Tampere shoegaze pop outfit Mumrunner unleashed their new single, 'Bond' last week. It's a track full of four to the floor delay drenched power and is the first off the Finnish quartet's debut EP set for release in May on Soliti and Wolves & Vibrancy. Listen below.
From the single, 'Bond' Soliti / Wolves & Vibrancy. EP out May.
I must admit I was a little underwhelmed upon first hearing the latest album from Trento electronic trio Casa del Mirto. My initial reluctance stemmed from the fact that its so different from the band's previous works but that, as it transpired, turned out to be its greatest asset. Still was released late last month and it wasn't long before this gem of a record began yielding its sparkling secrets. I first came across the work of band leader Marco Ricci upon the release of the superb 1979 back in 2011 and have been keenly following his progress through albums, 'The Nature', 'Love Inc.' and his flourish of singles and EP's since.
Among the most impressive aspects of Still, and there are many, is Ricci's songwriting growth. The variety he and his two bandmates bring to bear is equally stunning. The child-like collaboration with L.A artist Avalon Omega, 'Invisible' is the ultimate of slow burners. It may be off-putting at first but with repeat listens it blooms. The hypnotic ballad like 'Reflex' oozes a sense of wonder while 'Where You Stand' will carefully launch you into the ether. We posted about first single 'Pressure' last year which is arguably closest to the swagger like 1979 sound.
The otherworldly 'Last Blue Wind' and the two speed 'A Picture Of' middles out the record nicely while the laconic and meticulously constructed 'Butterfly' and the seven minute "stomper" 'What I See Inside Of Me' serve to remind how diverse this work is. The title track closer serves to bring the whole set together with its understated piano sitting neatly underneath its swirling synth.
I implore you to spend some time with Ricci and friends (Luigi Segnana and Raffaele Ricci). There's a real humility behind these tracks and true quality only ever reveals itself over time. Patience is indeed a virtue and should you elect to exercise it here, Casa del Mirto will reward you in spades.
Sydney and now London based duo Au.Ra are set to release their debut album, Jane's Lament, and have just released the fourth cut from it, the atmospherically sparkling and psychedically multi-layered, 'Talk Show'. Resting on a delay drenched three chord hook, a consistent off beat, washed out synths and laconic vocals, the single packs a great deal into its substantial six minute running time. Au.Ra. materialised through the coming together of Tom Crandles (Ghostwood) and Tim Jenkins (Parades) and the record gained its finishing touches from HTRK's Nigel Yang. Jane's Lament is out on March 3 through Felte Records. Get it on all formats including vinyl here.
4. You're On My Mind
6. Spare the Thought
7. Talk Show
From the forthcoming album, 'Jane's Lament', Felte. Out March 3.
The Top 30 is finally back for 2015 and it's a Canadian 1-2. Montreal based trio Braids take out our first number one of the year on the Indie30 Top 30 chart with the incredibly powerful, 'Miniskirt'. Read our article on that release and their forthcoming album here. At 2 is Calgary's Viet Cong with the manic 'Silhouettes', while Yumi Zouma takes 3 with 'Catastrophe'. 'Just Like You', the first track from Chromatics new record is at 4 while Natalie Prass takes the number 5 spot with 'My Baby Don't Understand Me'.
The rest of the chart is full of gems of all colours, shapes and sizes. The remainder of the top 10 are from artists we have featured this year except the fast paced 'Roswell' from Toronto synth rock outfit Moon King at 7 and L.A artist Lauren Hillman, aka Kotomi, rounding it out at 10 with the shimmering, yet disciplined heartfelt ode to lives suddenly lost, 'The Last Time'.
All tracks previously unfeatured this year, there are almost 20 of them, (Sleater Kinney, Leave The Planet, BOUQUET, Jib Kidder, Waxahatchee, Makthatverskan, Grave Pool, Nadastrom, The Twerps, Young Ejecta, Casa Del Mirto, Sosi, Petite Noir, Joanna Gruesome, Tabrill, The Soft Moon and Purity Ring) can be perused with full detail below while all 30 tracks are streaming in countdown format in our Top 30 player to the top right. Full chart details are here
It's great to be back folks!!!
Moon King (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Secret Life', Last Gang. Out April 18.
Extreme genre hopping Toronto artist Ben Cook is set to release his first long player, Ripe 4 Luv, under his solo moniker Young Guv. If anybody is expecting it to sound anything remotely like his work in bands Fucked Up and No Warning - just don't. But if Yacht Club is more up your alley, the uber smooth album closer, 'Wrong Crowd' is below to take you alternatively to a tropical paradise or a seedy late night bar - you pick! Ripe 4 Luv is out through Slumberland on March 9.
1. Crushing Sensation
2. Ripe For Love
3. Crawling Back To You
5. Kelly, I'm Not A Creep
6. Dear Drew
7. Living The Dream
8. Wrong Crowd
Young Guv (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Ripe For Luv', Slumberland. Out March 9/10.
Last month, synth pop duo prints_, the Los Angeles based project of Carol Rhyu, the artist behind White Blush and Keil Corcoran, released a new track, 'Ghosts', a smooth yet unsettling number that combines glitchy electronic percussion, twinkling eerie like synths with Rhyu's dream like vocals. There are EP releases for both prints_ and White Blush upcoming this year. Our ear will be out.
Finnish producer Roisto released his debut EP, Apart In Love late last month. It contains three tracks and four remixes, three of the title track, which you can find in its base form below. Swirling synths combine with subtle guitar to create a chilled out funky disco vibe that's all over far too soon - hit extended mix that closes out the set to fix that. What's impressive is the difference between the three originals with the uplifting semi-euphoric 'I'm Who You Need' and the more darker 'Call The Sky'. Apart In Love is out now on iTunes through Youth Control Records.
Montreal outfit Braids have announced an April release for their much anticipated third album, Deep In The Iris. Since the release of their outstanding debut Native Speaker back in 2011, the trio have been steadily developing their organic electronic sound. This comes to full maturation on what is perhaps their best track thus far, the brutally honest, 'Miniskirt', which is Raphaelle Standell-Preston's very personal take on the objectification of women and the ever present potential and real acts of violence that women endure as a matter of course in our less than perfect western society. Many well-meaning men like to think we've come a long way in the recent past when it comes to the rights and position of women in western culture. Standell-Preston's cutting lyrics remind all of us of just how far we all still have to go. Deep In The Iris is out on April 28 on two of Canada's best independent labels, Arbutus and Flemish Eye. Pre-order here. The contender for our first chart number one of the year is below.
1. Letting Go
4. Happy When
6. Getting Tired
7. Sore Eyes
8. Bunny Rose
9. Warm Like Summer
From the forthcoming album, 'Deep In The Iris', Arbutus/Flemish Eye.
Portland electronic outfit, Chromatics are set to release their new full length record, Dear Tommy, in March. It's the follow up to our number one album of 2012, Kill For Love. The long awaited first single from the record is the measured and understated, 'Just Like You' is like spending five minutes of tranquility on a languid surface but lurking beneath that surface you know are unrevealed elements that will envelope you with each listen. It's available as a free download. There will be a new track released each week in the lead up to the album and we'll be posting each and every one. Chromatics mastermind Johnny Jewel is almost as excited as we are;
“I’M SO HAPPY TO SHARE THE FIRST SINGLE OFF OF “DEAR TOMMY” TODAY. GOING TO BE RELEASING A SINGLE A WEEK UNTIL THE ALBUM COMES OUT IN MARCH. I FUCKING LOVE THIS RECORD SO MUCH & I AM LITERALLY FOAMING AT THE MOUTH TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.”
1. Fresh Blood
2. In Films
3. Time Rider
4. I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around
6. She Says
7. Just Like You
8. 4 A.M.
11. Dear Tommy
12. Touch Blue
13. After Hours
15. In Silence
17. Endless Sleep
Just Like You
From the forthcoming album, 'Dear Tommy', Italians Do It Better. Out in March
Last month Glaswegian producer Jon Cooper, aka Turtle, dropped, 'Colours', his latest cut and a piece of measured musical intellect. A kaleidoscopic journey that rests on guitar and synth textures and a hypnotic slow trance like beat interspersed with subtle electronic like flourishes that complement the groove. The rise is just fuckin' nice. Download it free below. The EP of the same name is out soon.
From the digital single, 'Colours', Self Released.
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