Experimental freak-folk outfit Akron/Family drop their new album Sub Verses on April 30 via Dead Oceans. Yesterday they shared it’s first single but I was waaay too shook to check it out. Anyway, I’m back to normal today and I’ve had it on repeat for the last hour or so, check it out.
It’s almost a year since Memoryhouse released their brilliant debut The Sideshow Effect, and the duo have kindly shared a really pretty new track via their website called ‘Shades Of Our Life’. I’ve always been a fan of their style of bedroom produced dream-pop but this is just beautiful.
AlunaGeorge and Disclosure have collaborated on an absolutely banging new tune called ‘White Noise’. Aluna Francis’ sugary sweet vocals sound perfect over Disclosure’s tantalizing array of beats and synths.
Disclosure’s debut LP is due sometime this summer while AlunaGeorge’s highly anticipated debut Body Music is out in June.
Cayucas (formerly Oregon Bike Trails) have a new track out called ‘High School Lover’ which I’m digging this morning. It’s just a really catchy piece of pop-rock to bop your head along to.
Jacques Greene is streaming an irresistible new cut called ‘Quicksand’ today, which appeared on his recent Fader Mix. It’s a deep rooted house tune, back heavily by some oh-so-slick beats and trademark vocal samples. Can’t get enough of this one.
‘Still’, quite amazingly, is the debut single by London-based trio Qtier, and it’s an absolute must hear. I’ve got to say since I stumbled upon it this morning I’ve been pretty blown away. ‘Still’ is a truly stunning, multi-layered mix of lush electronics with indie melodies and an astonishingly crisp production, in a similar style to The xx. Download their free four-track EP here.
‘The Natural World’ is the latest from London-based electronic-pop outfit Cymbals, one of my favourite bands around at the moment. Following up on the success of their previous single, the 9-minute long freak-out ‘Like An Animal’, ‘The Natural World’ is another irresistible combination of post-punk with a dance-pop vibe. So addictive.
Norwich-based indie pop group, Maglia Rosa Group, kindly sent me a link to their debut EP Nighthawks earlier today. The EP’s title track and lead single instantly caught my attention. It’s a dark and mysterious love song, with Daisy Lawrence absolutely nailing that Kate Bush style vocal range better than most I have heard. The musical arrangements are reminiscent of the Wild Beasts and the track really does sound great the more I play it.
Maglia Rosa Group’s debut EP Nighthawks is out now. Check it out.
‘Lights’ is the mesmerising new single by soon-to-be-huge London-based duo Catherine Pockson and Bob Matthews, aka Alpines. “Mesmerising” doesn’t even do this song justice, to be honest. ‘Lights’ is quite simply one of the most stunning songs I have heard in long, long time. Catherine Pockson’s ethereal vocals soar beautifully over a melancholic piano line and Bob Matthews guitar sounds like he’s either using a cello bow like Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós, or an EBow, either way it sounds great. They release their debut album later this year, expect big things.
Australian duo Jack Milas and Oli Chang base themselves in New York these days and perform as High Highs. I posted their previous single, the beautifully harmonious ‘Once Around The House’, and I may have compared them to Fleet Foxes as well. Keeping me intrigued, they’ve changed it up a bit with their new cut, ‘In A Dream’, and if the title doesn’t give it away then allow me to go on. ‘In A Dream’ is a blissful piece of warm, inviting pop that is sure to catch some well deserved buzz for these guys. At times it reminds me of Teen Dazes excellent Surface EP, in that it’s just so blissfully chill. Check out their SoundCloud for more and keep an ear out for the bands forthcoming LP Open Season, out Jan 29.