London electronic pop duo Empathy Test are set to release their second EP, Throwing Stones, next month to round off the year the way they started it, with debut Losing Touch... in nice style. Over the past couple of weeks, they've been drip feeding three of the four tracks across a number of blogs. Check out the slow burn of the title track below and look out for 'Holding On' to feature in our last chart of the year. Throwing Stones is out December 9 through Stars And Letters. Strictly for emotive pop tragics.
Empathy Test (ENG)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Throwing Stones', Stars And Letters. Out Dec 9.
Typical System by Melbourne electronic and punk collective Total Control is sure to be high in our Top 30 albums for 2014 when we release the list next month. It expertly manages to capture and modernise the essence of the interchangability between nascent versions of punk, new wave and dance music that characterised the early 1980s. There's no better evidence of this than on the hauntingly propulsive synth driven track, 'Flesh War' which now has a video. Check it out below.
Total Control (AUS)
From the album, 'Typical System', Inertia / Iron Lung / La Vida Es Un Mus Discos.
We first fell in love with Italian electronic artist Marco Ricci's Casa Del Mirto project back in 2011 with the release of the expertly chilled 1979. Two albums later, the now trio are set to release their fifth full length, Still, early next year. The first single to appear from it is 'Pressure' denoting Ricci's ever moving musical landscape. It's a work of self-assurance, a laid back piece of hypnotic electronic pop with simmering bass and half falsetto vocals. On the strength of this we look forward to giving the whole thing a spin. Still is out through Ghost Records on January 26.
Casa Del Mirto (ITA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Still', Ghost Records.Out on Jan 26, 2015.
Well, that's just about it peeps. Just the one chart to go for 2014 after this week.
Just the one new one to add to this edition of the 30 on top of the two tracks we have featured earlier in the week. That comes from Perth artist KUCKA (pron. Coo-ch-ka with an accent above the C which we can't sport) with her immensely good new single, 'Divinity'. A very appropriate title to such a divine piece of electronic pop. That's in with a bullet (haven't used that one in a while!) at 11 and streaming below.
Nite Fields enters at 14 with the bass line dominated brilliance of 'You I never Knew' while Cotillon also enters at 25 with 'Before'.
Yep, you guessed it, the mighty 'Supermädchen' from Black Cab stays at 1 for the fourth week in a row while pecas, 'Keeper' (5), Viet Cong, 'Continental Shelf' (6) and Sui Zhen, 'Infinity Street' (7) enter the top 10. Tennis, 'I'm Callin' (8) re-enters also.
All chart paraphernalia here while the player is over there.
From the single, 'Divinity', Midnight Feature/Inertia
Brisbane outfit Nite Fields is set to release their first long player, Depersonalisation, early next year and the first single from it is the angular hook laden, 'You I Never Knew', soaked as it is in its soupy DIY aethestic. The album was self-recorded over four years in almost twenty locations including garages and bedrooms and was mixed and produced by Nigel Lee-Yang of HTRK. Depersonalisation is out on vinyl February 3 through L.A label Felte with a limited cassette run on Australian label Lost Race. Do yourselves a favour and grab a free download of the single below. This is really good.
You I Never Knew
Nite Fields (AUS)
From the forthcoming album, 'Depersonalisation', Felte/Lost Race. Out Feb 3, 2015.
Los Angeles based singer songwriter Jorsan Corso, the brains behind DIY dream pop outfit Cotillon has released the first single, 'Before' from his upcoming self titled debut record set for release early next year. The track is a consistently dreamy DIY affair with a hazy recorded feel. The album was recorded with Chet 'JR' White, formerly of Girls and is set to drop January 26 on Burger Records.
2. Call Me Up
5. Yesterdays Shoes
6. Holding You Back
7. Left Bank
9. Should Have Known Better
From the forthcoming album, 'Cotillon', Burger Records. Out on Jan 26, 2015.
It's fast approaching people, yep, the end of another year of the Top 30. This chart is the third last of 2014 and sports five new entries led off by Melbourne's Sui Zhen at 15, who we featured on Wednesday, with 'Infinity Street'. At 25 is another Australian artist from the other side of the continent, Perth's Water Graves, who we also featured during the week with 'Signal Fires'.
The four remaining new ones which you can check out below begin at with New York's Parquet Courts doppelganger Parkay Quarts who have a new album coming out just five months since the last, the excellent Sunbathing Animal. It's called Content Nausea and the deceptively innocuous album closer, 'Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth' debuts at 20.
At 26 is another Australian act from Melbourne, Good Morning with their warped and leisurely and Mac DeMarco styled, 'Don't Come Home Today' from their debut EP Shawcross. Chicago singer songwriter Erik Hall makes music under the In Tall Buildings moniker and has just released the first single, the gentle beauty of 'Flare Gun', from his upcoming record to be released in February next year, Driver. That's sits at 27.
Greek electronic dream pop outfit Keep Shelly In Athens return with their first release after the departure of Sarah Psalti with Myrtha now on vocals. The track, 'Fractals' follows on quite seamlessly from last year's debut album At Home and has the same big beats and signature 80's inspired pop sensibilities. That completes the new entries at 29.
The amazing 'Supermädchen' from Black Cab, whose excellent new record, Games Of The XXI Olympiad, was released in Australia last week, remains at number one while Best Friend hits the top 5 at 4 with the ever grower 'Swallow'.
Melbourne based artist Becky Sui Zhen has just released a new single, the deliberate swerve laden electro pop of 'Infinity Street'. This comes hot on the heels of her excellent Female Basic EP released back in August. You can get that on cassette here. Sui Zhen's debut album, Secretly Susan, will appear some time next year and will sport 'Infinity Street. On the strength of this, much anticipated. Listen and watch the self directed, produced and shot video below.
Sui Zhen (AUS)
From the single, 'Infinity Street', Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control
Water Graves, now the electronic project of Perth musician and producer Coel Healy has announced the release a new single, the insular, hypnotic yet warm and inviting 'Signal Fires'. The single marks the beginning of a new direction for Healy, who is now its sole member and an EP is in the pipeline for 2015. Listen below. Nice.
Swedish electronic trio DNKL, who we have featured on Indie30 multiple times for damn good reason, are set to release their debut EP, Wolfhour. If you're a regular visitor, you'd have already heard the brilliance of 'Hunt' and 'Battles'. Wolfhour contains two more originals with the title track and the aforementioned getting the remix treatment from Keep Shelly In Athens, Seekae and Sun Glitters. A stripped back rework of 'Battles' by Lambert will reinforce just how good the original is. The Seekae remix of same is below. Wolfhour is out digitally November 17 through Sugarcane Records. Apparently there are vinyl plans... there better be!
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