yup, Brooklyn strikes again) duo of Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino are set to release their debut EP ‘From Silence’ on October 4 from Secretly Canadian records (they are offering ‘The Sea’ as a free download here & ‘The Hours’ remix is available at RCRD LBL). If you’re in the New York area you can catch them live at the Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn on August 19.

Order Exitmusic ‘From Silence’ EP @ Secretly Canadian, Myspace & Bandcamp.

Correatown – ‘Isomer’

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Correatown are all set to release their new album ‘Pleiades’ on September 20 via Correa’s own independant imprint, Another Room Recordings. This comes after an impressive fundraising effort to get the cash to make it all happen!

Correatown take their name from singer Angela Correa who has been keeping busy with several projects of late (scoring a film and her work with Les Shelleys). The Los Angeles based collective includes drummer Rob Poynter, guitarist Mike Corwin and bassist Jenni Tarma.

Together they push out an ellusive mix of sounds that reels you in. The original version of ‘Isomer’ from the ‘Pleiades’ album proves this point, it’s almost as if its a few songs in one. This isn’t easy to do and Correatown do it well. The opening electronic ambient feel sets you at ease and then it just blossoms into other territory completely. You’ll know what I mean when you hit the Radiohead-esque guitar break at around the 2.30 mark.

The first time I heard ‘Isomer’ was on the ‘Etch The Line‘ EP released in May. Only then it was a remix by Wittches with a different tone to it. Now I’m eager to hear ‘Pleiades’ in full to see just where this is all going.

Thanks Lisa @ SAM for the heads up!

For more info visit Correatown via their website / facebook / myspace / bandcamp.

The New Division – ‘Opium’

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I came across the Californian synth poppers The New Division the old fashion way. By hearing someone else play it, in a magazine shop no less. Rather than approach the hipster shop attendant and ask, I quickly shazamed it on my phone (so perhaps not so old fashioned). Either way, I was struck by the simplicity of the track ‘Starfield’ and how shamelessly it drew from Depeche Mode (in a good way).

Now songwriter John Kunkel and co have announced a new album ‘Shadows’ with the lead single ‘Opium’ which doesn’t beat around the bush in regards to subject matter. The 14 track album will be released on September 27.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc72EfzZ2x8

And the ‘Shadows’ album art is….

Download ‘Opium’ from The New Division @ Bandcamp / visit  www.thenewdivision.net.

Active Child – ‘Hanging On’

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On August 23rd LA based artist Active Child (known to his mother as Pat) will release his debut album ‘You Are All I See’. The first track made public is ‘Hanging On’ released through Vagrant Records / Spunk. To be honest, I can’t make my mind up about this one at all, parts of it are really interesting but I’m just. not. sure. I’ll let the music do the talking and will check out ‘You Are All I See’ later in the month.

You can download ‘Hanging On’ for free if you’re willing to tweet about it…here.

More info @ activechildmusic.com / Active Child Myspace / Vagrant Records / Spunk.

Letting Up Despite Great Faults – 'Teenage Tide'

Letting Up Despite Great Faults have released their ‘Paper Crush‘ EP via Old Flame Records. The good news is, it’s already digitally available in North America but Europe, the UK and the rest of us have to hold out until September 26. The smart ones will grab one of the 500 digipacks already on offer!

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01 – Repeating Hearts
02 – Sophia In Gold
03 – Teenage Tide
04 – I Feel You Happen
05 – Aurora

‘Our Younger Noise’ video from Letting Up Despite Great Faults 2009 self-titled album – pretty song (from a brilliant album)…

More Letting Up Despite Great Faults info @ www.lettingup.com.