An unsettling and dark video that is perfectly suited for their equally discomforting brand new single, 'Four Steps From Home' has just been released by Berlin based darkwave outfit Evvol. It departs in tempo from the equally uneasy, 'No Love' still sitting in our Top 30, and is a tour de force of sorts as the track and its visuals trace a hedonistic and tumultous journey of lust and desire where the hypnotic pulsating beats and synths set themselves up against lyrical yearnings of need. The debut album, Eternalism, from the Irish/Australian duo which will feature both tracks is out June 9 on Mad Dog & Love Records.
1. I See You (I Am You)
3. Sirius A
5. Your Love
6. No Love
9. Four Steps From Home
Four Steps From Home
From the forthcoming album, 'Eternalism', Mad Dog & Love Records. Out on June 8.
The Soft Moon, the project of Oakland via Venice via Berlin cold/dark wave electronic musician Luis Vasquez treated the crowd to an intensely powerful set at Holocene in Portland on Sunday night. The show was part of a whirlwind 30 date tour throughout North America and marks the first time Vasquez has played his home state of California for over two years. The band took the appreciative audience through a mind tripping journey of mood and atmospherics as the band ploughed through, at almost breakneck speed, tracks from the lastest record, the European recorded Deeper, as well as some earlier tracks from Zeros. The mastery that Vasquez has over his craft vocally, electronically and on guitar, three things he mixes with ease and the disciplined virtuosity displayed by his touring bassist and drummer were a joy to behold. I managed to view the show stage left behind the drummer and was left in awe. Such power!
Below are some pictures of the night along with the setlist and the remaining dates of the tour. There's also streams of his latest singles from the album, the ultra dark and in your face, 'Black' and the more melodic searching "Feel' below. The awesome new album, Deeper, is out now on Captured Tracks. Get it here and the vinyl repressings of Zeros are available now too.
Probably one of the toughest weeks to order the chart ever. So much good independent stuff around from so many good people. Three new entries this week, all of whom we have featured over the past week, so no new tracks accompanying this post but big moves afoot. A huge debut from Copenhagen pop quartet ONBC who go straight into the Top 10 with the beguiling 'White Trash' at number seven. Miya Folick's awesome new single, 'I Got Drunk' enters at 16 while just one place behind our album of the week artist American Wrestlers joins in with his new single, 'Kelly'.
The Liza Anne track is the biggest mover this week just taking complete hold here right now. The perceptive self released 'Take It Back' from the Nashville singer songwriter rises from 22 to 8 while other big movers include Eternal Summers, whose track, 'Together Or Alone' just gets better with every listen (21 to 12).
Arguably the best track that Mayuko Hitosuyanagi's Cuushe project has released (and there have been plenty of great ones), 'Daze', off her recently released Night Lines EP rises to three while the Austin duo BOAN hit number two with the perfect alienation that is 'Mentiras'.
The meticulously layered modern masterpiece 'Let It Happen' from Tame Impala remains at number one and seriously, apart from Nick Cave and his various incarnations and coterie of musicians that have accompanied him over the years, and the gorgeous Go-Betweens and The Triffids, Australia has not produced a more important independent artist than Kevin Parker - ever! Yes, that's a very subjective opinion but so what? We've included the abbreviated late night TV performance he and his talented assistants did recently below. Cannot wait for Currents to come out and seventh heaven awaits this little writer at Psychfest in Austin!
We profusely apologise for the inadvertent advertisment sitting there before the Tame Impala live performance video.
And we've also reposted the Liza Anne video too and an amazing live performance of the said track in Dallas.
All details of all 30 tracks in order here and they're all streaming in the player top left!
And thanks to my beautiful partner in crime Dave Roberts who keeps designing the awesome graphics for our top 30 posts!
1. Let It Happen
Tame Impala (AUS)
From the forthcoming album, 'Currents', Modular. No release date.
Los Angeles artist Miya Folick, has just released her second single of 2015, 'I Got Drunk', this week, a straight ahead heartfelt piece of pop/rock intelligence to follow up the more circumspect 'Talking With Strangers'. We have both singles for streaming below. It follows up the more pastoral like sounds of her 2013 Blue Whale EP which you can buy for four bucks here. These tracks are a major step forward and I think we're going to hear a lot more from this very promising singer/songwriter. Cannot wait!
Next month Copenhagen quartet ONBC are set to release their long awaited debut long player, Crash, Burn & Cry. This is despite them having being around in various guises for over a decade. Stemming from the demise of a number of independent Danish pop bands over the past decade, Oliver North Boy Choir (that provides the abbreviated new moniker), The Boombox Hearts, epo-555, Private and Superheroes.
The current incarnation began with Mikkel Max (guitars), Camilla Florentz (bass/vocals) and Ivan Petersen (drums/percussion) being joined by Tanja Simonsen (vocals/synths) and the debut record reflects the various influences of all four members. While the music is of cinematically exquisite yet understated and somewhat fragile beauty, lyrically its an intellectually and emotionally bittersweet lament on the hypocrisy and churlishness of western life in all its dichotomies and regressiveness. How can some of us have it so good when what is done in our name, and indeed what we do ourselves on a political and personal level often leaves, in the words of the often used idiom, a great deal to be desired? We are sentient beings after all. But this is not an album to imbue depression, its honesty and integrity is to be celebrated.
This is no better illustrated than in the "to die for" first single, 'White Trash', an exceptional example of delectible musical melody, gorgeous vocal harmonies and deliberate laconic timing. Everything the heartfelt and brutally sincere lyrics are not. In our view, among the best tracks of 2015 so far. Other standout tracks, although there is no filler to be found, is the angular reverb drenched 'Brothers', the pensive, almost post-rock like 'Copenhagen' and the haunting and hypnotic opener, 'The Railing'.
Crash, Burn & Cry is out on erstwhile long time Copenhagen label Crunchy Frog Records May 11. Pre-order the vinyl here. Highly recommended.
1. The Railing
2. White Trash
3. Call It What You Want
4. The Warehouse
6. One Of These Days Pt. 1
8. Knocked Out
10. One Of These Days Pt. 2
From the forthcoming album, 'Crash, Burn & Cry', Crunchy Frog Records. Out May 11.
The debut record just released by American Wrestlers, the musical project of Scotsman at large and now American resident Gary McClure is an absolute treasure. The rustic recording and the simply beguiling hooks are something to behold. All eight tracks are of solid state variety and are equally as good as each other. We first laid our ears on McClure's work last year with the release of our Top 100 listed track 'I Can Do No Wrong' and 'There's No One Crying Over Me Either' has just completed its six week stint in our Top 30 chart. Now the third track from the album has been released, 'Kelly', complete with video. Check out the catchy four to the floor number below which starts off in lo-fi fashion and then suddenly rips into an enveloping pop/rock gem. You'll love it! The self titled debut is out now through Fat Possum. Grab it on vinyl here.
Pinch yourself type coincidences don't come along very often. A few weeks back Indie30 was sent through Montreal's electronic experimentalist of the dark arts Marie Davidson's amazing new record Un Autre Voyage, which this week has pride of place as our AOTW. Then a few weeks later, I heard news of Austin dark wave duo BOAN's forthcoming debut long player, Mentiras (to be released in June), and as you can see from the pride of place the title track has at number three in our Top 30 at present, I fell instantly for that too.
I'm currently away from my Australian base in Adelaide for six months and my trip through North America and Europe began on Wednesday, the 15th of April in the amazingly loveable and crazy San Francisco. I further scrolled down the BOAN promo a few days before I left the country and to my amazement both Marie Davidson and BOAN were touring the west coast of the US and Canada on their Spring Tour and were to be in that very city on that first night of my sonic and travel adventures. They have often been on tour together but for me, being from Australia, this was unbelievable. I obviously then high tailed it down to The Knockout within hours of getting off the plane to catch the Holodeck Records signees and was treated to an incredible evening of nocturnal electronic art at its finest.
Marie Davidson took to the stage first and took the small but appreciative crowd through her new record in her inimitable idiosyncratic style exhibiting as she always does deep passion for her craft. Her dexterity and expertise on her electronic ensemble of analog gadgetry was exemplary. Her vocal voyage through her French and English lyrics was something to behold, even if I can only speak a few words of incredibly bad French. The engagement with her audience was minimal but, at the end of the day, unnecessary anyway.
And the linguistic twists and hypnotic aural melodies continued with Austin duo BOAN whose vocals are sung partly in Spanish. Both artists are of Spanish speaking heritage and have been working together for many years in various guises - and the BOAN incarnation has been together since 2012, previously being two thirds of Medio Mutantes. Jose Cota departs somewhat from his work in his more hard arse, deconstructive Ssleeperhold project and his softening of style and playfulness with melody while still maintaining raw power was a mesmerising experience indicative of his ongoing willingness to use his considerable electronic hardware to mix, explore and experiment with different methods and he clearly relished his work. Mariana Saldano's magnetic and charismatic vocal and stage performance, a mixture of exhibitionism but also of nuanced reservation was pivotal to the experience. She perfectly understands that while she is there to 'entertain', the interaction between herself and the audience is a two way street. Both her and Cota played off each other perfectly.
Check out some of my pics of the gig below. As always, what Indie30 is, is a DIY, not for profit blog done for pure love so they're not of top quality - simply from my phone but I've done my best to capture my experience and bring it to you. Thank you Marie, Jose, Mariana and Jon for traversing thousands of miles on this tour to gift us your art, intensely grateful.
You can order and pre-order Marie Davidson's and BOAN's new albums respectively here.
James Stocker, April 24, 2015.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Marie Davidson and BOAN Live @ The Knockout, San Francisco.
Marie Davidson (CAN)
From the album, 'Un Autre Voyage', Holodeck Records
It's been a busy week here at Indie30 with six brand new entries into the Top 30 chart. They are led at 16 by US Girls with the full of attitude 'Damn That Valley', the project of Meg Remy who has just signed to 4AD. Our perennial favourite New Zealanders Yumi Zouma do a straight swap between 'Song For Zoe & Glen' and former number one 'Catastrophe'. That enters at 19. Nashville singer-songwriter Liza Anne is set to release her new album, Two, on May 19th to follow up her debut of last year, The Colder Months'. The new single from it is the super infectious 'Take It Back' and that's at 22.
We featured Swedish/Norweigan outfit We Float last week and 'Mysteceti' debuts at 23 while the Marcio Lama and Binks track, 'Melrose', which we featured on Monday hits the chart at 25.
The final new entry comes from the electronic musical project of Jeremy Larsen who is set to release his new EP, Absentee next month. Larsen colloborates with a roving collection of singers and this uber smooth number sports the vocals of Stacy King. It debuts at 26.
Check out all our previously unfeatured new entries below including the brand new videos for US Girls and Liza Anne as well as for Seoul's gorgeous track, 'The Line'.
Perth electronic duo GRRL PAL have just released the kind of Grimes inspired track 'Radar' to coincide with the release of their new EP, Paradise. However, to say its simply an aping of that vibe would be a very lazy thought to convey indeed. And it's basically down to Jay Le Kat's unique and knowing vocal arrangements as well as Danny K's strange little effects that take things in unique directions.
The EP is a multi-generic ride in an electronic sense, it features all the tracks that they have slow dripped over the past year or so. 'Dare' is a sugary pop inspired opener followed by the more contemplative title track, 'Paradise'. 'Night' is a restless beast while the almost rock inspired title track 'Amazon'' follows thereafter. Readers of this blog know how much we are in love with our current Top 10 track, 'Seeing Anything' while 'Set Free' is a dreamy closer that will remind of what's to come from the talented duo.
Paradise is an perfectly understated debut in every sense of the word that only suggests an upward trajectory. Sometimes geographical isolation works for ya! All tracks are available as free downloads at their soundcloud link here. We will update as soon as we get word of how you can be monetarily generous and give it a purchase.
While Monday is arguably the worst day of the week for a zillion reasons, we thought we'd do our best to bring some cheer to your ear by, like a lot of blogs, gifting you the new track, 'Melrose' by diverse Dominican Republic deep house producer Marcio Lama, another collaboration with the gorgeous vocals of Binks, who we cannot find any information about at all - still. We've heard of her for a couple of years but still nothing.... Who is she? It can be downloaded free below. Enjoy.
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