And this wasn't meant to be a weekly feature either, but there you go, that's the pace at which new music runs these days. Everything up for seven days only, we've got a new Illustrated Guide to post next week and will need the space for that.
Cajun Dance Party - Colourful Life
There really needs to be a term coined for this current crop of spiky, spiteful under-18 bands that are the subject of broadsheet pieces about the youth-led democratisation of modern music or somesuch. No doubt these are the leaders of whatever it'll be termed, south London sixteen year olds now signed to XL, sounding here like the Cure meets Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, luckily not also resembling either band's singer.
Sons And Daughters - The War On Love Song
This typically fraught, untypically dusty offering from the few more dark Glasgwegians comes from Ballads Of The Book, a project inaugurated by Roddy Woomble in which Scottish poets and writers provide text for assorted acts to turn into songs. Released on 5th March on Chemikal Underground, Also featuring are Norman Blake, Emma Pollock, Aidan Moffat, Malcolm Middleton, Vashti Bunyan, James Yorkston, Aereogramme, King Creosote, Karine Polwart, Alasdair Roberts, the Trashcan Sinatras among others, with Ian Rankin, AL Kennedy and Edwin Morgan among those weighing in on the poetic side.
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Wiretree - Notion
Wiretree is singer/multi-instrumentalist Kevin Peroni of Austin, Texas, whose album Bouldin showcases a power-pop delicacy as much inspired by the La's and Posies as Jellyfish and the Beatles, with snatches of Shins and Elliott Smith to drag it very much up to date. Indeed, this track does remind us of a slightly more robust take on the continuing slew of Australian indie dreamers. Keep an ear very much out.