Tuesday, January 11, 2022

New Entry: NewDad Premiere New Single "Say It"

Irish alt rock/slo-fi band NewDad have premiered their new single "Say It".

The song is taken from their forthcoming EP ‘Banshee’, produced John Congleton, out on the 9th of February via Fair Youth Records. Get it here.

From the band: “‘Say It’ is about unrequited love, about when someone is with you but not really, it’s supposed to capture that frustration you feel when you’re giving someone your all and they’re giving you nothing in return. The fast pace of the song makes it feel like I’m venting which works considering the feelings of irritation and bitterness I’m talking about when you don’t want to like someone but you can’t help it.”

Take a listen below.

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Fontaines D.C. Announce New LP 'Skinty Fia', Stream "Jackie Down The Line"

Dublin rock n' roll band Fontaines D.C. have announced the release of their third studio album 'Skinty Fia'. 

The follow-up to their 2020's record A Hero's Death, will be out on April 22 through Partisan Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Skinty Fia, used colloquially as an expletive, it roughly translates from the Irish language into English as “the damnation of the deer”; the spelling crassly anglicised, and its meaning diluted through generations. Part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph - the songs ultimately form a long-distance love letter, one that laments an increasingly privatised culture in danger of going the way of the extinct Irish giant deer.

Check out the album's tracklist and the video for lead single "Jackie Down The Line" below.

Skinty Fia Tracklist:
01. In ár gCroíthe go deo
02. Big Shot
03. How Cold Love Is
04. Jackie Down The Line
05. Bloomsday
06. Roman Holiday
07. The Couple Across The Way
08. Skinty Fia
09. I Love You
10. Nabokov


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Watch: Spoon Reveal New Single/Video "Wild"

Austin, TX indie rockers Spoon have revealed the video for their new single "Wild".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their upcoming tenth studio album 'Lucifer on the Sofa', which will be out on February 11 via Matador Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Watch/listen below.


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Young Prisms Announce New LP 'Drifter', Stream "Honeydew"

San Francisco shoegaze band Young Prisms have announced the release of their third studio album 'Drifter', their first in 10 years .

The follow-up to 2012's In Between, was produced by Shaun Durkan (Weekend, Soft Kill) and will be out on March 25 through Fire Talk. Pre-order your copy here.

Drifter is a record that finds steadiness in the embrace of uncertainty. Young Prisms have always delivered stories that have remained mostly shrouded in a dreamlike state, the kind of dreams where you never quite get to where you’re aiming to go, and the ones which unravel in melancholy when you open your eyes and reality sets in. With their first new music in ten years, the band explores the tension and release that comes with bringing your head down from the clouds and making sense of the tangible entanglements that make up everyday existence. "You’ve spent your whole life wondering if you’ll ever live up to your own expectations, but one day realize that it’s ok to just be a normal, boring human. You’re used to running away from life because you hate yourself and now you are pleasantly surprised by a new feeling to let go and accept yourself,” explains lead vocalist Stefanie Hodapp.

Speaking on the inspiration for the single, vocalist Stefanie Hodapp says, "Growing up, my grandmother would tell me that honeydew was her favorite melon. I was never fully convinced. I usually preferred cantaloupe and quite frankly thought she was full of shit because everyone knows cantaloupe tastes better. Clearly this was more of a pitch to her unwilling granddaughter. 'Honeydew' (the song) is about looking back on life and wishing for more, as if it wasn’t right or good enough. Hoping for a time machine to change history. Somehow that stubborn grandmother analogy makes sense now. A honeydew life won't ever be a cantaloupe life, but it's okay and can be just as satisfying if you accept it for what it is."

Drifter is the greater sum of its parts - a collaborative effort with all of the members contributing songwriting credits. Inherently, it represents a reprise, a second chance to present a full-formed vision that results in the band’s purest pursuit yet.

Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for their new single "Honeydew" below.

Honeydew Tracklist:
01. Above Water
02. Yourside
03. Honeydew
04. This Time
05. Violet
06. If Ever Now
07. Melt Away
08. Outside Air
09. Self Love
10. Months Ago
11. Around
12. Flight

New Entry: SPRINTS Unleash New Single "Little Fix"

Dublin-based post-punk/garage band SPRINTS have unleashed their new single "Little Fix".

The song is taken from their forthcoming new EP ‘Modern Job’ set to arrive on March 11th via Nice Swan Records. Pre-order it here

On the new single, singer Karla Chubb says: "Plagued by insecurities, imposter syndrome and gender stereotypes, Little Fix is the culmination of all my fears - the, sometimes, self applied pressure that as a woman in music I can’t just be good, I have to be great. 

I feel like I am in a constant state of proving myself. That no matter what I achieve, learn, write, play or sing, there will always be a critic, a voice in the crowd or in my head telling me that it’s still not good enough, that there’s a million men out there who are better and I’ll always just be “good for a girl”.  
Little Fix is a song that instead of running away from that fear, shit talk and criticism, it runs head first at 100 miles an hour into it. Pulling influence from Thee Oh Sees and Courtney Barnett, it’s lyrically the song I am most proud of and one that on tour proved a serious fan favourite"

Have a listen below.



Mitra Mitra Detail New LP 'Hands Remain', Stream Title Track

Vienna minimal synth/electronic/synth wave duo Mitra Mitra have revealed details of their sophomore full-length album 'Hands Remain'.

The follow-up to their 2018’s hugely well received debut Marionettes, was produced by the duo and will be out on January 17 through Polytechnic Youth. Pre-order it here.

The band was formed in Vienna in late 2014 by Violet Candide and Mahk Rumbae. Originally from New Zealand, Violet Candide has been a fixture of the Vienna post-punk and minimal synth scene for many years as a DJ before making music with Mitra Mitra and her other projects Slow Glass (with Bobby from Low Sea), Peppy Pep Pepper and Violetiger. Whilst British musician Mahk Rumbae is known for his work as a member of the industrial/experimental project Konstruktivists, Oppenheimer MkII (with Andy Oppenheimer of Oppenheimer Analysis) and his solo techno project Codex Empire.

The new LP is their strongest set yet; 'Hands Remain' is perhaps darker in nature than previous MM releases; although mostly completed before the pandemic, it somehow fits the times we live in now. A wonderful 12 track collection hugely recommended to fans of classic era synth pop, early Mute, Cherry Red, Blackwing Studios etc etc.

Check out the album's tracklist and listen to "Hands Remain" and "Insomnia" below.

Hands Remain Tracklist:
02. Memories for Company
03. One and the Same
04. Dormant Carbon Coma
05. Hands Remain
06. Intersection
07. Vertigo
08. Ricochet
09. Monochrome
10. Insomnia 
11. Western Side
12. Gappy Spheres


New Entry: Hembree Unveil New Single "Close to Me"

Kansas City indie rock/alt band Hembree have unveiled their new single "Close to Me".

The song is taken from their upcoming new album "It's a Dream!", set to arrive on February 4th  part of our  current playlist and came out last week (September 21). Get it here.

Vocalist Isaac Flynn has this to say on it: "Close to Me is a song that I had written a few years ago that just kept lingering in my mind. After finishing all the demos for what became, “It’s a Dream!”, I felt like the record needed a lift and a bit more optimism, so the band and I opened this song up again. It’s a love song through and through with a narrative based in companionship. It’s about devotion to whoever is down to pull you out of the dark, and get you through the strange times and all of life’s struggles — that could be a partner, friend or even your dog. This one’s for the ride or dies”

Stream it below.

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Watch: Blushing Share New Single/Video "The Fires"

Austin, TX dream pop/shoegaze/bedroom pop band Blushing have unleashed the video for their excellent new single "The Fires".

The song is taken from their forthcoming album 'Possessions', set to arrive on February 18, 2022 via Kanine Records. Pre-order your copy here

The album was mastered by Ride's Mark Gardener, and The Fires is the only track on the record also mixed by him. Speaking about it, Michelle Soto explains: “We knew Mark could bring a special element to 'The Fires'. However, just as the mixing and mastering process was wrapping up in February 2021 we lost all power and water for over a week due to a freak blizzard that devastated much of Texas. It caused a most unexpected delay in our ability to communicate back and forth with Mark about the track, who expressed concern for the band’s well being as news of the storm reached all the way to the UK.”

“Eventually the snow melted, lights and internet returned and what we received in the final mix was a punchy, glimmering track, a perfect balance to the dark, brooding tone of the song.”

Watch/listen below.


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New Entry: Placebo Release New Single "Try Better Next Time"

UK alt-rock band Placebo have released their new single "Try Better Next Time".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their forthcoming eighth studio album 'Never Let Me Go'.

"It is not the end of the world, only the end of humanity, a distinction that in our overblown hubris we are unable to detect," explains Brian Molko. "Mother Nature has grown extremely weary of us. Try Better Next Time."

Take a listen below.

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