Thursday, July 28, 2016
About two years ago I featured "Hunter" by Aldous Harding, the performing name taken by Hanna Claynails Harding (link). Harding, from Lyttelton, New Zealand, possesses a disarmingly pure voice, but writes gritty and stark folk songs that pack a devastating emotional punch. Her debut album was released by a small, home town label, but is getting a well-deserved US release via Flying Nun Records on September. Here is album track "Stop Your Tears.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Melbourne's Jess Cornelius performs as Teeth & Tongue, delivering poptastic arrangements and clever songwriting. Check out "Dianne" below. It is from her upcoming album Give Up On Your Health, which will be out September 2 via Dot Dash/Remote Control in Australia and New Zealand, and Captured Tracks in the US.
Bandcamp for pre-ordering album
Bandcamp for Typical Girls
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Almost astonishingly, the result is an excellent album. It is fresh, vital, and challenging, and my appreciation grows with every listen. And perhaps most important from my perspective, Double Bind is exciting. Each new track brings anticipation of what the band will say and how they will arrange it. It is a new beginning for Trust Punks, and the future looks very bright indeed.
Trust Punks are Paul Brown, Alexander Grant, Lliam Powell, Joseph Thomas, and Maté Vella. Double Bind is out now via Wharf Cat Records in North America, Faux Discx in the UK and Europe, and Spunk in Australia and New Zealand.
Bandcamp for Double Bind
Wharf Cat Records
Summer Slummin' is a cassette, but the cassette comes with use of the Bandcamp stream and a digital download so it is about as flexible of a release as you could desire. It is out now -- check out the Bandcamp link below. I wouldn't be surprised if this one sold out, so delay at your own risk.
Bandcamp for Summer Slummin'
Facebook for Fruit Tones
Fruit Tones on Soundcloud
Facebook for Abjects
Facebook for Halfrican
Monday, July 25, 2016
The song is "Sweet Company", an ode to emphasizing good times and fond memories, and not dwelling on the negative debris. Seems like a fine aspiration to us, and it is a great tune. You know what else is great? It is available as a "Name your price' download at this Bandcamp link.
"Sweet Company" is the work of San Diego outfit Inspired and the Sleep. The band is Max Greenhalgh (bass/vocals/keys/arrangements/mixing), Bryce Outcault (guitar), and Andrew Satterlee (drums). It isn't their first time here, and I suspect it won't be the last.
Shakes are an indie rock band from New Zealand, playing gritty indie rock with a bit of pop polish and a lot of swagger. The hard-working quartet will release their second EP of 2016 in a few months, but has given us a taste with single "Strange Tides".
And if you like that song, and I expect that you will, here is their first EP of the year, Tambourine Girls, which is available for 'name your price' at this Bandcamp link.
Friday, July 22, 2016
I love songwriting that works both as a superb soundtrack and, for those that want to dig deeper, wonderfully twisted entertainment. "St Paul's (Westerberg Comprehensive)" focuses on gay students in a Catholic school, but adds references to Paul Westerberg of The Replacements, whose "Androgynous" was the inspiration for this song. Famous revolutionary makes an appearance, but she is re-imagined as a gumshoe in "Goldman's Detective Agency". Another song discusses fining romance in the supermarket. There is plenty more there, but I shouldn't deny you the fun of discovering it for yourself. And for those inclined to look, the Bandcamp link below includes the lyrics (which I think all bands should do). Suffice it to say that the album is about life and how to deal with it, roll with it, and persevere. An album this good deserves your ears, and your ears and heart deserve it.
Formed four years ago, Martha are Nathan Stephens-Griffin (drums), Naomi Griffin (bass), JC Cairns (guitar), and Daniel Ellis (guitar), all of whom write and sing. Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Fortuna POP! in the UK/Europe and Dirtnap Records in North America.
Bandcamp for Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart
Homemade Lemonade is out now via Glasgow's Olive Grove Records. See the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for Homemade Lemonade
Olive Grove Records
Olive Grove Records on Facebook
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Bandcamp for Centre of Their World
Bandcamp for Calico Review
Webpage for album and tour
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Community Radio are Cameron Emerson-Elliott, Malcolm McKernan, Jen Kevin, Patrick Mathews. Look Now You're Cursed is available now on CD, vinyl and digital formats from two separate Bandcamp links, the band's (for CD and digital) and Madrid's Tenorio Cotobade (for vinyl), which I've provided at the bottom of the post.
Bandcamp for digital and CD
Bandcamp for vinyl
Sex Schön, Guido Minisky, Hervé Carvalho, and Kenzy Bourras are Acid Arab, four musicians that combine western electronic music with North African and Middle Eastern influences. Minsky and Carvalho founded the band in 2012, and are based in France. They are signed to Belgian label Crammed Discs, which will release their LP, Musique de France, on October 7. Here is "Buzq Blues", the first single. We think this album is going to be very good.
Crammed Discs page for Acid Arab
Crammed Discs page for Acid Arab