Operating the back end of the site with essentials in a little bar in Fiesole, Italy (October 2013).
Montreal quartet TOPS live up to their name this week as they hit the top of the Indie30 chart with the super jaunty yet uber smooth 'Way To Be Loved' off their superb second album, Picture You Staring. The other notable moves are by Chicago duo Sister Crystals with their new single 'Obsidian' which rises to 7 second week in and Joel Ford's new pumper 'Breathe' which also hits the top 10 at 9.
There are four new entries this week. Copenhagen post-punk outfit Iceage have just released their discordant monster of a third LP, Plowing Into The Field Of Love and the slow burning Bad Seedsesque number 'Forever' is our highest placed debut at 17. In early September,
Tennis, the project of Denver couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley released their third album, Ritual In Retreat but unfortunately, we again were under a rock somewhere. The album is their best work yet and they have come along way since this writer saw them in Copenhagen on the back of debut Cape Dory back in 2011. The splendid 'I'm Callin' debuts at 21.
Another Montreal band, Blue Hawaii, released their first work this week since last years amazing long player, Untogether. The restless hypnotic nature of Raphaelle Standell-Preston's and Alex Cowan's has been somewhat restrained to good effect on 'Get Happy'. It's in at 23.
The new entries are completed at 26 by Best Friend, whom we featured yesterday with 'Swallow'.
All chart details can be obtained here while everything is streaming in the Top 30 player.
From the album, 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love', Escho / Matador.
Nashville quartet Best Friend released their debut album earlier this year called Division and yep, we missed it here. Good thing we didn't miss this emotive jangly gem, their new single, 'Swallow'. Listen below and buy the aforementioned album for a name your price arrangement here. Just plain fuckin' nice...
Best Friend (USA)
From the single 'Swallow/Still There', Self Released.
With just under a month to go until the release of his new double album, pom pom, independent music's favourite (or not) off-pop character Ariel Pink shared a new track this week to further whet the appetite. It's called 'Black Ballerina' and fits in nicely with the deconstructive almost dizzy feel of the record as Pink alternates between intricate pop and rock wizardry, 'Four Shadows', 'Lipstick', 'Not Enough Violence', crass commercial ditties, 'Jell-o', 'Dinosaur Carebears', innocent sex crazed odes to the other, 'Sexual Athletics' & 'Put Your Number In My Phone' (in our Top 5) and plain absurdity 'Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade'. If all of this weren't engineered in the mind of an everyday walking pop encyclopaedia, you might just be running a mile. But they all hang together fittingly to provide a thrillingly weird listen for those who get the total honesty of this vital yet much misunderstood artist. He ain't just doing this for fun. If you've met him, you'll get that too. As he recently remarked to Pitchfork, "It's interesting that I don't really know what I'm doing, and neither does anybody else. But I've still got fight in me and I'm as confident as ever, so I have a duty to stick around.”
pom pom is out via 4AD on November 18. Highly recommended. Pre-order here.
Another five fat new entries this week led by New Zealand expatriates Yumi Zouma's gorgeously awkward to sublime new single, 'Alena' at 14. They can't put a foot wrong and it seems nor can they on most independent music blogs. Close behind at 15 is Chicago duo Sister Crystals, who we featured yesterday with their new single, 'Obsidian'.
Joel Ford, one half of Ford & Lopatin and Ejecta has teamed up with the latter's Leanne Macomber to lavish upon us the stomping bass heavy electricity of 'Breathe'. When those tough, yet slimlined electronic elements are combined with McComber's spare and delicate vocal contribution, the result is pretty special. It's at 16.
At 22 enters Calgary art rock outfit Viet Cong, which features ex-Women members Matt Fliegel and Mike Wallace, with their new single, the spiky and spiralling and very Woman like 'Continental Shelf' while Copenhagen quintet Lowly complete the new tracks at 25 with 'Stones In The Water', which we featured last week.
Mr Twin Sister remains at number one with, 'In The House Of Yes' while Black Cab's Supermädchen rises all the way to 3.
Catch the previously unfeatured tracks below. Everything else is here while all tracks are featured as always every week in our Top 30 player - newest to oldest.
Chicago psych pop/rock duo Sister Crystals have release a nuanced, understated, yet pumping new single, 'Obsidian'. This follows up their self titled debut album of last year which, we must admit, was missed here. Having just given it a spin, the talented songcraft comes through as the duo clearly understand colour and shade, sonically painting subtle intricate textures but not shying away from letting go either. This hypnotic effort builds on this trajectory and sports a more fuller production and sound. New tracks are afoot for a second album for release next year too. Looking forward to that. Stream 'Obsidian' below.
Aarhus hard to classify quintet Lowly will release a new single next month, 'Stones In The Water', a rollicking and restless affair combining a hard hitting beat and withering vocals with off kilter machine like guitars and noodling synths. It's out November 3 on Win-Win, One Little Indian's new imprint. Stream below.
Stones In The Water
From the forthcoming single 'Stones In The Water / Forward', Win-Win Records. Out November 3.
The day into night and gender defying transformation of sorts of New York outfit Twin Sister into Mr Twin Sister has been nothing short of a triumph in a general sense and in terms of our little Indie30 chart its represented by the fact that their patient and ultimately ultra sultry and smooth third single, 'In The House Of Yes' from their new self titled album ascends to number one this week. The move coincides with five new tracks led by massive debuts from the previously featured Melbourne outfit Black Cab and North Atlantic duo Kiasmos with the awe-inspiring motorik inspired 'Supermädchen' (see how fast 10 minutes go!) (10) and the perfect electronic undulation of 'Bent' (12) respectively.
Joining them is Manila producer Idris Vicuña's Eyedress project with the excellent downtempo oscillation of 'When I'm Gone' (18) featuring the vocals of London artist GEoRGiA, who herself released an impressive four track EP recently, Come In. This track is very much a departure from the stunning Chromatics like Top 100 track from last year,'Nature Trips'. Look out for his debut full length next southern hemisphere autumn.
Eternal Death have a dreamy new number, 'Fade' swirling around at present and we've debuted it at 25. Labrador Records head and past and present member of what seems like a thousand pop projects Johan Angergård has provided the perfect atmospheric platform for fellow Swede and collaborator Elin Berlin's heartfelt vocals to shine and the track allows more space for that to occur than the previously hard hitting singles 'Bullet' and 'Head'.
The final new entry comes from another Swedish pop band Banana Beach who we first featured last year with another Top 100 track 'Mobile Homes'. Their new single, the soaringly emotive and funky pop of 'A / E'. That enters at 27.
The three previously unfeatured tracks can be streamed below. All chart details here while all 30 are streaming in our Top 30 player.
Kiasmos, the electronic project of Icelandic composer and musician Ólafur Arnalds and Faroese counterpart Janus Rasmussen are set to release their upcoming self titled debut album later this month. Despite forming in 2009, other projects got in the way of them being able to spend enough time together to work on anything more substantial than a single track at different times. Now, they deliver on their considerable talents in the form of eight tracks recorded recently but stemming from different points in time over that period, the titles of which indicate their journey of sonic manipulation and application. The new single from the album is the hypnotic and contemplative wonder, 'Bent'. Stream that below and pre-order the vinyl through Erased Tapes here.
From the forthcoming album, 'Kiasmos', Erased Tapes. Out October 27.
Seminal turn of the century San Francisco indie pop outfit The Aislers Set will release the third tranche of their reissues set on vinyl this week. Formed by Amy Linton in 1997, through their eight year existence, they released three vital records. Slumberland Records reissued their 1998 debut record, Terrible Things Happen and 2000's The Last Match late last month and now Suicide Squeeze gets in on the act with 2003's How I Learned To Write Backwards. It's a timely reminder of just how critically important this band was and still is. Mining the C86 sound and putting their own unique spin on it, inclusive of punk, doo wop and surf c. longboard era influences, they wowed the critics prompting the late John Peel to write, 'Why are the Aislers Set better than any of the others?'. And I'd have to say, 'Well, I don't really know - they just sort of are.". And that's just it, there's almost an unspoken, inexplicable air of assuredness in the songwriting and delivery despite the often ramshackle end product, especially on the first record. Through the trajectory of these three records, The Aislers Set's musical journey, sonically and stylistically can be measured in spades. We've posted a track from each of the them below. The vinyl reissue of the first two albums can be found here while the third can be got at here.
I've Been Mistreated
The Aislers Set (USA)
From the album, 'Terrible Things Happen' (1998), Slumberland Records
Veteran Melbourne electronic outfit Black Cab are set to release their new and third record next month, Games Of The XXI Olympiad. As with their previous albums, 2004's Altamont Diary and 2009's Call Signs, Andrew Coates and James Lee take a loose concept and create a music soundtrack of sorts around it. This time, it's the Montreal Olympics, the systemic doping program engineered by the German Democratic Republic and the subsequent super human feats performed by its athletes. Two tracks released during the five year period since the last record, 'Sexy Polizei' and 'Combat Boots'. are featured on the heavily motorik and synth inspired set and to mark the long player's release, Black Cab have released the new 10 minute opus 'Supermadchen' which you can stream below. Games Of The XXI Olympiad is out November 4. You can pre-order the CD here. Apparently, a vinyl release is in the pipeline, we certainly hope so.
1. Opening Ceremony
4. Performance Center Obertauern
5. Kornelia Ender
6. Go Slow
7. Problem Child
8. Combat Boots
9. Little Blue Ones
10. My War
11. Sexy Polizei
12. State Plan 14.25
13. Closing Ceremony
Black Cab (AUS)
From the forthcoming album, 'Games Of The XXI Olympiad', Interstate 40/Remote Control.
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