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.

Visit Medicine @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.

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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Spectres – ‘Sea Of Trees’

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Exciting news from Spectres, the noise rocking foursome will team up with Sonic Cathedral to release their debut LP next year! The first song ‘Sea Of Trees’ has arrived with visuals by Sophie Hoyle. It lulls you into a nice melodic space, then drenches you in experimental noise. The Bristol band are never shy to push the boundaries, making sport of rough edges and invasive distortion! Having jumped on the Spectres bandwagon with 2013′s ‘Hunger‘ EP, I’ve got no doubt the LP will be an engaging and challenging listen.

 
Spectres – ‘Sea Of Trees’

Upcoming Spectres Shows

October 25 – Simple Things Festival, Bristol
November 10 – NME New Breed Tour, The Louisiana, Bristol
December 6 – Drill Festival, Brighton

Visit Spectres online @ Bandcamp @ Sonic Cathedral @ Facebook.

Nothing – ‘July The Fourth’

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As you may have heard, Philly’s Nothing premiered their latest tune ‘July The Fourth’ via Vogue last week. It’s a straight ahead alt rocker, that doesn’t mess about. The song will be released on a split 12inch with Whirr, bundled with a full length documentary DVD of both band’s in the studio, pick it up via Run For Cover Records from November 17 (pre-sale).

 
Nothing – ‘July The Fourth’

Visit Nothing @ Run For Cover Records @ Facebook.

September Girls – ‘Veneer’

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Lo-fi rockers September Girls released their debut LP ‘Cursing The Sea’ earlier this year but aren’t resting on their laurels, they’ve just announced more fresh music (via COS)! The Dublin group will deliver an EP called ‘Veneer’ via FortunaPop! / Kanine this November. The title track is a stormy rockfest that descends into fuzzy, feedback madness – check it out below!

 
September Girls – ‘Veneer’

Visit September Girls @ Kanine Records @ Facebook.