Blithe Field - I Love You Tate.mp3
And for the lyrics they are quite cryptic with lines like "why won't you recognise how psychedelic I am and love me" and most of the songs are titled under a name of a person.
Yellow Fever - Culver City.mp3
This EP simply called EP1 is out next month on Transparent, being it the first 10" they put out, and contains the stand out epic track (epic in the way Spiritualized are epic) Have a Heart, a song I've had on repeat in my I-pod and Laptop plus three more songs: Waiting, So Low and Time.
He's now trying to set up a band and reherse for a future tour next Summer, something he admits having trouble when recreating the sound of his recordings as all the orchestrations you can hear on the songs are created on his laptop. Let's hope he get's as close as possible. And to celebrate this release the people of Transparent asked Active Child to remix Have a Heart and he did an amazing job transforming the song into a tension creator urban soundtrack.
Lonely Galaxy - Have a Heart.mp3
Lonely Galaxy - Have a Heart (Active Child remix).m4a
This is already the second single to be out of the album and it came out last Monday with the non-album track Trouble. The main track is available for download from their Daytrotter Session uploaded this month together with some more tracks here. Hope the best for the album and waiting to see them perform at Rough Trade East for the Record Store Day events, when they are going to have a special split single with First Aid Kit for the day as well.
The second release to be out in a couple of weeks on Make a Mess records, but you can already order it straight from them on their website. As they say:'Meet Me In The City' and 'Somebody Else' are rollicking pop gems, pungent with sweet harmonies, raucous beats, tambourines, skyscraping guitars.
The Babies - Meet Me in the City.mp3
Bullion's music is basically composed through samples and, although sometimes can get pretty dark, is much more upbeat and festive that what you would expect of The XX to choose, if they actually chose him directly as their opening act.
From Acton, London, he's already released two EPs and this single is his first 7", but he's better known for Pet Sounds: In The Key of Dee that combined samples from the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds with samples from J Dilla. That was a good presentation card as summarises his choice and approach of mixing warm pop sounds with broken beats.
Say Goodbye to What is an upbeat song that samples a track by Klaus Nomi while Crazy Over You is much darker with a voice sample closer to what Burial or Gold Panda would choose.
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The single, with a cover that reminds a lot Kate Bush's aesthetics, comes with the new B side Promise and will probably be included as well in the album that, if it's as good as all the advances we've heard so far, we have a strong candidate to be in all of the end of the year best records' lists.
Wild Nothing - Cloudbusting.mp3
Do you remember The Glove, that one-record-only project between Robert Smith, Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees) and the model-turned-singer Jeanette Landray? So Psychobuildings sound like if the best songs of that not great record had been lost and came to light nearly 30 years later. It has the voice that incredibly reminds that of Robert circa 1983; it has the bass sound so kind of funk on that record and on the Psychobuildings single; it has the weird electro-psychedelia as well. But anyway, these songs pay more interest to rhythm, mixing New Wave sounds with funk and shine without the need of comparing them to anything.
Psychobuildings, that started as a solo project of Peter LaBier has since expanded to include Juan Pieczanski (Small Black) and Peter Schuette (Silk Flowers) and released this first single on All Hands Electric in collaboration with Cass Club.
Psychobuildings Birds of Prey.mp3
The single comes with Mistaken Wedding as the B side and can't wait to hear everything that comes after this.
Their music goes from the quite noisy Caja De Santos to the ambient and more pleasant sounds of Shape/Mode, the track in the compilation that also have a video you can watch here.
They will also perform at the TotalBummer festival if you are lucky enough to be around Gainesville, Florida between March 26-28, with the likes of Jakuzzi Boys, Truman Peyote, Woven Bones, Run DMT, Emily Reo, MillionYoung or AttachedHands themselves.
AttachedHands - Versatility of Movement.mp3
He has recently signed to Turnstile, the label of Los Campesinos who actually discovered him while on tour, fell in love with his music, and pull the strings to make him join, so he will soon release his first LP at any point this year. You can also see lots of interesting homevideos of songs like Gay Angels or No Problem which will or won't make it to the album.
Perfume Genius - Mr Peterson.mp3
Today is Monday. Monday used to be a bad day until Beko started putting up a new free single on their website at the beginning of every week. And this week's is a personal favourite of mine's choice: Idiot Glee, who just released his first single in Hop Hop records and I reviewed here two months ago, offers us two new songs on this amazing single that follow the same patterns we've heard from him before and even taking them a step further with a cleaner production and being even more minimal that he's ever been. Happy Days is an inspired song that he sings with the only company of his trademark synths and Forever Kids is simply just an accapella song. The way he overlaps his vocals creating different layers of melodies and tones is superb and creates expectations to know how he manages to create the same effect when he performs live which you'll probably be able to see if you are lucky enough to be at the SXSW festival or live in Lexington. Download the whole single here.
Idiot Glee - Happy Day.mp3
Last time I saw them live you could feel how they've changed since her incorporation to the band. They sounded more experimental, more into textures and sounds than song based and with longer and more progressive songs. The new orientation and all the new songs (I hardly recognised any from their recordings) were really good and they have enough material for an LP, although not sure if they are planning to make it anytime soon. Their quite cryptic Myspace page doesn't help at all about getting any information but we can meanwhile enjoy some videos they posted there.
And the release date for this artifact is still a mystery; it was supposed to be out on Blast First Petite on January but it's not ready yet, not even on pre-sale. So keep on checking.
Factory Floor - Lying.mp3
Weed Diamond - Snowmelt.mp3
In other news, the people from Half Machine Records are going to release a new song from them in the split with Ancient Crux from California that also have some pretty amazing stuff out and will soon have another split with Norse Horse on La Station Radar.
Ancient Crux - In Teen Dreams.mp3
Foxes In Fiction - Jimi Bleachball.mp3
Upgrade: After receiving an email from them I have some more information: They are Andrew Aged and Daniel Aged. They are brothers and currently living in Los Angeles. This is their first recording and it will be available in 7" form by the end of March. They will be playing some shows in L.A. this spring and summer> And I have both tracks on repeat since I discovered them.
Teen Inc. - Fountains..mp3
Dimlite - Diana Wont.mp3
Mathemagic, aka Evan Euteneier and Dylan Euteneier from Canada, have already been mentioned on most of the blogs thanks two a couple of tracks that will be included on this soon to be self-released first EP called simply Mathemagic EP. Check their Myspace for more information soon.
Mathemagic - High.mp3
The A side Breathe The Fire is a rhythm bomb while Phantoms explores the same parameters with a more down tempo beat.
I grew up listening to all these dark bands so listening to new bands taking inspiration of those sounds without being an obvious copycat is quite interesting.
The Soft Moon - Breathe the Fire.mp3
Galapaghost - Human Unkind.mp3
May will see the release of their new album on Woodsist as well but not sure if any of these tracks will make the cut or will remain only available on this issue as there's not any information about it yet. Meanwhile, we'll enjoy them.
Woods -I Was Gone.mp3
And here we have yet another free download, this time through the people of Waaga Records, and we already have numerous blogs talking about it. Quality again worked on its favour as the EP is extremely enjoyable. Two bedroom electronic dub-house-disco-shoegaze bands melting their songs together, Fur's being more dance oriented and French house inspired and Coyote Clean Up's getting closer to dub, chillwave and dream pop and giving us one of the best tracks I've heard this year so far, the hypnotic and spacey Don't Worry Dub that you can hear after the jump.
You can (and have to) download the whole thing here.
Fur - Clears Throat.mp3
Coyote Clean Up - Dont Worry Dub w Orphan.mp3
And who needs more if the music speaks for themselves. The three songs on this free download single, listed as a future 7" to be released on the 23rd of December 2012 (and you can believe it or not) are pop gems that like to look back to the 60s but also to everything's been in between then and now, from girl bands to twee pop. Although the main track stands out thanks to his catchy sing along chorus and arrangements the three tracks are evocative and really good songs and they are free so pop up here to get them while we wait to know more about them.
Cults - Go Outside.mp3
Some months ago Javelin announced they were about to release two 12" on Thrill Jockey, consisting both of them of new tracks and a re-recorded old track on each of them. Both records as well are limited to 500 (the first one selling out in a couple of weeks) made out of recycled and unique old record covers customized with stamped wax Javelin logos on the front cover and a piece of paper with the tracklist glued on the back. My copy cover of Javelin 1 is an old live recording of Nancy Wilson, for example.
So Javelin 2 is going to be out in a couple of weeks and you can already pre-order it on-line on the Thrill Jockey website and stream the four tracks on it and prepare the money for their eminent first proper album called No Mas and coming out on David Byrne's label Luaka Bop on the 20th of April.
These tracks are more of what we've heard so far: a great mixmatch of genres from proto-electronics, world music, disco, funk and sampledelia to 80s hip hop, tropicalia or rnb. Or what is the same, the most fresh and festive stuff since The Avalanches.
And after Lindsay Broham, here you have Beyondce.
Javelin - Beyondce.mp3
Pearl Harbor - California Shakedown.mp3
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Most of Tassels tracks are quite dark and slowed down, drones that come and go, disapear and appear again later, like Do the Demerol that starts like something Salem would be proud of doing or putting on one of their frightening mixes or Fucking Wavy, where there's a constant dark rythm throught the song. Nothing's been released yet and there are no news of future releases but we'll wait for more news.
Tassels - Do the Demerol.mp3
Tassels - Fucking Wavy.mp3
So one of the last references is the first Beach Fossils 7", Daydream, an advance of his eminent first LP also on Captured Tracks coming in April. Some Beach Fossils demos have circulated on the internet for a long time, including the A side on this single. His tracks are always evocative of 60s and 80s garage, like on the B side Desert Sand, but also post-punk pop with great guitar and bass lines, like the ones here that takes you to the first New Order songs or even Blank Dogs itself, although the final result is much more sunny and colourful.
Beach Fossils - Daydream.mp3
And what about the songs on this single? Three songs: the previously available on Myspace Something in the Way and two new tracks, Wish He Was You and The Road. The three tracks are on the key of what you could here on the Make You Mine single, Lo-Fi surf-60s-pop and it came on editions of transparent, blue or black vinyl.
And if you didn't get the Art Fag single on time, you can get it now as a repressed in orange it's been made and it's available on many places, including Pure Groove in the UK.
Best Coast - Something In The Way.mp3
Memoryhouse - To the Lighthouse.mp3
Joseph Deney, aka Spine Spirit, is another youngster who has been producing his homemade music thanks to the nowadays massively used GarageBand program. He's already released a self-titled album only available locally (Indiana) and on I-tunes and a free download EP called Surfhunter that you can find here. After the release of his new LP, Jungle Bridges, that just appeared last month, he's releasing in a couple of weeks a single on Make Mine that contains the new song Crashers (Highs & Lows), No Psychic and a new version of Slept Away, previously available on his last album. He bases his music around samples, warm sounds, atmospheric voices, chants, synths and repetition. Yes, if all this reminds you of Panda Bear's Person Pitch before listening to it you will not have a change of mind after hearing it as his sound owes much to that album, although the structure and the duration of the songs are closer to a more conventional pop structure and he sometimes uses beats that take the songs to a almost dancey tecno-pop territory like on No Psychic. Out next Monday 13th.
Spirit Spine - Crashers (Highs and Lows).mp3