Westkust – ‘Easy’

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Westkust have delivered their new LP ‘Last Forever’ featuring the stand out lead track ‘Swirl’ and the equally loveable ‘Weekends’, ‘Easy’ and ‘Jonna’. The Swedish band produce twee noise poppers at a relentless pace with catchy boy/girl vocals. The digital is up for grabs now, with vinyl pressings from Sweden’s Luxury, and now from Run For Cover Records (USA). ‘Last Forever’ is easy to fall for – find out for yourself (full stream below)…

 
Westkust – ‘Easy’ [‘Last Forever’ LP Stream]

Visit Westkust @ Bandcamp @ Luxury @ Run For Cover @ Facebook.

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.

Visit Fever Dream online @ Club AC30 @ Facebook.

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
Reader Rating: (5 Votes)

Talkie Walkie – ‘Banshee’

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French newcomers Talkie Walkie release their impressive debut single today via Freemount Records. I don’t recommend watching the ‘Banshee’ video with a cup of tea, because you’re likely to spit it at your screen! Side note, the video dancer busting moves at 1:39 made my day. Talkie Walkie will release a self-titled album later this year, no doubt with more noise pop gems like this one.

 
Talkie Walkie – ‘Banshee’

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Westkust – ‘Swirl’ / ‘Weekends’

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Swedish noise poppers Westkust have posted two tracks (‘Swirl’ and ‘Weekends’) from their forthcoming debut album ‘Last Forever’. The Gotheburg quintet have honed their punk meets shoegaze sound since forming in 2010, so far with a 7inch and EP under their belt. Stereogum recently premiered ‘Swirl’, also giving the thumbs up to Makthaverskan (a post punk band that features two members of Westkust). Needless to say, with explosive tunes like this I’m sure the first Swedish vinyl pressing will disappear fast! ‘Last Forever’ will be released via Swedish label Luxury on April 22, Run For Cover Records will distribute it to the USA later in the year (more @ Bandcamp).

 
Westkust – ‘Swirl’ / ‘Weekends’

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Wildhoney – ‘Sleep Through It’

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‘Sleep Through It’, Wildhoney‘s first full length is now available through Deranged/Forward Records. The Baltimore band first impressed with their self-titled 2013 EP featuring ‘Like Me’, followed by the much loved ‘Seventeen Forever’ three tracker last year. I’ll admit, Sounds Better has had a soft spot for Wildhoney since the get go, there’s something very raw, fun and honest about these guys that’s instantly likeable. A mix of garage rock, punk aggression and shoegazey ambiguity. ‘Sleep Through It‘ embodies this, beginning with the title track and previously streamed single ‘Fall In’.

 
Wildhoney – ‘Sleep Through It’

‘Owe You Nothing’ sports a twee edge, with downcast lyrics that hinge on sugary vocals, backed by a jagged wall of sound in the latter half. Truth be told, we’ve heard that sound plenty of times before. But, Wildhoney do add to the mixture, there’s accessible pop-centric melodies combined with lo-fi charm, they’re delivered with a frenetic energy that bowls the listener over. ‘Maybe You’re Crazy’ is a good example of this. It sucks you in with catchy vocals and then hits with a wave of noise.

If a heavy dose of noise pop is your thing, then Wildhoney’s ‘Sleep Through It’ will be right up your street! It’s full throttle most of the way, with a short breath for air during ‘Tea Leaves’ and ‘FSA’, otherwise it doesn’t let up. The standouts ‘Seventeen’, ‘Fall In’, ‘Molly’ and the title track are worth the price of admission alone. Wildhoney aren’t taking themselves too seriously and are producing some really fun noise pop along the way. Download a digital copy here, or head to Deranged/Forward for the vinyl.

Visit Wildhoney @ Deranged Records @ Forward Records @ Facebook.

Wildhoney - 'Sleep Through It'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • Packed with noise pop!
  • Loads of fun
CON'S
  • Lacks some variety
3.8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (6 Votes)

Oyama – ‘The Right Amount’

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Oyama‘s debut album ‘Coolboy‘ has been keeping my sound system company lately, take a listen to the album track ‘The Right Amount’. The November release is more subtle than their 2013 EP ‘I Wanna‘, this time round the frenetic noise poppers are replaced by more reflective and melodic songs. Needless to say, the Reykjavík five piece are a marvelous listen. ‘Coolboy’ is out now via 12 Tónar/Imperial Records.

 
Oyama – ‘The Right Amount’

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