Sunday, May 24, 2015

C Duncan - Garden

Christopher Duncan's multitracked acoustic lushness continues to evolve and take on a full spectrum of pastel colours on this new single, which explodes into psychedelic life like few properly manage to pull off, replete with a guitar solo journeying into space at the end, while the harmonic Duncans underneath remain able to convey the emotions in simple fashion. Intricate without overcomplicating matters, it's brighter than most of what we've heard from him so far while conveying an undertow of doubt, a sunshine pop Mark Hollis in waiting. Recorded in his bedroom, it'll be fascinating to see how this works live supporting Admiral Fallow in June and then Belle & Sebastian at Somerset House come July, the month (17th) in which album Architect is released.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Man Of Moon - The Road

Teenage Edinburgh duo Man Of Moon have been touring with The Phantom Band recently, which is as good an entree as you'll have into their boldly standing-out statement of a debut single, a strutting, lightly shimmering, slowly enveloping slab of dark kosmiche produced by Frightened Rabbit keyboardist Andy Monaghan that strides forward where others get stuck in repetition.

Friday, May 15, 2015

AUTOBAHN - Immaterial Man

The death-motorik Leodensians have reached album stage, Dissemble out 21st August. They're a band who on this form know their touchstones, reaching out to the Horrors/Toy brigade on one side with the build and swirl and on the other the point at which the Batcave meets Factory - the bass sound and gothy vocal reverb are pure Martin Hannett touches. Developing from pensive to full throttle, they're post-industrial in more ways that one.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Telegram - Aeons

Always a toss-up whether new Telegram tracks are actually singles or just something they're throwing out there but this is definitely the former, out 10th July and preorderable through PledgeMusic so they can finally afford to make an album. A more brooding take on their motorik glam it sways, forces its way through, breaks down and builds back up to a noise-out climax just as we're becoming used to.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Peaness - Fortune Favours The Bold

Yep, Peaness. The international drain of band names continues apace. Apart from being three women from Chester we don't know a lot about them but we can tell you this first track of theirs to go out to the world but we know we like this almost surf-pop cut reminiscent of a janglier, landborne Waxahatchee, laden with effortless harmonies and sharp, indelible hooks, not to mention the cocksureness of youth and the dream of escape.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Jonbarr Hinge - Ballbarian

Let's get back into the swing of things after the anniversary business, then, as we've been meaning to post a track from Ben Parker's (other) other band's new album Broken Ribs, Broken Records for a while. Almost a more straightforward, garagey, less wordy take on Nosferatu D2 and the Superman Revenge Squad Band's ennui-driven seething.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Ten years of STN: 2014

What a short, strange trip it's been. Songs 181 to 200 inclusive of this trawl through the first decade of STN's existence, and we hope you've enjoyed it. Or read it.

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Lonelady - Groove It Out
tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain
Martin Carr - The Santa Fe Skyway
St Vincent - Birth In Reverse
Hayley Bonar – Kill The Fun
Martha - 1967, I Miss You, I'm Lonely
Firestations - Never Closer
Post War Glamour Girls - Sestra
The Drink - Microsleep
Acollective – Happiest Of All Memorial Days
Weyes Blood - Some Winters
Grawl!x - Atlas Bear
FKA Twigs - Numbers
R.Seiliog - Ostisho
Hookworms - On Leaving
The Wind-Up Birds - There Will Be No Departures From This Stand
Trash Kit - Medicine
Ravioli Me Away - Cat Call
Cosines – Out Of The Fire
Perfume Genius - Queen