tUnE-yArDs - Wait For A Minute
A second track from Nikki Nack, which for now at least trades in the frantic looping and drumming for a retro R&B rhythm and squelchy analogue synth solos. Merrill's vocal follows suit, pushed to the front the better to depict deep reserves of self-doubt that bring a different meaning to it all.
Shunkan - Wash You Away
Another exciting product from the Art Is Hard factory of lo-fi goodness, Shunkan is a young New Zealander who sounds like a lost Crutchfield sister, chugging dark pop hang-gliding on a wave of feedback before a power cut at the end. EP out 5th May on very limited cassette, because this is what we do now.
Waking Aida - How To Build A Space Station
Haven't had much really good new instrumental math-rock on here lately, something that changes with a Southampton band, active and prolific for a few years but only now getting round to an album (Eschaton, June 2nd, recorded by one of Maybeshewill and released on their Robot Needs Home label) that over a full seven and a half minutes of shifting surges masters the capture and release, peaks and troughs of it all, urgent with a technicolour resolvency.
Uncle Luc - I Write
Luke Barham, formerly singer with power-pop nuts Stagecoach, debuts solo with an appealing acoustic shuffle he terms 'baroque and roll' - someone else must have done that line before now, surely - and claims influence from Nick Lowe and the Beach Boys in equal measure.