Three years in the making, English duo Elephant are set to release their debut album, Sky Swimming. Unsurprisingly centred around the complexity of relationships, given that Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck were in one and broke up during the recording, Sky Swimming is at times a dreamy affair based around laconic soul and lounge stylings with a retrospective feel but at others their electronic pop sensibilities truly kick in. If your not familiar with Elephant, we've assembled a collection of tracks appearing on the record that they've released during the past year, including a free download of latest single, 'Elusive Youth' below. Sky Swimming is out next week via Memphis Industries. Grab it on vinyl here.
5. Elusive Youth
7. Torn Tongues
8. Come To Me
9. TV Dinner
10. Sky Swimming
From the forthcoming album, 'Sky Swimming', Memphis Industries. Out on April 28.
This weeks chart sees a massive debut at 14 for Swedish trio Wilderness with their to die for new single, 'Hold On', a divine piece of pop that will be stuck in your head for days on end. You can download it for free below. The ultra impressive SoftSpot, who we featured earlier in the week, enter at 19 with the sublime 'Pickup Lines'. San Franciscans The Fresh & Onlys return with a brand new album in June, House Of Spirits, and the second track to appear from it is the haunting western sounding 'Animal Of One. That's in at 21. Odonis Odonis, out current AOTW band, debut with 'Angus Mountain' at 22 while the new entries are rounded off by Camilla Sparksss and her new single, the contorted electronica of 'Move Like A Shark' at 26.
ALX hist top spot this week with his exquisite piece of R&B and soul, 'Beautiful Criminal' while How To Dress Well moves up seven spots to 11 with his new track 'Repeat Pleasure'. Check out all the new ones bar the Odonis Odonis track, which you can find here.
You can stream every track on the player top right and get the details of all 30 track right here.
I popped into Melbourne last weekend for some general drinking and other tomfoolery with friends and caught nascent Melbourne experimental post punk outfit Esc at their regular haunt, the Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy. The creative five piece, sporting dual drummers, put on quite a esoteric and eclectic set despite some technical difficulties, unsurprising when you consider the voluminous electronic gear that accompanies their live show. Alternating angst ridden and sonically deadpan vocals, angular bass and interludes of guitar experimentation in between doses of melodic pop were the order of the night with half the set new tracks. With that said, Esc are currently in the process of raising funds for an album to follow up their self-titled EP from last year. Get around them. Meanwhile, for the unfamiliar, we've included two of our favourites from the EP, the eminently grooveable 'Atomic Shadow' and the celestially dark 'Deathbed' below.
North Carolina trio SoftSpot, since transplanted to Brooklyn, released their second album, MASS, last week and have recently shared two new videos, one of which 'Black Room Blues' directed by band member Sarah Kinlaw, we have for you below. The other, for 'Pickup Lines' will appear in the Top 30 tomorrow. The slow burn album, in which each track is a variation on a theme, contains elements that range from introspective post rock to intricately constructed glistening pop and reflects the strange dichotomies of modern life. It almost forces you to stop and contemplate in a world that almost won't let you. MASS is certainly brain food for the thinking music lover.
You can also stream the first single, You/Yours' from the record as well below. The self released album can be purchased on vinyl here.
Last week saw the release of the debut album, For You The Wild, from Canadian experimental pop artist Barbara Lehnhoff, aka Camilla Sparksss. A mixture of angst, reminiscent of her involvement with Aris Bassetti in noise punk band Peter Kernel (Bassetti produces here), alienation, and yet at the same time warm and ethereal like melodies, Lehnhoff continues the impressive boundary pushing disposition that marks the experimentalist streak that has run through Canadian independent music over the years. The angst and alienation come through lyrically in Lehnhoff's blistering critique of the current state of the world. There is definitely visceral intent on each of the ten tracks, many of which have been released as singles across the last couple of years. Such intent no better illustrated on the new single, 'Move Like A Shark' which will enter the Top 30 on Wednesday. In the meantime, you can listen to two of those aforementioned singles released last year, 'Precious People and I'll Teach You To Hunt', to whet the appetite.
For You The Wild is out now through Africantape and On The Camper Records. You get the feeling from her facebook page that Lehnhoff is very relieved its finally happened. Grab it here. Recommended.
1. Move Like A Shark
2. Precious People
3. I'll Teach You To Hunt
5. This Is Huge
7. For You The Wild
8. You Are Awesome
10. White Cat
Camilla Sparksss (CAN)
From the album, 'For You The Wild', Africantape/On The Camper
Toronto noise pop merchants Odonis Odonis are set to drop their second long player, Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled next week. As its title suggests its split down the middle into harder and softer sides; between some hard arse industrial aggression and a mixture of psychedelic shoegaze and new wave pop. We've picked two faves that illustrate the duality, the glistening shoegaze of 'Angus Mountain', and the earbleedingly manic 'Order in The Court' Both are complete with Jesse Yules and Lee Stringle directed videos respectively. Over two years in the making, Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled sees release April 15. Grab your limited edition of only 500 on vinyl here.
2. Are We Friends
3. Order In The Court
4. New Obsession
5. Breathing Hard
6. Mr. Smith
8. Angus Mountain
9. Office Sluts
11. Transmission From The Moon
12. Alexa Wait
Odonis Odonis (CAN)
From the album, 'Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled', Buzz Records.
There are six new additions to the Top 30 this week led by Norwegian DJ Producer, Todd Olsen and American independent electronic R&B and soul afficionado Tom Krell. Olsen dropped the first Todd Terje album yesterday, It's Album Time, after 15 years of plying his craft. The hit he wrote for a certain UK pop star, who shall remain nameless on these pages, back in 2009 has enabled the talented disco oriented spin doctor to splash out and create his own label, which hosts the album. The pumping 'Delorean Dynamite' is in at 17. Right behind at 18 is Krell's How To Dress Well project with the sparkling 'Repeat Pleasure' off his forthcoming album, What Is The Heart, out late June.
Joining them is Stockholm duo Wouie, who've dropped five digital singles over the winter. The best of them is the mini-anthem 'Sydow'. That's in at 26. English DIY electronic artist Jr. Sea, apparently based in Sevilla in Spain first appeared in the middle of last year with the track 'Out Of Body Auto-Reply' and has now signed to Tough Love and released his first album, Learning To Vanish. The latest track to stem from it the big sounding crooner 'Holiday From Pain' and that enters the chart at 27.
The two track we've featured during the week also get a gong. Belgian duo Hydrogen Sea debut at 29 with 'Leave A Mark', while the UK duo Frett come in at 25 with 'Porcelain'.
Future Islands remain at number one with 'Seasons (Waiting On You', while in keeping with the ecletic blend that is the top 30, three hard arse tracks occupy spots in the Top 10. Perfect Pussy enter at 9 with the coordinated chaos of 'Interference Fits'. Protomartyr's 'Come & See' off their Indie30 AOTW Under Color Of Official Right, is at 7 while Cloud Nothings ascend to 4 off their new album, released this week, Here And Nowhere Else.
You can find all the new tracks in order of entry in the player complete with the other 24 while full details of all tracks including labels and links can be found here. Big week folks, enjoy.
Last week saw the release of the debut EP, Court The Dark from Belgian duo, Hydrogen Sea. There's a super smooth and atmospheric vibe present throughout the five night themed tracks, no better in evidence than on lead track, 'Leave A Mark'. Give it a spin and check out its video below. Court The Dark is out through Unday Records here.
1. Leave A Mark
2. Only Oleanders
3. End Up
4. Wear Out
5. The Farside
Suffolk duo Frett are set to release their new self released EP, simply titled 3, next month and have recently put out first single, 'Porcelain'. It sports some great soul like vocals and meticulous guitar work. You can pre-order the EP, out on the 12th May, here. Listen to the track and watch its rather austere video below. A certain major label "boffin" is mentioned on their press page as approving of the track, whatever that means... Let's hope they don't go down that path.
Just the two new entries this week, both of whom we have featured earlier. In come Grand Courriers with 'Rejoice' (27) and Motorama with 'She Is There' (30)
To coincide with last week's release of their fourth album, Singles, Future Islands hit top spot with 'Seasons (Waiting On You) while ALX ascends to 3 with 'Beautiful Criminal, +/- move to 7 with 'The Space Between Us' after a long time sitting in the lower rungs and Tirzah rises 10 spots with 'No Romance'.
All the chart details are here while you can play every track in the 30 in the Top 30 player in the top right panel.
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