San Francisco's Bilinda Butchers have released the second track from their forthcoming album, Heaven, due for release next week. Slowing down the tempo compared with 'Edo Method', the first single, 'Golden House' boasts a cavernous slow beat as synths and guitars swirl around former Keep Shelly In Athens vocalist Sarah Psalti's emotive vocals. Heaven is out through Orchid Tapes on July 15. Get it here.
Golden House (feat. Sarah P.)
The Bilinda Butchers (USA)
From the album, 'Heaven', Orchid Tapes'. Out July 15
Three new entries, a big move into the top 10 for Tahlia Barnett, aka FKA Twigs and a new number one this week. It's been a quiet couple of weeks while the chart's been on break with not much out there standing out. What is standing out is the new EP, Glass from dressmaker, who we featured last week. The title track enters at 22. Melted Toys are also in at 27 with 'Observations' while we've been holding back the title track from the debut Woman's Hour album, 'Conversations' which is out next week. That enters at 23.
Washington DC duo GEMS, who already have an impressive array of great electronic pop tracks are back with a impressive new single, 'Scars' and that debuts at 24. Parquet Courts take the number one spot with 'Black And White'.
All details here while the player is top right streaming it all.
San Francisco and now Los Angeles based quartet Melted Toys are finally set to release their three years in the making debut EP next week, a twelve track dose of understated languid pop packed full of relaxed and unhurried melodies, fragile and dreamy vocal stylings and a metronome beat that keep things on the straight and narrow. That things seem unhurried is how these guys roll as some of these tracks have been gestating for quite some time while the album was written and re-written after frontman Steven Harkins journeyed to Taipei, Beijing and Tokyo for inspiration. One has being the rounds for three years, the timeless 'Come On' . Check out one of the more newer tracks, 'Blush' and look out for 'Observations' replete with Monika Mogi directed video when our Top 30 chart returns Wednesday. We've included 'Come On' as well for the unfamiliar. The self titled album is out on vinyl and digitally through Underwater Peoples while French label Altier Ciseaux have 50 copies of it on limited edition cassette.
2. Bummed Out
4. Press A (Habitat)
5. A Postcard
8. Water Arches
9. Joy Fit
11. Come On
12. Citrus Honeymoon
Melted Toys (USA)
From the album, 'Melted Toys', Underwater Peoples/Altier Ciseaux. Out on July 15
Danny Rowland of Seattle outfit Seapony has just dropped his debut solo record as Space Daze. The gestation and birthing period for Follow My Light Back Home lasted just twelve days as Rowland set himself a task back in March to write a song a day. Once 12 were in the can, he set about recording the charming affair. First single, 'Line Up On The Solstice' can be heard below. The album can be obtained digitally and on limited edition cassette here. Nice.
1. Woke Up in the Summer
2. The Voices of Strangers
3. Line Up on the Solstice
4. It's Getting Lighter Earlier
5. It Becomes Silent
6. Going Out
7. I'll Know Tomorrow
8. Having a Bad Time
9. Follow My Light Back Home
10. Kill Me
11. Close The Curtains
12. The Fireflies are Gone
Line Up On The Solstice
Space Daze (USA)
From the album, 'Follow My Light Back Home', Self Released.
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.
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