Chances are that you've already seen this as everyone seems to adore M83 (with good reason), but M83 released their new music video for "Reunion" two days ago. As expected the video is great, featuring some kids, some sci-fi and all that. Watch it below.
Yuck side-project Parakeet, featuring Yuck's Mariko Doi The History of Apple Pie’s James Thomas and guitarist Jon Jackson, unveiled their second single "Shonen Hearts" yesterday. Their debut full-length is set to be released later this year with more info to come further on, but for now enjoy "Shonen Hearts" below.
The London duo Playlounge unveiled a new track yesterday, the brilliantly titled "Conor, Oh Burst?" - a noisy rock 'n' roll track that's certain to please any fans of, say, Japandroids. "Conor, Oh Burst?" is taken from a split 7" single on Art Is Hard Records, which will be released on June 18. The other bands contributing to the split are Joanna Gruesome, Gum and Keel Her. Give "Conor, Oh Burst?" a listen below.
London act Torches are set to release their debut 7" "Sky Blue & Ivory" via Fractions of One on July 23 (and it's also the very first release from the label) and today the track premiered on The Guardian. "Sky Blue & Ivory" is a dark and yet somehow uplifting slice of indie and the band will surely have a great future if their coming material is as good as this. The 7" will also include the brand new track "Silent Film". Listen to "Sky Blue & Ivory" and head over here to pre-order the 7".
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Kanye West and Jay-Z, or The Throne as they've decided to call themselves, perform in front of a sold-out venue here in Stockholm. It was pretty great, at least until they started playing "Ni**as In Paris" way too many times.
One of the track they did prior to that one was Watch The Throne opener "No Church In The Wild", which features vocals from Odd Future's Frank Ocean as well as The-Dream, and the performance was backed by videos of a riot. Those visuals were taken from their new video for the track, which was released later the same night. It's quite a powerful video. Watch it below.
About a month ago I posted the first single from the Ty Segall Band's upcoming record Slaughterhouse; "Wave Goodbye", and yesterday a second track hit the internet; "I Bought My Eyes". Slaughterhouse will be released via In The Red Records on June 26 in the US and on July 2 in the UK and it's the first record that Segall has recorded with his backing band (which includes Mikal Cronin). Listen to "I Bought My Eyes" below, and be sure to check back for more info on the record - it'll be worth it.
I've already posted "Friends Are Forgiving" and "25 For the Rest of Our Lives" from The Henry Clay People's upcoming record Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives, which will be released on June 26 via TBD Records. We've now got a third track available from the album; "Hide" - a rock 'n' roll track in the vein of The Henry Clay People's earlier material, and it's pretty damn great. Give it a listen and/or grab an mp3 of it below.
The Swedish pop singer-songwriter Noonie Bao released her debut single "About To Tell" earlier this year via Hybris and earlier today PSL premiered the video for her second single "Do You Still Care?". "Do You Still Care?" will be released via Noonie Bao's own 2manyFreckles label and it's taken from her forthcoming debut LP. The video was recorded outside of New Dehli, India in March this year and, like the song itself, it's great. Watch it below.
A few days ago I posted the video for YAST's new single "Strangelife" and now we've got a regular stream and mp3 download available as well. "Strangelife" is the follow-up to "Believes" and it'll be released in two weeks via Hare Tracks/Double Sun, with remixes from Azure Blue and Döden. Looking for the perfect soundtrack for your summer? You've found it. Listen to and grab an mp3 of "Strangelife" below.
Marissa Nadler is releasing her new record The Sister today via her own Box of Cedar Records and you can listen to it right here, below. The Sister is the follow-up and, well, sister record to last year's self-titled record and like with that one you'll be hard pressed to find better dreamy singer-songwriter folk. Well worth your time.
Last week I posted the debut track from London four-piece Savages; "Husbands" it's the b-side to their debut single "Flying To Berlin" which was released yesterday. "Flying To Berlin" premiered earlier today and it actually lives up the not-inconsiderable amount hype that has preceded it.
Bam Spacey, aka Magnus Johansson, from Malmö, Sweden released his debut EP Land via the Brooklyn label Ceremony last week, and the six-track electronic EP is certainly worth your time. To convince you further you can listen to the full thing right here, below. At just under 25 minutes I'm sure you can divert yourself for long enough to get lost in the beautiful electronic landscape. Enjoy.
Well here's something that I've definitely slept on; Cory Branan's third solo record MUTT which was released last week via Bloodshot Records. MUTT is without a doubt one of the strongest Americana records released this year, an expertly crafted journey through America. Give album closer "Survivor Blues" a listen below.
Jaill are set to release their second album Traps via Sub Pop on June 11 and I've previously posted "Waste A Lot Of Things" and "Perfect Ten" and last week a third track was unveiled; "House With Haunting". "House With Haunting" was released together with its music video, a weird little video featuring some "ghosts" having a house party. Give it a watch below.
I've previously posted King Tuff's "Bad Thing" and "Keep On Movin'", both taken from his self-titled second album which is out tomorrow via Sub Pop. Like the two teaser tracks the full-length is filled with T. Rex-inspired garage pop gems. Give it a listen below.
YAST's "Believes" single was released earlier this year via Hare Tracks/Double Sun and it's without a doubt one of the finest singles released this year, and last week PSL premiered the video for YAST's upcoming single "Strangelife". "Strangelife" is just as good as "Believes" and judging by these two their debut full-length will definitely be something special - whenever it's actually released that is. Give the "Strangelife" video a watch in the meantime.
We've already heard "The House That Heaven Built", the first single from Japandroids' upcoming second record Celebration Rock, but now we've finally got the full album available for listening. For pure youth-based indie rock the only competition this year is The Henry Clay People's upcoming record and Celebration Rock is pretty much exactly that - a celebration of rock 'n' roll youth culture. It's brilliant. Give it a listen below thanks to NPR.
The ever-excellent Cascine will release the Stockholm dream pop duo Ditt Inre's debut EP En Värld I Brand tomorrow but the full EP is available for listening right now. Ditt Inre's brand of electronic pop is a particular dreamy one that frames the lyrics in Swedish excellently. Personally I see no reason as to why you wouldn't enjoy this even if you've got no understanding of the Swedish language - the music and the setting takes care of that. Give it a listen below.
Last week Hybris' Swedish pop songstress Faye was announced as the third signing to the newly started Best Fit Recordings (following I Ching and Fanzine) and with the announcement came a stream of her second single "Water Against The Rocks". Just now The Guardian premiered the video for the track as well and you can watch it below.
Last week turned out pretty excellent with Grimes, Joel Alme and Stetson gigs on the calendar. Big thanks goes out to the reader who gave me a ticket to the Grimes gig and to Kvälität who hosted my debut dj gig last night.