Tuesday, 29 March 2016

29 March 2016

Hello again.

Two Car Family - Land Is Mine
Shoegazey type of stuff from out of Leeds. That's all I got.

Liines - Blackout
Manchester now, the new single from these. They're really good, especially live. This came out on the 11th.

Pale Kids - Sick (For A While)
Perky punky stuff from Durham. The EP is Home By Nine and came out last Friday.

Right Hand Left Hand - Tarts And Darts
Cardiff next, from their self-titled second album which came out in February.

Skeleton Frames - Leech
On South-Western label Art Is Hard come these south-westerners. Great grungey stuff.

Blood Lips - Burn After Breeding
About as metal as I get. It's got something about it that draws me in. They're Welsh, incidentally.

Steve Taylor and The Danielson Foil - Nonchalant
Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil team up with Daniel Smith of Danielson to produce something new. Lo-fi goodness from the EP Wow To The Deadness which is out on April 22.

Nishe - Out Of Place
London 5-piece from the EP Underlaps which came out last December.

Loose Tooth - Everything Changes
Another one from the Melbourne slacker-rock scene. This is off Saturn Returns which is out on Friday.

Cold Pumas - A Change Of Course
Brighton next, and the album Saturn Returns, their second, is out in summer. It has a real summery vibe, so that should work.

Sunface - Sunface
I got nothing. Just enjoy it.

Tail Feather - Space Travel
Glorious. Reading psych-rockers with their new single which came out a few weeks ago.

exmagician - Place Your Bets
Belfast duo that we have played before. Scan The Blue is the LP, came out on Thursday.

Mull Historical Society - The Ballad Of Ivor Punch
Colin Macintyre is Mull Historical Society and his novel The Letters Of Ivor Punch is released on April 8, the same day as the LP Dear Satellite. Call it a companion piece if you like.

Twinfield - Ceri Dwi Angen Cysgu
Welsh, innit. It means 'Ceri, I Need To Sleep'.

Happy Meals - If You Want Me Now
Glaswegian duo whose new EP, Fruit Juice, is out in May. Lovely.

Here's that on YouTube:

and Soundcloud:

and we go again next week. Ta ta.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

22 March 2016

That was a longer break than expected, for a variety of reasons. Anyway, what it means is that I've got a massive backlog, so I'm putting the featured album on hold for a couple of weeks while I whittle it down a bit. So let's catch up with what's been tickling my ears these last few weeks.

Asian Dub Foundation - Blade Ragga
Another one from last year's More Signal More Noise LP and a track for which a video was released a couple of weeks ago. Instrumental, this is everything that underpins what ADF do with added flute.

The Cravats - Jingo Bells
Familiar theme. Old band, long hiatus, back on the scene. Redditch's Cravats return with their first release in 10 years - second in 30 - an ageing punks talk state of the nation. Fortunately, they're still quite good.

Bad Mood - May 2nd
T'other end of the youth spectrum, but also clearly unhappy with the state of things. This is the Liverpool band's debut single, out on Friday.

Nai Harvest - Just Like You
A new one from these, off a double-A single which I believe is out now. Sheffield continuing to churn out top acts.

Eagulls - My Life In Rewind
Another from the forthcoming second album from these. We now have a title too. Following their acclaimed debut 'Eagulls', comes Ullages. See what they did there. They're from Leeds, by the way.

Future Of The Left - If AT&T Drank Tea, What Would BP Do?
Another teaser from the forthcoming The Peace And Truce Of The Future Of The Left which I cannot wait for. But must. Obviously. Because that's how time works.

Life - Popular Music
Hull next. Another boot in the balls of anyone scoffing at it's UK Capital Of Culture nod. This is great stuff. Came out back end of January.

Super Besse - Nasilie
Easily the best thing to come out of Belarus since Vasil Kiriyenka. No, flippancy aside, I bloody love these. Like a post-Soviet Joy Division. This is the new single. It means 'violence' and it came out last month.

Beak> - Timeshare
To Bristol and the side project of Portishead's Geoff Barrow who have put together the soundtrack for the film Couple In A Hole.

Tehnoloogiline Päike - Remember Me
Estonia now, which I think is breaking new ground for us. Either way, delightful, floaty electronica with a French influence from their LP Technological Sun which came out at the back end of February.

Wire - Nocturnal Koreans
The title track from their new EP, this surpasses recent releases by a long way. It might be the best thing they've ever done, or I might be getting carried away. Either way, I love it.

Oh, The Guilt - White Car
More Bristolians. This is their debut single and it's out in May. It's that relentless, driving guitar that reminds me of a couple of things I can't quite put my finger on. Like it.

Sad Culture - Raspberry Ooze
Another track from the latest Art Is Hard Records singles club. This time, subscribe and you get a pin badge and a download code, which is a nice touch. Anyway, these are from London and it's pure, sunshiney pop with that little ska edge which lifts it beyond it's contemporaries.

Replica Jesus - Everything Rots
Derby now. Loud, raucous and excellent. This actually came out last September, so lord knows where it's been hiding. Great stuff.

Seize the Chair - Knew You'd Never Been There
Back to Sheffield for this. And that's all I really know other than I like it a lot. Sort of slacker-rock, just a level above lo-fi.

Solar Bears - Gravity Calling
And we finish with more electronica, this time from Irish duo John Kowalski and Rian Trench. The LP is called Advancements and came out last Friday. Very Boards of Canada.

Here's that on YouTube:

and Soundcloud:

and I'll clear some more of this backlog next week.