The pick of the songs out as singles or downloads this week. I wonder how many of them will chart tonight? (Clue: none)
The Morning After Girls - Alone
It may have taken them 6 FLIPPING YEARS, but finally the best shoegaze/dream pop band Australia has ever produced return with the follow up to 2005's hugely underrated masterpiece, 'Shadows Evolve'.
The album 'Alone' was released this week and is mixed by Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Interpol). The title track is yours for free.
The free download of 'Alone' is available on rcrd.lbl
The Morning After Girls website
Buy the album.
TV On The Radio - Caffeinated Consciousness
The acclaimed New Yorkers release latest album 'Nine Types Of Light' in April. This second taster shows the band sounding as meaty and experimental as ever. We wish bassist Gerard Smith a speedy recovery and hope that he'll be able to hit the UK for gigs later in the year.
The free download of 'Caffeinated Consciousness' is available on the band's website
Pre order the album.
Here We Go Magic - Hands In The Sky
Secretly Canadian has spent the past few years proving that it's one of the most important independant labels out there. Here We Go Magic's 2010 album 'Pigeons' was incredibly well recieved. No mucking about, they follow it up quickly with a new release 'The January EP' (who cocked up the release date?!) and you can get hold of new track 'Hands In The Sky' for free.
Free download: Hands In The Sky
Here We Go Magic on Myspace
Buy the EP.
Wye Oak - Civlian
Baltimore is one of America's hottest cities for current musical talent (along with Brooklyn and Portland) and the new album from Wye Oak only enhances it's reputation. Formed in 2006, 'Civilian' could well be the band's best album so far. If you want proof, get your ears around the title track.
Free download: Civilian
Wye Oak on Myspace
Buy the album.
OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong
Yeah, that lot again. I wasn't the only one to raise an eyebrow upon hearing the news that the desk for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's second album would be manned by Flood, famed for his work with *shudder* U2. Maybe I should have had more faith in the band who's debut was The Sound Of Confusion's album of the year in 2009. Less immediate than some previous singles, 'Belong' still comes up trumps. The extra gloss saves the band from any danger of repeating the same trick twice, but doesn't overshadow the song itself. The entire album is streaming online now, and first impressions are that once again, the Brooklyn collective have come up with another corking set of tunes.
Stream the single and album on The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's website
Buy the single.
The Sound Of Confusion on Myspace
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