Why? - Sod In The Seed
After his lost weekend of three years ago, the very un-beaty Eskimo Snow, Yoni Wolf returns to hip-hop beats and moreover quasi-rapping to the beat rather than unfurling over it in his own time. The title track from an EP out 13th August, it's typically unguardedly introspective and honest, so wordy you surely can't take all its meanings in in one go, the better to allow Wolf's self-examinatory consideration of celebrity, life as a professional musician and self-hate.
Cheerleaders - Puzzles
Apart from their being from Leeds and having launched online presence in mid-May, we know nothing about this band. Exciting start, though, charging through less than two minutes of driving American-influenced dark hued indie-rock of a National on amphetamines stripe.
Golden Fable - Sugarloaf
Ahead of the duo's debut album, out 10th September, another fine example of their ability to combine Rebecca Palin's ethereal vocals, pastoral folk-pop melodies and glitchy ambience, leading to something that seems to float above misty hillsides while actually restlessly reshaping.
Snøskred - We Are
Like Tilly & The Wall causing a disturbance in a Cardiacs factory, Snøskred ('avalanche' in Norwegian) throw everything at the wall and uncover pop nuggets underneath the ever churning psych inherent amid the pounding drums, warping guitars, blasts of sax and choral shoutalongs
The Smittens - Burning Streets Of Rome
Having long stretched out their playfully twee-pop credentials, Burlington, Vermont's most lively bubblegum group have gone all Magnetic Fields - synthesised 80s pop references, baritone vocals, lyrical gay playfulness. Just past the ten year mark, their fourth album Believe Me is out 23rd July and next weekend they open the whole Indietracks shebang.
I Like Trains - Mnemosyne
Bit late to this, accompanying album The Shallows (produced by Richard Formby) came out in May, but ILT have shifted their emphasis from history via geology to technology. Named after the Greek goddess of memory, it tries to find its lyrical place in the wider scheme against guitars that have shifted from post-rock to post-punk, a Chameleons-recalling delay pedal-adorned heavy brood.
Knickers - Baby It's You
Don't usually run covers on here unless it's for a good reason. This good reason is it's the latest product from the House vs Home Singles Club is a gloriously breathy, horn and Hammond-aided stylish soul stomp of the Bacharach and others standard the Beatles, Carpenters and Shirelles among many, many nothers covered, the latest from Simon Love's current retro-pop outlet.
GUMS! - The Middle Of The Year
A one-off collaboration between various Glasgow underground heroes, the free download A Glasgow Summer EP veers from Arab Strap post-pub self-examination, like this track, and excitable punk-pop, both ends seemingly marinaded in Buckfast.