Toronto electronic outfit For Esmé have just released this slow burning atmospheric gem, 'Just Yet'. Martha Meredith's crisp, clear, powerful vocals and incisive lyrics are perfectly aligned alongside a deep deliberative beat and topped off by propulsive, layered swirls and washes that end up reaching clarion call like synth nirvana. 'Just Yet' is off the trio's forthcoming new album, Sugar out this Spring/Autumn. This is outstanding.
For Esmé (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Sugar', Self Released. Out Spring/Autumn.
In case you missed it last year, the stunning track 'Divinity' by Perth based artist Laura Jane Lowther aka KUCKA (pr. Koo-ch-ka), which landed inside our Top 30 tracks of 2014 now has a video. Julia Ngeow directs the contemplative and cleansing visual. Watch below and look out for her EP set for release in April on Inertia imprint, Midnight Feature.
From the single, 'Divinity', Midnight Feature/Inertia
Los Angeles synth pop quartet BREAKFAST have released two damn impressive singles so far this year. Listen to the earnest yet swanky 'Diane' and the appropriately caustic attack on the leeches of the music industry in the form of 'Boris'. below. You can still get their debut record Sun/Moon for a NYP arrangement here.
In Top 30 chart news this week, Sydney duo Au.Ra release their debut record, Jane's Lament next week and the first single, 'Talk Show' heads straight into the top ten on debut. Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner enters at 22 with the glistening first single, 'Find Yourself' from his forthcoming album, Hypnophobia, set for release on May 5. And finally Finnish quartet Mumrunner are in at 30 with their new track we featured yesterday, 'Bond'.
Viet Cong's second single from their self titled debut, 'Silhouettes' exchanges places at number one with fellow Canadians Braids, 'Miniskirt'.
All details from our second Top 30 of the year can be found here while all tracks can be found in our Top 30 Countdown Player top right. Enjoy folks!
22. Find Yourself
Jacco Gardner (NET)
From the forthcoming album, 'Hypnophobia', Excelsior/Polyvinyl/Full Time Hobby. Out May 5
Tampere shoegaze pop outfit Mumrunner unleashed their new single, 'Bond' last week. It's a track full of four to the floor delay drenched power and is the first off the Finnish quartet's debut EP set for release in May on Soliti and Wolves & Vibrancy. Listen below.
From the single, 'Bond' Soliti / Wolves & Vibrancy. EP out May.
I must admit I was a little underwhelmed upon first hearing the latest album from Trento electronic trio Casa del Mirto. My initial reluctance stemmed from the fact that its so different from the band's previous works but that, as it transpired, turned out to be its greatest asset. Still was released late last month and it wasn't long before this gem of a record began yielding its sparkling secrets. I first came across the work of band leader Marco Ricci upon the release of the superb 1979 back in 2011 and have been keenly following his progress through albums, 'The Nature', 'Love Inc.' and his flourish of singles and EP's since.
Among the most impressive aspects of Still, and there are many, is Ricci's songwriting growth. The variety he and his two bandmates bring to bear is equally stunning. The child-like collaboration with L.A artist Avalon Omega, 'Invisible' is the ultimate of slow burners. It may be off-putting at first but with repeat listens it blooms. The hypnotic ballad like 'Reflex' oozes a sense of wonder while 'Where You Stand' will carefully launch you into the ether. We posted about first single 'Pressure' last year which is arguably closest to the swagger like 1979 sound.
The otherworldly 'Last Blue Wind' and the two speed 'A Picture Of' middles out the record nicely while the laconic and meticulously constructed 'Butterfly' and the seven minute "stomper" 'What I See Inside Of Me' serve to remind how diverse this work is. The title track closer serves to bring the whole set together with its understated piano sitting neatly underneath its swirling synth.
I implore you to spend some time with Ricci and friends (Luigi Segnana and Raffaele Ricci). There's a real humility behind these tracks and true quality only ever reveals itself over time. Patience is indeed a virtue and should you elect to exercise it here, Casa del Mirto will reward you in spades.
Sydney and now London based duo Au.Ra are set to release their debut album, Jane's Lament, and have just released the fourth cut from it, the atmospherically sparkling and psychedically multi-layered, 'Talk Show'. Resting on a delay drenched three chord hook, a consistent off beat, washed out synths and laconic vocals, the single packs a great deal into its substantial six minute running time. Au.Ra. materialised through the coming together of Tom Crandles (Ghostwood) and Tim Jenkins (Parades) and the record gained its finishing touches from HTRK's Nigel Yang. Jane's Lament is out on March 3 through Felte Records. Get it on all formats including vinyl here.
4. You're On My Mind
6. Spare the Thought
7. Talk Show
From the forthcoming album, 'Jane's Lament', Felte. Out March 3.
The Top 30 is finally back for 2015 and it's a Canadian 1-2. Montreal based trio Braids take out our first number one of the year on the Indie30 Top 30 chart with the incredibly powerful, 'Miniskirt'. Read our article on that release and their forthcoming album here. At 2 is Calgary's Viet Cong with the manic 'Silhouettes', while Yumi Zouma takes 3 with 'Catastrophe'. 'Just Like You', the first track from Chromatics new record is at 4 while Natalie Prass takes the number 5 spot with 'My Baby Don't Understand Me'.
The rest of the chart is full of gems of all colours, shapes and sizes. The remainder of the top 10 are from artists we have featured this year except the fast paced 'Roswell' from Toronto synth rock outfit Moon King at 7 and L.A artist Lauren Hillman, aka Kotomi, rounding it out at 10 with the shimmering, yet disciplined heartfelt ode to lives suddenly lost, 'The Last Time'.
All tracks previously unfeatured this year, there are almost 20 of them, (Sleater Kinney, Leave The Planet, BOUQUET, Jib Kidder, Waxahatchee, Makthatverskan, Grave Pool, Nadastrom, The Twerps, Young Ejecta, Casa Del Mirto, Sosi, Petite Noir, Joanna Gruesome, Tabrill, The Soft Moon and Purity Ring) can be perused with full detail below while all 30 tracks are streaming in countdown format in our Top 30 player to the top right. Full chart details are here
It's great to be back folks!!!
Moon King (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Secret Life', Last Gang. Out April 18.
Extreme genre hopping Toronto artist Ben Cook is set to release his first long player, Ripe 4 Luv, under his solo moniker Young Guv. If anybody is expecting it to sound anything remotely like his work in bands Fucked Up and No Warning - just don't. But if Yacht Club is more up your alley, the uber smooth album closer, 'Wrong Crowd' is below to take you alternatively to a tropical paradise or a seedy late night bar - you pick! Ripe 4 Luv is out through Slumberland on March 9.
1. Crushing Sensation
2. Ripe For Love
3. Crawling Back To You
5. Kelly, I'm Not A Creep
6. Dear Drew
7. Living The Dream
8. Wrong Crowd
Young Guv (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Ripe For Luv', Slumberland. Out March 9/10.
Last month, synth pop duo prints_, the Los Angeles based project of Carol Rhyu, the artist behind White Blush and Keil Corcoran, released a new track, 'Ghosts', a smooth yet unsettling number that combines glitchy electronic percussion, twinkling eerie like synths with Rhyu's dream like vocals. There are EP releases for both prints_ and White Blush upcoming this year. Our ear will be out.
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