The Laurels – ‘Reentry’

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The Laurels return with a warbling, space rocking, acid tinged oddity called ‘Reentry’! Since releasing their debut album ‘Plains’ in 2012, the Sydney-based foursome “have not spent the past four years sitting in their lounge room punching cones…” *cough* …instead they’ve kept busy writing and recording their second LP. The Laurels have also recruited Jasper Fenton in the wake of Kate Wilson’s departure. ‘Reentry’ picks from their shoegaze/psych origins but it’s a much more eclectic and adventurous sound than we heard on ‘Plains’, which is no doubt a good thing! ‘Sonicology’ is out October 14 via Rice Is Nice (pre-order). Side note, if you’ve never heard their ‘Mesozoic’ EP (jump on that here)!

 
The Laurels – ‘Reentry’

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Cull – ‘Truth Bomb’

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Next month Cull unleash their new full length ‘Aloft’, featuring the psych rocking singles ‘Magi Fuel’ and ‘Nasty Drought’ plus their latest creation ‘Truth Bomb‘. The Sydney-based outfit never fail to impress, delivering a barrage of well orchestrated ideas that are packed into short psychedelic blasts. ‘Truth Bomb’ is a song of three parts, the playful vocal-led introduction, the explorative mid section, and the space rocking conclusion. It’s a like a meal that tastes different with every mouthful. Enjoy!

 
Cull – ‘Truth Bomb’

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Sleepy – ‘The Ride Up’

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‘The Ride Up’ is a fuzz filled, feel good rocker from Sleepy‘s forthcoming debut EP. The Aussie trio rebirth 90s nostalgia in a super fun way, with a head nod to classic acts like Teengage Fanclub, Smudge, and Redd Kross. It follows last year’s ‘Hit And Run’ 7inch and should put a smile on your face! There’s also fresh fuzzy singles from Major Leagues and Yuck to check out this week. \m/

 
Sleepy – ‘The Ride Up’

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The Laurels – ‘Zodiac K’

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The Laurels return with a fresh single called ‘Zodiak K’, it’s a melted psych wonder featuring Decoder Ring’s Jasper Fenton on drums, and the great Ayrton Senna as a motivational sample! It’s taken from their forthcoming second album, grab a free download here. The Sydney-based quartet have also announced an Australian tour (kicking off this August) with Nicolas Allbrook of Pond, (formerly Tame Impala).

 
The Laurels – ‘Zodiac K’

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Solkyri – ‘Yes, I’m Breathing’

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‘Yes, I’m Breathing’ is our first listen to Solkyri‘s second full length ‘Sad Boys Club’, out this week via Bird’s Robe! The Sydney-based four piece have been dishing out apocalyptic instrumentals for almost a decade. The experience shows on their latest, it’s a lashing of reverb-heavy post rock performed with math-rock precision! European fans can catch them on tour through Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Austria and Poland next month.

 
Solkyri – ‘Yes, I’m Breathing’

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Au.Ra – ‘Jane’s Lament’

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After several years collaborating, Tom Crandles & Tim Jenkins officially release their debut album as Au.Ra next week through Felte. ‘Jane’s Lament’ is nine tracks of dream pop bliss, with added shades of psychedelia and shoegaze. It’s no surprise that the LP plays out with an unassuming confidence, after all, they’ve both honed their creative powers through previous projects. Tim in Parades and Tom under many monikers, but perhaps best known as Colours.

‘Jane’s Lament’ was conceived following improvised jam sessions and then recorded between Sydney and London. The duo’s free flowing, relaxed approach rubs off in the music. There’s no fixed formula or predictable structure. Instead, the songs weave their way into your head, which makes it a very easy album to listen to. ‘Sun’ is one example, a beautiful tune that introduces a simple melody with a slacker delivery, then evolves into a psych’ed out instrumental with reversed guitars. It’s all so smoothly done, you may find yourself drifting off.

‘Pyramid’ is brilliantly understated, with bendy melodies and a shoegazey mid section that makes you forget where the song began. Later in the album these experimental sojourns get longer with ‘Talk Show’ and ‘Spare The Thought’. It gives the album great pacing even though much of it ambles around the same tempo. Au.Ra are so good at creating atmospheres, textures and moods that ‘Jane’s Lament’ has a meditative effect. It’s one of the most enjoyable listens I’ve had in 2015, another must for fans of jangle pop, psych or dream pop. There’s so many stellar albums coming out, next week we dive into new LP’s from Echo Lake, Venera 4 and Swervedriver! In the meantime, jump into the album stream below…

Au.Ra – ‘Jane’s Lament’

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