White Fence, the lo-fi pyschedelic pop/rock project of Tim Presley is set to release a new long player Cyclops Reap. First slated as a retrospective of tracks that didn't make the cut on his first four albums, Presley's songwriting came to life and he was able to pen 10 brand new tracks and pluck just one from the original idea. It's a raucous, ramshackle trip from start to finish and fully formed they exemplify Presley's love for 60s psych rock and exhibit his just plain weird disposition. Cyclops Reap scuffs up, stretches out and reigns in that love affair in just might be his best work yet. It's out on April 9 on Castleface. Have a listen to first single 'Pink Gorilla' and one of that singles b-sides 'Fragility' below. Grab the vinyl of the single here.
1. Chairs In The Dark?
3. Pink Gorilla
4. Trouble Is Trouble Never Seen
5. Live On Genevieve
6. To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley
7. New Edinburgh
8. Make Them Dinner At Our Shoes? (2009)
9. White Cat
10. Only Man Alive
11. Run By The Same
Just the two new entries this week from Sweden's Club 8 with the first single, 'Stop Taking My Time' from their new record Above The City, out on May 21 and Canada's Prince Innocence with 'Golden Hour' off their forthcoming digital release EP, Lapse. Check out both below.
Kurt Vile remains at 1 with 'Wakin On A Pretty Day' while Blue Hawaii enter the Top 5 with 'Try To Be'. Go to the whole thing here.
Sydney indie pop duo Toucan, vocalist Jess Pollard and instrumenalist/producer Shea Duncan, have just dropped their second single 'Warrior' off their debut EP, Swim. It's possesses a splendidly orchestral feel but the real beauty is in its deliberative pace and subtle delivery, that is until its exploding cacophonous end - never overdone though. Stream it below and grab the EP here.
Jason Molina, the esteemed musician behind Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electronic Co. sadly passed away after a long illness at the all too young age of 39. In a career that spanned 17 years, he released 13 albums and 6 EPs along with a plethora of singles, split efforts and full length collaborations with the likes of Will Oldham, Alasdair Roberts, Scout Niblett and Oneida among others. His music was largely responsible for kickstarting the Secretly Canadian label.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jason at the Grace Emily Hotel in Adelaide back in 2006 after he had graced the stage with his wonderous yet humble presence to play a set that will last long in the memory. That voice! I feel so grateful to have seen him given how hard it is for independent musicians to financially afford to come the huge distance to Australia.
Indie30 would like to pay tribute to Jason by heading our Top 30 Player with four of our favourite Jason Molina tracks. Two under Songs: Ohia and two from Magnolia Electric Co. You can find a free and legal download of all four tracks below. There's a stack more on his official site. He was always so generous with his music in more ways than one. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends and all at Secretly Canadian.
*A link to stream Jason's whole back catalogue is available here and a tribute can be found at his official website here.
Songs: Ohia (USA)
From the album, 'The Lioness', Secretly Canadian. (2000)
Five new entries and some big moves this week. The excellent new album Clash The Truth by Brooklyn mainstays Beach Fossils is our album of the week this week and Taking Off with its lo-fi beauty and killer hook chorus smashes the chart this week debuting at four. No idea where Ian Cohen of Pitchfork was coming from with his review really.
Matthew Houck, the mastermind behind Phosphorescent released his new album Muchacho this week. The first single, the epic 'Song For Zula' has been around for a while now and enters the Top 30 one spot behind Beach Fossils.
Brisbane's J. Francis, whose album we featured on Monday is in at 25 with the subtlely fuzzed out 80s paeon 'It's Only'.
Multi-instrumentalist Carmen Hillestad, aka Carmen Villain finally released her debut album Sleeper this week after many years of painstaking preparation. The track, 'Dreamo' sums that up nicely. It's in at 26.
Wrapping up the new entries is the perfectly paced electronic number, 'Enjoy' from Bostin producer Andre Obin. It's off his new album 'The Arsonist' and debuts at 27.
Big moves this week for Blue Hawaii 'Try To Be' 12 to 6, kim ki o 'biz senle esit degiliz', 16 to 7, The Knife 'A Tooth For An Eye' 19 to 9 and James Blake 'Digital Lion', 17 to 10. Kurt Vile remains at one for the third week with the sublime, 'Wakin' On A Pretty Day'. Check out the new ones below and go to the whole chart here.
4. Taking Off
Beach Fossils (USA)
From the album, 'Clash The Truth', Captured Tracks.
Toronto duo Moon King is set to release a new EP next month, Obsession II. Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde follow up the first Obsession EP in fine fashion with six doses of pre-shoegaze power pop mixed with electronic flourishes and Wilde's air like vocals. Although loosely connected to the Doldrums and Grimes projects, Moon King employ a far more conventional approach with Benjamin's use of big drums and fuzzed out guitars that evoke Jesus and Mary Chain and The Chameleons. In their more pop driven moments, there's a Cocteau Twins feel on occasions. First single, 'Appel', is a perfect example of the EP's substantial sound. Obsession II is out on April 20 through One Big Silence.
Moon King (CAN)
From the forthcoming EP, Obsession II, One Big Silence.
Brisbane dream pop project J. Francis, the brainchild of Julian Pearce has just released a new album, Almost. Giving off an analog feel in terms of sound, its an ambient, expirative ride full of wistful, wonderous moments. Check out the swirling shoegaze like title track and the pop oriented '5000 Times' below If you like what you hear, Almost is available on bandcamp as a free download here.
1. Breathe Tonight
2. Every Time, Every Night
4. Suffer It All For You
5. If Only
7. 5000 Times
8. Dancing Silhouettes
Seminal Australian indie pop/rock outfit Underground Lovers are set to release their seventh studio album, Weekend on April 5. It will be their first album in fourteen years since the release of 1999's Cold Feeling. To mark the release, the sextet played the Adelaide Fringe Festival last night treating the audience to a mixture of old tracks and new which didn't include arguably their most well known track 'Losin It'. To close the show, the set did however include an awesome rendition of 'Las Vegas' off their 1995 LP Dream It Down. Check out Underground Lovers in pictures and get a free download of new track, the classic rock sounding 'Au Pair' off the new album below.
This weeks chart sees English vocal and singwriting wonder James Blake and Sweden's duo of cerrated honesty The Knife return to the Top 30, the latter after a seven year long absence. Both have new albums on April 8, Blake's Overgrown and The Knife's 86 minute opus Shaking The Habitual. The tracks in are the hypnotic and heavily percussive 'Digital Lion' (17) and the jauntily busy 'A Tooth For An Eye' (19) complete with impressive new video. Chaz Bundwick's side project Les Sins debuts at 21 with the chilled yet warped out funk of 'Grind'. Istanbul electronic duo Kim ki o outplace them all though with the track we featured on Monday 'biz senle esit degiliz' (We Are Not Equal With You).
Kurt Vile's 'Wakin' On A Pretty Day ascends the top with the gorgeous 'Wakin' On A Pretty Day' while Autre Ne Veut moves to 3 with the pop laden R&B number 'Play By Play'. Check out three of new ones below (we've thrown in the video for James Blake's first single 'Retrograde' as well) and go to the whole chart here.
17. Digital Lion
James Blake (ENG)
From the forthcoming album, 'Overgrown', Polydor/Republic
Istanbul's part dark wave part dream pop duo, kim ki o have just released their long awaited debut album Grounds in Europe with the US set to follow in April. Based in the independent music scene in Kadikoy, on the Asian side of the city, Ekin Sanaç and Berna Göl. have been steadily developing their sound since the release of their impressive 2010 EP Dans. Like the EP, Grounds features heavy doses of intertwining synth and bass, which is in most evidence on the urgent 'Insan Insan (Human, Human) as well as inventive use of loops, vocal effects and subtle time signatures. You need look no further than the track 'siddet, kin ve yuk' (Violence , Grudge, Burden) for evidence of this. As its title suggests its an unsettling no holds barred take on the disconnectedness of living in a teeming metropolis, a theme that characterises the whole album. Other standouts include the gritty 'Dogs', the metronomically spaced out 'William Chisholm' and the foreboding 'biz senle esit degiliz' (We Are Not Equal With You). Despite the improved sound quality, Grounds still displays the duos DIY aethestic. Kim Ki O play Babylon and Peyote in Istanbul Thursday and Friday, the 14th and 15th of March to launch the album in their home country. Grounds ia available on vinyl and CD from Lentonia Records here and digitally on Bandcamp here.
2 insan insan
3 william chisholm
4 biz senle e?it de?iliz
5 bugün yok ki
6 yanl?? yönde, farkl? türde
7 ?iddet, kin ve yük
8 yer teorisi
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