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Notme – ‘Mask’

Notme‘s second EP ‘Mask‘ is worth a listen. The project started from the lo-fi creations of Winnipeg’s Isiah Schellenberg before growing into a fully fledged four piece. Their 90s influences shine through on the five track collection, which covers a range of sonic territory. The Sonic Youth-sounding ‘Moth’ is one of my faves. As Isiah puts it, the band “is flipping the downside up and putting the sparkle in your tears. Equally washed out and jangled – will you weep or will you sway?”

Notme – ‘Mask’ [EP Stream]

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Jaguwar – ‘Ringthing’

J A G U W A R unleash their surprising new record ‘Ringthing‘ this week via Tapete / Norman Records (UK) / Forced Exposure (USA). The German shoegazers are known for their abrasive noise rock and crushing approach. However, this time round the trio switches up their sound with a noise-pop approach. Right from the opener (‘Lunatic’) it’s clear that Jaguwar are taking a new direction with ‘Ringthing’. It’s a more accessible offering than previous efforts; with hooky vocal lines and upbeat, positive melodies. If you’re after a shot of fresh noise pop for the new year then ‘Ringthing’ is here for you! Stream select cuts and take a look at the lead tune ‘Crystal’ below…

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Swirlpool – ‘Camomile’

New year, new bands! Meet Swirlpool, who released their first tune/video for ‘Camomile’ this week. It’s a confident rocker for fans of Newmoon, Flyying Colours or Cheatahs. The German shoegazers plan to release their debut EP this Spring.

Swirlpool – ‘Camomile’

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The Voices – ‘Dark Waters’

Welsh veterans The Voices released a new album on new year’s eve that was eight years in the making. ‘Dark Waters’ has already been supported by the BBC, Kool Strings and DKFM. Lovers of space/alt rock should find something to enjoy here, with plenty of moody rockers on offer. Stream below or pick up the physical release at Bandcamp.

The Voices – ‘Dark Waters’ [album stream]

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Plant Cell – ‘Cyan’ EP

Asian noise pop collective Plant Cell have posted their latest EP ‘Cyan‘. The Japanese and Chinese six piece have several releases to their credit, despite only forming in 2015. Plant Cell blend sugary twee rockers with guy/girl vocals and a wall of guitars. Check out the video for the title track below…

Plant Cell – ‘Cyan’ [EP Stream]

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Syrup, Go On – ‘Joyful Hesitation’

Introducing Syrup, Go On and their fresh EP ‘Joyful Hesitation’ (available now)! The Gold Coast band deliver a mix of melodic noise pop, shoegaze and angular post-punk. Syrup, Go On have actually been at it for several years now (formerly known as Young Pros) and hail from the same state that is responsible for Deafcult, Kigo, Roku Music, Nite Fields and Forevr. Syrup, Go On started as duo (featuring Tom and Kris Briese) before fluctuating into a five piece. ‘Joyful Hesitation’ is an explosion of bright melodies against a wall of noise. Opener ‘Mantaray’ is instantly catchy, the title track is an impressive slow burner, whereas the final two tracks mix in male vocals. ‘Waco’ (which runs at 6 minutes) is less pop-focussed, and demonstrates a more progressive spirit which is appreciated after the short and sharp start to the EP. It’s an exciting listen, jump in!

Syrup, Go On – ‘Joyful Hesitation’ [EP Stream]

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