Blindness – ‘Wrapped In Plastic’ [Premiere]

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Here’s an exclusive listen to ‘Wrapped In Plastic’, the debut album from Blindness. It’s out today (on digital, disc and vinyl) through Saint Marie Records. The London-based trio craft relentless ass kickers with industrial swagger and noise rock intensity! Lead tracks ‘Confessions’ and ‘Serves Me Right’ are a testament to that. The group features veteran guitarist Debbie Smith (formerly of Curve, Echobelly and Snowpony), together with bassist Emma Quick and programmer/singer Beth Rettig. Brits can catch the album launch this Sunday (details at FB).

 
Blindness – ‘Wrapped In Plastic’ [Premiere]

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Peluché – ‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’

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‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’ is a very interesting new tune by Peluché, an upcoming UK trio. It blends psych and dream pop into something entirely unique, and that voice. Wow! Peluché may still be finding their feet stylistically, with earlier singles sounding rather different. Experimentalism runs rife, and with results like this, why not!? ‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’ will be available on limited 7inch via Speedy Wunderground. The South London label records everything in a single day, and mixes the next. The philosophy being that it prevents “over-cooking and faff”. Mission accomplished, amazing work.

 
Peluché – ‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’

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The Death Of Pop – ‘Headaches’

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The Death Of Pop return with a stunning psych-gazer called ‘Headaches’ (as premiered by Under The Radar). It’s lifted from their forthcoming ‘Bubble Bath’ EP, out July 10 via Label Fandango. Last year the British foursome gave us the ‘Fifth’s’ EP, which was incredibly well received. From the strength of ‘Headaches’, it’s more sunny days ahead! Pre-orders are available now via iTunes.

 
The Death Of Pop – ‘Headaches’

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Presents For Sally – ‘Wishawaytoday’

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Presents For Sally deliver ‘Wishawaytoday‘, a fresh 7inch single that precedes the release of their new album ‘Colours & Changes’ (out later this year via Saint Marie Records). ‘Wishawaytoday’ is a sunny rocker with a 90s twee feel and a noisy edge. The 7inch is backed by the b-side ‘Hits Like Kisses’ which begins like a lullaby, and ends with a white hot, wall of sound! Presents For Sally formed in the late noughties and have since been praised by BBC Radio 1, Drowned In Sound, XFM and The Sound Of Confusion.

 
Presents For Sally – ‘Wishawaytoday’

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The Death Of Pop – ‘What A Day’

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Philadelphia’s Hidden Gem Records have delivered their very first vinyl comp – the ‘Colorwheel Compilation’. It features Tape Waves, The Arctic Flow, The Skating Party and this delightful jangle popper from The Death Of Pop! The British band also released their own compilation last month called ‘Runts‘ (pulling together songs from 2013-14). Grab ‘What A Day’ on The ‘Colorwheel Compilation’ via Hidden Gem Records.

 
The Death Of Pop – ‘What A Day’

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Fever Dream – ‘Moyamoya’

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Fever Dream‘s debut LP ‘Moyamoya’ is out now via Club AC30. The London-based act serve up fuzz filled rockers, and frenetic noise pop with a post-punk edge (stream via Beat). The lead singles ‘Serotonin Hit’ and ‘Nightcrawling’ are loads of fun, with bold choruses, poppy vocals and wall of sound distortion. The trio (drummer Cat Loye, bassist Sarah Lippett and guitarist/vocalist Adey Fleet) have been making music together since 2010, releasing an EP in 2012 before writing their full length.

‘Moyamoya’ doesn’t settle for any one genre. Sure it’s a rock record, but it doesn’t attempt to fit in. This is not a purist experience, which is a positive because it doesn’t stick to a formula. There’s shades of noise pop/shoegaze in ‘Sleep TV’ and ‘Serotonin Hit’, a punk rock pace in ‘Flux’ and ‘Watch You Sleep’. But a catchy indie rock feel prevails, such as ‘They Live’, ‘Dance Forever’ and ‘Vapours’. The album sounds like it was written for the stage. ‘Moyamoya’ doesn’t rely on studio trickery or high gloss, it’s a band rockin’ out in a room. Simple, no fuss, rock n’ roll.

The two singles are definite highlights, the remaining album cuts are a little less tightly composed but could be compared to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Yuck or early Crocodiles. In truth, the midsection laboured a little for me before ‘Sleep TV’ swept in. It’s a fantastic rocker with a natural feel, and a killer ending. ‘Flux’ and ‘Vapours’ round out the ten track album with relentless fashion, both songs are strong entries. Fever Dream find their feet on ‘Moyamoya’, and I imagine it will sound amazing on tour. A solid debut effort.

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Fever Dream - 'Moyamoya'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • High energy, fun noise pop
  • Diverse collection of styles
  • A solid debut
CON'S
  • Mid section loses steam
3.7Overall Score
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