The Early Years – ‘DMX (No Way Out)’

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‘DMX (No Way Out)’ is the first new music we’ve heard from The Early Years in three years, recorded last month at the 100 Club! The London four piece will deliver the limited tape ‘Live / The 100 Club’ via Sonic Cathedral from November 29. It’s available first at the Spitalfield’s label market, then via online mail order (with a digital download). The last time I was at Spitalfield’s market I saw a music video shoot, there was an older guy upside down in car (the street was blocked off). I thought “ooh, it’s Morrissey!” and it turned out to be Robbie Williams – I’m sorry Moz! Anyway… The Early Years already have plans for a full length in 2015 so there’s plenty to look forward to! In other spaced-out rock news, the ‘Psych For Sore Eyes 2′ is now officially available.

 
The Early Years – ‘DMX (No Way Out)’

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Moonbell – ‘Warm Head Rush’ [Video Premiere]

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Brooklyn-based visual artist Stephan Hawk has directed Moonbell‘s mind-bending new video for ‘Warm Head Rush’. It’s taken from the Californian foursome’s ‘Afterlives’ LP, available now via Hypnogram! The footage was shot at an Oakland house party (that fellow rockers Linoleum Dream and Balms also played at), with added shots of a freight elevator in an old agricultural building.

BUT WAIT there’s more! I’m happy to announce that Moonbell are releasing a new (and free) EP called ‘Supernumerary’. It features songs recorded between their debut EP ‘Figurine’ in 2010 and their ‘Afterlives’ full length. ‘Supernumerary’ will be available for download via Bandcamp today. For fans of trippy psych, lo-fi post punk and everything in between!
 
Moonbell – ‘Warm Head Rush’ [Video Premiere]

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Balms – ‘Balms’ EP

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San Francisco’s Balms delivered their debut EP this month (grab it here). The trio kick it off with the single ‘Golden Hair’, for lovers of lo-fi rock n’ jangle pop. The floaty harmonies of ‘See You’ are another stand out. It caps off a busy year for Balms, after playing shows alongside Canyons, Vibragun, The Foreign Resort, Blackstone Rngrs, Dissolve, Moonbell and Couches.

 
Balms – ‘Balms’ [EP Stream]

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Cloakroom – ‘Dream Warden’

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Cloakroom fans won’t be hearing the band’s double LP until 2015 but… there is a fresh 7inch to look forward to. The two track vinyl (out November 17) includes ‘Lossed Over’ and the b-side ‘Dream Warden’ (as premiered by Stereogum). This tune features the vocal talents of Hum’s Matt Talbott, “recorded, mixed and mastered 100% analog at his Illinois-based Earth Analog studio”. Pre-sale is available now via Run For Cover Records. Side note for analog audio nerds, I recently finished reading Greg Milner’s ‘Perfecting Sound Forever’ on holiday – it’ tech heavy (at times) but brilliant and depressing knowing how far fidelity has fallen over the years. Definitely made me re-think recorded music (info at Amazon). The irony is, you’re about to click a 128k mp3 of an analog recording… *facepalm*

 
Cloakroom – ‘Dream Warden’

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Medicine – ‘Home Everywhere’

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Medicine have returned with their latest LP ‘Home Everywhere’ and once again upturn our preconceptions! The off-the-wall song writing goes out of its way to avoid any conventional structure or formula, with unpredictable melodies to suck you in. It’s hard to follow on first listen but this is not background music, ‘Home Everywhere’ demands an active listener!

The experimental rock vets blend classic psych rock with dubby noise and off kilter rhythms. It’s a fresh sound that tips it’s hat to the past but still sounds ahead of its time, an impressive effort considering ‘To The Happy Few’ only landed last year. The album is strung together with solid vocal performances, much of the melodies have a 60s pop feel, backed by trippy harmonies to fill out the mix.

There’s so many ideas packed into each song, you’re bound to latch onto something different each spin. It’s like listening to a regular album, an album in reverse and an album played at half speed, all at once. This will be too ambitious for some, where do you draw the line between unique and quirky? The latter half of the record has less twists and tangents, it settles into a welcome groove on ‘It’s All About You’.

After more than twenty years making music, Medicine are still taking risks and indulging in creative twists that make ‘Home Everywhere’ a fearless record. It’s bold and full of character but at times there’s just too much going on. The shoegaze and noise rock label doesn’t apply to this album at all, Medicine have developed their own niche. I’m not sure what substances were used to get there but I want in. Available now via Captured Tracks.

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Medicine - 'Home Everywhere'
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  • Ambitious songwriting & sounds
  • Inventive & genre defying
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  • Not as cohesive as 'To The Happy Few'
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