Toronto post rock instrumentalists Fresh Snow are set to release their second full length album, to follow up 2013’s, I. Simply titled, WON, it’s a wild five song ride taking the listener through a myriad of approaches and styles within and between tracks. Take for example, ’King Twin Rides Again’, the album’s all instrumental opener which begins in a cold, robotic like place but ends up in almost euphoric celebratory form. The album is not completely vocalless, featuring a delicate contribution from the uber talented Carmen Elle (DIANA) on the almost celestially funky ‘Proper Burial’ and a typically trenchant performance from Damian Abraham (Fucked Up) on the 10 minute work of hypnotic dissonance, ‘Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth’. Proper Burial can be streamed and its video viewed below while you can pre-order the album through Hand Drawn Dracula here.
1. King Twink Rides Again
2. Proper Burial (feat. Carmen Elle)
3. Blood In The Sun (digital only)
5. Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth (feat. Damian Abraham)
Proper Burial (feat. Carmen Elle)
Fresh Snow (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, WON', Hand Drawn Dracula. Out Sept. 11.
Earlier this month, Minneapolis duo Grand Courriers released their third single, the melacholic and introspective, yet warm, ‘Table Talk’. As with their previous two singles, Donald Lawson and Brady Lundy show once again they have an uncanny ability to raise the stakes within a track with the utmost care and subtlety. Another winner. Stream it below.
If you aren’t familiar with their work, check out the first two singles here and here.
Sadly, but strangely satisfyingly, Korallreven, the Swedish Balaeric pop project of Daniel Tjader and Marcus Joons have announced that their collaboration is at an end. After two albums, An Album By Korallreven and Second Comin', both of which gained places in our Top 30 end of year album lists, and by their own admission a rollicking good time, artistically and otherwise, the duo have decided to call time on their own terms. They go out at the height of their powers (in this space anyway) with a track that fittingly highlights all the elements we loved about them. 'Here In Iowa' mixes understated, thoughtful, breezy, danceable pop with wide open horizons. In their own words;
"It's been an incredible trippy trip, sort of a dream come true, sort of a dream become shattered. Kinda incredible how Korallreven, with this weird name in Swedish snowballed from bedroom recordings in Stockholm into a headlining US tour, festivals around Europe, amazing collaborations and all this love we have felt from all around the world. It's been magic, but there is a time for everything and an end to everything as well, also with Korallreven.
So, enjoy this single, as you would the last drop of fresh water in the jungle. It sort of underlines everything we wanted to do from the beginning but never achieved. Lifelovingness, big words and melancholy in three and a half minutes, for the last time."
Daniel & Marcus
If you want to own the last track released by Korallreven on wax, grab it here. It's limited to just 200 copies.
Swedish pop saboteur Molly Nilsson heads the new entries at 13 this week with the track we featured yesterday, ‘1995’ from her forthcoming new album, Zenith. Just one place behind is FKA twigs with the brilliant middle track, ‘In Time’ from the equally brilliant new EP, M3LL155X. We’ve included her whole video extravaganza below but for ’In Time’ go straight to the 7.10 mark and listen until 11.45. Deerhunter are back with a new album in October, Fading Frontier; the single, ’Snakeskin’ is at 18.
Joining these three tracks is the first track to be released from the forthcoming album, It's You from Melbourne post punk outfit Gold Class. We've been sitting on the frenetic 'Life Is A Gun' for some weeks but with the album out in two weeks time, this was the perfect opportunity for it to make its entrance. It's at 23 and is available as a free download.
The next entry is from the new single from Magical Cloudz, the emotive, sleeves laid bare project of Devon Welsh and his musical collaborator Matthew Otto. Their last record, 2013’s Impersonator was a standout of that year and on the strength of the towering ’Silver Car Crash’, the new upcoming full length, Are You Alone, out October 16 is set to do the same in 2015 . That’s at 25.
Last but not least is Orlando’s Saskatchewan at 29 with the readily effective dreamer, ‘Delusive’ . Try getting that three chord hook out of your head. Impossible.
Huge moves into the Top 10 for two young Australian acts this week. Melbourne’s Arbes climb straight to 7 with ‘Beach Side’ while Brisbane’s Lastlings hit to the Top 5 with ‘Verona’.
Ought remain at number one with ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’. FKA twigs, Magical Cloudz and Saskatchewan tracks are streaming below, all details for all tracks here and all 30 tracks are also streaming in our Top 30 player.
"Windows 95, it's only a metaphor for what I feel inside"
Molly Nilsson, '1995'.
Check out the new single, '1995' from Berlin based Swedish artist Molly Nilsson, the self effacing dedication to a year, according to Nilsson where “we thought we were standing on the threshold to the end of time…and still do”. The self directed video in collaboration with sees the deadpan Nilsson front and centre looking longingly yet knowingly about the futility of myopically looking to the future. As ever, there’s also more than dose of subtle ascerbic wit aimed at the concept of a music video itself. One wouldn’t expect anything else from an artist who has spent her career making unorthodox takes on pop convention and unleashing subtle, sometimes harsh, always emotive truths about the absurdities of modern life. We've also included the ultra perceptive video to previous single, the tropics inspired and Graw Böcklaw directed 'Lovers Are Losers'. Her brand new record, Zenith, which contains both tracks, hits September 25 through Dark Skies Association and Night School Records. Pre-order it here. Nilsson launches the album in Berlin at the Berghain's Panorama Bar on September 15 and then heads out with Canadian pop specialists TOPS across North America in late October.
1. The Only Planet
4. Mountain Time
5. Bunny Club
6. Intermezzo: Palimpsest Galore
8. Lovers Are Losers
10. My Body
12. Bus 194 (All There Is)
Molly Nilsson (SWE)
From the forthcoming album, 'Zenith', Dark Skies Association/Night School Records. Out Sept. 25.
Prominent and arguably seminal Atlanta pop/rock outfit Deerhunter are set to return with a new album, Fading Frontiers, their seventh full length. Over the weekend, frontman Bradford Cox hosted a two hour surprise radio show in his hometown during which he played the album’s first single and announced its release date. Like all of Deerhunter’s work, the initial worth of the groove laden ‘Snakeskin’ is deceptively derivative, before over several listens, it inevitably takes on a mind of its own. Fading Frontiers is the first release since Monomania and Cox’s car accident in December 2014 and also features the track, 'Breaker' a vocal "duet" between Cox and guitarist Lockett Pundt, a first for the band. Watch the video for ‘Snakeskin’ below. The album is out October 16 on 4AD.
1. All The Same
2. Living My Life
4. Duplex Planet (feat. Tim Gane)
5. Take Care (feat. James Cargill)
6. Leather And Wood
7. Snakeskin (feat Zumi Rosow)
8. Ad Astra
From the forthcoming album, Fading Frontiers', 4AD.
Out of nowhere and without fanfare, independent musician, artist and performer FKA twigs has released her new five track EP, M3LL155X. She set it in motion with four stunning back to back videos rigorously encapsulating through dance and technology, the concepts of misogyny, objectification and sexual reclamation and from the words of her own press release pregnancy and pain, the birthing of creativity and freedom and liberation. Watch the 16 minute work of art below showcasing four of the tracks and grab the EP digitally here. The vinyl according to her label Young Turks will follow soon.
Brooklyn trio Small Black's new single, the ever-dreamily constructed 'Boy's Life' off their forthcoming new album, Best Blues joins the previously featured Melbourne bands, Arbes, 'Beach Side' (21) and Totally Mild, 'Move On' (23) as the new entries this week. Two Canadian acts are in the news this week. Peter Sagar's project, Homeshake, moves up seven spots and into the Top 10 with 'Heat' (10) and American expats Ought ascend to the number one position with their modern day opus 'Beautiful Blue Sky' to replace Blank Realm's 'River Of Longing' (2).
All chart details here while all songs are streaming as always in the player.
27. Boy's Life
Small Black (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Best Blues', Jagjaguwar. Out October 16.
Canny Melbourne pop quartet Totally Mild released their debut full length, Down Time, in Australia back in April on the erstwhile Bedroom Suck Records and last week scored the album an international release through Fire Records. We missed the initial release here so the second release is most welcome. It’s kinda what happens when you don’t have your ear to the ground at home. Understated is often a word overused in the independent music sphere but in the case of the Elizabeth Mitchell fronted band, their name, the name of their album and their slow dance type approach to their brand of pop just oozes the term. But don’t be fooled by such superficiality as musically, Totally Mild’s carefully constructed melodies and deliberative timing structures possess great songwriting depth and align perfectly with Mitchell’s emotive and bittersweet lyrics. And if you haven’t caught up with Totally Mild to this point, check out the self effacing excellence of three tracks below, the upbeat sparkle that characterises the single 'Move On', along with the celestially glacial, 'Christa' and the gentle mantra of 'Always Around'. You can grab a copy of the record on vinyl here. Just plain fuckin' gorgeous!
2. When I’m Tired
3. Go Home
4. Move On
6. The Next Day
7. Work It Out
9. Always Around
10. Money Or Fame
Totally Mild (AUS)
From the album, 'Down Time', Bedroom Suck/Fire Records
Swimmer, the debut EP from Melbourne surf pop outfit Arbes, originally released in Australia digitally back in May, last week scored a limited edition cassette release through London DIY label Sports Day Records. Consisting of Jess Zanoni’s affectively constructed vocals and elastic bass lines, Anita Agathanelou’s effusive and restless stick work and Sam Pannifex’s intricate delay drenched guitars, the self-admitted bashful “okay? trio” (according to their twitter account) have been acquiring a deal of blog love over the past couple of weeks surrounding the international release. We’re more than happy to join the love-in. Swimmer can be bought digitally on the band's bandcamp page for a steal $1AUD and on cassette (only 50 in the run) here or here. The perfect accompaniment to the now or soon to be sweltering northern hemisphere summer. Let’s hope this is just the start from a young band chock full of potential, (they're still in their teens btw). This is indicative on the EP's first two tracks, the bang on hook driven 'Beach Side' and the dreamy, tropic inspired 'Key Largo' both of which can be streamed below.
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