Tape Deck Mountain – ‘Locations’ [Premiere]

It’s a pleasure to share an exclusive listen to ‘Locations’ from Tape Deck Mountain‘s forthcoming full length ‘Echo Chamber Blues‘ (out February 23). This is the third full length from Travis Trevisan’s shoegaze project, which follows 2013’s ‘Sway’ and 2009’s ‘Ghost’ (several EPs were released in between). Travis has worked with various musicians along the way; formerly as a San Diego trio, then in New York, and now based in Nashville with bassist Sully Kincaid and drummer Andy Gregg. As the presser states, the album reflects the political and religious climate following the 2016 election. This mood is reflected in the lead tracks ‘Loopers of Bushwick’ and ‘I Will Break U’.

‘Locations’ closes the album in epic, slow burning fashion. There’s shoegaze and psych textures throughout, however ‘Locations’ is more of a space rock/post-rock trip. Literally in fact, there’s mission control commentary sprinkled throughout the song. These samples marry with the album art and the cinematic scope of the track. It’s this atmosphere and rising tension that takes the spotlight, while Travis’ vocals sit in the background. The repeating vocal line “we are where we want to be” is a somewhat ironic swan song to the record given its political context.

‘Echo Chamber Blues’ pre-orders are available now (which include the clear vinyl option and CD) over at Bandcamp. Tennessee locals can see Tape Deck Mountain live this week (January 17) with True Widow at the Mercy Lounge, Nashville, and at the Cobra with Inscape on March 3.

Tape Deck Mountain – ‘Locations’ [Premiere]

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Dorvin Borman – ‘Wrath’ [Premiere]

Introducing Dorvin Borman‘s debut single ‘Wrath’, it’s an impressive tune that’s part dream pop, part jangle pop. It’s the work of Los Angeles-based solo artist Devin Bierman who wrote, recorded and produced it DIY. It’s a song about attempting to overcome homebody anxiety in the hope of promoting progress through introspection. In his words, “a meditation on overcoming anxiety in the gut of a city that doesn’t need you to think for it”. Borman sings, “lying down in the city speaker, feeling the wrath of it all… Can I follow you and do what you do in your reverie…”

‘Wrath’ delivers delicate vocal harmonies with lo-fi charm over a wonky drum machine. The latter half of the song opens up into a chilled instrumental break, a nice contrast. The song is heavily inspired by Brutalist architecture and Jean-Luc Godard films, as well as artists and bands such as the Radio Dept., Melody’s Echo Chamber, and Cocteau Twins. A debut EP release is in the works (release date TBC) with more songs on the way in the coming months.

Dorvin Borman – ‘Wrath’ [Premiere]

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Hideous Towns – ‘Disquiet Living’ [Album Premiere]

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We’re celebrating the impending release of Hideous Towns‘ debut album ‘Disquiet Living’ with an exclusive stream (as below)! The Melbourne dream pop champions impressed with their 2014 self-titled EP and the lead singles ‘Don’t Forget’, ‘Wake Us’ and ‘Value’. The album delivers that intangible Aussie punk attitude; its raw, take it or leave it mentality makes ‘Disquiet Living’ sound honest and immediate. There’s a blend of new wave tracks (‘Waratah’, ‘Coincidents’), post-punk/kraut rock moments (‘Glass Curtain’, ‘Don’t Forget’) and spacious jangly pop gems (‘Fantasy’, ‘Lion’).

The album was produced by Matthew Hosking, known for his work as one half of VHS Dream. Hosking has had a hand in producing several likeminded local acts including Contrast, Bloodhounds On My Trail, Lowtide, Miniatures, and Glaciers. ‘Disquiet Living’ is an album with depth and character, recommended listening. Pick it up this Friday (November 25) from Lost And Lonesome (home to Parading, Lucy Roleff, and Lowtide). Melburnians can catch the album launch at Bella Union with Contrast, Mares, Splendid, and the Icypoles on December 2 (details). 
 
Hideous Towns – ‘Disquiet Living’ [Album Premiere]

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Eros and the Eschaton – ‘The Way I Feel 2Nite’ [Premiere]

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It’s been three years since we went week-kneed for Eros and the Eschaton‘s brilliant ‘Heaven Inside’, taken from their debut LP ‘Home Address For Civil War’. Since 2013 the Colorado Springs duo (Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins) expanded into a five piece; adding Alex Koshak (drums), Mitch Macura (keys) and Ryan Spradlin (bass). Today I’ve got the pleasure of sharing the first public stream of ‘The Way I Feel 2Nite’, lifted from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Weight Of Matter’. It’s a full frontal rocker with beautifully warped melodies, a head nod to 90s rock royalty a la Dinosaur Jr., Teenage Fanclub and Sonic Youth.

“To me this song is about remembering good times gone, mourning friends lost and reflecting on the impermanence of all things,” Adam says of ‘The Way I Feel 2Nite’. “It’s adapted from a poem written by my buddy and Eros And The Eschaton ghost member, James Finch.” Eros and the Eschaton haven’t painted themselves into a corner with ‘Weight Of Matter’, while their shoegaze undertones remain, they’ve expanded their sound (as in the crunchy rocker ‘Rxx‘) and plenty of mind-melting psych. ‘Weight Of Matter’ is available from August 19, pre-order here via Bar/None.

 
Eros and the Eschaton – ‘The Way I Feel 2Nite’ [Premiere]

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Diverting Duo – ‘Ariel/Shadows’ [Video Premiere]

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It’s a pleasure to present the debut stream of Diverting Duo’s new video, ‘Ariel/Shadows’. It’s lifted from the Italian duo’s third album ‘Desire’; a mix of dream pop, new wave and synth pop with an 80s/90s feel. Sara and Gianmarco are based in Cagliari (the main city on the island of Sardinia). The eerie ‘Ariel/Shadows’ black and white video was shot in Sardinia’s Sette Frattelli forest. It’s a beautiful but otherworldly creation that is at odds with their sunny, coastal homeland. The ‘Desire’ LP is available now on digital and limited vinyl from Etch Wear and Deambula Records.

 
Diverting Duo – ‘Ariel/Shadows’ [Video Premiere]

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Thud – ‘Prime Of Pride’ [PREMIERE]

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Thud‘s monster new single ‘Prime Of Pride’ has arrived and it’s a pleasure to present the first public stream! The Hong Kong shoegaze champs teamed up with Yuck’s Max Bloom (for mixing duties), and director Neo Yeung for the video. The clip is inspired by sea punk / vapour wave and it’s much like candy for the eyeballs! Thud’s debut singles ‘Lime’ and ‘Venture’ were praised by NME and Drowned In Sound, their latest is even more colourful. Thud have recently played live shows alongside Postiljonen, Braids, Caspian, The Bilinda Butchers, and picked up spots at the East Asia Shoegaze Fest in Shanghai and Rocking the Region in Singapore. It’s great to hear more chaotic noise coming from Asia.

 
Thud – ‘Prime Of Pride’ [PREMIERE]

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