School ’94 – ‘Common Sense’

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Swedish new wave act School ’94 are set to release their second EP ‘Bound’ next month through Luxury. The first single ‘Common Sense’ is another stunner with an 80s feel. To me, it sounds a little like Kate Bush fronting The Cure. Either way, great tune!

 
School ’94 – ‘Common Sense’

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Hideous Towns – ‘Don’t Forget / Wake Us’

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Hideous Towns have dished up a beautiful double a-side with ‘Don’t Forget / Wake Us’ (via Lost And Lonesome)! The Melbourne foursome indulge in reverb and delay on the new waver ‘Don’t Forget’ and the stunning dream popper ‘Wake Us’. As the presser states, the latter “draws inspiration from Irving Stone’s Vincent Van Gogh biography Lust For Life. In the song, Alana imagines the life of Van Gogh’s prostitute girlfriend Christine following the couple’s break-up”. Everything Hideous Towns have given us has been great, can’t wait for their debut album (expected late this year).

 
Hideous Towns – ‘Don’t Forget / Wake Us’

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Moon Tapes – ‘Desire’

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I first discovered Moon Tapes late last year and I’ve been a shameless fanboy ever since. This week the Amsterdam foursome delivered their self-titled EP featuring the opener ‘Desire’. It’s gloomy new wave with a hazy twist. Smiths fans should find something to smile about. Speaking of, have you heard of Mexrrissey? A Mexican band that plays Smiths covers (video here). Anyways, grab a Moon Tapes download, or stream the rest at Bandcamp.

 
Moon Tapes – ‘Desire’

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Thud – ‘Blank’

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There’s a constant bevy of brilliant noise coming out of Asia, and whilst Japan’s influence immediately springs to mind, China ain’t doing bad either! Case in point, Hong Kong five piece Thud, who recently released their debut EP ‘Floret‘ via Records for Children. The five track collection features a remix by Max Bloom (of Yuck), whom they toured with earlier in the year. ‘Floret’ is predominately a new wave/dream pop collection that’s generous with melody and crisp production. The 80s-tinged jangle popper ‘Blank’ is a favourite…

 
Thud – ‘Blank’

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Talking Bush – ‘Overgrow’

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Shelflife Records recently released a charming debut four tracker from Talking Bush. It’s the moniker of Nikita Bushmanov, a St. Petersburg native who transitions several genres. ‘Overgrow’ blends new wave and synth pop into this catchy creation! The ‘Ordinary Unusual’ EP serves as a taster for his debut album, planned for 2016.

 
Talking Bush – ‘Overgrow’

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Moon Tapes – ‘A Little Bit Of Paris / Sleepy’

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Moon Tapes released their first official singles today, ‘A Little Bit Of Paris’ and ‘Sleepy’ (download). It follows the brilliant demo ‘Back In Love’, which I gushed about last November. The Amsterdam four piece craft new wave pop gems with a reverb-heavy, lo-fi charm. ‘A Little Bit Of Paris’ should sit well with fans of The Smiths, there’s also a dash of Alex Turner to the vocals. Bright days ahead!

 
Moon Tapes – ‘A Little Bit Of Paris / Sleepy’

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