Last April we unveiled We Make Our Own Mythologies, a handpicked selection of artists representing the cream of newish UK talent who we'd been writing about over the previous few years, raising literally a few pence short of £190 for charity.
Sixteen months on, we thought it was time to update the selection. Presenting Doesn't Your Balloon Ever Land?, twenty-five fresh selections harvested from talent we've praised on these blog pages, stylistically and fidelity wayward as you'd expect, some exclusives/rarities. It's available on a pay what you want basis with a set minimum of £3, and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity that provides practical and advisory support for cancer sufferers. May we extend very grateful thanks to the artists and their representatives who helped out and generously donated tracks, with particular thanks to the labels Alcopop!, Brainlove, House Vs Home, Melodic, Philophobia Music, Popty-Ping and Robot Needs Home.
Her Parents - Win The Lottery, Kick The Fuck Out Of Your House
Kicking off with an exclusive advance track from debut album Physical Release by an offbeat twisted punk band featuring members of Dananananaykroyd, Internet Forever (qv) and Stairs To Korea.
Runaround Kids - Lesser Loved
TWirily melodic guitar pop running atop a knife edge from the other great Wakefield trio, taken from the Runaround Kids Vs We Are Losers split 12" EP on Philophobia Music.
Heavy Petting Zoo - Deathproof
Fiery, fuzzy lo-fi coiled spring garage rock from Swansea youths who've earned Yeah Yeah Yeahs comparisons.
Standard Fare - Dead Future
Sheffield's smart janglepop titan trio, "the best and most loveable aspects of indie guitar music" according to the Sunday Times, offer a track from most recent album Out Of Sight, Out Of Town (Melodic Records)
Just Handshakes (We're British) - Cut And Run
Exclusive new song from the effervescent janglers with a twist, offering sweet summer pop with hidden depth.
This Many Boyfriends - Just Saying
A recent offcut by the wry, quasi-ramshackle NME-endorsed funpoppers ahead of their debut album, due in October and produced by the Cribs' Ryan Jarman.
Fashoda Crisis - Hunting The Poor For Sport
A preview of the Jowls Of Justice EP, due in October, from the vituperative Southend trio who, to quote themselves, "play from the bottom of their twisted, blackened tumourous little heart"
Amateur Historians - The Party And The Aftermath
From their very recent debut EP New Homes/New Hopes, Belfast's contribution to the Pavement-to-Johnny Foreigner lineage of indie rock pulled into exciting new shapes.
Screaming Maldini - Life In Glorious Stereo
Expansive pop geometry from the sextet's forthcoming debut album, full of choral flourishes, trumpets and strings.
T.O.Y.S - Mirror
Yet another northern trio, landing somewhere between lo-fi garage and motorik freakbeat as led by organ and fuzz bass, this track from a forthcoming EP on Odd Box Recordings.
Maybeshewill - Спутник-2
A B-side from recent sessions of glitchy, turning monumental confident post-rock from the Leicester instrumentalists.
Mowbird - And We Have A Winner
An as yet unreleased swirling psych-twang slacker odyssey from much admired Wrexham band who play Green Man this very weekend.
Joanna Gruesome - Pantry Girl
A cut from the recent self-released EP by slackers who simultaneously recall the British and American early 90s arms of shoegaze and noisy college rock.
Anguish Sandwich - So Gone
And yet more music that falls short of high fidelity. Reverberating quietly efficient while still cracked Pixies-ish riffs, this is from last year's No More Cows EP.
Nature Set - Avalanche
A Sheffield micro-supergroup injecting pop with undefinable menace while still capable of filling an indie dancefloor. From the If I Crawl, You Crawl EP on Dufflecoat Records
Spectral Park - Filler #54
Luke Donovan, who is Spectral Park, is working on his debut album but dropped off this rough offcut, a miniature of almost literally warped bedroom radiophonic psychedelia.
Napoleon IIIrd - The Hardline Optimist (Radio Version)
A mildly reworked new mix of a track from the constantly inventive 2010 album Christiania (Brainlove Records).
The All Golden - Bright And Early
Hitherto unreleased sunkissed pastoral psych-pop instrumental from Pete Gofton (J Xaverre, George Washington Brown, Johnny X)'s latest project.
Fire Island Pines - Oh Therese
Luxuriantly sophisticated maxi-pop from Wadebridge, Cornwall sextet whose kitchen sink small package melodramas has garnered venerated Smiths/Pulp comparisons.
August Actually - Another Fucking Love Song
An as yet unreleased slice of delicately wry folk-pop.
Katie Malco - Sad Eyes
Fife-originating, London-based, lyrically sharp acoustic pop with an optimistic aura. Produced by the co-writer of Snow Patrol's Run, this, from last year's Katie Malco And The Slow Parade EP.
Backyards - Statues
The album's ninth act from Yorkshire, from this February's If You're Scared EP comes an atmospherically complex, heart on sleeve dynamism that emotively carouses into lush strings.
LookiMakeMusic - I Don't Make Threats, I Make Promises
From splendidly titled EP Hate Me For A Reason, Let The Reason Be Hate, the wordy Birmingham 'post-indiepopcore' types hover between emo (in its original meaning), mathrock and post-LC! elaborate underground.
Haiku Salut - Vowels As Clear As Church Bells
Baroque, neo-post-rock, folktronica... whatever, it's three women of Derbyshire exploring avant-orchestral languid instrumental soundscapes. This is from last year's How We Got Along After The Yarn Bomb EP.
Internet Forever - 3D (Body In The Thames Anaglyph mix)
And to finish, the shadowy remixer/producer reworks a track from the splendid debut album of this year from the twee-noise trio of repute.
That link to that album again: Doesn't Your Balloon Ever Land?