It would have to be one of the quietest weeks for new music for a long long time as just the two previously featured tracks on Indie30 make the Top 30 this week. At 24 and 25 respectively comes Jet Setter and Bored Nothing with 'We Lied' and 'Dippin'Toes'. Black Cab hit number one with the totally souped up 'Supermädchen' while Grand Courriers rise to 4 with the grandiose 'Taking'.
All chart details can be found here while all tracks are streaming in the Top 30 player.
FKA Twigs has just unveiled her new video for the stunningly unsettling 'Video Girl' from her excellent debut record LP1 released back in August. It also includes the equally unnerving 'Preface' to the record. And yes, the visuals match the feeling that something's definitely amiss and Tahlia Barnett's revenge is in for anybody who's ever asked her the question 'was she the girl from....?'
Brisbane multi-instrumentalist Fergus Miller released his second record, Some Songs, under his Bored Nothing moniker last week. The Elliott Smith channeler, and to label him just that is more than a little unfair as you'll discover below, released his self titled debut back in 2012, more a set of tracks than an album such was its disassembly. This time around though, Miller has released a more cohesive affair as he set about recording this as an album proper. Dream pop aspects merge with folk stylings to produce an absorbing affair where slight and subtle melodies wind their way through the album's 13 tracks. The dual sided, in it's laconic yet frenetic nature, 'We Lied' is the second single and can be streamed below. Some Songs is out now on all formats through Spunk Records. Buy vinyl here.
Dublin indie pop/rock quartet Jet Setter have released a new single in the lead up to unveling their debut as yet unannounced EP. Called 'Dippin' Toes', the crisp and punchy song's title reflects its brevity clocking in at just over two minutes. It's over all too quickly and leaves you wanting more. If that was the intention, it's worked here. Stream it below and check out the official video. Pre-order the 7" vinyl here.
Operating the back end of the site with essentials in a little bar in Fiesole, Italy (October 2013).
Montreal quartet TOPS live up to their name this week as they hit the top of the Indie30 chart with the super jaunty yet uber smooth 'Way To Be Loved' off their superb second album, Picture You Staring. The other notable moves are by Chicago duo Sister Crystals with their new single 'Obsidian' which rises to 7 second week in and Joel Ford's new pumper 'Breathe' which also hits the top 10 at 9.
There are four new entries this week. Copenhagen post-punk outfit Iceage have just released their discordant monster of a third LP, Plowing Into The Field Of Love and the slow burning Bad Seedsesque number 'Forever' is our highest placed debut at 17. In early September,
Tennis, the project of Denver couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley released their third album, Ritual In Retreat but unfortunately, we again were under a rock somewhere. The album is their best work yet and they have come along way since this writer saw them in Copenhagen on the back of debut Cape Dory back in 2011. The splendid 'I'm Callin' debuts at 21.
Another Montreal band, Blue Hawaii, released their first work this week since last years amazing long player, Untogether. The restless hypnotic nature of Raphaelle Standell-Preston's and Alex Cowan's has been somewhat restrained to good effect on 'Get Happy'. It's in at 23.
The new entries are completed at 26 by Best Friend, whom we featured yesterday with 'Swallow'.
All chart details can be obtained here while everything is streaming in the Top 30 player.
From the album, 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love', Escho / Matador.
Nashville quartet Best Friend released their debut album earlier this year called Division and yep, we missed it here. Good thing we didn't miss this emotive jangly gem, their new single, 'Swallow'. Listen below and buy the aforementioned album for a name your price arrangement here. Just plain fuckin' nice...
Best Friend (USA)
From the single 'Swallow/Still There', Self Released.
With just under a month to go until the release of his new double album, pom pom, independent music's favourite (or not) off-pop character Ariel Pink shared a new track this week to further whet the appetite. It's called 'Black Ballerina' and fits in nicely with the deconstructive almost dizzy feel of the record as Pink alternates between intricate pop and rock wizardry, 'Four Shadows', 'Lipstick', 'Not Enough Violence', crass commercial ditties, 'Jell-o', 'Dinosaur Carebears', innocent sex crazed odes to the other, 'Sexual Athletics' & 'Put Your Number In My Phone' (in our Top 5) and plain absurdity 'Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade'. If all of this weren't engineered in the mind of an everyday walking pop encyclopaedia, you might just be running a mile. But they all hang together fittingly to provide a thrillingly weird listen for those who get the total honesty of this vital yet much misunderstood artist. He ain't just doing this for fun. If you've met him, you'll get that too. As he recently remarked to Pitchfork, "It's interesting that I don't really know what I'm doing, and neither does anybody else. But I've still got fight in me and I'm as confident as ever, so I have a duty to stick around.”
pom pom is out via 4AD on November 18. Highly recommended. Pre-order here.
Another five fat new entries this week led by New Zealand expatriates Yumi Zouma's gorgeously awkward to sublime new single, 'Alena' at 14. They can't put a foot wrong and it seems nor can they on most independent music blogs. Close behind at 15 is Chicago duo Sister Crystals, who we featured yesterday with their new single, 'Obsidian'.
Joel Ford, one half of Ford & Lopatin and Ejecta has teamed up with the latter's Leanne Macomber to lavish upon us the stomping bass heavy electricity of 'Breathe'. When those tough, yet slimlined electronic elements are combined with McComber's spare and delicate vocal contribution, the result is pretty special. It's at 16.
At 22 enters Calgary art rock outfit Viet Cong, which features ex-Women members Matt Fliegel and Mike Wallace, with their new single, the spiky and spiralling and very Woman like 'Continental Shelf' while Copenhagen quintet Lowly complete the new tracks at 25 with 'Stones In The Water', which we featured last week.
Mr Twin Sister remains at number one with, 'In The House Of Yes' while Black Cab's Supermädchen rises all the way to 3.
Catch the previously unfeatured tracks below. Everything else is here while all tracks are featured as always every week in our Top 30 player - newest to oldest.
Chicago psych pop/rock duo Sister Crystals have release a nuanced, understated, yet pumping new single, 'Obsidian'. This follows up their self titled debut album of last year which, we must admit, was missed here. Having just given it a spin, the talented songcraft comes through as the duo clearly understand colour and shade, sonically painting subtle intricate textures but not shying away from letting go either. This hypnotic effort builds on this trajectory and sports a more fuller production and sound. New tracks are afoot for a second album for release next year too. Looking forward to that. Stream 'Obsidian' below.
Aarhus hard to classify quintet Lowly will release a new single next month, 'Stones In The Water', a rollicking and restless affair combining a hard hitting beat and withering vocals with off kilter machine like guitars and noodling synths. It's out November 3 on Win-Win, One Little Indian's new imprint. Stream below.
Stones In The Water
From the forthcoming single 'Stones In The Water / Forward', Win-Win Records. Out November 3.
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