Wednesday, October 27, 2021

New Entry: Trillion Release New Single "Sure"

Sydney noise-pop five-piece Trillion have released their new single "Sure".

The song is taken from their forthcoming new album 'Atomic Sunshine'. Get it here.

Trillion share a love of sonic mayhem, a desire to craft indie soundscapes with pop sensibilities, and an unhealthy obsession with guitar pedals - it's not by chance that the band describes themselves as “shoegaze merchants from the land of Oz”.

Their deep love of all things fuzz comes to the fore on this new track, showcasing the band’s strong songcrafting skills and artful ability to use the space between the harmonics to propel the listener forward. Sure represents the dreams we weave, and the stories we tell ourselves when the light of day breaks and finds us alone with just the lingering fragments of sights and sounds left in our mind’s eye.

Recorded in isolation, with each band member contributing their parts separately, Sure, and the single’s companion track ‘Here’s to tomorrow’ represent the ability of artists to overcome the barriers of physical separation and create as an integral part of life. Driving basslines and blistering drums, layering these with hazy vocals and multi-textured fuzz come together to grab and hold the listener’s attention, across the blurred line between reality and hypnagogic visions.

Take a listen below.

Home Counties Premiere New Single "The Home Counties"

English indie rock/punk/alt band Home Counties have premiered their new single "The Home Counties".

The song is out now through Alcopop Records and is taken from their upcoming second EP 'In A Middle English Town'. 

Speaking about it, singer Will Harrison says: “‘The Home Counties’ is set in a small town somewhere in the South of England and centres around a generic married couple and their daily existence. It is about mundanity, claustrophobia and suspicion of everything outside of the semi-detached. The characters are placeless and nondescript, emblematic of the uniformity of middle-class people across the commuter belt.”

“Self-producing ‘Modern Yuppies’ and ‘White Shirt’ during lockdown definitely gave us time to flesh out the Home Counties sound and build a firm idea of where this project is heading next”, Will continues. “It was exciting to create these wacky synth-driven singles and that’s definitely something we’ve taken forward into this EP. It was always the plan to go a bit mad with those singles and then finesse the sound for the EP, reintroducing the rawer live elements and returning to the studio as a 5-piece.

“We’re often labelled as a Bristol band but we left uni a few years ago and then found ourselves stuck in our hometown in Bucks for a year during the pandemic. The name Home Counties didn’t hold much significance when we formed, but being back here for the past 12 months made us reflect more about our sense of place here. The EP isn’t directly about our experiences - it more lives in a semi-fictitious and generalised idea of Middle England.”

Take a listen below.

Metronomy Announce New LP 'Small World', Stream "It’s good to be back"

British indie dance band Metronomy have announced the release of their seventh studio album 'Small World'

The follow-up to 2019’s Metronomy Forever, will be out out on 18th February 2022 via Because Music . Pre-order your copy here.

Small World is a return to simple pleasures, nature, an embracing in part of more pared down, songwriterly sonics (some moments wouldn’t sound amiss on a Wilco release), all while asking broader existential questions: which feels at least somewhat rooted in the period of time during which it was made – 2020. For all that Mount seems to think he has made a comparatively sombre record, much of Small World still pulses with the zesty, tongue-in-cheek joie de vivre you’d expect of a Metronomy record.

So sure, things are different now Joe Mount is getting older and what’s on his mind is changing, but that doesn’t mark a change in quality for Metronomy. An immaculate set of tracks, Joe Mount’s ability as a songwriter and arranger shines through on Small World, evergreen. Metronomy might be growing up, but they’re not afraid to still have fun with it all. Through the tumultuous ebb and flow of the years, Metronomy continues to endure and make great pop music – and, really, that’s all that we could ask for.

The band have also shared the album's lead single ‘It’s good to be back’, a spiky synth-laden return with a video, by directing duo Dreamjob, that finds all of Metronomy’s band members in an uncanny Truman show-esque universe, each of them trying to hold onto a chaotic kind of joy while existing in a Groundhog Day scenario of dying and then living the same thing over and over.

‘It’s good to be back’ gets its name because, Mount says, “Part of me was thinking, ‘what is the lamest platitude people are going to be saying coming out of the past two years?’, but at the same time, I was thinking how it will be true and how it might feel doing things again.

I’ve been remembering what it was like as a kid when I’d be sitting in the backseat of my parents’ car and they’d be playing their music and I’d think ‘this is awful’, but there’d be one or two songs I would like. I thought it would be fun to make that kind of album, and this is the song the kids might like. This is the ‘cool’ song,” he adds.

Check out the album's tracklist and the video for "It’s good to be back" below.

Metronomy Forever Tracklist:
01. Life And Death
02. Things Will Be Fine
03. It’s Good To Be Back
04. Loneliness On The Run
05. Love Factory
06. I Lost My Mind
07. Right On Time
08. Hold Me Tonight
09. I Have Seen Enough

New Entry: Mild Minds Reveals New Single "Haunted"

Aussie dance/electronic/lo-fi musician/producer Benjamin David aka Mild Minds has revealed his new single "Haunted".

The song is out today (October 27) through Foreign Family Collective. Get it here.

Staying true to the title, ‘HAUNTED’ is a soul-stirring soundscape that sees Mild Minds tap into his trademark blend of driving synths and captivating vocals. 

I think we had all spent a part of 2020 contemplating a lot about our own lives, while feeling a general sense of darkness looming over whether we'd be losing loved ones, or not. For a lot of us we did. The heaviness of it all led me to explore more melancholic themes in my music. I found myself breaking down all of the shades that might be associated with melancholy; exploring death, loss, rebirth, and the associated beauty. This ultimately led me to wanting to use flowers on the artwork, being something that both dies and blooms again each year. At the same time I was re-learning piano, or even in a way properly learning piano. It was such a rush to be feeling the music through touch and finding an ability to speak through it. I found myself playing a set of similar chords over and over through the first half of the year; verses, choruses, outros. Slowly but surely, this song formed from a combination of those. This was immediately one of my favorite tracks I've ever written. - Mild Minds

The video was directed by Ryan Hills. Check out below.


Watch: Fluid Ghost Unveils Visuals For "My Best Nightmare"

Fluid Ghost the dark-dance/minimal wave side project of Adriano from French duo Echoberyl, has unveiled visuals for his addictive track "My Best Nightmare".

The song is taken from his debut mini-album 'Homeclubbing', which came out last month (September 16). Get your copy here.

Watch/listen below.

Watch: The Rills Share New Single/Video "Skint Eastwood"

Lincoln indie rock/alt/punk band The Rills have shared the video for their latest single "Skint Eastwood".

The song b/w "This Is Hell" is out now via Nice Swan Records. Get it here

Speaking about it, frontman Mitch Spencer explains: “Skint Eastwood is a Lincoln loner. He’s a BMX bandit who lurks the streets for affection, be it by begging, stealing or borrowing. Suburban life gives way to people like Skint Eastwood, kids with nothing but the change in their pockets and the rucksack on their backs – cycling into oblivion as much as they are crying out for help. There’s something familiar about that old cowboy cliche; a hard exterior crossed with a soft and vulnerable interior is easily used to describe the lost boys and girls of our generation.”

Watch/listen below.

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Watch: Wingtips Air Music Video For "Run For Shelter"

Chicago new goth-pop/post punk duo Wingtips (aka Vincent Segretario and Hannah Avalon) have aired the video for "Run For Shelter".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their second studio album 'Cutting Room Floor', released last month (September 3) vía Artoffact Records. Get your copy here.

Wingtips’ Vincent Segretario said: “The track ‘Run for Shelter’ is a feeling of empowerment; finding out who you are and how you respond in times of crisis.”

Watch the clip below.


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New Entry: Kasabian Return With New Single "ALYGATYR"

British indie rockers Kasabian have returned with their new single "ALYGATYR", their first new material since 2017

The song, written by Serge Pizzorno, produced by Serge and Fraser T Smith, and mixed by Spike Stent, is out now and it represents a new chapter for the band. Grab it here.

Take a listen below.


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