Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tessera Skies - Droplet

We're currently working at the rate of one new track a year by the stratospheric Newcastle trio. We'll put the album plans in very light pencil, shall we. That said, those who caught Soliquoly Of An Astronaut and Milieu will know this is very much a band built on quality over quantity. Their contribution to a limited edition split 12" with Ajimal out 1st December is built on a crystalline minimalist synth sound that dances delicately around the rhythm before the vocal, understated at first, grows in confidence while never quite forming self-confidence or grounding before dissolving into uncomfortable ambience.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Epicdemics - Nightlife On Mars

Supposedly "united by a love of Spanish lager and big choruses", which one can well believe, The Epicdemics are another of those all-star Cardiff bands, Jimmy and Julia of Future Of The Left plus Andrew of Shhh... Apes! (and the venerable Musicbox Studios) Their couple of launch demos roll around in big basslines and heatseeking guitar sounds, underneath as fancifully obtuse as those associations (and also Jimmy's long lost Strange News From Another Star) would suggest.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Autobodies - Tip-off

Being the home city of Gang Of Four, Delta 5 and the Mekons (just to name the first wave), Leeds has a fertile past in wiry, unstable post-punk, and as much as that particular genre has been drained almost completely dry over the last decade and a bit there's still something enthralling about a band who do that sort of thing as spot on as Leodensian trio Autobodies do across debut EP Bodywork - insistently choppy and staccato guitars, seek-and-destroy basslines, off-the-beat drumming, semi-cryptic crossthreaded vocals.

Sleater-Kinney - Bury Our Friends

Woah! And still these things keep happening to dissuade our ability to write off every reformation without exception. Confident and cocksure, high strutting and low down, full of twisting guitars and a chorus that's bigger than it seems, this can be found on a white label 7" secreted within the new Start Together career spanning (or so we once thought) box set ahead of an album, No Cities To Love, out January 19th. Download this for the cost of an email address.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Drink - Microsleep

It's quite rare these days to be able to say about a new guitar band such as this London trio that you can't really tell exactly what their primary influences are - Warpaint more than likely with the way the guitar lines slither and curl round each other, maybe something of the frictionless pulse shifting of a Life Without Buildings (with a more standard vocalist) but also the floating dark antimatter that might have seen them on prime 4AD. This first cut from debut album Company, out 1st December, simultaneously stretches out and remains melodically taut.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weyes Blood - Some Winters

Well, this is quite something. Weyes Blood is Natalie Mering, who at various times has been backup for Ariel Pink and a member of Jackie-O Motherfucker and has been recording under various names for a few years now but her new album The Innocents (out October 20th, possibly) has ended up on Mexican Summer, who brought us the Spectral Park album last year, which suggests they're into those who twist outre tropes well beyond their normal means. The opening piano runs warping like a degraded VHS tape give some idea that not all is as it seems, but at the heart of it all is a voice like Nico as forest drifting spirit, nodding both to Cate Le Bon and Perfume Genius' current albums but as often lost in its own despondent, heavily creeped-out haze.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Wave Pictures - Pea Green Coat

Having spent the year backing Stanley Brinks it's been confirmed we're going to get through 2014 without a Wave Pictures release of their own, but no matter as there's already one confirmed for 16th February 2015. Excitingly, Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon is a collaboration with Billy Childish, recorded at his studio and several tracks, including this, featuring his co-writing and secondary guitar stamp. The blues harmonica of studio engineer Jim Riley alongside the huge cyclical riff gives it a link to the Medway blues Dr Feelgood took into the pubs, but the lyrical turns of phrase and athletic solo could only be David Tattersall's own.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Yr Poetry - Bae Ruthie

Yeah, it's one of those guitar and drum duos, but this is a special one of those, as none of the others are made up of Alexei and Junior off of that Johnny Foreigner band. No Tribes EP, out on download and very limited edition physical as of midnight Friday, might well be no less full-on with the power of riffs'n'drums'n'grubby rehearsal room righteousness but isn't just JoFo without Kelly - it's somehow more dishevelled, more compact, more drowning in lo-fi fuzz and with the ever present fun of making yourself heard for scuzzy indie rock.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Ex Comets - Lost Cosmonauts

Taken from a their label Robot Needs Home's free tenth anniversary sampler, the sci-fi theme from debut single Old Cool Red (and, we suppose, the band name) continues with something that's appeallingly not too far from early B-52s - wheedling organ, glammish beat, pulpy (not Pulp-y) lyrics.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Wild Balbina - Stay Alive

Wild Balbina might be from Vigo, Spain but the sound they've captured sounds like a crackling midpoint between the Breeders and Best Coast, honeyed and harmonic melodies shrouded in fuzz and distortion. It's a promising taste of recent album Sisters Before Misters (out 13th October), around which they're playing the UK 25th anniversary parties for their estimable label Elefant in Cardiff - 24th, Clwb Ifor Bach, with The School and Rosie Totem Terrors' own Oh Peas! - and London - 25th, Lexington, with Evans The Death and Amelia Fletcher's The Catenary Wires.

Trash Kit - Medicine

We thought after their fractured album of four years ago the trio had dissipated (not least with Rachel Aggs's membership of Shopping), but clearly not given they have a second record, Confidence, out on 1st December. That this track lasts nearly four minutes is pretty much new territory both otherwise its post-Slits/Raincoats sense of scrappy jitteriness is retained, builds up a post-punky head of steam and then lets it stutter, overlap and generally rush and spin itself into a confused state, the horns courtesy of Electrelane's Verity Susman that see out this track laying bare the free jazz influence.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Haiku haiku

Those who've followed the rise of the Derbyshire Dales' own "Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other" trio Haiku Salut, much as we have, will know they don't hover towards saying, well, anything on stage. Writing, however, is different. Next week they begin a short tour of their Lamp Show, where their glorious instrumental shapes are delivered from within a selection of lamps that are programmed to flicker and illuminate with the music. Like this, in fact...

Over the last year or so of touring they spent their time writing haikus backstage, because you might as well. Now they've put a hundred of them together with illustrations by Katrine Brosnan in a book, Japanese Poems Steal Brains, released on November 3rd, with a launch party at Scarthin Books in the Peak District on 1st November. You can also buy copies at said upcoming tour, of which the dates are below, followed by three pages from the book...

8th October Nottingham Contemporary, The Space (with the very fine Grawlix and We Show Up On Radar)
10th October Manchester Indie Man Beer Con (sold out)
11th October London St John on Bethnal Green
12th October Cardiff Four Bars @ Dempseys (with Local Sports Team and the ace Two White Cranes)