Lunaire – 'Pale Beneath A Brilliant Sky'

Chances are you’ve never heard of Lunaire before. But as you read this, they’re busy sharpening their rock n’ roll teeth! Lunaire are a Melbourne-based band that produce lengthy songs combing elements of shoegaze, drone and metal right through to post rock. They’re loud, ambient and progressive. ‘Pale Beneath A Brilliant Sky’ is a good example of what to expect, its ambitious and raw. For a full introduction, check out Lunaire’s Soundcloud page.

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Download Lunaire’s ‘Airs’ @ Bandcamp / Soundcloud / Facebook.

Los Mundos – ‘Punk Soccer’

Saludos México, está totalmente de rock! Get ready for Mexico’s Los Mundos and their garage rocking ‘Punk Soccer’… just for something different! And thankyou Google translator for making me look bi-lingual. I already can’t remember what it says.

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Download Los Mundos self-titled LP @ Bandcamp.

Tearjerker – ‘So Dead’ And ‘Dark’

Toronto’s Tearjerker have just released their third LP ‘Rare’ featuring the lead single ‘So Dead’. The three-piece describe themselves as playing music “that has been described by various people as indie rock, shoegaze, chillwave, glo-fi/lo-fi and other subgenres that Tearjerker hadn’t really heard of before.”

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Tearjerker delivered their debut LP ‘Slouching’ in 2009, followed by a steady stream of releases including their last album ‘Strangers’. The record was well praised on the blogosphere when it was released this time last year (free download here). More recently, they recorded a brilliant cover of My Bloody Valentine (listen). In other words, these guys have been working hard!

‘Rare’ has plenty of fuzzy guitars, distant vocals and swirling atmospherics but there are also strong melodies to hook you in. This isn’t just noise for the sake of it, the songs are strong and there’s enough variation to keep it interesting. Clearly all the effort has paid off. Tearjerker deserve their spoils, so be fair when naming your price for the download.

Download Tearjerker’s releases including ‘Rare’ @ Bandcamp / Visit Tearjerker @ Tumblr.

Tamaryn with Ford & Lopatin – ‘Flying Dream’

Tamaryn fans will have to wait until next year to get their hands on a follow up to 2010’s ‘Waves’ LP. But thanks to a collaboration with electronic newcomers Ford & Lopatin we already have a new tune! ‘Flying Dream’ will be released on November 22 as a split single with Shannon Funchess (of Light Asylum). The 12-inch celebrates the mighty Mexican Summer’s 100th release after four years of operation. Happy 100 folks!

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Pick up Tamaryn’s ‘Flying Dream’ 12-inch from Mexican Summer here.

Black Tambourine – 'Drown'

Black Tambourine didn’t play many shows, they didn’t release many albums. In fact, they never released a true album. But that didn’t stop the Maryland group from becoming an important stepping stone for indie pop.

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In November 1991, Black Tambourine released their first EP ‘By Tomorrow’ through Slumberland Records featuring the title track and concluding with the charmer ‘Drown’. In context, this was a bold statement. The hair metal days of the 80s were yet to be a faded memory and grunge was rising.

Then there’s Black Tambourine. Pam Berry’s sweetly sung vocals recall classic pop melodies with a decidedly different twist. One with messy guitars, relentless feedback and not a trace of macho rock n’ roll to speak of! The list of contemporary acts expanding on their legacy is debatable but I’d mark The Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts and Camera Obscura among them.

Pick up Black Tambourine’s complete recordings @ Slumberland Records or download Black Tambourine @ iTunes.

Electric Low – 'Broken Glass'

Virginian trio Electric Low are set to release their debut EP featuring the tune ‘Broken Glass’. Together they produce atmospheric indie pop with a load of electronic tampering and synths. There’s extreme contrast between the reverb-soaked guitars and the in-your-face kick drum. Taking their ques from School Of Seven Bells, Electric Low have started off on the right foot.

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