Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Failed Flowers - Faces 7"

One of the current treasures of the indie pop world is Slumberland Records' singles series. Today we as sharing with you Faces. The record is a two-song 7" by Failed Flowers, the on-again/off-again project currently consisting of Miles Haney, Fred Thomas, Anna Burch, and Erin Davis. The title track is a sweet rush of Sarah Records/Cloudberry fuzz and melody. B-side "Broken Screen" boasts a split personalty consisting of a garage opener and an jangling finish. Get it in vinyl or digital, and make yourself happy.




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Monday, November 11, 2019

Blue Tiles - Melancholitronica

Melancholitronica is constructed of contrasts: The vocal style of Stephen McLaren with the vocal style of Sean Ormsby; icy electronica and brisk percussion with warm synth textures; earthy male vocals with angelic choruses; and melancholy with bright, aural colors. The creators are Blue Tiles, a Edinburgh duo formerly known as Shards, and they have spent a long time creating a synth pop that should satisfy the listener for an equally long time. While a few of the songs could grace the dance floor, in the main this album aims for the head, not the feet. And while that strikes us as a trickier target, Blue Tiles doesn't appear to break into a sweat in scoring a direct hit. It challenges and relaxes, and always delights

Blue Tiles are Stephen McLaren and Sean Ormsby, with vocal assistance on "Headland" by Sarrah McLaren. Melancholitronica is released via Errant Media, presumably after protracted negotiations between artists McLaren and Ormsby with label honchos Ormsby and McLaren.








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Thursday, November 7, 2019

"Feel You More Than World Right Now" by Spinning Coin

Today begins with a double dose of good news. First, we have word that one of our favorite bands, Glasgow/Berlin's Spinning Coin, will release new album Hyacinth on February 21, 1010 via Geographic imprint of Domino Records. Second, we don't have to wait until next year to get a taste of the goods, because today the band has shared "Fell You More Than World Right Now". The band is blessed with three songwriters, and this track amply demonstrates their charm, energy, and optimism, as well as their obvious quality.

Spinning Coin are Chris White, Jack Mellin, Sean Armstrong, and Rachel Taylor.


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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

"Moon" by Steve Buscemi's Dreamy Eyes

As we may have mentioned before, we would highlight music from Stockholm label Rama Lama Records just because they have an awesome name, but we don't have to admit actually being that cavalier, because the label has a wonderful little roster. And one of our absolute favorites is Steve Buscemi's Dreamy Eyes. In fact, the only flaw we've ever found with this quartet's music is that there isn't enough of it. We understand that they are correcting that problem in early 2020 with the release of their debut album. But in the meantime, we have a fresh new song. And we mean really fresh, as in 'released this morning'. Please treat your ears to "Moon".

Steve Buscemi's Dreamy Eyes are Siri Sjöberg, Tilde Hansen, Lias Mahfoud, and Edvin Arleskär.



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Monday, November 4, 2019

Mr Ben & The Bens - Who Knows Jenny Jones?


We know that a lot of you have been looking for an album based on the story of a shy young lady in the 1970s who is abducted by aliens and then becomes the best disco dancer in the universe. We worked tirelessly to choose a winner, rejecting some because the heroine was insufficiently she, some because the aliens seemed to be members of Trump's border patrol, trolling for aliens to deport, and some because we thought the disco dancing was below grade. At the end of our search, we have chosen Who Knows Jenny Jones?, by Mr Ben & The Bens. Mr Ben is Ben Hall, a Sheffield transplant (via Lancaster) who composed the songs and played all of the instruments (except drums) in the recording. The album seems to check all of the boxes at the top of the class (origins, dancing, aliens), but most  importantly, Mr Ben has crafted ten perfectly superb pop songs. Yes, they all hang together quite well within the core concept, but these songs stand alone as fine music even if not compiled together to tell the tale of the disco-dancer-to-be. The textures are just on the pop side of baroque, and the hooks are pure pop.  And our scorers gave bonus points to Ben's bass.

For live performances Ben is joined by drummer Zac Barfoot, Lauren Paige Dowling, and Tom Diffenthal. Who Knows Jenny Jones? is out now via Bingo Records.








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House Deposit - Reward for Effort


On Reward For Effort Melbourne's House Deposit employs a speak-sing delivery that would make Lou Reed proud to tell tales of failed relationships, moving, anxiety, mood-altering substances and other features of young life. Of course, we aren't in a position to determine how much effort was put into the album, but we can tell you that there should be a reward for the effort. And we aren't speaking of a participation trophy-type reward where you stream the album. We are talking about buying the album and making it your very own. That is the reward for effort that the band has earned. Don't let them down (but if you do, they probably will write a song about it).

House Deposit are Meaghan Weiley, Sam Lyons, Dylan Bartlett, and Dan Oke. Reward for Effort is out now in digital and cassette formats via Melbourne's Spoilsport Records.





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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Dreams of Empire - Nothing's Ever Finished

We have covered music by Brighton's Dreams of Empire on few times, having been impressed by their artful dream pop meets shoegaze recordings. Today's feature celebrates the duo's first full length, Nothing's Ever Finished. The soaring compositions feature reverbed vocals and multiple textures. Fans of Ride and Slowdive will find this album particularly pleasing, but we think anyone will find it an inspiring soundtrack for their day.

Dreams of Empire are Jane Craig (vocals) and Andrew Craig (words/music). Nothing's Ever Finished is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats.







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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Stars On Fire - Songs For The Summer


One of the fine debut EPs we have heard this year is Blue Skies Above by Stars On Fire (link to our feature). The man behind the flaming night ski is Seoul-based Christopher Mark, a transplanted Californian. We were thinking of him this week because we noted that he mentioned us in a tweet. When we woke up this morning the first thing on our mind is that his tweet referenced a new record. OK, we may be slow, but we aren't complete idiots. Having finally pieced together that Christopher was letting us know about a new release, we hunted Songs For The Summer down this morning, and now present it to our readers.

Beginning with the shoegazey "I Need Nobody (that's you)", followed by the bright dream pop of standout track "Salty Kiss", this EP delivers on its title -- reminding us of the summer now gone. We have fond memories, melancholy, and a few regrets. The EP is completed by the instrumental shoegaze of "Summertime" and the delicious, jangling fuzz pop song "Late" (which has a nice Pains Of Being Pure At Heart vibe). Here is the audio for your summer scrapbook.






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