To celebrate the Swedish holiday of Midsummer jj have released a new five-track digital EP for free via Sincerely Yours, check out the tracklist below.
It's only been a few weeks since the Bowerbirds unveiled the video for "Overcome With Light" and now they're back with a new one for The Clearing track "Sweet Moment". Watch it below.
Next week, on Tuesday the 26th and Wednesday the 27th Stockholm's premier club What We Do Is Secret takes over Hornstull Strand for their two-night Summer Fest - and the line-up is something special. For me in particular, the first night features one of the best line-ups I've seen; Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Thee Oh Sees and the Swedish punk act Vånna Inget. Day two features hardcore legends Poison Idea, Bombus and Victims.
The guys behind What We Do Is Secret were kind enough to share this playlist with their favourites from the WWDIS Summer Fest acts. A must-listen whether you're planning on attending or not. Day 1 is already sold out, but there's still tickets left for day 2. Head over here to get yours. Plus look out for an interview with Thee Oh Sees over here in the next few days...
Father John Misty, aka former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman, released his debut album under that moniker Fear Fun earlier this year via Sub Pop/Bella Union. If you remember, he released a pretty weird video for "Nancy From Now On" in March but his new one for "This Is Sally Hatchet" takes it one step further. Watch the video below, featuring demonic pizza, chopped-off fingers and big guns.
Earlier today I posted Faye's "Come To Me", the excellent b-side to her new single "Water Against The Rocks" which is released digitally next week via Best Fit Recordings/Hybris. Earlier this week Faye unveiled a remix of "Water Against The Rocks" by Dreamtrak, which elevates the club elements of the song, making it into a sure dancefloor-filler. Give it a listen/grab an mp3 below.
Sun Kil Moon, aka Mark Kozelek, released his new album Among The Leaves earlier this year on his own Caldo Verde label. Among The Leaves is, like its predecessor Admiral Fell Promises, located among the quieter parts of Kozelek's catalogue - away from the Neil Young & Crazy Horse-inspired sounds of the first Sun Kil Moon LP.
The beautiful and bleak video for "Black Kite", from Among The Leaves, was released earlier this week. Check it out below.
The Swedish punk act Holograms are set to release their self-titled debut record on July 10 via Captured Tracks, and we've already seen both "ABC City" and "Chasing My Mind". Earlier this week they shared a new track from the album; "Monolith", and there's certainly no sign of a drop in quality (spoiler there isn't one anywhere on the album). Give "Monolith" a listen below.
Big Fox, aka Charlotte Perers, released her self-titled debut album last fall via Hybris and now fellow Hybris act Azure Blue have remixed Big Fox single "Boring Ones". The remix takes the already very good track and turns it into something more, and perhaps a bit darker. Give it a listen, plus grab an mp3, below.
First Aid Kit released their excellent second LP The Lion's Roar in January this year via Wichita Recordings and earlier this week they unveiled the video for the third single taken from the album; "Blue". The video is directed by Daniel Wirtberg and features Swedish actress Ewa Fröling. Watch it below.
The Ty Segall Band are releasing their new album Slaughterhouse via In The Red Records on June 26 in the US and on July 2 in the UK but you can listen to the full album already. Slaughterhouse is Segall's first album recorded with his live backing band (which features Mikal Cronin among others) and you'll be hard pressed to find a finer garage rock record this year.
A few weeks back I posted London noise poppers Playlounge's "Conor, Oh Burst?", which is taken from their new split 7" with Joanna Gruesome, Gum and Keel Her. The 7" is out now and the digital version of it features four extra tracks - one from each band - and below we've got Playlounge's contribution "Revolution Summer". One minute and eighteen seconds of noisy indie bliss. Check it out.
"Come To Me" is the b-side to Faye's international debut single "Water Against The Rocks" - which is out on Monday via Best Fit Recordings - and it was originally released earlier this year in Scandinavia as her debut single (back when she used her birth name Fanny). "Come To Me" is a fantastic piece of Scandinavian pop, just like "Water Against The Rocks", and it's certainly good enough to be properly released as a single internationally as well.
Brooklyn act DIIV are releasing their debut record Oshin via Captured Tracks next Tuesday, June 26, but you can stream the full album right now. Oshin is one of the strongest records to be released so far, with a dreamy exterior and darkness underneath. A must-listen.
World Tour released their amazing debut EP Believe via Cascine in April and on Tuesday the Swedish label Emotion will release a new single from the band titled "Forever Tonight". "Forever Tonight" premiered on The Fader on Friday and as expected it's brilliant. Can't wait to here more from this trio.