Thursday, May 17, 2018
In early April we featured The Year Dot by UK band The Firestations. To say that the album impressed us is an understatement, and I believe we referred to it as "a musical fireworks show" (link to WYMA feature). The band is now releasing the shimmering, layered, standout album track "Make Your Own Mind Up" as a single with three added remixes by Bit Cloudy, Grasscourt, and The Nameless Book. Check out the video or stream below and make your day better.
"Make Your Own Mind Up" is available as a digital release via Lost Map Records, which we expect is the only record label on the Isle of Eigg, an island off the coast of Scotland.
Bandcamp for "Make Your Own Mind Up"
Lost Map Records
The answer is "yes, of course!" The question was "do you want more Courtney Barnett. We get a lot more Courtney tomorrow when new LP Tell Me How You Really Feel is released. But we have a video for a song Courtney wrote when she was 13. The seemingly effortless lyricism of her songwriting and sincerity of her performance slays us. Being competitive guys we figured that we would write the great stuff we accomplished when we were 13, however, when viewed in print it was obvious that some things don't need to be shared. And I am reminded, and comforted, that there is a statute of limitations applicable to most of it.
Tell Me How You Really Feel is out tomorrow, May 18 via Mom + Pop Music (US and Canada), Milk! Records (Aus and NZ), and Marathon Artists (UK and Europe).
Courtney Barnett Website
Website (for album orders)
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The album will be out June 15 via Sub Pop.
Bandcamp for "Mainland"
Monday, May 14, 2018
And with our own foliage in mind, we think that Wisteria is an apt name for the new album from Dunedin, New Zealand's Death and the Maiden. Its nine tracks present dark, tangled pop, full of mystery and unease, but always propelled forward by an insistent, inspired polyrhythmic beat. The synths and reverbed guitars create an enveloping sound, like a dense aural fog. The overall effect is hypnotic, evocative, and addictive -- at the same time claustrophobic and liberating. And frankly, after listening to it we find it hard to turn directly to other other music.
Death and the Maiden are Danny Brady, Lucinda King, and Hope Robertson. Wisteria is out now via Fishrider Records and Occultation Recordings.
Bandcamp for Wisteria
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Hey! It's Raining! is available now in vinyl and digital formats from London label WIAIWYA.
Bandcamp for Hey! It's Raining!
A few days ago we celebrated the release of Warm Blood EP by Auckland's The Beths (link). But time doesn't stand still, and the band now is preparing to release the full length Future Me Hates Me. You can sample the title track in video format right here, right now.
The Beths are Elizabeth Stokes (guitar/vocals), Jonathan Pearce (guitar/vocals), Benjamin Sinclair (bass/vocals), Ivan Luketina-Johnston (drums/vocals). The album will be released via Carpark Records.