Inspired by precious lost moments with family members, the death of loved ones, and the loss of wide eyed hopeful machinations, this album follows the torment and turbulence of the simple mantra “we all grow up” but at times this is not always an easy process to live through.
Much like their material to date, ‘RAYZ’ aims to blend a whole universe of influences into one insatiable single. Taking influences from the swooning RnB sound and merging it with a psych-pop aesthetic, the new track emerges as a Glass Animals-meets-Animal Collective style jam that oozes summertime vibes.
The idea for this one was be a “C86” theme! Not strictly C86 as to what was on the tapes, but more as a genre in (twee)music. Think bands like the Wake, BMX Bandits, Brighter, Heavenly, McCarthy etc.
The bands that were involved are indie's "hidden gems" and each of them brilliant in their own way, some more recoginised than others, but part of an extensive indie music network online that shares a devotion for music like no other….
The album is joyful and intentionally imperfect. Featuring a guest appearance from Canadian hip-hop star Shad (who sings here, rather than rapping) and an abundance of overlaying gossamer melodies with static-soaked experimentation. This is the sound of lightning in a bottle.
Based out of the central Swedish city of Trollhättan, Thomas Keen, Adam Johansson, Anton Thorstensson, August Johansson, and Tomas Berglund are creating rock music that spans the fiery garage rock of Japandroids to the clever indie rock of Yo La Tengo. This combination would make them indie stars if they lived in Brooklyn, Chicago, or London, and a label like Sub Pop or Secretly Canadian would have signed them. Instead, they’re plying their trade as true independent artists and gradually gaining a following. Last week, they released their new EP, Cult, which is one of the year’s finest mini-albums.
"Gorgeous in its warmth and simplicity... Owen Ashworth writes lyrics so intimate and empathetic that you'd be forgiven for thinking him a confessional songwriter. However, he's quick to point out that the majority of his songs are rooted in fiction, though that doesn't diminish their emotional heft; if anything, his willingness to explore lends to the universality of his music."
Basement Revolver is an indie rock band who write slow-burning, introspective tunes. They meld serene synths and cyclical guitar patterns with lead singer Chrisy Hurn's understated, elegant vocal performance to create a balanced and evocative sound. Step into our studio and witness the subtle power and tranquil imagery of Basement Revolver.
Falcon Jane is fronted by Sara May, a candid, virgo, stoner-songwriter who brings new depth to easy-listening music. The songs are honest yet subtle, with deep, exposed cores feathered by floaty melodies and righteous riffs.
The songs are fuelled by emotionally raw lyrics, but the influence of my incredible collaborators in Falcon Jane has turned sad songs into true plez rock.
"Stirring, but tremendously subtle" - Gold Flake Paint
London-based folk duo Copper Viper have released their latest single Hung Up Alone. Beginning intimately with just Robin Joel Sangster (vocals /acoustic guitar) and Duncan Menzies’ (vocals / mandolin / fiddle) intricate vocal harmonies and the gentle hum of frogs croaking in the distance, a sense of warmth is immediately apparent. The pace then picks up as Menzies’ mesmerising fiddle playing comes into play alongside Sangsters’ melodic acoustic guitar, giving Hung Up Alone a truly traditional British folk feel.
Delicate guitars are paired with staccato vocals that cut right through to the listener, giving you no choice but to stop what you’re doing and take note. Jazz knowledge and influences run through the veins of Schmieds Puls, while the tracks remain instantly catchy and full of pop sensibilities.
"Releasing this album now feels like a weight off my chest, like every bit of frustration and nostalgic loneliness all leaving my body at the same time," concludes Wolf. "Making this record was the greatest therapy session I’ve ever had."
Mario Barrio grew up in a family with a long history in music, a third generation guitarist he was never far from it. His passion continued throughout his life leading him to play in the bands Gantez and Avid Dancer who just recently toured the states with the band BORNS.
The new work draws inspiration from several different sources (greek mithology, marvel comics characters and others) and combines the dark and gothic mood of his previous band with ethereal and climatic instrumentation.
Between the end of Bauhaus and the beginning of Love & Rockets, David J recorded 5 singles, and 1 LP for Glass Records, and played on 2 albums by The Jazz Butcher. This LP, was and remains one of the crowning glories of the original Glass label, and has now returned to it's newest incarnation Glass Modern, on a long-playing record, remastered, slightly re-packaged and wrapped, for all you middle-aged indie kids and rock'n'rollers with one foot in the grave, and the other still tapping out that beat on the dive bar dance floor
of glorious memory. Closing the circle, old friendships renewed and maybe a few new ones born.
A distinctive presentation of lucid dreaming delivered with psychedelic splendor, defining a journey that while earthbound on this outing, will have listeners returning again and again for these nocturnal slumbers where sound is made up of colours, and the colours go on about defining and redefining an organic pastoral reflection that washes and ebbs effortlessly, filled with bewildering slow motion luscious intoxication. - Jenell Kesler
The Sunbathers splashed onto the scene in 2012 with a cdep and 7" on the sorely-missed Dufflecoat label, and immediately impressed us with their gentle and hushed seaside-themed tweepop in the style of the Marine Girls.