Phoenix guitar-pop band Fine China has released their excellent new single "Anybody Else".
The song is taken upcoming full length 'Not Thrilled' available February 23 via Velvet Blue Music.
UPDATE 05/02/2018: "Anybody Else" is our new Single Of The Week!
Speaking about the track, vocalist Rob Withem said: "I started this song fairly early in the process of writing the album and I feel like it is a good representation of my vision for the record. I wanted a sound that harkened back to singles from the mid to late 80’s that I heard on the radio as a kid - stuff like Don Henley, and Dire Straits. But also root it in an elegant guitar pop sound, like XTC or Crowded House. 'Anybody Else' started out as just two chords over and over laid over a tight, repetitive drum beat. I wrote and arranged the song over a couple months, slowly adding parts and layers, and writing the lyrics the night before recording vocals. All the guitars were recorded on my old Roland JC-120 amp, with true stereo chorus, and I think I used 6 different guitars on the track. The track is also the first (and probably last) time we used hand-drum percussion on a track."
Leeds-based lo-fi rock sextet Team Picture have unleashed their new single "(I Have A) Little Secret".
The song was produced/mixed by Matt Peel (previously Eagulls, Autobahn and Pulled Apart By Horses). Guitarist Josh said: “We really resonate with the sincerity and enduring relevance of pop music from the 70’s and 80’s, and the ability of so many bands from this period to transcend genre and remain influential. We wanted to celebrate that, and maybe shed some of the grungier associations we’ve previously collected.”
Wellington psych pop/rock trio Transistor have dropped the video for their brand new single "All You Remember".
The song is the lead track of their upcoming new EP, ‘Soft Burning Silver’, which is due to drop on February 23.
The B-side to the new release, ‘Waiting To Be Free’, follows suit by being less abrasive, as well as adding a somewhat nostalgic sound to the mix, which didn’t fit in with the overall tones of this follow up EP. Get the single here.
The video was directed and produced by Transistor. Watch it below.
Belgium shoegaze dream-pop band The Spectors have returned with a brand new single and video called "Borderline".
About the clip, vocalist Marieke Hutsebaut said : “We filmed the video for Borderline, the first single off OOH AAH AAH, in an old warehouse in Ypres. The warehouse, not even a mile from Menin Gate (famous for its daily Last Post), was built on the ashes of the medieval city that was utterly destroyed during The Great War and rebuilt from scratch after it. During filming, we used a 360° travel rail and to get the whole ‘London is a bitch’ vibe we edited kaleidoscopic images of the city into the footage."
The video was made by Frederic Vanhalst & Didier Lenglaert. Check out below.
Orange County indie rock/punk duo The Garden (aka twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears) have announced they will release their new full-length album 'Mirror Might Steal Your Charm' on 30 March via Epitaph Records.
Taking the audience away into a still unfathomed sound world and bringing back some of the scuzzier elements of their earlier work, the duo’s more guitar focused third album is another sublime slice of post-modern pop. Welcome back to a land that’s familiar, slightly out of sync, and a little bit unnerving.
The album was self-produced and recorded in a lock-out studio in one short burst. "I think it’s healthy as an artist to switch up your environment once in a while. The production is tight as a whistle, but also more raw” offers Wyatt. "The process made for a more focused and personal sounding record, with a healthy dose of guitar throughout. Things are a little more refined. If we aren’t implementing past experience into new situations then we aren’t learning. Progress is very appealing to us,” adds Fletcher.
Pre-order the album here, check out the tracklist and watch the video for their brand new single "No Destination" below.
02. Make a Wish
03. Shameless Shadow
04. Who Am I Going To Share All Of This Wine With?
06. A Message For Myself
07. Call The Dogs Out
08. Good News
09. Voodoo Luck
10. Banana Peel
11. Stylish Spit
12. No Destination
MIEN, the new krautrock/psych band comprised of The Black Angels' Alex Maas, The Horrors' Tom Furse, Elephant Stone's Rishi Dhir and The Earlies' John-Mark Lapham have dropped the video for their debut single "Black Habit".
The song is taken from the groups forthcoming self-titled debut album, set to be released on April 6 via Rocket Recordings. Pre-order your copy here.
Watch the video below, directed by Elba Berganza.
MIEN are: Alex Maas (vocals, samples, loops), Tom Furse (keyboards, programming), Rishi Dhir (bass, sitar, keyboards) and John-Mark Lapham (keyboards, samples, programming).
Brighton-based indie pop/lo-fi Breathe Panel have premiered their new single "Relax".
The song will be out on tomorrow (January 25th) via Fat Cat Records.
About the track, the band said: “’Relax’ is a monotonous ode to being held inside your own head with anxiety, with brief flourishes and a song title to celebrate moments of sheer joy or unexpected daily beauty”.
Swedish dream pop/shoegaze trio Echo Ladies have released the video for their latest single "Nothing Ever Lasts".
The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their self titled EP, which will be re-released on March 23 via Sonic Cathedral.
About the track the band said: "The song is quite straightforward. It focuses on the feeling of loneliness and isolation you get when everyone around you is travelling, moving to new places or going on adventures, while your own life stays the same. The sound is inspired by Echo & The Bunnymen’s song 'The Cutter’, by trying to create an epic but sad chorus that would just go on and on.".
Melbourne shoegaze/dream-pop band Lowtide have unleashed the video for their dreamy new single "Elizabeth Tower".
The song has been added to our current playlist and is taken from their upcoming second album 'Southern Mind', set to arrive on 16 February via Rice Is Nice and the UK’s Opposite Number. Pre-order your copy here.
The video was directed by Jamieson Moore. Watch it below.
Berlin’s post-punk duo Lea Porcelain (aka Julien Brecht and Markus Nikolaus) have aired the video for their newest single "Gotta Run".
The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their upcoming new EP due this April. Buy the single here.
About the track, the band said: “ This has been one of our favourite tracks to play live. The song is an energetic fusion that holds the balance between light and shadow. It makes you feel simultaneously strong and reverent”.
And about the clip they said: "The video shows a priest who visibly struggles with himself and with the life that he has chosen, in search of something that he enjoys, in the dreary everyday life. And when he searches for truth, he starts to dance. And he feels he sacrifices himself for something he now doubts, whether it exists, in which he tries to feel himself again and to exist himself.”
Los Angeles post punk band Sextile have revealed a lyric video for their infectious new single "Current Affair (feat. Sienna)".
The song has been added to our current playlist and is out now via Felte Records. Grab your copy here.
About the track guest singer Sienna Scarritt, said: "Lyrically, the song addresses the regression of our (American) nation. It’s a backwards motion, a lapse in front of our eyes—happening fast. The song is a verbal refusal of getting caught in this current of delusion. It’s a plea to the world to wake up."
The video was directed by Brady Keehn. Watch it below.
Seattle indie pop/jangle pop artist Peter Michel aka Hibou has announced the release of his sophomore album titled 'Something Familiar'.
The follow-up to his 2015 self-titled debut, was recorded with a full-band at Chris Walla’s Hall of Justice recording studio, and will be out on March 2 via Barsuk Records.
While most of the material on Hibou was recorded while Michel was still a teenager, there’s a newfound sense of maturity on this new release. And with getting older comes new worries to cope with. As such, Something Familiar finds Michel coping with anxiety and depersonalization. Michel elaborates in a press statement:
“Anxiety is an incredibly strange thing, and everyone has different forms of it. I think that songwriting was a really necessary way for me to try to express that, because people would always ask about it: What does it feel like? Describe it. I’d never be able to put it into words. It was such a relief when I began to experiment and communicate the effects of my anxiety with textures and poetry, rather than conversations.”
Pre-order the album here, check out the tracklist and watch the video for his brand new single "Fall Into", below.
02. Junipero Love
04. Fall Into
06. Only In The Dark
08. The Way You're Breathing
09. Something Familiar
10. You Could Vanish Again
Canadian cold wave/post-punk/synth pop band Actors have announced they will release their debut full-length album 'It Will Come To You', on March 9 via Artoffact Records.
The term "post-punk", like many terms with a similar prefix, is firmly planted in a time in history, and signifies an added precision and experimentation to a thrilling genre that has echoed forward in both style and attitude. The Jason Corbett-led outfit ACTORS are standing on the shoulders of titans with their brand of the style, and could almost be referred to as "post-post-punk". In a period where we narrowcast rather than broadcast so fans and new music-seekers can firmly plant themselves in a niche, Corbett takes swings at creating sounds and production techniques that one would not usually find in a starter package of cliché plugins and samples.
Pressed on delicious green wax and including a branded, collectable download card, the initial, first pressing is limited to 400 units worldwide, and the album is also available in a CD digipak or digital download.
"The band’s synth-heavy postwave will make you wish you’d spent the early ’80s living in a postwar Berlin flat right above the prototype for David Lynch’s fabled Club Silencio."
Pre-order the album here and check out the tracklist below.
01. L'appel Du Vide
03. Face Meets Glass
04. Hit to the Head
06. Bury Me
08. We Don't Have To Dance
09. Let It Grow
10. Bird in Hand
Athens, Georgia psych pop band Of Montreal have announced their new album titled 'White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood'.
The follow-up to 2016's Innocence Reaches and 2017's Rune Husk EP, will be released on March 9th via Polyvinyl Record Company.
About the record, band member Kevin Barnes, explained: Two important events occurred during the making of White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. I became "Simulated Reality" paranoid and I fell in LOVE. Well a lot more happened during the process of writing and recording, but those are the two big ones. I also reached a healthy point of self-forgiveness for my failed marriage and became deeply educated in the lies of America the Great. I feel like a switch was recently turned on in my brain and now I'm beginning to see through the lies that have been fed to me my whole life by the masters of media and by those who control and manipulate the narrative of our cultural identity and social order. My paranoia began during the presidential election cycle and reached a dangerous peak shortly after the inauguration. In the meantime I watched and read countless works of art in a mad effort to be reminded of how many truly brilliant people there are living/struggling among us and to try to maintain a positive outlook. The works of Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Chris Kraus, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the Autobiographies of Malcolm X and Mark E Smith were all great inspirations, to name a few. Musically, I was very inspired by the extended dance mixes that people used to make for pop singles back in the ‘80s. It's so cool how a lot of the 80's hits had these really intricate and interesting longer versions that wouldn't get played on the radio and could only be heard in the clubs. I used that template with these tracks, I wanted them all to feel like the extended "club edit" of album tracks. I'm always searching for new identities so this concept of the death of "Whiteness" appeals to me greatly. Might be the only way to save the world."
The band have also shared its first single, "Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia."
Pre-order the album here and stream the new single below.