Concrete Knives - Wallpaper
From Normandy and with an album due on 18th February through Bella Union, Concrete Knives arrive at the very point where youthful exuberance becomes maturing self-realisation, chant vocals over insistent percussion and intricate hooks with hints of early Talking Heads.
Bastardgeist - Coast
Chicago's Joel Midden made a minor STN impact in 2011 with his startling blend of polyrhythmic percussion, kalimba and processed vocal. This early taste of second album Even Out begins like a stuck Tom Waits experimental record and is gradually taken over by harmonies and electronics, finding inner beauty amongst the droning and clanging.
GUMS! - New Year
A nearly festive offering from a Glasgow collaborative we've written about before and who have an album promised for next year, wherein Teenage Fanclub power-pop melodies rub up against Aidan Moffatt-channelling sour reflections.