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IN PICTURES: ESC @ THE EVELYN, MELBOURNE
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
 

I popped into Melbourne last weekend for some general drinking and other tomfoolery with friends and caught nascent Melbourne experimental post punk outfit Esc at their regular haunt, the Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy. The creative five piece, sporting dual drummers, put on quite a esoteric and eclectic set despite some technical difficulties, unsurprising when you consider the voluminous electronic gear that accompanies their live show. Alternating angst ridden and sonically deadpan vocals, angular bass and interludes of guitar experimentation in between doses of melodic pop were the order of the night with half the set new tracks. With that said, Esc are currently in the process of raising funds for an album to follow up their self-titled EP from last year. Get around them. Meanwhile, for the unfamiliar, we've included two of our favourites from the EP, the eminently grooveable 'Atomic Shadow' and the celestially dark 'Deathbed' below.

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Esc @ The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne

 

Atomic Shadow

Esc (AUS)
From the EP, 'ESC', Self Released.

ESC Facebook

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Deathbed

Esc (AUS)
From the EP, 'ESC', Self Released.

ESC Facebook

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SOFTSPOT RETURN WITH SECOND ALBUM
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00
 

North Carolina trio SoftSpot, since transplanted to Brooklyn, released their second album, MASS, last week and have recently shared two new videos, one of which 'Black Room Blues' directed by band member Sarah Kinlaw, we have for you below. The other, for 'Pickup Lines' will appear in the Top 30 tomorrow. The slow burn album, in which each track is a variation on a theme, contains elements that range from introspective post rock to intricately constructed glistening pop and reflects the strange dichotomies of modern life. It almost forces you to stop and contemplate in a world that almost won't let you. MASS is certainly brain food for the thinking music lover.

You can also stream the first single, You/Yours' from the record as well below.  The self released album can be purchased on vinyl here.

 

 

Black Room Blues

SoftSpot (USA)
From the album, 'MASS', Self Released.

SoftSpot Facebook

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Official Video

 

You/Yours

SoftSpot (USA)
From the album, 'MASS', Self Released.

Audio Stream

 
CAMILLA SPARKSSS COMPILES DEBUT ALBUM
Monday, 14 April 2014 01:41
 

Last week saw the release of the debut album, For You The Wild, from Canadian experimental pop artist Barbara Lehnhoff, aka Camilla Sparksss. A mixture of angst, reminiscent of her involvement with Aris Bassetti in noise punk band Peter Kernel (Bassetti produces here), alienation, and yet at the same time warm and ethereal like melodies, Lehnhoff continues the impressive boundary pushing disposition that marks the experimentalist streak that has run through Canadian independent music over the years. The angst and alienation come through lyrically in Lehnhoff's blistering critique of the current state of the world. There is definitely visceral intent on each of the ten tracks, many of which have been released as singles across the last couple of years. Such intent no better illustrated on the new single, 'Move Like A Shark' which will enter the Top 30 on Wednesday. In the meantime, you can listen to two of those aforementioned singles released last year, 'Precious People and I'll Teach You To Hunt', to whet the appetite.

For You The Wild is out now through Africantape and On The Camper Records. You get the feeling from her facebook page that Lehnhoff is very relieved its finally happened. Grab it here. Recommended.

Tracklist

1. Move Like A Shark
2. Precious People
3. I'll Teach You To Hunt
4. Europe
5. This Is Huge
6. Sharing
7. For You The Wild
8. You Are Awesome
9. Killer
10. White Cat

 

Precious People

Camilla Sparksss (CAN)
From the album, 'For You The Wild', Africantape/On The Camper

Camilla Sparksss Facebook

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Official Video

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I'll Teach You To Hunt

Camilla Sparksss (CAN)
From the album, 'For You The Wild', Africantape/On The Camper

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THE MULTIPLE SIDES OF ODONIS ODONIS
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:54
 

Toronto noise pop merchants Odonis Odonis are set to drop their second long player, Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled next week. As its title suggests its split down the middle into harder and softer sides; between some hard arse industrial aggression and a mixture of psychedelic shoegaze and new wave pop. We've picked two faves that illustrate the duality, the glistening shoegaze of 'Angus Mountain', and the earbleedingly manic 'Order in The Court' Both are complete with Jesse Yules and Lee Stringle directed videos respectively. Over two years in the making, Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled sees release April 15. Grab your limited edition of only 500 on vinyl here.

Tracklist

1. Tension
2. Are We Friends
3. Order In The Court
4. New Obsession
5. Breathing Hard
6. Mr. Smith
7. Release
8. Angus Mountain
9. Office Sluts
10. Highnote
11. Transmission From The Moon
12. Alexa Wait

 

Angus Mountain

Odonis Odonis (CAN)
From the album, 'Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled', Buzz Records.

Odonis Odonis Official Site

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Order In The Court

Odonis Odonis (CAN)
From the album, 'Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled', Buzz Records.

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Official Video

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TOP 30: SIX BIG DEBUTS - TODD TERJE, HOW TO DRESS WELL, WOUIE & JR.SEA IN
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00
 

There are six new additions to the Top 30 this week led by Norwegian DJ Producer, Todd Olsen and American independent electronic R&B and soul afficionado Tom Krell. Olsen dropped the first Todd Terje album yesterday, It's Album Time, after 15 years of plying his craft. The hit he wrote for a certain UK pop star, who shall remain nameless on these pages, back in 2009 has enabled the talented disco oriented spin doctor to splash out and create his own label, which hosts the album. The pumping 'Delorean Dynamite' is in at 17. Right behind at 18 is Krell's How To Dress Well project with the sparkling  'Repeat Pleasure' off his forthcoming album, What Is The Heart, out late June.

Joining them is Stockholm duo Wouie, who've dropped five digital singles over the winter. The best of them is the mini-anthem 'Sydow'. That's in at 26. English DIY electronic artist Jr. Sea, apparently based in Sevilla in Spain first appeared in the middle of last year with the track 'Out Of Body Auto-Reply' and has now signed to Tough Love and released his first album, Learning To Vanish. The latest track to stem from it the big sounding crooner 'Holiday From Pain' and that enters the chart at 27.

The two track we've featured during the week also get a gong. Belgian duo Hydrogen Sea debut at 29 with 'Leave A Mark', while the UK duo Frett come in at 25 with 'Porcelain'.

Future Islands remain at number one with 'Seasons (Waiting On You', while in keeping with the ecletic blend that is the top 30, three hard arse tracks occupy spots in the Top 10. Perfect Pussy enter at 9 with the coordinated chaos of 'Interference Fits'. Protomartyr's 'Come & See' off their Indie30 AOTW Under Color Of Official Right, is at 7 while Cloud Nothings ascend to 4 off their new album, released this week, Here And Nowhere Else.

You can find all the new tracks in order of entry in the player complete with the other 24 while full details of all tracks including labels and links can be found here. Big week folks, enjoy.

 

 

17. Delorean Dynamite

Todd Terje (NOR)
From the album, 'It's Album Time', Olsen Music.

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Todd Terje Official Site

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18. Repeat Pleasure

How To Dress Well (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'What Is This Heart', Weird World/Domino. Out on June 23/24.

NEW

How To Dress Well Facebook

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26. Sydow

Wouie (SWE)
From the digital single, 'Sydow', Self Released.

NEW

Wouie Facebook

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27. Holiday From Pain

Jr. Sea (ENG)
From the album, 'Learning To Vanish, Tough Love.

NEW

Jr. Sea Facebook

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...AND A NEW VIDEO FOR THE MARY ONETTES

 

12. Naive Dream

The Mary Onettes (SWE)
From the mini-album, 'Portico', Labrador.

The Mary Onettes Official Site

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Official Video

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COURTING THE DARK WITH HYDROGEN SEA
Monday, 07 April 2014 07:31
 

Last week saw the release of the debut EP, Court The Dark from Belgian duo, Hydrogen Sea. There's a super smooth and atmospheric vibe present throughout the five night themed tracks, no better in evidence than on lead track, 'Leave A Mark'. Give it a spin and check out its video below. Court The Dark is out through Unday Records here.

Tracklist

1. Leave A Mark
2. Only Oleanders
3. End Up
4. Wear Out
5. The Farside

 

Leave A Mark

Hydrogen Sea (BEL)
From the EP, 'Court The Dark', Unday.

Hydrogen Sea Facebook

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Official Video

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FRETT TO RELEASE THIRD EP
Friday, 04 April 2014 05:59
 

Suffolk duo Frett are set to release their new self released EP, simply titled 3, next month and have recently put out first single, 'Porcelain'. It sports some great soul like vocals and meticulous guitar work. You can pre-order the EP, out on the 12th May, here. Listen to the track and watch its rather austere video below. A certain major label "boffin" is mentioned on their press page as approving of the track, whatever that means... Let's hope they don't go down that path.

 

Porcelain

Frett (ENG)
From the forthcoming EP, '3', Self Released.

Frett Facebook

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Official Video

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TOP 30: QUIET WEEK CHART WISE, NEW NO. 1
Thursday, 03 April 2014 05:40
 

Just the two new entries this week, both of whom we have featured earlier. In come Grand Courriers with 'Rejoice' (27) and Motorama with 'She Is There' (30)

To coincide with last week's release of their fourth album, Singles, Future Islands hit top spot with 'Seasons (Waiting On You) while ALX ascends to 3 with 'Beautiful Criminal, +/- move to 7 with 'The Space Between Us' after a long time sitting in the lower rungs and Tirzah rises 10 spots with 'No Romance'.

All the chart details are here while you can play every track in the 30 in the Top 30 player in the top right panel.

 
MOTORAMA RIP OUT NEW SINGLE
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:47
 

 
Rostov indie pop quartet Motorama have released a new single complete with video, the buoyant and smooth ‘She Is There'. It offers a slightly different (and I emphasise slightly) and a tidier production compared with their infectious debut album, Calendar, from 2012. A new album is in the pipeline as well. Sound and vision below, the latter a tribute to the Micheal Haneke directed German film, 'Der Siebente Kontinent' and to their departing drummer, Roman. 7" vinyl out in May.
 

She Is There

Motorama (RUS)
From the single, 'She Is There', Talitres. Digital out now, vinyl in May.

Motorama Facebook

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GRAND COURRIERS DELIVER DEBUT TRACK
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:01
 

Minnesotan duo Grand Courriers recently released their debut single, the folk tinged pop number ‘Rejoice’. Check out the originally impressive track from the newcomers below. On the strength of this, they're definitely on the watchlist.

 

Rejoice

Grand Courriers (USA)
From the digital single, 'Rejoice', Self Released.

Grand Courriers Facebook

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

April 15, 2014

ODONIS ODONIS (CAN)

Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled

Buzz Records

Odonis Odonis Official Site

Buy here

1. Tension
2. Are We Friends
3. Order In The Court
4. New Obsession
5. Breathing Hard
6. Mr Smith
7. Release
8. Angus Mountain
9. Office Sluts
10. Highnote
11. Transmission From The Moon
12. Alexa Wait
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April 15, 2014

PROTOMARTYR (CAN)

Under Color Of Official Right

Hardly Art

Protomartyr Facebook

Buy here

1. Maidenhead
2. Ain't So Simple
3. Want Remover
4. Trust Me Billy
5. Pagans
6. What The Wall Said
7. Tarpeian Rock
8. Bad Advice
9. Son Of Dis
10. Scum, Rise!
11. I Stare At Floors
12. Come & See
13. Violent
14. I'll Take That Applause
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April 1, 2014

FUTURE ISLANDS (USA)

Singles

4AD

Future Islands Official Site

Buy here

1. Seasons (Wating On You)
2. Spirit
3. Sun In the Morning
4. Doves
5. Back In The Tall Grass
6. A Song For Our Grandfathers
7. Light House
8. Like The Moon
9. Fall From Grace
10. A Dream Of You And Me

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March 25, 2014

THE WAR ON DRUGS (USA)

Lost In The Dream

Secretly Canadian

The War On Drugs Official Site

Buy here 

1. Under The Pressure
2. Red Eyes
3. Suffering
4. An Ocean In Between The Waves
5. Disappearing
6. Eyes To The Wind
7. The Haunting Idle
8. Burning
9. Lost In The Dream
10. In Reverse

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March 18, 2014

REAL ESTATE (USA)

Atlas

Domino

Real Estate Official Site

Buy here

1. Had To Hear
2. Past Lives
3. Talking Backwards
4. April's Song
5. The Bend
6. Crime
7. Primitive
8. How Might I Live
9. Horizon
10. Navigator

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March 11, 2014

WILD BEASTS (ENG)

Present Tense

Domino

Wild Beasts Official Site

Buy here

1. Wanderlust
2. Nature Boy
3. Mecca
4. Sweet Spot
5. Daughters
6. A Pregnant Pause
7. A Simple Beautiful Truth
8. A Dog's Life
9. Past Perfect
10. New Life
11. Palace

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March 4, 2014

ANGEL OLSEN (USA)

Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Jagjaguwar

Angel Olsen Official Site

Buy here

1. Unfucktheworld
2. Forgiven/Forgotten
3. Hi-Five
4. White Fire
5. High & Wild
6. Lights Out
7. Stars
8. Iota
9. Dance  Slow Decades
10. Enemy
11. Windows

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February 25, 2014

SUN KIL MOON (USA)

Benji

Caldo Verde

Sun Kil Moon Official Site

Buy here (CD Only - no vinyl release)

1. Carissa
2. I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love
3. Truck Driver
4. Dogs
5. Pray For Newtown
6. Jim Wise
7. I Love My Dad
8. I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same
9. Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes
10. Micheline
11. Ben's My Friend

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February 18, 2014

RICKY EAT ACID (USA)

Three Love Songs

Orchid Tapes

Ricky Eat Acid Facebook

Buy limited edition vinyl here

Download free digital version here

1. There Is Only You In The Light & Nothing Else
2. Driving Alone Past Roadwork At Night
3. Inside My House; Some Place I Keep Dreaming About
4. Big Man's Last Trip Outside
5. In Rural Virginia; Watching Glowing Lights Crawl From The Dark Corners Of The Room
6. Inside Your House; It Will Swallow Us Too
7. It Will Draw Me Over To It Like It Always Does
8. In My Dreams We're Almost Touching
9. God Puts Us All In The Swimming Pool
10. Outside Your House; The Lights Went Out & There Was Nothing
11. I Can Hear The Heart Breaking As One
12. Starting Over

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February 11, 2014

BE FOREST (ITA)

Earthbeat

We Were Never Being Boring

Be Forest Facebook

Buy here 

1. Totem
2. Captured Heart
3. Lost Boy
4. Ghost Dance
5. Airwaves
6. Totem II
7. Colours
8. Sparkle
9. Hideaway

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February 4, 2014

CYMBALS (ENG)

The Age Of Fracture

Tough Love Records

Cymbals Facebook

Buy here

1. Winter '98
2. The Natural World
3. You Are
4. Empty Space
5. The 5%
6. The Fracture Of Age
7. Like An Animal
8. Erosion
9. This City
10. The End
11. Call Me

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1. Seasons (Waiting On You)
Future Islands (USA)
2. Beautiful Criminal
ALX (SCO)
3. Copper Thief
Case Conrad (SWE)
4. Psychic Trauma
Cloud Nothings (USA)
5. No Romance
Tirzah (ENG)
6. Battles
DNKL (SWE)
7. The Space Between Us
+/- (USA)
8. Come & See
Protomartyr (USA)
9. Interference Fits
Perfect Pussy (USA)
10. Cockscombs
Deepest Bison (USA)

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