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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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

"When It Breaks" by Quivers

Like us, you probably woke up this morning wondering what the wonderful people of Quivers are up to. Fortunately, there was an email in our inbox that answered the question. And being of kind disposition, we will share with you that there is a shiny new single, with an album coming next year. The single is "When It Breaks", and it is a terrific slice of life-affirming-in-the-face-of-mortality jangle pop that we look for to fuel our days. We trust that you will like it as well.

Quivers are Sam J. Nicholson, Michael Panton, Bella Quinlan, and Holly Thomas. "When It Breaks" is released via Melbourne's Hotel Motel Records




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Monday, October 28, 2019

Giant Sand - Recounting the Ballads of Thin Line Men


After a weekend that feature too many events, too many tasks, and insufficient sleep, Monday demands music that features energy, swagger and a rebel spirit. Monday demands rock and roll. And a top rock album for us over the past five weeks has been Recounting the Ballads of Thin Line Men, by Giant Sand. The project of Howe Gelb and various other contributors, Giant Sand bakes a thrilling concoction of desert rock, Americana, and roadhouse blues. It must be said that this album is unusual, as it takes the material from 1986's Ballad Of A Thin Line Man, reworks it with a new perspective, adds an opening track from another compilation. All of that just proves the quality of the original version of the songs, and the rocking spirit of the current version of the band. And it makes our Mondays perfect (and goes down well every other day of the week).

The players are Howe Gelb (guitars/piano/vocals), Tommy Larkins (drums), and Thoger Lund (bass). Recounting the Ballads of Thin Line Men is out now via Fire Records.







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