'I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around' is the next track to be released from Portland's Chromatics from their soon to be released record, Dear Tommy. A pulsating and markedly more upbeat affair to their previous single and current Top 30 listed track, 'Just Like You'. Desire's Megan Louise contributes backing vocals. Album out soon on Italians Do It Better.
I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around
From the forthcoming album, 'Dear Tommy', Italians Do It Better. Out in March.
There are five new entries this week in our Top 30, four of which, Toronto's For Esme, 'Just Yet' (13). Los Angeles synth pop act Breakfast, 'Boris' (14), Sydney artist Okenyo, 'Just A Story' (19) and Montreal's Seoul, 'The Line' (22) we featured throughout the last chart week.
The other new entry comes from London based electronic duo Maribou State with the urgent dubstep cum house inspired, 'Rituals' at 17 from their forthcoming album, Portraits. Listen to it below.
Yumi Zouma's 'Catastrophe' makes it three number ones in as many weeks and coincides withe the release of their new EP, simply titled II.
Au. Ra's 'Talk Show' (4) and Young Guv's 'Wrong Crowd' (5) move into the Top 5, the former release their new album Jane's Lament this week while the latter releases his long player, Ripe 4 Luv, next week. Meanwhile, Jacco Gardner jumps 10 spots to 12 with 'Find Yourself'.
All tracks are featured for streaming from newest entries down in the Top 30 player while all details and sound to every track can be found here.
Maribou State (ENG)
From the forthcoming album, 'Portraits', Counter. Out June 1
This track, 'Just A Story' by the clearly uber talented Sydney artist Okenyo could have easily slid down the turgid commercial tunnel to overblown music hell. Thankfully, the fierce individual artistry that Okenyo brings to the table ensures that doesn't happen. Indeed, the individuality embued by her authorative vocals, both in substance and arrangement and the very real emotion contained in what is actually quite a complex write renders this art, not product. 'Just A Story' is from Okenyo's forthcoming EP, Mirage. Hype? Quietly along we go.
Montreal electronic trio Seoul, who brought us the delightful Indie30 Top 100 of 2014 listed 'White Morning' are set to deliver their long awaited debut LP, I Become A Shade this June. The first single surfaced last week, the ever-understated but slightly glitchy, 'The Line'. The aforementioned track and the beautiful subtle oscillation of 2013 number 'Stay With Us' also appear on the record. We've posted all below. The album will be out June 9 through Last Gang in Canada and Grand Jury in the US. Quality stuff!
1. I Become A Shade
2. The Line
3. Haunt A Light
4. Real June
6. White Morning
7. Stay With Us
8. Thought You Were
9. I Negate
10. Carrying Home Food In Winter
From the forthcoming album, 'I Become A Shade', Last Gang/Grand Jury. Out June 9.
Toronto electronic outfit For Esmé have just released this slow burning atmospheric gem, 'Just Yet'. Martha Meredith's crisp, clear, powerful vocals and incisively uplifting lyrics are perfectly aligned alongside a deep deliberative beat and topped off by propulsive, layered swirls and washes that end up reaching clarion call like synth nirvana. 'Just Yet' is off the trio's forthcoming new album, Sugar out this Spring/Autumn. This is outstanding.
For Esmé (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Sugar', Self Released. Out Spring/Autumn.
In case you missed it last year, the stunning track 'Divinity' by Perth based artist Laura Jane Lowther aka KUCKA (pr. Koo-ch-ka), which landed inside our Top 30 tracks of 2014 now has a video. Julia Ngeow directs the contemplative and cleansing visual. Watch below and look out for her EP set for release in April on Inertia imprint, Midnight Feature.
From the single, 'Divinity', Midnight Feature/Inertia
Los Angeles synth pop quartet BREAKFAST have released two damn impressive singles so far this year. Listen to the earnest yet swanky 'Diane' and the appropriately caustic attack on the leeches of the music industry in the form of 'Boris'. below. You can still get their debut record Sun/Moon for a NYP arrangement here.
In Top 30 chart news this week, Sydney duo Au.Ra release their debut record, Jane's Lament next week and the first single, 'Talk Show' heads straight into the top ten on debut. Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner enters at 22 with the glistening first single, 'Find Yourself' from his forthcoming album, Hypnophobia, set for release on May 5. And finally Finnish quartet Mumrunner are in at 30 with their new track we featured yesterday, 'Bond'.
Viet Cong's second single from their self titled debut, 'Silhouettes' exchanges places at number one with fellow Canadians Braids, 'Miniskirt'.
All details from our second Top 30 of the year can be found here while all tracks can be found in our Top 30 Countdown Player top right. Enjoy folks!
22. Find Yourself
Jacco Gardner (NET)
From the forthcoming album, 'Hypnophobia', Excelsior/Polyvinyl/Full Time Hobby. Out May 5
Tampere shoegaze pop outfit Mumrunner unleashed their new single, 'Bond' last week. It's a track full of four to the floor delay drenched power and is the first off the Finnish quartet's debut EP set for release in May on Soliti and Wolves & Vibrancy. Listen below.
From the single, 'Bond' Soliti / Wolves & Vibrancy. EP out May.
I must admit I was a little underwhelmed upon first hearing the latest album from Trento electronic trio Casa del Mirto. My initial reluctance stemmed from the fact that its so different from the band's previous works but that, as it transpired, turned out to be its greatest asset. Still was released late last month and it wasn't long before this gem of a record began yielding its sparkling secrets. I first came across the work of band leader Marco Ricci upon the release of the superb 1979 back in 2011 and have been keenly following his progress through albums, 'The Nature', 'Love Inc.' and his flourish of singles and EP's since.
Among the most impressive aspects of Still, and there are many, is Ricci's songwriting growth. The variety he and his two bandmates bring to bear is equally stunning. The child-like collaboration with L.A artist Avalon Omega, 'Invisible' is the ultimate of slow burners. It may be off-putting at first but with repeat listens it blooms. The hypnotic ballad like 'Reflex' oozes a sense of wonder while 'Where You Stand' will carefully launch you into the ether. We posted about first single 'Pressure' last year which is arguably closest to the swagger like 1979 sound.
The otherworldly 'Last Blue Wind' and the two speed 'A Picture Of' middles out the record nicely while the laconic and meticulously constructed 'Butterfly' and the seven minute "stomper" 'What I See Inside Of Me' serve to remind how diverse this work is. The title track closer serves to bring the whole set together with its understated piano sitting neatly underneath its swirling synth.
I implore you to spend some time with Ricci and friends (Luigi Segnana and Raffaele Ricci). There's a real humility behind these tracks and true quality only ever reveals itself over time. Patience is indeed a virtue and should you elect to exercise it here, Casa del Mirto will reward you in spades.
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