Many thanks to Crack In The Road for turning my attention to this wonderful song by London five-piece Groves.
Encore could be two songs rolled into one, as it seems to chop and change a few times throughout its six-minute running time. The soothing melody is just gorgeous and the gentle vocals courtesy of Nick Hayes become very therapeutic with each listen.
This is a simply beautiful track, and one of the loveliest I’ve heard all year. Wrap yourself in it below.
Listen to more by Groves over on their Bandcamp.
MINKS, aka Brooklyn new-wave duo Shaun Kilfoyle and Amalie Bruun, are gearing up to release their new record Tides End on August 6th. The albums swooning lead single Margot draws comparisons to Captured Tracks label-mates Wild Nothing as well as Craft Spells and New Order. A quality return, and just in time for my July Mix.
Tides End drops August 6 on Captured Tracks. Pre-order it here.
Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic is dropping his fourth solo album, Good Mood Fool, on October 15 through Secretly Canadian. He recently shared the album’s catchy lead single, Katie, an infectious slice of upbeat pop with some extremely funky Michael Jackson/Prince-like vibes.
It’s a much more adventurous sound than that of his previous solo records, and it’ll definitely have fans of Here We Go Magic among other purring over it.
Pre-order Good Mood Fool over at Secretly Canadian now.
Good Mood Fool tracklist:
1. Hard Working Hand
4. Those Kids
5. Jessica Brown Findlay
7. Terrified Witness
8. Love Won’t Receive
9. Hardest Working Self Made Mexican
Here’s a really nice six-track LP by gossimer, aka Jennifer Williams, called Brioche Rib which you can get as a name your price download over on her Bandcamp.
The album, which was released last September, is a beautifully subtle and gentle treat that as an extra bonus seems to be easing my rather explosive migraine.
Show some love and download Brioche Rib here.
Crystal Stilts, one of the best garage-rock acts out there, are finally putting out a brand new album this September, called Nature Noir. Here’s the albums awesome lead single, Star Crawl.
This is a real ode to 60’s style psych rock by the New York outfit, and I’m loving the mopey, almost sluggish vibes I’m getting from it. Effortlessly cool.
Nature Noir drops September 17 on Sacred Bones.
Nature Noir Tracklist:
01 Spirit In Front Of Me
02 Star Crawl
03 Future Folklore
04 Sticks And Stones
05 Memory Room
06 Worlds Gone Weird
07 Darken The Door
08 Electrons Rising
09 Nature Noir
10 Phases Forever
Faded, the latest by George Cassavetes’ Stay Bless project, features both Dev Hynes (Solange‘s “Losing You”, Sky Ferreira‘s “Everything Is Embarrassing”) and Samantha Urbani of Brooklyn band Friends. This is a really great track, check it out.
Stay Bless’ Faded EP is out now on 37 Adventures. Grab a copy here.
AlunaGeorge will release their excellent debut LP, Body Music, next week on July 30 through Vagrant. Aluna Francis and George Reid have kindly put the entire album up on SoundCloud, so stream it below.
Pre-order Body Music here.
Willis Earl Beal has shared a stomping new cut from his forthcoming second LP, Nobody knows. Echoes of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and TV On The Radio off this one.
Listen to Too Dry To Cry below. I’m off to give Acousmatic Sorcery a spin.
Nobody knows. is out September 10.
Vanessa Fernandez, one half of Singapore-based duo Octover, is going it alone as Vandetta. Here’s her debut single Fly, which premiered today over on Pitchfork.
You may remember Octover from last year, when they dropped two super smooth electronic tracks that edged towards a How To Destroy Angels_ sound. Well fans of that project should really dig Fly then, as Vandetta’s vocals are allowed to take centre stage where the focus is firmly on them. Check it out below.
Vandetta’s self-titled EP is out October 15 on Syndicate.
Elusive Cornwall-based sisters Anne and Georgie Hockeysmith follow-up their recent release Now I Want To, with a real dream of a tune called Let’s Bang. The airy instrumentals on this track, drenched in an ethereal ambience, sound sublime beneath the beautiful duel vocals. Don’t sleep on this one.
Hockeysmith, who are currently unsigned, drop their Let’s Bang/Now I Want To 12″ on August 12 via Backabelly.