Copenhagen has spawned a burgeoning and interchangable punk scene over the past few years with Iceage, Vår (formerly War and now defunct), Communions, Lust For Youth and the like. Lower are very much front and centre of that and released their debut record, Seek Warmer Climes a couple of weeks back. The album sees the quartet taking a more post punk approach with even the odd nod to new wave and pop with reverb laden spiky guitars, muscular low end bass lines and crashing rhythms the order of the day. We've collated three tracks which you can catch below. Seek Warmer Climes is out through Escho and Matador. Grab it here.
1. Another Life
2. Dart Persuasion
3. Lost Weight, Perfect Skin
4. Unkempt, Uncaring
5. Expanding Horizons (Dar es Salaam)
6. Bastard Tactics
7. Soft Option
From the album, 'Seek Warmer Climes', Escho/Matador/Big Love
This week sees the release of the debut EP, Glass, from London based post new wave noise punks dressmaker. Replete with crashing rhythms, sneering guitar and bass, ear splitting squalls and melodic chord progressions, Glass is an intensely raucous experience. The self released EP can be purchased digitally here while the monster title track can be heard below. Apparently a vinyl release is in the pipeline.
An eclectic mix of new entries this week combining elements of straight out motorik driven rock, electronica, synth pop, minimalist R&B and retro disco. Our previous post featured the forthcoming album, No Time by Brighton's motorik inspired The Soft Walls and the second single from it scores the highest entry at 19 with the mesmerising almost trance inducing, 'Never Coming Back Again'.
London based Tahlia Barnett, aka FKA twigs has her debut record out this August and the stunning first single from it 'Two Weeks' debuts at 20. Check out the the perfect visual accompaniment for it below. Ultra-impressive.
Hot on her heels is Toronto based Lydia Ainsworth, the latest artist to drop a release through Arbutus Records, with the lush and ethereal, 'Malachite' off her debut EP, Right From Real Pt 1. That's at 21. The track also sports a fantastic video.
L.A. left field electro-disco outfit Music Go Music have a new album, 'Impressions' coming out in October. The first single 'Nite After Nite combines multiple array of approaches from prog, pop and disco across its three and half minutes. It debuts at 24.
Merchandise remain at number one with 'Little Killer' while Caribou enters the top 5 with 'Can't Do Without You. Total Control's 'Glass rises into the top 10 while there was a big move from another of last weeks new tracks, Essay with 'Ocarina' (27 to 15).
Check out all four new tracks below and get all the details, available downloads, streams and videos for all 30 tracks here. The whole kit and kaboodle is streaming in the Top 30 player top right of the website.
NOTE: The chart takes a mid year break next week and will return Wednesday, July 9.
19. Never Come Back Again
The Soft Walls (ENG)
From the forthcoming album, 'No Time', Trouble In Mind. Out on July 29.
Dan Reeves, head of Brighton label Faux Discx Records and member of Cold Pumas, who we first came across when they released a four way split single with Canadian's Women a couple of years back, is set to unveil his second solo album as The Soft Walls, the hypnotically pensive No Time. Two tracks have surfaced from the record, the latest of which we'll keep up our sleeves for this week's Top 30. The other is 'Guided Through' a souped up psychedelic ride that was released last month. Check it below. No Time is out on Trouble in Mind on July 29. Pre-order here.
1. Won't Remember My Name
2. The Big Nod
3. Never Come Back Again
4. Early In The Day
5. No Time
6. All The Same
8. Foot Of The Stairs
9. Guided Through
10. Transient View
The Soft Walls (ENG)
From the forthcoming album, 'No Time', Trouble In Mind. Out on July 29.
In the lead up to the release of their debut album, London four piece Woman's Hour have been busy on the promotion trail. This month has seen not only the video for the album's title track surface but now the silky smooth dose of ear candy has had the remix touch applied by fellow Londoner, Mike Greene, aka Fort Romeau. Both can be got at below. Conversations is out through Secretly Canadian, July 15.
1. Unbroken Sequence
3. To The End
4. Darkest Place
5. In Stillness We Remain
6. Our Love Has No Rhythm
7. Her Ghost
8. Two Sides of You
11. The Day That Needs Defending
Woman's Hour (ENG)
From the remix, 'Conversations', Secretly Canadian.
Four new tracks this week and a huge move for London's Real Lies, who enter the top 10 with the spoken word infused ode to the cold city night . At 21 is the new single, the motorik synth inspired 'Glass' from the multi genre bending Melbourne outfit Total Control. Their new album Typical System is out next week and has already spawned the synth rocker, 'Flesh War' and the totally punk nihilsm that is 'Expensive Dog. Highly recommmended purchase.
San Francisco's Bilinda Butchers debut at 24 with 'Edo Method', which was the subject of our last post. At 25 is the metal infused third single, 'Down It Goes' by Vancouver post punk quartet, White Lung from their new album, Deep Fantasy. The new entries are rounded off by the new eight minute slow burn track, 'Ocarina' by German electronic producer Simon Schilling's Essáy project. That's at 27.
The new tracks from Total Control, White Lung and Essáy can be streamed below while complete chart details can be found here. You can play the 30 in its entirety in the player to your top right.
San Francisco shoegaze pop trio The Bilinda Butchers are set to release their debut record titled 'Heaven' on Orchid Tapes (Ricky Eat Acid, Arrange, Foxes In Fiction). The dreamy first single, 'Edo Method' (Edo is Tokyo's former name) can be listened to below. The album itself is a concept based on a tale of forbidden love from the late Tokugawa Shogunate period of Japanese history. It's clear from the sound and tracklisting that the record has links with Japan written all over it with five appearances from Juri Nakashima. The Bilinda Butchers have long been fascinated by Japanese musical elements. There's also appearances from former Keep Shelly In Athens vocalist Sarah P. and Aaron Valenzuela (Harriet Brown). The vinyl is limited to white and to 250 copies. Get yours here.
This is the publicity synopsis of the record's concept:
"Heaven is the title of the diary written by Nakajima Ume, a young woman who lived in Japan from 1836 to 1864. It's entries catalog her catastrophic marriage to a cruel nobleman, and her later introduction to a young, idealistic poet whose expressions of sympathy inspire her to escape from her unfortunate circumstances.
When her friendship with the poet is discovered, Ume is sent away to a distant village, where she falls into a deep depression and eventually learns of the poet’s death. Though the news of the poet’s death initially disturbs Ume, she soon discovers within herself a new sense of clarity and motivation. Her diary ends with a final pronouncement: she will drown herself in order to reunite with her fallen lover."
1. Ume ft. Juri Nakashima
2. Less Than
3. Old Style Amami ft. Juri Nakashima
4. Shadow Beat
5. Golden House ft. Sarah P
6. New Style Akashi ft. Juri Nakashima
7. The Lovers' Suicide
8. Tanka ft. Lamp
9. Edo Method
10. The River Sumida
11. Golden House 2 ft. Juri Nakashima
12. Heaven Holds a Place ft. Harriet Brown
13. Heaven ft. Juri Nakashima
The Bilinda Butchers
From the forthcoming album, 'Heaven', Orchid Tapes'. Out July 15
Huge turnover again this week as seven songs debut, adding to the nine over the previous two, meaning over half the chart has been turned over in just three weeks. There are four new tracks we have not previously featured on Indie30. Let's go through them.
The first comes from the Brooklyn intellectual punk slackers, Parquet Courts, whose brand new album Sunbathing Animal is our album of the week. They're straight into the top 10 at 9 with their latest single complete the new video, the hynotically raucous, feedback killer 'Black And White'.
It was with most excitement that we heard the new track, 'Can't Do Without You' from Dan Snaith's Caribou project. The Canadian is set to release a new album, 'Only You' in October, his first in four years after releasing under the Daphni moniker among others in between. It's in at 10.
London trio Real Lies are in at 27 with their new single, the almost spoken word reflective spiral, 'North Circular'. It's very much a departure from their very Balearic track 'World Peace' from last year.
The final previously unfeatured track comes from a band that blew our very pop socks off with their album from 2012, Tender Opposites which ended up in our tope 10 favourite albums of that year. While 'Change Of Heart' doesn't match some of the gems from that record, its still good enough to make an entrance into our 30 best tracks this week. In fact, at 30.
The Death Of Pop's 'Whenever' (20), Firekites', 'Closing Forever Sky' (21) and Essaie Pas's, 'Retox' (25 complete the new entries.
There were big moves afoot for Merchandise who take the number one spot with 'Little Killer. Seoul move up from six to two with 'White Morning', Essaie Pas's split EP partners Police Des Moeurs move up from 12 to 7 with 'Je Te Montrerai (feat Donzelle)' and Brett 14 to 5 with 'Lovers' featuring Yumi Zouma's Kim.
Get all the details here and play the lot in our Top 30 Player. The four previously unfeatured tracks are below.
9. Black And White
Parquet Courts (USA)
From the album, 'Sunbathing Animal', Mom+Pop/What's Your Rupture
The Gia Coppola directed video to one of our most favourite tracks of last year, 'You're Not Good Enough' by the Devonte Hynes led project Blood Orange has just been released. It sees Hynes do one of things he does best, being ultra cool by being super uncool, even singing into a bunch of flowers at one stage. His duet partner, Samantha Urbani of Friends looks stunning while she stays stage left as Hynes, spinning and dancing awkwardly through the dancing extras goes on a backstage odyssey, finding said flowers and returning to finish the song. He could do anything at present and it would be just fine with us.
Speaking of which, Hynes's recently original music score to Coppola's film Palo Alto was released last week. Two tracks from it, the title track and 'April's Bathroom Bummer', in addition to the great video aforementioned, can be checked out below. Palo Alto - Original Motion Picture Score, not to be confused with the soundtrack is out now digitally and will be released on limited edition coloured vinyl through Domino on August 5.
1. Palo Alto
2. Soccer Field
3. Teddy & April
4. April’s Daydream
5. Run To Graveyard
6. April’s Bathroom Bummer
7. Emily & Fred (Part 1)
8. Emily & Fred (Part 2)
9. Teddy Rides Home
10. Teddy & Fred In The Playground
11. Teddy In The Library
12. Big Game
13. April Bounces
14. Skateboard Garage
15. Teddy Loves April
16. April By The Pool
17. Fred Drives
18. Teddy Is Crushed
Newcastle band Firekites are set to unveil their long awaited second record, Closing Forever Sky. It's their first release since their debut, The Bowery, in 2008. Largely featuring the four core members, their sound has metamorphosised into incorporating an electronic and analogue approach and if the first single and title track is anything to go by they're veering close to introspective melodic post rock in the vein of Sweden's Jeniferever and England's Codes In The Clouds among others. Listen to that track below and pre-order the John McEntire produced album on vinyl through Spunk Records here. It's out August 15.
1 Closing Forever Sky
3 The Counting
4 Fifty Secrets
5 Somewhere Bright First
6 Said Without A Sound
Closing Forever Sky
From the forthcoming album, 'Closing Forever Sky', Spunk. Out on Aug 15.
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