J. Francis – ‘Last Minute’

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After sharing Kigo’s latest album, it only seems right to keep it in the family and post J. Francis‘ newie – ‘Last Minute’. The Queensland-based solo artist has crafted a lovely mood piece, very cinematic. BUT… that ending, what a tease! I want to hear how the next three minutes plays out. *throws toys* Get a copy here.

 
J. Francis – ‘Last Minute’

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Channeling – ‘Self-titled’

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Illuminated Paths have released the debut (self-titled) album by Channeling, and it’s a fantastic listen. I don’t often share ambient / experimental / drone, mainly because it’s not my strong suit, but this is just too good to pass up! It’s the work of New York’s Andrew Osterhoudt, who conjures soundscapes that should sit well with lovers of shoegaze or vaporwave. Channeling proves that synthesizers and reverbs make good friends! FFO: How To Disappear Completely, Survive or Boards Of Canada.

 
Channeling – ‘Self-titled’ [LP Stream]

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Tuath – ‘Existence Is Futile’

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Umm, is this chilled psychedelia? Jazz? Space rock? Kinda… all of those and not at all! Tuath are here to smash your preconceptions. The band hail from Donegal in the Republic of Ireland, and their video for ‘Existence Is Futile’ is successfully evading any attempt at pigeon holing. Tuath are fresh from a spot at Dublin’s Reverberation Psych Fest alongside TwinKranes, Wild Rocket and the The Cosmic Dead. If this trippy creation flips your eggs then don’t sleep on their new EP ‘Existence Is Futile’ (out this month).

 
Tuath – ‘Existence Is Futile’

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Salt Rush with Mark Peters – ‘Carry On’

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‘Carry On’ is our first taste of Salt Rush with Mark Peters, a fresh project blending blissed out dream pop and ambient electronica. It’s the work of composer Matthew Linley (Gilbert, Engineers), singer Maud Waret, and Engineers frontman/guitarist Mark Peters. If you’re a fan of ethereal daydreamers, this one’s for you! The album will be available through Pedigree Cuts (Ulrich Schnauss/Jonas Munk) from June 24, however there’s an earlier Juno exclusive release from June 10.

 
Salt Rush with Mark Peters – ‘Carry On’

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Zone Out – ‘Transience’

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Deaf Ambitions has delivered ‘Transience’, the debut full length from Zone Out. ‘Breakdown’ is a taste of what the Melbourne-based ambient electronic duo have served up. Since forming as a shoegaze-inspired outfit in 2012, the band split and reformed last year with Ashley Bundang (Totally Mild, Sui Zhen, Ciggie Witch) and Dave Bailey (Scotdrakula), reworking their sound. ‘Transience’ is one for fans of minimal electronic dreaminess!

 
Zone Out – ‘Transience’

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No Body Died – ‘The Nihilist and The Pretender’ [Premiere]

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We recently indulged in ‘Dschungel’, an impressive electronic shoegazer from No Body Died. This week we’re celebrating the release of their debut full lengthThe Nihilist and The Pretender’ (out February 19) with the first public album stream! The Aussie duo (Jay Westfold and Declan Humphreys) combine ‘gazey textures, wall of sound sonics, and stormy vocal melodies. After six years working together, No Body Died carved out a sound that crosses genres and delves into deep and dark lyrics. The Nihilist and The Pretender’ is a bit of an enigma, well suited to those of diverse tastes. It’s a solid and unpredictable debut, my faves being the shoegazey numbers like ‘Dschungel’, ‘Loss’ and ‘The Haunting’. Australian fans can catch them live at the album launch this Friday at The Armidale Club (with visuals from Giv). Pick up The Nihilist and The Pretender’ via all online stores (iTunes preorder here), streaming services and CD Baby.

 
No Body Died – ‘The Nihilist and The Pretender’ [Premiere Album Stream]

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