Tamaryn – ‘Hands All Over Me’

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Tamaryn is back and sounding… totally different! ‘Hands All Over Me’ is the lead single from their forthcoming full length ‘Cranekiss’ (out August 28 via Mexican Summer). The New Zealand native has assembled a new line-up for live shows and is sporting an 80s synth pop sound on the single. It’s caused a stir online. After all, it’s a big departure but apparently it’s not representative of the album. I guess we’ll find out in August, but given the brilliance of ‘The Waves’ and ‘Tender New Signs’, I’m full of faith it’ll be a marvelous record.

 
Tamaryn – ‘Hands All Over Me’

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No Joy – ‘Moon In My Mouth’

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No Joy have posted their latest creation, a dreamy slacker pop tune with loads of character called ‘Moon In My Mouth’. There’s a fresh interview that’s waaaay more interesting than my paragraph, so perhaps check that out on Rookie. From the impression of the lead single ‘Everything New‘, (and from the album trailer below), it sounds like No Joy have edged toward poppier/happier songs. Albeit only mildly happier! But either way, they’re not the kind of band that repeats material. I expect that ‘More Faithful’ will be another leap for the Montreal four piece.

 
No Joy – ‘Moon In My Mouth’

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No Joy – ‘Everything New’

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After a few days of social media teasing, Mexican Summer have officially unveiled No Joy‘s new song ‘Everything New’! The Montreal quartet will deliver their third album ‘More Faithful’ on June 8 (EU/EK) and June 9 (USA) – pre-order here. Following the brilliance of their 2013 album ‘Wait To Pleasure’, No Joy once again team up with musician and producer Jorge Elbrecht for the recording, known for his work with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Chairlift and Violens. The recording sessions were split between Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn, and a farmhouse in Costa Rica! While the presser claims that “At times More Faithful is heavier than anything they’ve done yet”, the single strikes as lighter and less intense, so the wall of noise must be forthcoming! June can’t come quick enough.

 
No Joy – ‘Everything New’

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La Hell Gang – ‘Thru Me Again’

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New from the Mexican Summer label, ‘Thru Me Again’, the eight track sophomore album by Chilean threesome La Hell Gang! It  takes us on a hazy, meandering trip to a psych-tinged landscape. From the muddy, swaying ‘Her Way Has Come’ to the hypnotically simple chords of ‘Sweet Dear’, La Hell Gang rely on their  full, reverb-heavy sound and bluesy psych sensibilities to hold it together.

The band know when to pile on biting layers for vintage rock blasts, and when to pull them back to a dreamy, mirage-like guitar wail that dyes Sweet Dear’s familiar tune in ‘Everywhere I Go.’ The Gang even have a “molten visual spinner” (as below) to occupy your mind while you tune out to the noisy closer ‘So High’. The album may lose focus as the band explore different sounds and indulge in 8-minute psych rock jams, but with the right mindset ‘Thru Me Again’ is a fun ride. [By Dave Lytton]
 
La Hell Gang – ‘Thru Me Again’ [Stream]

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Ashrae Fax – ‘CHKN’

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Earlier in the week Ashrae Fax announced the release of their first new album in over a decade! ‘Never Really Been Into It’ will be out this August, great news for fans of the ‘Static Crash!‘ re-issue. The North Carolina outfit (powered by singer Renée Mendoza and producer/guitarist Alex Chesney) have posted the lead single ‘CHKN’. Cocteau Twins comparisons are inevitable, it’s an 80s styled dream popper after all. One thing is certain, the years haven’t dimmed Renée’s vocals one bit! Pre-order the LP via Mexican Summer.

 
Ashrae Fax – ‘CHKN’

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The Fresh And Onlys – ‘Animal Of One’

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The Fresh And Onlys reveal the second single ‘Animal Of One’ from their forthcoming LP ‘House Of Spirits’. The Bay Area rock foursome worked on their fifth album in “an isolated horse ranch in Arizona with only a guitar, Korg keyboard and drum machine.” The result is touted as their most adventurous yet, pick up the album from June 10 through Mexican Summer.

 
The Fresh And Onlys – ‘Animal Of One’

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