Four new entries and a new number one this week. The debuts are kicked off by Melbourne based New Zealand duo Hamish Lang and Daniel Neeve, aka Bad Blocks with the first single, 'Lunar' off their soon to be released EP, Circulate. The spatially ambient and precision beat laden track is in at 19.
Continuing her presence in the Top 30 at 20 is London artist FKA Twigs in the form of the patiently, expertly crafted 'Pendulum'. It follows up her former number one track, 'Two Weeks' which just fell from the chart after some 12 weeks in.
We fell for experimental electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy's last LP, Tracer and now the New York based artists are set to release a new EP, Thermal. The single from it, 'Lung' is in at 23 and has a reassuringly familiar yet progressive sound and features the awesome vocals of Tehran born and now Brooklyn based Lafawndah.
The new entries are completed by Mr Nasti, the nom de guerre of now Iowa based Nicholas Naioti. He's just released his second record, Truth Sound along with dripfeeding out three singles to promote the long player. We reckon the slow build of 'Change It' is the best of them with the duelling vocals of Naioti himself with Anna Gebhardt of Annalibera and its generally pensive disposition. It debuts at 28.
Menawhile, Lydia Ainsworth has shot to number one with the glorious 'PSI', from her equally glorious new album, Right From Real and big moves were afoot from all four of last week's new entries, all of which nestle in between 9-12.
The four new entries can be found below and includes a free download of the Bad Blocks track.
All chart details here and all tracks can be streamed in our Top 30 player. As always, enjoy.
Bad Blocks (NZL)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Circulate', Stars and Letters.
Next week sees the physical release of the debut album, Right From Real, from one of our favourite new artists of this year, Lydia Ainsworth. The Canadian electronic pop experimentalist has quietly gone about honing her vocal and songwriting craft exploring the ethereal worlds of film scores, orchestral music, opera and pop noir. The result is a futuristic triumph as she welds together all of these elements and more into eight pieces of exquisite musical architecture. Two of the tracks have appeared in our Top 30 recently, 'Malachite' and currently 'PSI' while those and two others appeared in the form of the taster same named EP back in June. One that didn't was the chopped up otherworldliness of 'Moonstone'. Right From Real is available for pre-order on vinyl through Arbutus here. It's out September 30. Highly recommended.
2. White Shadows
4. Take Your Face Off
8. The Truth
Lydia Ainsworth (CAN)
From the album, 'Right From Real', Arbutus Records.
A couple of weeks back Chicago kaleidoscopic pop/rock quartet YAWN released their excellent second album, 'Love Chills', indication of their growing songwriting and virtuosity. Tracking through multiple genres, the musically adventurous and ambition filled outfit is outward reaching in its experimentalism and far from having their back turned, each track reaches out and connects big time. It's genre hopping character is no better evident than in the two tracks featured below, the rock jam 'Flytrap' (complete with new video) and the enveloping 'Wasting, Waiting' When combined with the best track on the album and our current No. 7 track on the Top 30, 'What's In The World', you should get the drift. Love Chills is digitally out now on Old Flame Records - a CD release is set for next month - no vinyl unfortunately.
Veteran Berlin based DJ/Producer Chris Clark leads the new entries this week with the ethereally propulsive, 'Unfurla'. It sees him at the top of his game which makes the release of his forthcoming self titled album as Clark a mouth watering prospect. Unfurla hits at 17. Close behind at 18 is Client Liaison, who we featured earlier in the week with 'Queen'. Long Island quintet, Mr Twin Sister, formerly minus the Mr, release their second full length next week, also self titled. It's almost three years to the day since the release of the grand, In Heaven. The third track to surface from it is the enigmatic night inspired, 'In The House Of Yes' and that debuts at 20. At 21 is J Fernandez, who we featured yesterday with 'Cosmic Was'.
Rounding out the new entries this week at 25 is none other than that walking pop encyclopaedia from Los Angeles, one Ariel Marcus Rosenberg. Yes, Ariel Pink is back with a brand new double album, Pom Pom, set for release on November 17. Minus his Haunted Graffiti, Pink goes solo this time, although in typical ambiguous fashion he has stated, "this is the first “solo” record credited to my name, it is by far the least “solo” record I have ever recorded". The record's first single, the lovingly and weirdly wistful, 'Put You Number In My Phone' is almost a hybrid between 'Only In My Dreams' from Mature Themes and his collaboration with Jorge Albrecht from last year, 'Hang On To Life'.
Yawn, 'What's In The World', moves into the Top 10 while Free Time remains at 1 with 'Esoteric Tizz'.
All chart details here while the Top 30 Player awaits you top right.
From the forthcoming album, 'Clark', Warp Records. Out Nov 3.
Chicago psychedelic DIY pop artist J. Fernandez is set to release a new EP, Memorize Now, through our favourite French imprint, Atelier Ciseaux. It's his first since the introspective No Luck from 2012. The first track to appear is the vintage jubilance of 'Cosmic Was'. The sound should be no surprise for anyone familiar with Fernandez's penchant for home recordings and his love for experimentation and utilisation of retro equipment. Memorize Now surfaces on October 14. Get the limited edition vinyl here.
Close Your Eyes
J. Fernandez (USA)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Memorize Now', Atelier Ciseaux. Out Oct 14.
Melbourne pop outfit Client Liaison dropped their debut self titled EP last week to follow up their dance oriented 12" single from earlier this year, Free Of Fear . The hopelessly catchy funky bass, chiming synth hooks, substantial horn work and carefully constructed guitar melodies contained in first single 'Queen' will definitely get you in as it plys its trade in taking off pure late 80s Australian financial and cultural hedonism. The duo make no apologies for mining that hedonistic past, which, you can tell from their wonderous video below, they just adore doing. Did the 80s actually ever sound and look thos good? The EP is out now digitally through Dot Dash and Remote Control here. There are still a few vinyl copies of the aforementioned Free Of Fear release which includes remixes by Com Truise and Knightlife at their website here.
1. End Of The Earth
2. Feed The Rhythm
4. Groove The Physical
6. Pretty Lovers
Client Liaison (AUS)
From the EP, 'Client Liaison', Dot Dash/Remote Control.
Sydney post rock outfit Sleepmakeswaves recently released their latest impressively big sounding opus, Love of Cartography. It's their first full length release since 2011's, And So We Destroyed Everything. The name of the record is telling as the now quintet traverse through the wonders of planet and space and probe the outer limits of own musical trajectories. Post rock has always been about the intersection between wide eyed wonder and introspection and Sleepmakeswaves nail it here. The track 'Something Like Avalanches' can be streamed below. Love of Cartography is out now on Bird's Robe Records. Grab the digital or CD version here. Unsurprisingly, the limited edition double vinyl is all sold out.
1. Perfect Detonator
2. Traced In Constellations
5. Great Northern
6. The Stars Are Stigmata
7. A Little Spark
8. How We Built The Ocean
9. Something Like Avalanches
10. Your Time Will Come Again
Something Like Avalanches
From the album, 'Love Of Cartography', Bird's Robe.
New York based Australian-American outfit Free Time ascend to the number one position this week with their ultra busy jangle pop guitar feast, 'Esoteric Tizz' while three new entries join the chart.
They're led off at 18 by the new single from Yawn, 'What's In The World', with its disciplined core and shimmering edges. It's off their new album Love Chills released this week through Old Flame Records. Digital here. We're hoping for wax at some stage but we'll see.
We spoke of the new album, Wrong, from Nicholas Nicholas in the previous post from yesterday and featured the track, 'Cave'. Another track from the record, the emotive and earnest, yet administratively titled 'When The Rates Come Back' debuts at 20.
We've been kicking around (softly) the new EP by Manchester retro synth popsters Girl Friend for about a month now and finally we've made room in the 30 for the lead off track, the funk filled and bass line heavy 'Comforting Strangers'. That's in at 24 complete with video.
Fiance's 'Era', at 4 this week also now has a new video - check it below along with the three new entries.
All thirty tracks are detailed in order here while as always you can hear every entry from newest to oldest in our Top 30 Player.
A couple of weeks back saw the release of the new album, Wrong, from Brooklyn pop chameleon Chris Masullo, aka Nicholas Nicholas. You may have caught his excellent debut record from last year, Comfort Teeth and heard Wrong's opening single, the wistful and heartfelt, 'Meet Me In The Park', which spent weeks at the top in our Indie30 chart. The remainder of Wrong doesn't steer too far from that trajectory as Masullo continues to pull apart and massage the edges of pop music. If you think his take on things is a little weird, you may need to reassess in your mind what weird actually is. From behind the unassuming veneer that masks the man behind the moniker may just come one of the most honest current takes on the pop genre. Check out the track, 'Cave', below released back in July and look out for another track to grace this weeks chart. Wrong is available here digitally for a name your price arrangement and also on cassette for five bucks.
There's an air of familiarity surrounding the new entries into the chart this week with three artists making their second foray into the Top 30 and all three Canadian. The superb title track, 'Our Love' from the much anticipated new album by Dan Snaith's Caribou project hits the top 10 at 6 first week in as does Lydia Ainsworth's 'PSI', which comes in at 9. Both tracks replace 'Can't Do Without You' and 'Malachite' respectively. TOPS, whose new album, Picture You Staring, is our current album of the week also register their second entry of the year with the supple, 'Way To Be Loved' at 18. It also comes complete with brand new video.
It's as you were at the top with Saint Pepsi's 'Fiona Coyne' remaining at number one while Natalie McCool rises nine spots to 14 with 'Dig It Out'.
All details here and all tracks in the Top 30 player.
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