Monday, 12 December 2011
Out This Week - 12th December 2011
Gross Magic - Yesterdays
First up this week is this terrific split EP featuring tracks from The History Of Apple Pie, Echo Lakes, Novella and this free track from Gross Magic. 'Yesterdays' piles of the distorted noise and strangely treated vocals to create an unusual hybrid of grunge, pop and shoegaze. If you like the sound of this, seek out their recently released 'Teen Jamz EP' and look out for more next year.
Gross Magic - Yesterdays by abeano
Gross Magic's website
Buy the EP.
Fear Of Men - Doldrums
This week also sees the release of a limited edition cassette by London/Brighton based quartet Fear Of Men. Those of you who've consigned your tape deck to the loft/landfill/charity shop will be pleased to note that highlight 'Doldrums' is available digitally for free. It's a lovely piece of woozy, melodic indiepop with sweet vocals, and it leaves us wanting more.
Free download: Doldrums
Fear Of Men's website
Buy the EP.
Fol Chen - So Good
Californian six-piece Fol Chen put out a new track this week. 'So Good' is an excellent piece of alternative pop with a choppy rhythm and sounds which come pre-programmed into a new instrument the band have created, the Tetrafol, which is pictured above. Quite what this is and how it works is a slight mystery at the moment, but if this is an indication of what it does then it's worth owning!
Fol Chen, "So Good" by asthmatickitty
Fol Chen's website
Guards - Do It Again
Indie-rock act Guards have just put this new single online. 'Do It Again' suggests they could end up having a hell of a lot more than their current total of 491 'likes' on Facebook before too long. This is the kind of big hearted guitar tune that's destined for a wider audience whilst remaining an independent and slightly off-kilter charm. Guards should be very big.
Guards - Do It Again by Pretty Much Amazing
Buy the single.
OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK
Azure Blue - The Catcher In The Rye
Azure Blue is the new project from Swede Tobias Isaksson who was formerly a member of the bands Irene and Laurel Music. The pure synth-powered indiepop brilliance of 'The Catcher In The Rye' was initially released earlier in the year but now gets a much deserved new release on Matinee Records. This is like the best song that OMD never made crossed with Scandinavian pop genius. Stunning, in other words.
The Catcher in the Rye by Azure Blue
Free download: The Catcher In The Rye
Azure Blue's website
Buy the album.
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