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.
After the huge turnover of tracks last week, there were seven of them, there is just the two new entries this week. At 22 is the new saunteringly sexy single, 'Make Me' from Brooklyn based synth pop outfit, Prinze George while Montreal masters of cold arts, Police Des Moeurs, who we featured earlier in the week debut at 12 with 'Je Te Montrerai'. Nicholas Nicholas remains at 1 with 'Meet Me In The Park' while Merchandise rise to 2 with 'Little Killer'. 'Make Me' is available for free below. Go to all details here and listen all track in the Top 30 player from latest entry down.
A few weeks back we told you about the new single, 'Circles' from Bournemouth based The Death Of Pop, a track that's still in our Top 30. Along with that news we were told a long awaited debut EP was in the pipeline and now firm news of that has been released. Titled 'Fifths', the aptly named five song affair will be out digitally and on 7" flexidisc with 20 page zine on July 28 through Art Is Hard Records. To coincide with the announcement, the quintet have unveiled new single, 'Whenever', a warm uptempo ride in keeping with their consistently good output since their inception. And, as always, their generosity knows no bounds as the track is yet another in the long list of singles they've offered as a free download. The flexizine is limited to 250 copies. Pre-order it here, listen to the new single and grab the free download by clicking on the song name to access the soundcloud page.
3. Key of Three
4. Memory Vibration
The Death Of Pop (ENG)
From the forthcoming EP, 'Fifths', Art Is Hard. Out on July 28
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', Atelier 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.
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