Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ducks Unlimited • "Get Bleak" • 2019


 With a sound that draws on the 80's jangle-pop of Flying Nun and Sarah Records, artists such as The Go-Betweens, Field Mice and The Chills, 'Get Bleak' thematically pokes fun at the notion that moving from a city will instantly fix your problems, giving a particular nod towards London, Toronto or New York where rising prices help hurry the move.



"A jaunty slice of C86 indie-pop" - Paste

"A cracking slice of strummy goodness" - Brooklyn Vegan

Mons Vi • Come On Violet • 2019


A relatively simple arrangement serves the foundation for elevating the emotionality of “Come On Violet.” Primarily supported by an acoustic guitar nestled away in the recesses of the track, Mons Vi’s vocals, as beautiful and delicate as a butterfly’s wings, holds the listener spellbound with heart-rending lyrics akin to poetry.


It's been a little too long to be biding my time,
searching around between bottles of wine.
And the call of the wild,
somehow gets lost in the dark of your eyes.

Come on, Violet,
Come on, Violet.

Spin on a beam at the top of the moon,
run through old scenes that once felt brand new.
You never notice the things you lose.
Could it wake the fear in you?

Come on, Violet,
Come on, Violet.
I'm alone.

UMMAGMA • High Day • 2019


FOR FANS OF: Curve, Daughter, The Sundays, Cocteau Twins, A.R.Kane, Wolf Alice, Lanterns on the Lake, Broadcast, Snowbird, Still Corners


Otherworldly climes, matching heavenly vocals to arrangements as complex as they are hopelessly beautiful. Soaring melodies and swathes of sound... gorgeous with near orchestral reach – Clash Music

Full kaleidoscope of sounds, harmonies and musical instruments… the result is massive with an intricate fabric – Rolling Stone

Perfect slice of laid-back dream-pop, and McLarnon’s vocals seem to float over its woozy instrumentation – The Skinny

Ethereal pop indebted to Cocteau Twins and much of the rest of 4AD’s ’80s output – Brooklyn Vegan

Ummagma create music of otherworldly delicacy... Cosmic yet introspective dreampop – The Wire Magazine

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Tripper and the Wild Things • Caramel • 2019


Frog • Count Bateman • 2019



On their latest eclectic and emotional outing, there’s hints of the Carole King’s ‘70s pop, Jonathan Richman’s earnest eccentricity, Ned Doheny’s white boy funk, Greg Dulli’s lust, the Meat Puppets’ bastardized Americana and the wild wit and narrow self-control of The Silver Jews.



"A safer bet there’s never been – this record is essential." - GoldFlakePaint 

“Imagine the euphoric pop of Small Wonder getting caught in a time warp to the wild west with Modest Mouse’s ‘Satin in a Coffin’ and you just about scratch the surface.” - DIY Mag

“I was taken aback by its apparent simplicity; a simplicity that at first masked a wealth of subtle nuances, wry homages, and nostalgic narratives that were enough to make listeners lament growing up anywhere other than suburban America” – The Line of Best Fit

“Utterly brilliant...they make you nostalgic for memories you never had and take you back to places you’ve never before been.” - London in Stereo

“Frog returns and is alive with tales of sadness, hysteria and delusions. Though the narratives are ambiguous and chimerical, each feel personal and poignant. The cult of Frog will only get bigger.” – Cereal & Sounds

“Locked between the unstoppable force of self-deprecation & the immovable object of the American Dream.” Various Small Flames 

“Frog continue to exist outside of musical fads and trends, a welcome moment of quiet contemplation in the sometimes hectic modern world, a subtle, stunning triumph.”For the Rabbits

Monday, July 15, 2019

half·alive • "arrow" • 2019


Vevo announces the release of half*alive's DSCVR performances of "arrow" and "RUNAWAY." Vevo DSCVR focuses on the development of emerging artists, through performance content and careful curation. Vevo has a long history of helping emerging artists break through to new and wider audiences. Past alumni of Vevo's DSCVR series include Billie Eilish, Duckwrth and Kiana Lede. Vevo is committed to working with artists at an early stage of their career to create unique content that brings their music to life visually and provides exposure to new audiences through the platform.

Jack M. Senff • Old Days • 2019


The Northern Michigan songwriter's heartfelt indie folk is refreshingly stripped down
 
"A welcomed tenderness in his melodies..crafted with masterful restraint" -
EARMILK 

 
"His vivid storytelling and harmonious melodies work together so smoothly that it’s hard not to be enamored" -
Atwood Magazine 

 
"A cowboy self-sacrifice and commitment to unshaped dreams" -
Various Small Flames 



Friday, July 12, 2019

HELENE BARBIER • Have You Met Elliott? • 2019


 delightful and remarkabe debut full length, with post-punk melodic leanings that will delight fans of The Raincoats, Lizzy Mercier Descloux et al.

Rah Rah • Good Winter • 2014



We never go drunk tobogganin' anymore
I'm still a man, but gettin' home
and passin' out on the floor
We used to wake up every mornin' so sore
and then we meet up for brunch
at a quarter til' four
I remember we were datin' those two friends
even though we were both really in love
with just the one of them
We're sayin' "parents" like I'd never done before
We meet up to start drinkin'
like it was a chore
And darlin', I don't intend to live in the past
And I'm hopin' this notalgia will eventually pass
It's so strange how certain memories
they just last, they just last, they just last
That was a good winter
That was a good winter
We used to go skatin' every other day
Slap in time to chatter
I was Lefleurs, you were Messier
Then we would all huddle close in the bars
Stay til' closin'
then get back in our cars
And darlin, ain't it crazy just how fast
the moments of your life become your past
and it's so strange how certain memories
they just last, they just last, they just last
That was a good winter
That was a good winter
I haven't seen that old gang in a while
But I don't really need to
I've got a new life now
I work on my songs and I love my girl
Still slam a few cold ones on a Tuesday
after a curl!
That was a good winter (that was a good winter)
That was a good winter (that was a good winter)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Autobahn of Life • Trains Below The City • 2019



as if Felt and Saint Etienne had recorded the lift music for the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Isnaj Dui • Primes and Squares • 2019



Being a bookkeeper by trade my immediate starting point for the 77 project was to have a look on Wikipedia for anything interesting about the number 77. Turns out it’s quite an intriguing number, made up of the first 8 prime numbers, or the squares of 4, 5 and 6. Primes and Squares is divided up into three main sections of 16, 25 and 36 minutes, as well as smaller sections of 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17 and 19 minutes which results in a meet up between the two at 41 minutes. 

Party Hardly • Rats In The Kitchen • 2019



“Fuzzy guitar riffs and rip-roaring choruses, marking themselves out as a highly exciting new prospect to keep an eye on" – The Line of Best Fit

"Strung out and dictated by sweet-as-can-be hooks, it’s the sound of youth taking a big next step, with fear, trepidation and excitement battling it out in one beastly dance" – DIY

"Off-piste slacker jams that veer between Pavement-style lyrical abstraction and PNK SLM's woozy pop, the band have already crafted a strong local following" – Clash

“90s-influenced guitar-pop brilliance” – Dork



Monday, July 8, 2019

Belle And Sebastian • Sister Buddha • 2019



Our new single ‘Sister Buddha’ is here!  The brand new video for the track is directed by Stuart Murdoch and features Zindzi Hudson, Patrick Toner and of course the band! 

Big Society • Marine Club Party • 2019



DIY Mag - "a gorgeous melting together of sleazy riffs lathered in distortion and something altogether more tender”

Wickedd Childd - "an intoxicating track, home to intriguing textures, fuzzy guitars, distortion and intricately layered instrumentals"



Live Dates:
July 12 – Bob Dylan & Neil Young @ Hyde Park
July 23 - Old Blue Last, London
July 25 – Stanton Calling Festival, Hertfordshire
Aug 16 – Cotton Clouds Festival, Oldham

Babybird • Cave In • 2019


It's dark and beautiful. 
It's strange and melodic. 
It's not what you expected. 


"One of our most subversive pop artists" - The Sunday Times 

"A surreal, off-kilter wit and an endless supply of hooks" - Entertainment Weekly 

"Graciously elevates above the merely ordinary" - Pitchfork 

"So satisfying, a perfect match of style and content" - NME 

"Strong and tuneful" - Louder Than War 

"One of the most criminally underrated bands in the UK" - MusicOMH 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Monkey (Cheetah) • The Be Positives • 2019


New single here from Manchester-based self-affirming mad-pop outfit THE BE POSITIVES – ‘Monkey (Cheetah)’

THE BE POSITIVES is a northern conundrum. It features two members from Slovenly Records garage-rock outfit Proto Idiot, who’ve found support from Dork, Loud And Quiet, Louder Than War and VICE.

Of the same vein as fellow up-and-comers Cut Worms, but filled with Lemon Twigs-esque intoxicants, the mad-pop debut ‘Monkey (Cheetah)’ was written during a Harry Nilsson binge, while the quartet were learning songs from the original ‘The Jungle Book’ film for a kids’ party.




THE BE POSITIVES is a northern conundrum. Consisting of Mike Seal (Guitar, Piano & Vocals), Rob Hatton (Bass & Vocals), Simon Mayne (Lead Guitar & Vocals) and Callum Darley (Drums & Vocals), they were splayed across Merseyside to Sheffield, all sharing an affinity for McCartney, Dylan, Kinks and Nick Lowe, and later, moving to Manchester, all hankering for gigging at grotty pubs across the city. Now united, the four-piece invoke mad-pop affirmation through berserk instrumentation laced with smart lyricism.  

Harry Heart • Montaigne • 2019



“his EP is on a different level” Indie Shuffle

“His music is sure to tug at your heartstrings” The Wild Honey Pie

“Could fill a stadium” triple j

Saturday, July 6, 2019

the GOLDEN DREGS • The Queen of Clubs • 2019


“Minimalist guitar pop hewn from the notepad of Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, or Robyn Hitchcock” – Clash

“Stirs with a lonesome soul and sense of mournful vulnerability that’ll give you chills” – The 405


“Mellow storytelling at its finest” – So Young


25 July – Port Eliot Festival
27 Sept – SET Dalston, London

Rob Burger • The Grid • 2019


The Grid captures the undeniably exploratory spirit of a lifelong sound-seeker who can’t help but let his enthusiasm for the process-- and all that leads up to it-- bleed into his work. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Rone • Motion • 2019


After completing a 12 minute composition, Rone worked with orchestral arranger Romain Allender to record the piece with the orchestra Les Siècles, accompanied by pianist Vanessa Wagner, and conducted by François-Xavier Roth. The track will be released to raise money for the non-profit organisation Orchestres à l’école which aims to support the development  and advancement of orchestras in schools.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Silver Scooter• Houston 2000



This is "If Nonsense Only Knew", "New Orleans" and "Goodbye" at a concert by the Austin band Silver Scooter at Rudyards in Houston on 11/17/2000.

Canadiana Mixtape