Monday, April 24, 2017

sleepy - Birdo (Unknown) - 2017

diy - lofi - single - indie

Sports Coach - Inversions - 2017

electropop - new wave - indie pop - bedroom electronica

Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good At This - 2017

‘Swear I’m Good At This’ is the first full-length from the band and accumulates their tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are. 

Snails - Starting with Mine EP - 2017

SNAILS generate moments of suburban guitar pop reverie for lonely people walking to the shops. Formed after a friend's request to soundtrack a budget slasher involving a homicidal nun, their sound bears the influence of mavericks such as Basil Kirchin, Syd Barrett and Nico.

I See Rivers - Dad Ram - 2017

“This is vocal harmonising at its exquisite expert best.” – Fresh On The Net Faves, BBC 6 Music blog

Hailing from the Northern, Southern and Western parts of Norway, the now Liverpool-based trio I SEE RIVERS creates an organic musical landscape they’ve dubbed ”Float Folk”. With memorable melodies and untraditional harmonies their soundscape can be associated with artists such as Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens and Feist. After releasing their single “Loved Ones” and touring the rural parts of Norway, playing festivals such as Belladrum (Scotland), Green Man (Wales) and Malakoff (NO), the girls did their biggest tour to date supporting Newton Faulkner all around the UK and are now preparing for this summer’s festival season with great festivals to be released. The girls have also recorded and produced their debut EP being released April 2017 with the lead single ‘DA RUM’.

“Their music is delicate Folk Pop based around clever vocal arrangements, and outstanding vocals. They just look so natural performing together, and have a level of cohesion that is genuine, rare and pretty special too». - Nordic Music Review

“Perhaps the hottest prospect from Norway’s consistent excellent outpouring of specially tender bands, this now UK-based trio make the kind of indefinable Scandinavian magic that instantly catches the eyes and ears. Part-folk, part swooning pop songs.” – Green Man Festival 2016.

Fallen Love Records - Secret Gardens - 2017

put a Spring in your step… 

Included here are 70 minutes of music performed by 22 artists from 8 different nations. Which? Well, since you asked: Australia, Canada, England, Japan, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and The United States of America. It’s like the twee pop songs-about-spring equivalent of the Olympics. Patent pending. 15 of these songs are previously unreleased.
Fallen Love Records is a bedroom label based out of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. We traffic in pop songs. We had been on hiatus since autumn 2015 but now we are back. So fold up your sweaters and oil your bike chains. The blankets on the beds are melting and the flowers will be blooming soon. Let’s start again.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nadia Reid - Preservation - 2017

always solid song writing from Nadia Reid… nice release.

Delicate Machine - softworld - 2017

shimmering guitars on butterfly wings

Moon Moon Moon - Help! Help! - 2017

What happens when you and I hold on to stars and moons and ghosts and loch ness monsters. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Wedding Present in MTL

Never sounded Better!

Fox Academy - Saint Molly - 2017

lots of experimental sounds with a cuddly lofi bedroom pop aesthetic

Hovvdy - Taster - 2016

pillow songs from Austin

Sunday, April 16, 2017

THE CHARLATANS - plastic machinery ft. johnny marr & anton newcombe - 2017

For this new album, the core quartet of vocalist Tim Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers, opened their doors to allow an enviable cast of friends to contribute to their latest work. Initially, this happened out of necessity: following the passing of founding drummer Jon Brookes in 2013. So the first call went to Pete Salisbury, the former Verve drummer. Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre was sent an early version of ‘Not Forgotten’ and had sent back some thoughts within fifteen minutes. The admiration for the bands’ new ideas continued, Johnny Marr dropped by for an hour but stayed for five and features on three songs including the leading single ‘Plastic Machinery’. Similarly, Stephen Morris, of New Order, who briefly helped out on ‘Modern Nature’, extended his role on this album to seven tracks of drumming and programming. Both Ian Rankin and Kurt Wagner offer spoken word contributions and Catastrophe writer/ actress, and old friend of Tim’s, Sharon Horgan sings backing vocals on Different Days. As the spirit of collaboration prospered, Burgess fast-tracked a longdiscussed team-up with Paul Weller, the expansive, album finale ‘Spinning Out’.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The French Press - 2017

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s songs have always had all the page-turning qualities of a good yarn and 'The French Press' is no different. Somewhere between impressionists and fabulists, lyricists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White often start with something rooted in real life – the melancholy of travel on "French Press," having a hopeless crush on "Julie’s Place" – before building them into clever, quick vignettes. The result is lines blurred between fiction and reality – vibrant stories which get closer at a particular truth than either could alone. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Angharad Drake - Ghost - 2017

Angharad Drake (ang-ha-rad) combines gentle folk melodies with insightful lyrics, reminiscent of artists like Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell. Her heartfelt vocal performances create an intimate and evocative atmosphere for the listener, allowing her stories to be completely absorbed…

Freeze The Atlantic - The People Are Revolting - 2017

Quite the best record Freeze the Atlantic have ever created, album 3 sees the former Reuben/ Hundred Reasons boys power through a bevy of hits. Favourites of YouTube sensation Colin Furze, and regulars on the rock and festival circuit delivering an ever dependable set that will blow your face off – this is one for the big, alt rock anthem purists. The people may be revolting, but Freeze the Atlantic are as wonderful as ever.

The Denton Brothers - Soft Head - 2017

sparse, tragic piano driven songs out of Melbourne…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Monster Movie - Keep the Voices Distant - 2017

Keep The Voices Distant is Monster Movie's fifth album and their first record since 2010's Everyone Is a Ghost. It was recorded with Martin Nichols at White House Recording Studios in Weston-super-Mare and produced by Ryan Graveface. As with all Monster Movie releases it is a combination of Christian and Sean's song-writing, playing, arrangements, general grumpiness and chaotic, personal lives.

Rave On, A Madchester Celebration - 2017

This project is dedicated to a whole delicious scene that made us dance and enjoy life intensely. 

Of course, that many other bands lack to be revered like the Inspiral Carpets, Paris Angels, Northside, to name a few ..... who knows in a next volume .... 

I want to thank all the bands that are part of this project and the whole Madchester Scene. 

Let's Rave On folks … 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dark Swallows - 2017

very nice release… they interweave vocals and instrumentation so well - always works!

In Love With A Ghost - healing - 2017

a story about witches, magic and friendship

Songs For Walter - Earwigging - Single 2017

In today’s 100mph world, Songs For Walter is making music as it’s meant to be made. Songs that grow from experience, provoke thoughts and yet, through a ferocious work ethic, continue to evolve with their own timeless quality. Earwigging is just the next part of Songs For Walter’s ever-expanding world, and once again eyes and ears will be opened, pulling everyone along for the ride.

Hush Machine - Hush Machine - 2017

Hush Machine is the blissful, glassy guitar pop of Kansas-born Sam Boatright, a 21 year-old Lawrence native who has created music under this moniker for several years; however, he has only just recently started sharing his music with a grander listening audience... Musically, the sound is not unlike the first Strokes record - that is, catchy and gritty and poppy and memorable, but without a single ounce of pretense. A promising start for this young musician!

lotte kestner - collection of radiohead covers - 2017

An angel sings Radiohead songs!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ITBYW Fool'sList

The Washboard Abs - Recurring Chasms - 2017

On Recurring Chasms, Olympia's The Washboard Abs take their intimate indie-pop to new heights. Incorporating angular rhythms and art rock sensibilities to these perfectly distilled songs, the album is a beautiful and complex journey through personal battles and trauma recovery. 

Nana Grizol - Ursa Minor - 2017

Ursa Minor, released in March of 2017, is the long-awaited follow up to Nana Grizol's second album, "Ruth," a potent mix of revved up melodic folk punk, laced with intricate horn arrangements and sleazy, ripping guitars. It alternates between contemplative, beautiful folk arrangements and blasting rock and roll, often within the same song.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Coast Modern - Pocket full of No - 2017

The LA duo - comprised of Coleman Trapp and Luke Atlas - today release their new song, "Pockets Full of No"- a kicked back and mellowed out track that seeks to have you looking on the lighter side of life.  Speaking of the track, the duo noted; 'Pockets' is a song about having fun with no money. When you got pockets full of no u can still have a life full of YESSSS. 

Iv/An - Zlatni Rez / Ovozemaljske Stvari - 2017

Iv/An’s newest songs are in Croatian, using his mother language – with which he has found another powerfull way to express himself.

Kim Janssen - Cousins - 2017

'Cousins', is a pop album, swinging in tone from dark to blinding technicolor, with glossy synths, huge orchestral arrangements and Kim's vocal - at times a Bill Callahan-esque croon, at times a soaring falsetto. Dark strings and steel swells surround hushed ballads and bursts of maximalist pop, as Kim threads memories of Loi Krathong nights, earthquake drills and political turbulence into a domestic landscape of front yards, birthday parties and chinese restaurants. 

Filled with idiosyncrasies, triumphs and tragedies, 'Cousins', is a personal account, about looking back and growing older, about longing and displacement, spiritual doubt, dedication, and obsession.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Billy Moon - SLY - 2017 single

It’s a song that was stuck in my head for about a year before I actually wrote it down and made it real. It was inspired by a lot of Billy Bragg songs, I love how he can write these powerful political pieces but can also do the some of the most tender love songs. To simplify, the song’s meant for people who get caught in downward spirals and feel trapped inside of them. I see some people (mostly girls) who have these awful self-harm scars and it really makes me sad, because no one deserves to feel that way about themselves. We all deserve love.

Fred Thomas - Changer - 2017

Taken from start to finish, Changer slowly tells a story that is more felt than explicitly narrated. Rather than insisting on finding an answer or some greater meaning in the shifting nature of lives in motion, these songs simply offer vivid snapshots and strange scenes. Even in its darkest moments, however, there’s an underlying sense of hope, that every mundane laundromat trip, every bummer night, every empty gig, hours logged at pointless summer jobs, or even the pain of tragedy could be for something bigger and lead to the next beautiful change.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Slow Decades - Hinterlands - 2017

"Look no further for dusty songs saturated with an unpolished, melancholy splendour" - NARC.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Eef Barzelay - Toad Session - 2013

great bunch of songs recorded a while ago, but the minimalist state is awesome...

New Adventures of TBTCI - 2017

for all those that crave new music daily - here's a gift!

This compilation is dedicated to all those who say there is no good new music nowdays. 
Here we have 26 wonderful reasons to prove otherwise. 26 new and talented bands that deserve all the attention. 

Sodastream - Three Sins - 2016

xenon superstar - dreams are for babies - 2017

This fixed my craving for a batch of free songs from the bedrooms of your heart… well done! Hitting all the notes I needed; female, sweet, character, laced tunes.

Skelets On Me - They Come / They Go - 2017

lo-fi, diy songs built on simplicity and heart… 

Kill Yr. Idols - 1993

Chapter Music’s second release in 1993 was, oddly enough, a Sonic Youth tribute compilation cassette, featuring the cream of Perth lo-fi pop bands, including O!, Benji, Sulk, Yummy Fur and Torchey Blane, along with a lone Brisbane contribution from Clag. 

Bright Lights, Small City - 1992

Chapter Music’s first release was not strictly on Chapter Music, but was “A Chapter 24 Compilation”, intended to accompany the fourth issue of Syd Barrett-inspired fanzine Chapter 24, which Chapter boss Guy Blackman began in 1990. The zine never came out but the tape did, featuring the cream of early 90s Perth lo-fi (and grunge, Manchester and shoegazing!) with bands like Mustang!, Yummy Fur, the Wooden Fische and Benji
It was a humble beginning to the label, but a beginning nonetheless.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Molly Burch - Please Be Mine - 2017

We're all lucky Molly started writing music simply to complement her voice, as we've discovered a great new American songwriter in the process. Captured Tracks is proud to present this debut album of ten beautiful, wistful love songs of loss, loneliness and reconnecting.

fuvk - almost tuesday - 2017

soft, emotional, hypnotic, acoustic, sweet!

soccer mommy - last girl / be seeing you - 2017

Colin F. High quality guitar pop. Manages to balance being super catchy and also not sound insufferably happy. Just feels authentic. And Sophie's voice is heavenly as usual. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rou - Incarnate EP - 2017

Voguing between aesthetics of eastern mandalas into a rare fusion of elegant, minimalist vocal layers and kalimba patterns, Rou has made a world for herself. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

wombat_army - circling - 2017

'Circling' is the 4th album by London based composer/producer Martin Webb under the name wombat_army. Recorded over the course of 2016, the music was originally composed to be performed live along with rare archive films at a secret film society. Combining live cello through FX and looping pedals with laptop and synths, the intention for the music was to create richly textured atmospheres underpinned by a strong sense of melody and structure that would act as a live score to the visuals, creating an immersive and cinematic experience.