Lushlife - Magnolia
This is probably one of my most listened to tracks this year, and it now has a pretty impressive video to go with it. The concept perfectly compliments the speed of the Lush flow too, which is especially smooth here. Taken from the great album Plateau Vision, released on Western Vinyl.
State Broadcasters - Kittiwake
There was a time when Scotland was known for turning out great little bands like this, not too long after the popularity peak of Belle & Sebastian mainly. You know what I mean, the kind of understated twee folk bands who do a fine line in articulate melancholy. There’s not quite as much of it kicking about here these days, having been generally replaced by a more frantically dour optimism trailing after the likes of Frightened Rabbit, WWPJ etc. Soo, the return of State Broadcasters actually seems like a nice breath of fresh air.
This is a lovely wee track full of wistful little intersections of strings, handclaps and harmonised vocals - all quite perfect for the onset of Autumn. The album Ghosts We Must Carry is being released by Olive Grove Records on 17 September.
Frightened Rabbit - State Hospital
Dam Mantle - Canterbury Pt.1
Dam Mantle is set to finally drop his debut album Brothers Fowl on October 7. Here’s the phenomenal first single Canterbury Pt. 1. You can also grab another of the album tracks by clicking here.
Efterklang - Hollow Mountains
One of the most consistently wonderful bands around. They’re back with a new album Piramida due out 24 Spetember through 4AD. Can’t wait for this one.
The Sea and Cake - On and On
Taken from new album Runner, due out on Thrill Jockey 18 September.
Evan Caminiti - Absteigned
I’ve been living with this album for a couple of months now and it’s really good, one of his most immersive and complete solo works. It’s actually snuck up on me a little bit how much I do appreciate it, maybe slightly more than my already submitted review reflects. This video really does well to capture the creepy isolated atmosphere of the whole thing. The album, Dreamless Sleep, is due out on 21st August through Thrill Jockey anyway, review will be forthcoming around that time.
Deerhoof - The Trouble With Candyhands
This is mad and brilliant, and a bit mad.
Tamaryn - I’m Gone
Taken from forthcomming album Tender New Signs, due out through Mexican Summer on October 16th.
Balmorhea - Pyrakantha
Those tireless instrumentalist Austinites Balmorhea are finally back with a new studio album! I only say finally as it’s been almost double their customary 12 months break, a fact that makes most bands look just plain lazy. Pyrakantha is the first track to be taken from fifth album Stranger, and it suggests something of a shift for the normally all acoustic sextet. The track unfolds slowly with their prickly guitar plucking becoming immersed in electonic static which melts into spritely appregios before summery electric guitar strokes leave us running after them towards the sunset. Like I said, it’s really quite a change from the arid desert invoking epics which they’re known for and how it plays out over a full album remains to be seen, but it’s undeniably a bold and intriguing move. Stranger is released through Western Vinyl on October 2nd.
This Afghan Whigs cover of Lovecrimes puts an amazingly cheesy 80’s rock style spin on the original. Would love to hear them cover something from Channel Orange.
Just like that. The Secret EP was released via Bandcamp earlier today and is available to download for the pricely sum of 5 US Dollars. Here’s the accompanying blurb for the release…
“new songs for 2012 , a taste of our upcoming 2013 album, but, NONE of these songs will be on that album.. i repeat: NONE of these songs will be on our forthcoming/in progress 2013 LP .. this is our first new material in 14 years ( wtf! )… proceeds from this will help us continue working on the LP and remain as independent as possible.. physical copies (CD) only available at shows on our upcoming tour..”
Menomena - Heavy Is As Heavy Does
Menomena have a new album called Moms due out in September. It’s their first since the departure of founding member Brent Knopf (who quit to focus on his excellent solo guise Ramona Falls), and so could potentially see a shift of focus. Certainly hearing this relatively straight forward track would suggest that some of the bands eclecticism, a large part of their appeal, may have left with Knopf. Though it might lack that familiar stylistic schizophrenia Heavy Is As Heavy Does is still an engaging enough listen with some wonderfully deadpan lyrics. Looking forward to see how this one turns out, Moms is released through Barsuk on 18th September.