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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.

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.