Cloud Boat - Hallow
At this rate we won't need to buy Model Of You because Cloud Boat will have put all its tracks up for streaming well in advance. This one is a delicate concoction of reliable materials: a delicately chiming guitar part, skittering microbeats and soulful appeals of yearning, all building to a huge emotive ending of big breaks. Dates for their intimate live show have just been announced for October, taking in Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.
TRAAMS - Selma
When an email arrives claiming a band's new EP has been produced by both Rory Attwell and MJ, the temptation is to think they're trying just a touch too hard to get straight on to STN. Well, they've succeeded with their forceful college rock hooks and old fashioned guileless charge. The video is based on fake VHS, as approximately 83% of videos we now receive are. EP Cissa is out July 14th.
Andrew Montgomery - After The Storm
Here's unexpected - the return of Montgomery, previously skyscraping vocalist with post-Britpop mid-table underachievers Geneva, is the yearning spare piano ballad with multitracked vocals and a brass section carrying it towards a sunset ending you kind of imagined he would come back with. Montgomery's debut solo album Ruled By Dreams is out 5th October.
Field Mouse - Everyone But You
Only a week after we first heard from them, a second track from new album Hold Still Life which suggests a yen with the synth decoration and FM radio charge gone fuzz-jangle of the second Pains Of Being Pure At Heart album, with a side order of woozy shoegaze guitar pedals.
Candy Darling - Money
A new band! Wonders will never cease. Candy Darling are a trio based in Bristol named after the Warhol/Reed muse and sound like a female-fronted (in a Jennifer Herrema fashion) garage band who've replaced their drummer with second hand drum machines and their pedal board with Suicide's electronics set-up.