Colleen Green - Rabid Love
Colleen Green comes from Oakland, but she sounds like she comes from 1993. This track from her new EP 'Cujo' sounds like a number of early 90s singles released by the 4AD label. There's a definite hint of The Breeders about 'Rabid Love', yet Green manages to make her music sound fresh rather than a rehash. Noisy, melodic and under 3 minutes – like all the best pop songs should be.Hit the arrow for a free download.
More free tracks including a Pixies cover are avaiable on Colleen Green's bandcamp
Buy the EP.
Givers - Meantime
Mixing up the styles (not to mention the rhythms and the tempos over the course of a single song) are Louisiana's Givers who release their new album 'In Light' next week. This week, however, sees the release of new single 'Meantime' which combines traditional guitar-pop with Afrobeat influenced rhythms and a tropical tang. The result is like less preppy Vampire Weekend, summery and fun.
Clock Opera have also mashed their influences into a unique sound over the course of a few independently released singles. Now signed to the ever reliable Moshi Moshi label, they bring us the unsurprisingly wonderful and inventive 'Lesson No. 7'. Expect many glowing reviews when they release their début album.
A Tom Vek remix of this track is free from Clock Opera's website
Oberhofer - Gotta Go
19 year old Brad Oberhofer isn't just ignoring the any talk of the death of guitar music (which is nonsense by the way), he's doing his best to prove it has a future and that he's a part of it. 'Gotta Go' is brilliantly wide-eyed and energetic, it clatters along as if the whole thing is held together with sellotape. Rest assured, guitar music is in safe hands. Yours for free below.
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OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK
dEUS - Keep You Close
Arguably the best band to come from Belgian soil, dEUS, have had a fairly lengthy career, gaining much acclaim in the mid 90s, before taking a break for a couple of years in the 00s and reforming with a changed line up. New album 'Keep You Close' is out in the UK today (it reached gold status in Belgium on the day of release) and shows that the ravages of time and a change of personnel hasn't adversely effected their music. The album's grand, cinematic title track shows they're still a match for the best bands the current music scene has to offer.