Montreal dark synth outfits Police Des Moeurs and Essaie Pas are set to unveil a split LP and its a match well made. The publicity blurb from their French label Altier Ciseaux, also based in Canada declares, "a night in Montreal, a synth pop dream. The urge not to see daylight again" and so it is with the intensely distant and nocturnally robotic new wave synth stylings of both bands. You won't want to see the morning!
We featured the Police Des Moeurs EP from last year, Les Mécanismes de la Culpabilité, which they released together with their debut album and the track 'Echéance' off it reached number 53 in our top 100 last year. The track released in advance of this split EP, 'Je Te Montrerai' is just as impressive and features Violette Vilaine in her Donzelle alter ego.
Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau make up Essaie Pas and have been plying their semi lo-fi synth experiments for a couple of years now and released their debut long player last year, Nuit de Noce. Their advance track here,'Retox' ups the ante in the production stakes with a beefed up sounding beat, crisp lazer like synths and dual vocals. The release also includes the single from last year, 'De Menthe Liqueur (part II)'.
Listen to 'Je Te Montrerai' and 'Retox' below and pre-order the split EP limited to 300 copies here. It's out on June 17. Tracklist and the tour dates for the upcoming Police Des Moeurs European tour dates are also there too
Side A - Police Des Moeurs side
1. Corps Invisible
2. Je te Montrerai (feat. Donzelle)
Side B - Essaie Pas side
1. De Menthe Liqueur (part II)
Police Des Moeurs European Tour Dates
June 4 Paris, France - Espace B
June 5 Heilbronn, Germany - Complex23
June 7 Hamburg, Germany - Golem
June 10 Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree
June 11 Kutná Hora, Czech Republic - Creepy Teepee Festival
June 12 Vienna, Austria - fluc
June 14 St. Gallen, Switzerland - Tankstell
June 18 Nantes, France - Le Bar Du Coin
Je Te Montrerai (feat. Donzelle)
Police Des Moeurs (CAN)
From the split LP, 'Police Des Moeurs/Essaie Pas', Altier Ciseaux,
Florida's Merchandise head the whopping seven new entries this week in a week where the chart blooded a new number one, Nicholas Nicholas with 'Meet Me In The Park'.
The ever evolving Merchandise are set to release a new album via veteran London imprint 4AD which marks a departure of sorts for the band who released records via tiny but awesome label Night People ('Total Nite' - 2013) and on Katorga Works ('Children Of Desire' - 2012). The first single from the forthcoming album After The End is the hopelessly infectious guitar pop and rock gem 'Little Killer' with its bookends of dissonant distractions. For the impatient out there, you may not make the ear candy and that will be on your head. 'Little Killer' debuts in top 10 at 7.
We featured Toronto's Champion Lover a couple of days back and their track 'Read My Mind' from their debut album enters the count at 21. Washington DC sextet Brett has been floating around the place for a few weeks now and the sublime 'Lovers', the second single from their self-titled album, finally hits the chart at 22. Brooklyn synth pop trio Papertwin has a new EP on the horizon titled Vox Humana and the first track from it, 'Alkaline' comes in at 26.
Another Brooklyn outfit, albiet now at veteran status, Bishop Allen returns after a five year hiatus with a new record, Lights Out, set for the release in August and the first single, 'Start Again' is in at 27. Cold Beat, the project of Hannah Lew, has a new record coming out in July called Over Me and the crisp jangle pop driven first single 'Mirror' debuts at 29. Completing the seven new ones is London quartet Felt Tip with the title track off their new EP, Simple Things and that's in at 30.
Six of the seven new entries feature below while you can check out all details for the whole 30 here and play the lot from freshest down in the top 30 player to your top right.
7. Little Killer
From the forthcoming album, 'After The End', 4AD/Remote Control. Out on August 22/25.
Canada is pumping out some amazing hard arse angst inspired music at present. Witness recently Odonis Odonis and Ought and now Champion Lover. Originally out of the outer Toronto suburb of Weston, the quartet are the latest to pull out some serious heavy shit. They are set to release their self titled debut album on June 20, a relentless, pummeling chord driven affair from beginning to end with a definitive loose DIY feel. Check out the pensive and disciplined opening track, 'Read My Mind' from the record below and do your discerning 'fuck you' sensibilities a favour and get it digitally here. Enough buys may mean a wax release.
1. Read My Mind
3. Just Hollow
4. Could You Be Mine
5. Bad Day
6. How Will I Know
7. I See You
8. She Like Wu-Tang
10. Vacant Heart (Spring Break)
Read My Mind
Champion Lover (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Champion Lover', Self Released. Out on June 20.
Vancouver pop quartet The Shilohs recently gifted us a damn fine dose of gorgeous retro pop music in the form of their self titled second album. It's a quick turn around from their first, So Wild, released just last year. You get the feeling on this understated twelve song guitar driven wonder that attention to detail in melody and arrangement was the order of the day despite there being a feeling of unhurried mellowness drifting throughout, guitars interwined effortlessly. The first single was the catchy, hook laden 'Palm Readers', which is currently spending its seventh week in our Top 30 and the album itself is currently our album of the week. To mark that fact we've posted another fine track from the record below, the bass line driven 'Ordinary People'. There's beauty in simplicity folks.
1. Student of Nature
2. Ordinary People
3. Champagne Days
4. Sisters of Blue
5. Strange Connections
6. Folks on Trains
7. Palm Readers
8. Torch Light
9. Bless Those Boys
10. Down at the Bottom of Bottomland
11. Queen Light Queen Dark
12. Days of Wine
The Shilohs (CAN)
From the album, 'The Shilohs', Light Organ Records.
Google, the American multinational corporation worth an estimated $120 billion dollars is using its considerable corporate muscle and its YouTube video service to threaten independent labels who don't sign up to its planned audio streaming service. Google are aiming to rival, and if the history of multinational corporations is anything to go by, smash and destroy Spotify and other audio based streaming platforms by introducing its own.
However, despite a deal with the equally rapacious major music companies being imminent, this has hit a snag as the independents are refusing to sign up. The royalties YouTube currently pays are a pittance and the deal on the table for the new service has been quoted by the independent label body WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) as 'woeful' and their negotiating tactics as 'unnecessary' and 'indefensible'. Gee, there's three adjectives I would never have associated with a corporation.
As punishment for labels who don't toe the corporate line, Google are using those tried and tested tactics used by all big bullies in the marketplace, blackmail and extortion. See, if independent labels do not sign up with them, YouTube will block and ban their content from its "free" video streaming arm. Yes, that's right, unless labels and their artists sign up under this pressure they will be banned from YouTube.
WIN have become so incensed at these tactics that they have surfaced from the grubby negotiations and finally gone public with this troubling situation.
For more information on this unsettling development read here.
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten heads the three new entries this week at 14 with the visceral defiant opus, 'Your Love Is Killing Me' off her excellent forthcoming fourth LP, Are We There, set for release next week. Next is Montreal based post punk outfit Ought, who released their debut record, More Than Any Other Day, late last month to some acclaim. The Sonic Youth/Chad VanGaalen/Women inspired 'Clarity!' debuts at 21. Another Canadian band, Toronto based Dilly Dally rounds off the three tracks with much more brevity with their new single, the unintelligible, but intelligent, 'Next Gold'. An album's in the pipeline.
Tearjerker's 'You Can' remains at number one while Nicholas Nicholas rises to number two with 'Meet Me In The Park'. Check out the details of all thirty tracks right here and play the whole lot in out Top 30 player top right. We trust you enjoy.
14. Your Love Is Killing Me
Sharon Van Etten (USA)
From the album, 'Are We There', Jagjaguawar. Out May 27.
It's virtually "Canada Week" on the Indie30 chart this week as the expansive northern nation not only takes out the number one spot with Tearjerker's outstanding new single 'You Can, but provides us with three of the six new entries.
They're led by a monster debut from Nicholas Nicholas, whom we featured last week with his amazing piece of lo-fi pop brilliance, the unsettling, yet endearing 'Meet Me In The Park'. That comes straight into the top 10 at 6.
Toronto native and now L.A. based singer songwriter Allie X also debuts this week with her third single of the year, 'Bitch'. It's in at 14.
Montreal ambient pop trio Seoul have released a new single, the charming shuffle that is 'White Morning' and that debuts at 18.
London DJ/Producer Throwing Shade releases her 19 Jewels EP next week and the expertly constructed 'Pure Life', a spooky pro tools dominant number with a slight off beat lands at 22.
New York trio The Antlers return with the release of their fifth record, Familiars on June 17 and the bass, keys and horn driven track 'Hotel'enters at 26.
Diana vocalist/guitarist Carmen Elle has lent her vocals to the new single by Toronto duo Beta Frontiers, 'So Cold'. That's in at 28.
Sample four of the six new entries below while here will provide you details of all 30 tracks and the player top right will provide each in all their listening pleasure.
18. White Morning
From the digital single, 'White Morning', Self Released.
Toronto and now Los Angeles based independent pop artist Allie Hughes, aka Allie X, has just unveiled her third self-released single of this year, 'Bitch' a lyrically ambiguous dark synth number that showcases the dexterity of the talented singer-songwriter. It's perhaps somewhat of an antidote to the more accessible 'Catch', hopefully ensuring it puts a spanner in the works of any of those incorrigible major labels that are inevitably sniffing around.
We love our decent pop at Indie30 and although these powerful bastards may eventually unfortunately put to Ms Hughes an offer she can't but should refuse, these three tracks are gold. There is hope however. She has said she wishes to remain somewhat of an unknown entity and has said of major labels, that artists don't need them.
In any case, check all three tracks out below, the aforementioned 'Bitch', 'Prime' and 'Catch' - all available for free. Not only unpretentious but also generous - taken together those traits too, are gold.
Swedish trio DNKL, with two impressive singles under their belt have released the video for the second, 'Battles'. The track still sits in our Top 30 after 10 weeks and at its height hit the number three position a few weeks back. The Tim Winter directed video filmed in Gothenburg is a perfect accompaniment.
From the digital single, 'Battles', Self Released.
Chris Masullo has just struck a new single for his Nicholas Nicholas project, the downtempo lo-fi pop gem 'Meet Me In The Park' to follow up his debut record, Comfort Falls from last year. If you are a John Maus fan you'll love what Masullo has done with the pop aethestic here. He's not so much stretched and massaged it, but virtually stepped on it and then painstakingly tried to put it back together. He succeeds but it becomes a very different animal. Check it out below. It's available as a name your price download here. If you are unfamiliar with the work of Nicholas Nicholas and you like what you hear you can download the debut album, also for a NYP arrangement, here.
Meet Me In The Park
Nicholas Nicholas (USA)
From the digital single, 'Meet Me In The Park', Self Released.
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