The paucity of quality new tracks from new artists continues unfortunately hence the lack of posts lately. Thankfully, erstwhile favourites like Beach House, Molly Nilsson and Majical Cloudz, all of whom have previously had tracks in our Top 30 countdown in 2015, are still pumping out Top 30 worthy quality. There's never been a two week drought like it, the inbox ain't quite doing it and the regular sources are coming up just short at present.
Which brings us to Beach House who surprised us all with the sudden release of their second album for 2015, Thank Your Lucky Stars just two months after the release of Depression Cherry. The stellar slow burn of 'Elegy To The Void' replete with its steady beat and softly squalling guitar enters the countdown at 21.
At 24 is Molly Nilsson, whose wax version of her excellent new album has been delayed until next month. Zenith was due to hit on September 25 but the all to familiar pressing plant delay has hit the understated DIY pop artist. The latest single (and video) to surface is the emotive swirling synthpop of 'Happyness'. That's at 22 and also replaces '1995'.
Completing the new entries is the new Majical Cloudz track from their new album Are You Alone. True to form, Devon Welsh's unique love ode, 'Downtown' quickly turns into doubt and melancholy as he pleads for his obsession to be accepted. That enters at 25.
Small Black remains at number one with 'No One Wants It To Happen To You'. The three new songs are below and all chart details here while all tracks can be found streaming in the player.
21. Elegy To The Void
Beach House (USA)
From the album, 'Thank Your Lucky Stars', Sub Pop/Bella Union.
While there has been some full length additions to the independent music pantheon recently, (our albums of the week as well as Terrible Truths, Deerhunter, Majical Cloudz and Small Black among others, there has been a little lull in the release of kick arse singles of late. Our apologies for the lateness of the chart this week. We do have four new entries to share with you. The first two come from Canadian artists, both of whom have been mainstays of the respective music scenes for many years. Victoria BC artist and co-founder of Adventure Boys Club records, Aidan Knight is due to put out his third album sometime next year and has recently shared that record's first single, the subtlely effecting, 'All Clear'. That enters at 25.
While Sean Nicholas Savage's work has exactly been up in our faces like that of other Arbutus Records artists, his recently released full length record, Other Death, has been slowly seeping into our musical pores over the last few weeks, so much so, that we could no longer ignore the albums first single, 'Propaganda' the personal clarion call for a free off beat approach to life in the face of the growing narrow conservatism in western society. It's at 27. (Check out his new video for the track 'Promises' below too)
Detroit post punk outfit Protomartyr, whose latest album, The Agent Intellect, is our current album of the week, recently released a new track from it, the angular, pulsating chord driven, 'I Forgive You'. That debuts one place behind at 28.
The final new entry is the latest synth driven number from Negative Gemini, the project of Queens NY artist, Lindsey French. The first single from her forthcoming LP, Body Work, the hypnotic slow burner, 'You Never Knew' sneaks in at 30.
The Top 30 has a new number one this week, appropriately by Brooklyn electronic quartet, Small Black, who's new album, Best Blues came out this week. 'No One Wants It To Happen To You', the album's second single takes the mantle from Satchkatchewan.
All details of every track including media, artist pages and release information can be found HERE while as per each week, all tracks are streaming in the Top 30 player.
25. All Clear
Aidan Knight (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Each Other', Adventure Boys Club. Out 2016.
While its been sitting in our Top 30 chart for some six weeks, 'Come Home Now', the latest single from Day Wave, isn't released physically on 7" vinyl until November 6. Now the Jackson Phillips project has dropped the singles' b-side, 'You Are Who You Are' and guess what? It's sweet as. Listen below.
You Are Who You Are
Day Wave (USA)
From the single, 'Come Home Now', House Arrest Records. Out physically November 6.
Swedish trio Postiljonen return the the chart with their new single, ‘Go’ following up their previous entry, ‘Wait’ from earlier in the year. That debuts at 24. One spot behind is Groeni with ‘Hedre’, which we featured on Wednesday. After much deliberation, Toronto shoegazers Beliefs complete the new entries at 27 with ‘1992’ off their forthcoming full length, Leaper.
Saskatchewan remain at number one with ‘Delusive’ while there were big moves for Hazel English 'Fix' (24 to 10) and FERN 'It Comes Slow' (23 to 13). You can find all chart details HERE and all tracks in the player.
Wellington outfit Groeni released their third EP at the beginning of this month entitled Hinde, a melancholic and delicate work of beat inspired dark electronic music influenced by multiple dance genres. The project, led by Alexander Green was until earlier in the year a solo one and indeed the debut self titled EP released in 2012 was a much more downtempo affair with Hinde’s current trajectory first beginning to appear on their second EP, Hewn, released earlier this year on Berlin techno collective label Project Mooncircle. With Green being joined by Mike Isaacs and James Paul, Hinde represents the beginning of something larger for Groeni, both lyrically (delivered as always by Green’s powerful falsetto vocals) and musically. Watch the Joel Fear directed video for lead track ‘Hedre’ below.
Orlando outfit Saskatchewan take the number one position this week with their emotive dose of pop sugar, ‘Delusive’ as the second single, the sublime ‘No One Wants It To Happen To You’ from Brooklyn quartet Small Black smashes the chart to settle at number 5 on debut.
Small Black is joined by a further four new entries led by two Australian acts, both of whom we featured this week. Sydney trio FERN settle in at 23 with ‘It Comes Slow’ while Oakland based Hazel English sits a spot behind with ‘Fix’.
They are accompanied by Sandviken dream pop quintet YAST, who we featured earlier this year when they dropped what turned out to be the first single from their recently released second album, My Dreams Did Finally Come True out now on Adrian Recordings. The second single to be taken from it is the propulsive and shimmering ‘Together Forever’ and that enters at 25. You can grab a copy of the album HERE
The last entry is the astrally far flung, yet measured and compact first single from Corinth duo Ocean Hope, ‘By Your Side’. It comes from their debut EP set for November 13, Chamber Dreams. That’s at 26. Pre-order your copy of the four song EP on cassette or digitally here.
You can immediately listen to the YAST and Ocean Hope tracks below. 'Together Forever' is a free download so ensure you make it yours. All chart details are HERE and all tracks are playing from the Top 30 player in order of newest entry to oldest.
25. Together Forever
From the album, 'My Dreams Did Finally Come True', Adrian Recordings.
Oakland based Australian artist Hazel English has just dropped her latest single, the gorgeous piece of heartfelt nostalgic pop that is ‘Fix’. It follows on from her previous two excellent singles from earlier in the year, ‘Never Going Home’ and ‘It’s Not Real’. For your listening pleasure, we’ve assembled all three below.
Earlier this month Sydney trio FERN released their impressive debut single, the metronomic yet atmospherically endearing, ‘It Comes Slow’. The title is a perfect way to describe how the track slowly envelops you during its four and a half minute timespan. Grab it as a free download below.
Our current album of the week comes from the intellectually and musically salient Ought in the form of the outstanding Sun Coming Down. The fact that it equals if not betters their brilliant debut from last year More Than Any Other Day speaks volumes for just how good this young band are. Angst ridden but never overwrought with anger, brutally honest without overtly offending, the Tim Beeler/Darcy led outfit wear their influences but on an unpredictable sleeve. The frenetic pace of Sun Coming Down perfectly matches the largely unconscious exhaustion of modern life. With the acerbic and witty first single, ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’ spending an number of weeks at number one, the release of the record late last week gifted us the brand new video for the almost title track, 'Sun's Coming Down' and the perfect excuse to rave about one of the best young bands going around. We've included that and album opener, 'Men For Miles' below. Sun Coming Down is out now through Constellation.
Joanna Newsom’s urgent and affecting new single, ‘Leaving The City’ is our highest debut this week at 12. The track comes from her forthcoming double album, Divers, set for release on October 23. The Radio Dept. are right behind at 13 with their new single, ‘This Repeated Sodomy’, which we featured on Tuesday.
Montreal quartet TOPS have released a new single, ‘Anything’, a deliberate, emotional slow burner driven by the best vocal performance Jane Penny has ever delivered. That debuts at 14.
It’s a case of first single out second single in for Deerhunter this week as the funk filled ‘Snakeskin’ is replaced by the lush jangly pop of ‘Breaker’. It’s at 21. The TOPS and Deerhunter tracks sport excellent videos too. Alongside the new Joanna newsom track, they can be viewed below.
Gold Class ascend the number one position with the insanely catchy, ‘My Life As A Gun’ while Kelela moves into the Top 5 at 4 with ‘Rewind’.
All details for every track including artist pages and album release details can be found HERE while every track is playing from newest entry down in the Top 30 player.
12. Leaving The City
Joanna Newsom (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Divers', Drag City. Out October 23.
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