Thursday, June 20, 2013

Adam Stafford - Please

Texturally rugged with a soft shelled beating heart front and centre, Imaginary Walls Collapse (out 15th July) is Glasgow's Stafford's first release for Song, By Toad. Something of Low about this in the precisely chiming and reverberating (but not reverbed) guitar and emotionally bare falsetto, but with hints of classic soul production in its rhythmic pulse and the sort of direct appeal chorus that reaches down and tingles the spine.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cloud - Mother Sea

The first signing to Audio Antihero in ages, Cloud is a LA-via-NY single man (we think) who going on the first taste of debut album Comfort Songs makes the kind of home-reared unsteadily towering solo constructions and swirling sonics we tend to go for, layering an increasingly dense fog of heatwarped psychedelia - could the pulsing rhythm make the title a reference to Can's Mother Sky at all? Just asking - onto unsteady melodies and a decent amount of self-doubt before heading deep into a freak-folk coda. There might just be something very interesting and wide-ranging going on here. Download it for free below, why not.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Of Blood - Let's Get Lost

Reenie and Dafydd's first properly downloadable (for free) offering throbs with mystique like OMD lost in the haunted woods, swapping spooked chants amid downtuned single note synths and pulses that occasionally turn shortwave radio-like.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

A quick catchup

We've been posting a lot of recent new stuff over on our underfollowed* Tumblr. As you're too lazy to read that, here's some of our favourite recent offerings:

- Introducing Telegram: they've played three gigs, already done a Marc Riley session, have been taken under the wing of the Horrors/Toy/Charlie Boyer axis and sound pretty good for it

- Martha - Sycamore

- Pins - Stay True

- Stairs To Korea - The Afternoons

- The Wytches - Beehive Queen

- Trophy Wife - Glue

- Codex Leicester - The Open Arms Of Las Vegas

- Lanterns On The Lake - Another Tale From Another English Town

- Kiran Leonard - Dear Lincoln

- Benin City - Faithless

- Hooded Fang - Ode To Subterrania

* Not quite as underfollowed, however, as our other two ongoing projects, The Shine Years recapping the Britpop compilations track for track and Bottom Of The Top 40, a kind of anti-Popular.