Eros and the Eschaton – ‘Cry’

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New Jersey’s Bar/None Records have posted their free Summer Sampler (download) which includes an exclusive song by Eros and the Eschaton. It’s a cover of the classic ‘Cry’ which was popularized by Lynn Anderson (originally from the 50s). Eros and the Eschaton have put their dark and dreamy stamp on it! The husband and wife duo (Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins) released their much loved debut LP ‘Home Address For Civil War‘ last August.

 
Eros and the Eschaton – ‘Cry’

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Power Pyramid – ‘Power Pyramid’

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Power Pyramid return with a self-titled EP that features the lead single ‘Silence‘. The Oklahoma five piece (Daniel Weaver, Trey Millward, Kilyn Massey, Brent Hodge and James Hammontree) have been working hard, dishing up fuzzy treats every few months since late 2012. In less than a year they’ve released two EPs and the full length ‘The God Drums‘. There’s also a fresh video for ‘Blue’ which plays out like a drunken highway cruise – don’t try it at home kids! Take a listen to the stream below or grab it at Bandcamp.

 
Power Pyramid – ‘Power Pyramid’ [EP Stream]

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Highlands – ‘Dark Matter Traveler’

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Long Beach rock act Highlands deliver their second album ‘Dark Matter Traveler‘ on July 15. The four piece share their love of classic Creation Records artists by drenching themselves in reverb and noise, just the way we like it! The result is a dense whirlwind of epic riffs, hushed vocals and psychedelic grooves. And yet Highlands deliver it in such a smooth way. That’s partly due to the relaxed vocal performances which are placed louder in the mix than most records of the genre. In terms of comparisons, it reminded me a little of Nothing’s ‘Guilty Of Everything’ but without the punk edge.

‘Show Me’, ‘Onto You’ and ‘Beauty’ open the album strong, an introduction to the distant sound and sonic swirls throughout. Mid album is ‘Connections’, a monster fit to rock a stadium that draws influence from Brit rockers (a la Ride). Highlands also make good use of vocal harmonies, shown in ‘Your Let Down’. This track also lets fly with an almighty wall of guitars toward the end, one of the highlights… which also scared the s**t outta me (thanks headphones)!

‘Dark Matter Traveler’ is a solid record but could’ve benefited from a little more variation. The audio nerd in me would also like to hear the unmastered version, before the dynamics got smoothed out. That said, this album is a big step up from 2012′s ‘Singularity’. It’s got something for all manner of rock lovers, if you liked the singles then don’t sleep on this. It’s the kind of record that would sound amazing live. If you get the chance, remember to pack your earplugs.

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Highlands - 'Dark Matter Traveler'
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PRO'S
  • Big guitar sounds!
  • Great vocal harmonies
CON'S
  • Lacks some variation
3.7Overall Score
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Pleistocene – ‘Secular’

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Pleistocene produce instantly loveable garage rockers with guy/girl vocals and plenty of fuzz! Their latest nine track release ‘Ontario Girls‘ is worth a listen. Pleistocene should sit well with fans of Joanna Gruesome, No Joy or Veronica Falls. In fact, the New York five piece would sound right at home on the Slumberland label. But it’s all indie for now, with a cassette tape release coming on July 26, digital available here.

 
Pleistocene – ‘Secular’

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Kindling – ‘Sunspots’

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Noise pop fans will want to wrap their ears around Kindling‘s forthcoming 7 inch ‘Spike And Wave’ featuring the raw rockers ‘Sunspots’ and ‘Given‘! It’s out July 17 via Moon Sounds Records (Ceremony, Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles). The Easthampton, Massachusetts duo have just expanded their line up to five, with a view to recording their debut LP in the near future. Until then check out ‘Sunspots’, evidence that rock songs are just more fun with tambourines!

 
Kindling – ‘Sunspots’

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