Brooklyn based artist Ang Low digitally released his thrilling debut EP Life Goes Down last week to rave reviews. We recently featured one of the tracks, 'Win Back Your Love' from the EP in our Top 30. Two more tracks have surfaced during the past two weeks, the frenetic 'Voodoo Woman' and the soul inspired, 'Can't Describe Her'. The latter has just had a video made for it. Check out both tracks below and grab it in its four track entirety here.
Can't Describe Her
Ang Low (USA)
From the EP, 'Life Goes Down', Luv Luv Luv Records
Swedish indie pop quintet Case Conrad have ascended the Indie30 chart this week all the way from 10 to 1 with the outstandingly and beautifully measured, 'Copper Thief' off their new album Leikko in one of the biggest moves to the top for some time. There's some other big moves as well from Minneapolis artist Kyle Imes, aka Deepest Bison whose dissonant folk number, 'Cockscombs' moves from 5 to 2, Portland's Pillar Point 'Cherry' 6 to 3 and London's Cymbals 'Erosion' 9 to 4. Swedish electronic trio DNKL move into the top ten with 'Battles' (7) as do Detroit's Protomartyr, 'Come & See (10. Baltimore's Future Islands move up 14 spots to 13 with the irresistable 'Seasons' (Waiting On You)'.
There's two new entries from artists we've featured across the past week. At 23 is Roladex with the metronomic synths that form 'Cathode Rays' and Brisbane artist Tincture with the deep emotion of 'Similar Circles' (27).
Full chart details here and alll tracks are playing top right in the Top 30 player. Enjoy.
23. Cathode Rays
From the album, ''Anthems For The Micro-Age', Medical Records.
We featured the brilliant new record, Three Love Songs by Ricky Eat Acid a few weeks ago and are now more than pleased to bring you another stupendously good release from Toronto label Orchid Tapes. The new album and fourth from Portland's arrange is a blueprint for the world of electronic ambient and experimental pop right now. Within that pop framework, Their Bodies In A Fog enlists an array of other genres (soul, R&B, dub and experimental dissonance) in its sincere quest to connect with you. It's a cathartic quest, one that's searching for trust, trust in yourself and knowledgeable trust in others. The album also features a brilliant collaboration with Ricky Eat Acid. We could have chosen any track to share with you but we've gone for the dreamy pop of 'Home'. Their Bodies In A Fog can be purchased digitally for a name your price arrangement and on cassette right here.
1. A Fog
6. Heart/What If This Were It
7. Alumi (feat. Ricky Eat Acid)
9. Dark Rooms
10. For Ma
11. Say You Will
From the album, 'Their Bodies In A Fog', Orchid Tapes
Brisbane producer Tincture (Luke Dalton) last week released his debut EP, Tryst, an amazing collection of five tracks that will definitely embed themselves in your music consciousness. Incorporating the sounds of ambient music mixed in with busy percussive elements. emotive hooks, wistful synth washes and manipulated vocals in addition to his own, there's a sense of loss and longing that's present, as if Dalton has laid himself bare and is trying to work out how to rationalise his idealised view of love and relationships. That he's allowed his naivete to surface deliberately gives these songs special meaning. Listen to debut single 'Tryst' featuring the gorgeous vocals of Hazel Brown below and look our for his second track to appear in our Top 30 countdown this week. Tryst is out through Silo Arts & Records. Grab it digitally here. Exceptional.
1. Similar Circles
2. Tryst (feat. Hazel Brown)
4. Need U
5. Heavy Water
Last month saw the release of the debut full length, Anthems For The Micro-Age from retro synth pop futurists Roladex, the project of Texas duo Elyssa Dianne and Tyler Jacobsen. This follows their release with Night People late last year of the EP Cathode Rays (that track appears on here and will be in our Top 30 Wednesday). The album combines laconically frantic arpeggio synth constructions with deadpan vocals and motorik beats all ensconsed in a analog sound framework. If I sound all sciencey and technical like, which I'm not, give the tracks 'Blacklit Disco' and 'Color Channels' below a spin and you'll know why. Better still grab the album on the format that the duo had in mind when recording, yep, you guessed it, vinyl. It's out in limited release through Medical Records here.
1. Anthem For The Micro-Age
2. Cathode Rays
3. Love Surgery
4. Blacklit Disco
5. Empty Streets
6. Color Channels
7. Pink Halloween
8. Single Cell City
9. Scan Lines
10. Nuke It Out
From the album, ''Anthems For The Micro-Age', Medical Records.
Ian Hobbs, the man behind Solitary City has released his first track, 'Assigned To Nature'. The instrumental track floats along with an ethereal ambience interspersed with restless percussion and countless samples of outside recordings. Hobbs states that endless days wandering cities, people watching and getting lost in solitary moments of inspiration was the base from which the work sprung. It's an impressive debut. Listen below and buy for a pound at his bandcamp here.
Assigned To Nature
Solitary City (ENG)
From the digital single, 'Assigned To Nature', Self Released.
Six new debuts this week featuring four tracks we have yet to feature on Indie30. We spoke previously of Swedish electronic trio DNKL with their new track 'Battles' and Detroit post punk/rock act Protomartyr with their kickarse number 'Come & See. They're in at 11 and 16 respectively.
Joining them are Jönköping indie popsters The Mary Onettes with the sublime 'Naive Dream' (22) off their new mini album, Portico. That was out digitally yesterday while the physical release remains a month away.
The Toronto based Robert Alfons fronted project Trust released a new album this week without Austra percussionist Maya Postepski. Titled Joyland, it sports a more dance like edge and that's no exception on 'Are We Arc', which debuts at 23.
Baltimore based indie pop trio Future Islands featuring the vocals of Samuel T. Herring has a new album out, confusing called 'Singles' on new label 4AD and the beautifully balanced first single which was released in January, 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' is in at 26.
Cleveland indie rockers Cloud Nothings have just released the second track, 'Psychic Trauma' from their forthcoming fourth long player Here And Nowhere Else an that hits at 27.
The only real move upwards this week is by Case Conrad and reflects a big week for Swedish music with the entries of DNKL and The Mary Onettes. The contemplative Swedish quintet have broken into our top ten with the hypnotic pop brilliance of the measured 'Copper Thief' (10) off their new album Leikko.
The previously unfeatured songs can be found below while the order and details of all 30 tracks are here.
Listen to the whole Top 30 from the latest additions down streaming in full on our Top 30 player to your top right.
22. Naive Dream
The Mary Onettes (SWE)
From the mini-album, 'Portico', Labrador. Digital out this week. Physical out April 7.
Today sees the release of Atlas, the long awaited sparkling third full length from New Jersey quintet Real Estate. If one was expecting anything much different from their last album, the outstanding Days back in 2011, they're sure to be disappointed but if you're like me and just wanted more of the same dreamy languid suburban pop, then you won't be, far from it. Atlas again showcases the duelling melodies and open chords of Matt Courtney and Matt Mondanile's clean reverb laden guitars while other ever present member Alex Bleeker's muscular but understated bass work underpins the beauty. It's seems the founding trio along with keyboardist Matt Kallman and drummer Jackson Pollis could do this in their sleep such is their tightness but their deceptively simple approach belies their ability to give each track the legs to last. Atlas will only reveal its true secrets with repeated listens. With 'Talking Backwards' going great guns at 2 in our chart at present, the gorgeous yet lyrically anxious second single, 'Crime' (streaming below) matches it and more. Other standouts include the bookends, opener 'Had To Hear' and closer 'Navigator' along with the Mondanile penned instrumental April's Song'. Atlas is out through Domino. Buy here. Real Estate are currently on a North American tour and play Vancouver tonight. Remaining dates below.
1. Had to Hear
2. Past Lives
3. Talking Backwards
4. April's Song
5. The Bend
8. How Might I Live
March 4 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
March 6 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
March 8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
March 9 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
March 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
March 19 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
March 20 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
March 21 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
March 22 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
March 23 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
March 25 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
March 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
March 27 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
March 28 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
March 29 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
March 31 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
April 1 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
April 2 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
April 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
April 5 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
DNKL, the Swedish electronic act who impressed us so much late last year with their debut single 'Hunt' have released another quality track in the form of the the slow burner 'Battles'. Again purveying the sounds of light and dark, the track's synths oscillate away as wistful vocals are combined with an unsettling siren's wail. A melancholic presence yes, but that doesn't mean the track gets bogged down in its own mire. Rather the complexity of life is captured beautifully by twinning the battles between hope and despair. Like the Indie30 Top 20 of 2013 track 'Hunt', 'Battles' has generously been made available as a free download. Grab it below. DNKL do four shows in Germany mid March supporting Hundreds before hitting Roskilde in late June.
Rising Detroit post punk/rock outfit Protomartyr have released the second single, 'Come & See' from their forthcoming album, Under Color Of Official Right. The offbeat dominated track packs quite a punch and deals with the often macabre media attention and the concocted and misplaced rescue plans their declining home city has attracted from outside interests. Unlike the unfortunate situation their city finds itself in, Protomartyr's star is definitely on the rise. Both the new track and the first single, the taut, new wave and punk inspired 'Scum, Rise!" have generously been made available as free downloads. Protomartyr kick off an American tour tonight that includes SXSW and playing support to Cloud Nothings for five shows in April and May. Under Color Of Official Right is out April 8 on Hardly Art.
2. Ain't So Simple
3. Want Remover
4. Trust Me Billy
6. What the Wall Said
7. Tarpeian Rock
8. Bad Advice
9. Son of Dis
10. Scum, Rise!
11. I Stare at Floors
12. Come & See
14. I'll Take That Applause
Sat. Mar. 1 - Oberlin, OH @ Dionysius Dance Club (Oberlin College)
Wed. Mar. 12 - Austin, TX @ North Door (Sub Pop day party) [SXSW]
Wd. Mar. 12 - Austin, TX @ French Legation (Pitchfork Day Party) [SXSW]
Thu. Mar. 13 - Austin, TX @ Beerland (Can't Stop The Bleeding day party) [SXSW]
Fri. Mar. 14 - Austin, TX @ Waterloo Records (Waterloo Records day party) [SXSW]
Fri. Mar. 14 - Austin, TX @ The Liberty (Hardly Art/Suicide Squeeze showcase) [SXSW]
Sat. Mar. 15 - Austin, TX @ Beerland (WFMU day party) [SXSW]
Sat. Mar. 15 - Austin, TX @ The Hideout Theatre (Monofonus showcase) [SXSW]
Tue. Apr. 8 - Detroit, MI @ The Lager House (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) w/ Spray Paint
Wed. Apr. 9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler's Coyote Cafe w/ Spray Paint
Fri. Apr. 11 - Cambridge, MA @ Democracy Center w/ Spray Paint
Sat. Apr. 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio w/ Spray Paint
Sun. Apr. 13 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Spray Paint
Tue. Apr. 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Spray Paint
Wed. Apr. 16 - Baltimore, MD @ The Gold Bar w/ Spray Paint
Thu. Apr. 17 - Raleigh, NC @ Slim's Downtown w/ Spray Paint, Whatever Brains
Fri. Apr. 18 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Spray Paint, Whatever Brains
Sat. Apr. 19 - Tallahassee, FL @ Liberty Bar w/ Whatever Brains
Mon. Apr. 21 - New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar w/ Whatever Brains
Tue. Apr. 22 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree w/ Whatever Brains
Wed. Apr. 23 - Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox w/ Whatever Brains
Thu. Apr. 24 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub w/ Whatever Brains
Fri. Apr. 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Whatever Brains
Sat. Apr. 26 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street
Tue. Apr. 29 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room w/ Cloud Nothings
Wed. Apr. 30 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's w/ Cloud Nothings
Thu. May 1 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ Cloud Nothings
Fri. May 2 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Cloud Nothings
Sat. May 3 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Cloud Nothings
Come & See
From the forthcoming album, 'Under Color Of Official Right', Hardly Art. Out April 8.
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