British synth pop/new wave duo Soft Cell have released the video for their newest single "Northern Lights".
The song, their first since 2002, is described by the band’s singer, Marc Almond, as “a celebration of our roots in northern soul”, and is taken from their forthcoming compilation 'The Singles: Keychains & Snowstorms' out this Friday (September 28)via Universal Music Catalogue. Grab it here.
The video was filmed at Manchester’s legendary Twisted Wheel soul club, it even features a cast of extras from the original Twisted Wheel scene of the late-‘60s and ‘70s.
British electronic pioneers Blancmange have revealed their new single "Not A Priority".
The song is taken from the upcoming new album 'Wanderlust', set to be released on 19 October. Pre-order your copy here.
Stream it below.
01. Distant Storm
02. In Your Room
03. I Smashed Your Phone
04. Gravel Drive Syndrome
05. Talking To Machines
06. Not A Priority
07. TV Debate
09. White Circle, Black Hole
Los Angeles indie rock/alt band Weezer have revealed the video for their cover version of Toto's 80s classic "Africa", starring Weird Al Yankovic.
The cover came after an online campaign asking the band to cover Toto's hit went viral, the band decided to do the cover, resulting in their first hit on Billboard's Hot 100 chart after a decade. Get the track here.
Following the song's release, Toto covered Weezer's "Hash Pipe," to return the favor.
Melbourne-based synth punk, minimal wave outfit NUN have shared their new single "Turning Out".
The song is taken from Nun's upcoming new album 'The Dome', set to arrive in November through Aarght Records.
Vocalist Jenny Branagan cites the song as offering "disturbance and reward… we wanted the chorus to feel like a release from the frantic tension of the verse". "Musically it sounds triumphant but lyrically it’s a negative outline of those formative experiences that leave you altered and filled with rage".
Norway bedroom pop/indie pop/rock three-piece Chain Wallet have announced the release of their sophomore album titled 'No Ritual'.
The follow-up to 2016's self-titled debut album includes their catchy new single "Ride", and will be out February 15th on Jansen Records. Pre-order your copy here.
No Ritual found them emerging to a small cabin on a remote beach in the southwest of Norway. Here, among surfers – and while walking the beaches, drinking wine – they found out what kind of album they were going to make.
While you still can catch a glimpse of Mary Chain here or Johnny Marr there, Chain Wallet are really establishing their own musical identity with No Ritual. Playing an important part in expanding the band’s sound on this record is Chiara Cavallari of the psychedelic shoegaze band FOAMMM. The guys say: “We had been wanting to collaborate with Chiara for a long time, and her ethereal presence is fortunately scattered all over the album.”
Both of Chain Wallet’s albums have followed loose and murky storylines about a conflicted protagonist. Where the first album revolved around themes like unresolved ambition and attempts of letting go of the past, No Ritual finds our anti-hero in state of spiritual limbo, while reaching out and trying to establish new symbolic meanings. The album is a post-apocalyptic dive into the mythical life of the millennial mind.
Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for "Ride" below.
01. Lost Somewhere
02. Final Testament
05. What Everybody Else Could Find
07. Knowing Eyes
08. No Ritual
09. World I Used to Call Mine
10. Inner Space
Leicester alternative/new wave duo Lusts (aka brothers Andy and James Stone) have announced the release of their new album titled 'Call Of The Void'.
The follow-up to 2015's debut 'Illuminations' will be out on November 16. Pre-order your copy here.
About the record, the duo say: “The album is about the feeling of standing on the edge of something high up and getting the urge to jump, it’s not necessarily about a death wish, more, paradoxically, it’s about wanting to live and how the mind has strange ways of expressing that. We felt like it’s a really accurate reﬂection of what we want to achieve musically - some of what we create could be seen as being quite dark thematically, but there’s a positivity to what we do, there’s a light there even in the darkness, and we want to uncover and explore that.”
They have also shared their new single "True Romance". Take a listen below the album's tracklist.
01. I Promise to Be Good
02. Heavy Thoughts
03. Lost Highway
04. True Romance
05. A Girl Walks Home
06. Joy in a Joyless Place
08. Lost / Found
09. Ten Years
Los Angeles electronic/ambient artist Geotic (aka Baths' Will Wiesenfeld side-project) has premiered the video for his catchy new single "Gondolier".
The song is taken from the upcoming album 'Traversa', out October 19. Pre-order your copy here.
"Gondolier" explores the concept of misunderstandings within a relationship, that can lead to jarring ends. As with the remainder of the album, Wiesenfeld is singing on "Gondolier" about the relationship of travel and adventure as something occasionally isolating, while maintaining a sense of exploration within those feelings of loneliness. Sonically, it boasts a simple, repetitive melody to nautically themed lyrics referencing boats, docks, and lighttowers, like what happens when ships pass in the night with no awareness of each other. Those lyrics build tension with each new verse: "I caught you where the boats get tied/ Off to live a different live/ I knew, I felt myself get angry," Wiesenfeld sings, accusatory and betrayed in one verse, before growing sadder and more internal in the next: "I caught you where the boats sail off/ Like you tied me to the dock/ I fold, I felt the world desert me."
The video was directed by Will Wiesenfeld, Mario Luna and Shannon Pollak.. Watch it below.
Cardiff noise pop/psych band Perfect Body have dropped their new single "Fields".
Perfect Body formed in early 2017, inspired by the sonic experimentation of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Their sound is characterized by it’s noisy, psychedelic guitar playing; icy, ethereal synthesizers; and a muscular, yet dynamic rhythm section. Perfect Body is a wall of noise, hazing over and obscuring what is, at it’s core, pop-oriented songwriting.
It is taken from their upcoming split EP with Zac White, out on November 23 via Bubblewrap Collective (digitally on October 12). Stream it below.
London indie rock/pop/funk band Oh800 have shared their new single "Melanin".
The song is taken from their upcoming debut album 'Character Building', set to arrive in October 12th. We have previously heard the record's first single "I Want You Around".
Speaking about it, band member Eoin Rooney said: "We had the music for this song kicking around for quite a while, but the lyrics came after a young black kid was killed by a police officer in our area of London. The officer thought he swallowed a suspicious package and chased him down. You know the rest… Meanwhile on the same streets, middle class white people walk around every weekend with suspicious packages in their pockets, suspicion free. That pisses me off. So I wrote a song about it."