Montreal dark wave/synth pop outfit Police Des Moeurs (Police Manners) are set to release their new EP, Les Mécanismes De La Culpabilité (Mechanisms Of Guilt). Melodic and dark and sung entirely in French, there is at once a nihilistic feel about first single 'Échéance', but at the same time a little light shines through. The label describes the EP as the soundtrack for a nuclear night, aptly capturing the alienation of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s. It also features a cover of the track 'No Time To Be 21' by English punk band The Adverts. Stream 'Échéance' below, view the symmetrical desolation of its official video and pre order the EP here. It's limited to 250 copies on 180gram white vinyl.
1. Echéance (Maturity)
2. Nos tristesses se rejoignent ici (Our Sorrows Meet Here)
3. Tu as honte parfois (You're Ashamed Sometimes)
4. Encore une fois (Once Again)
5. Ce sera un temps de malheur (It Will Be An Evil Time)
6. No Time to Be 21 (The Adverts cover)
*Loose translations only.
Police Des Moeurs (CAN)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Les Mécanismes De La Culpabilité', Atelier Ciseaux. Out May 21.
Wild Nothing is set to release a new EP to follow up last year's much heralded pop opus, Nocturne. Called Empty Estate, frontman and creator Jack Tatum quickly became musically unsatisfied with touring and playing the same tracks night after night and thus when his touring commitments ended late last year, he set about using his newly found free time to write a set of new songs. Among the seven songs penned and recorded over a ten day period is the slow burner 'A Dancing Shell' which you can stream below. Empty Estate is out on May 14 through Captured Tracks.
A Dancing Shell
Wild Nothing (USA)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Empty Estate', Captured Tracks.
London post punk quartet Savages, who have been getting massive love from Pitchfork over the last couple of weeks debut at 19 this week with the impressively snarly 'Shut Up'. They are joined by yesterday's feature band Saskatchewan with 'Possession' at 28. Big moves for Brittsommar, Sally Shapiro and Black Light Dinner Party. Go to the whole chart here.
Orlando indie pop project Saskatchewan have recently become a fully fledged band and are set to release their debut album, Occasion. The Chandler Strang led quartet have released two singles from the record, 'Possession', available for free download and 'Youth Ministry' as a stream. Check out both below. Occasion is out this week.
Earlier this month saw the release of the impressive second album, The Machine Stops by the Sawyer Gebauer led Brittsommar. The story behind the trans-Atlantic project is one worth telling as Wisconsin native Gebauer, having released the solo album O Lost! packed his bags for the expanses of the Swedish countryside enlisting the services of Johan Björk Dahl (guitar) and Evelin Sillén (violin/vocal). Brittsommar was thus formed and the trio set about writing various songs that would coalesce into the band's first album proper, Day Of Living Velvet, recorded back in Wisconsin. Gebauer returned to Sweden and then detoured to Berlin where the band set about recording The Machine Stops, a nine song dose of off kilter acoustic Americana combined with European folk elements. Instantly recognisable by Gebauer's unique accentuated baritone, highlights on the album include the poignant 'The Painter' (in our current Top 30) and the meditative western oriented 'Tell Me' in addition to the cracking 'Swing Low' which first appeared last year. Check out 'Tell Me' below and buy the album digitally here.
1. Ain't You Wealthy
2. Fever Dream
4. Half Inch Map
5. The Painter
6. Sing Low
7. Sweet Sleep
8. Tell Me
English singer-songwriter James Blake hits number six on debut this week with the title track from his excellent new album Overgrown. There's an impressive video to go with it if you haven't already seen it - check it out below. Blake is joined by Thundercat at 8 with 'Heartbreaks + Setbacks while other new entries see Wisconsin via Sweden and now Berlin resident Sawyer Gebauer's project Brittsommar debut at 19 with the poignant ode 'The Painter' (more on Brittsommar soon - video below too) and Sally Shapiro come in at 21 with the catchy star like number 'If It Doesn't Rain'. The new entries are completed by Japanese trio Jesse Ruins at 27 with 'Laura Is Fading'.
Youth Lagoon takes the number one spot for the second time this year with 'Mute' ascending there to follow Dropla's lead from earlier this year. Check out the entire 30 here and listen to the lot via the player in the top right column.
Wollongong duo Tace McNamara and Jim Wilson, aka This Mess, released their debut self titled EP late last year, a combination of electronic pop with soul laced tendencies. It's that latter element, driven by a propensity for old school vocal arrangements, when welded to modern electronic elements, that gives the duo a distinctive sound. Check out the gorgeous first single 'Castles' and another standout track 'Love 'til We're Lonely' below and grab the EP over at their bandcamp here.
Italo-disco duo Sally Shapiro has just dropped a new video for the track 'If It Doesn't Rain' from their toe tapping/foot stomping blissed out pop opus, Somewhere Else, released back in February and this week's Indie30 AOTW. It might seem we're a fair way behind actual release dates with our AOTW, but the simple fact is that there has been so many good albums this year that its going to be like this for a quite a while. In any case, does it matter?
Anyway, back to the crux of the post. Cutely animated, the video is very much in the mould of past efforts and even surpasses them. Edited by Iris Beatrix. Check it out below. Grab the album on vinyl here.
Tokyo electronic artist Nobuyuki Sakuma began her Jesse Ruins project a couple of years back along the way releasing songs for compilations, a single for Double Denim Records and then an EP for Captured Tracks last year. Garnering the assistance of multi-instrumentalist Nah and most recently drummer Yosuke Tuchida, Jesse Ruins is now a fully fledged trio and are set to release their debut album, A Film. Its a diverse affair, powerfully beat driven yet contemplative, starry eyed yet washed out. First single, 'Laura Is Fading' is a perfect example of this. A four four beat and pumping bass propels the track along as peculiar, almost abyss like synths provide a melody from seemingly, another world. A Film is out May 21 on Lefse.
1. Laura Is Fading
2. Talk To Alicia
3. Image Of Clementine
5. Sharon Is Frozen
6. Uxbal In A Illusive
7. Sleepless In Tokyo
9. Leonard’s Polaroid & Memo(Hera type2)
10. The Red Part Of The Thin Line
11. Before Dawn
12. Valentine at 2am
Laura Is Fading
Jesse Ruins (JAP)
From the forthcoming album, 'A Film', Lefse. Out May 21.
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