Helen – ‘Motorcycle’


Liz Harris (of Grouper) unveiled a new single last week with her side project Helen. It’s only short, but ‘Motorcycle’ points to an exciting debut album, one filled with copious reverb n’ fuzz! The Portland-based band, who originally planned to play thrash metal, will release the record ‘The Original Faces’ on September 4 (via Kranky).

Helen – ‘Motorcycle’

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Disappears – ‘Halcyon Days’


I’ve got no idea what Disappears are up to on ‘Halcyon Days’ but I’m liking it! The Chicago-based outfit have transitioned across many genres and are now exploring new horizons. The experiment is ‘Irreal’, their fifth full length (out this week via Kranky). The eight track release was recorded at Electrical Audio by producer John Congleton (The Black Angels, Explosions In The Sky and Land Of Talk (geez I miss that band). Take a trip into the ‘Halcyon Days’ kaleidoscope below…

Disappears – ‘Halcyon Days’ [Video]

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Grouper – ‘Call Across Rooms’


This Halloween Grouper will deliver her new LP ‘Ruins’ via Yellow Electric/Kranky! ‘Call Across Rooms’ is the first public track, more evidence that the Portland native can devastate listeners with just her voice and a piano. The recording was made back in 2011, during a visit to Portugal. It’s bleak but beautiful. ‘Call Across Rooms’ is bound to be one of the most blogged tunes of the week, and rightly so!

Grouper – ‘Call Across Rooms’

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Implodes – ‘Scattered In The Wind’


Ahh… the psyched out fuzz of Implodes! ‘Scattered In The Wind’ displays the band’s ability to balance solid song writing with atmosphere and progression. This space rock masterpiece comes from the Chicago-based quartet’s latest album ‘Recurring Dream’, available now through Kranky.

Implodes – ‘Scattered In The Wind’

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Grouper – ‘Vital’

One of the stand out records of 2013 so far, Grouper‘s ‘The Man Who Died In His Boat’ (available now through Kranky). The long standing solo project of Portland’s Liz Harris has been snaring fans since her debut LP in 2005. Been thrashing the record this week, if you haven’t heard ‘Vital’ yet – check it out below.

Grouper – ‘Vital’

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Jessica Bailiff – 'Take Me To The Sun (So Warm, So Ready)'

Jessica Bailiff‘s new record ‘At the Down-Turned Jagged Rim Of The Sky’ sneakily made its way onto the release list this month (available now via Kranky). As the press release states, Bailiff’s return even caught her label by surprise when she handed over nine tracks earlier in the year. The Toledo-based singer has been sharing her warm, intimate and introverted songs with the world since working with Low’s Alan Sparhawk on her debut LP ‘Even In Silence’ in 1998. Her latest will appeal to fans of Widowspeak, Tamaryn and Mazzy Star.


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