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Second Slumberland single for this great Sacramento DIY band. Featuring members of local legends The Bananas, Nar and Bright Ideas, English Singles mine a rich tradition of DIY pop that stretches from Swell Maps and The Television Personalities through to The McTells and The Sea Lions. Three scratchy and home-made (but NOT lo-fi!) sings that take pop back to the basics of catchy tunes, urgent guitars and sing-along choruses.
Kids On A Crime Spree
Oakland's Kids On A Crime Spree are back with this first new record since their "We Love You So Bad" EP of 2011. The new single "Creep The Creeps" has been a staple of the group's live set for a while now, and we're excited to finally have it on vinyl. It's punchy, handclap-driven power-pop of the very highest order, with a driving dance beat, golden 60s pop chops with Ramones-y fuzz drive. "New Ex-Boyfriend" on the flip adds some minor-key drama and echoed surf guitar leads to the mix. It's a heady combination, and points to new directions for exploration.
Dark, dramatic post-punk from Oakland's awesome Wax Idols. Helmed by Hether Fortune, Wax Idols have improved on their already-great debut album in just about every way. The melodies are stronger, the vocals echoed and haunting, and the playing is at an unflagging level of intensity. While early 80s Siouxsie And The Banshees and 4AD are decent reference points, the song-writing is all Wax Idols and they bring a very modern sensibility, along with sterling production help from Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon). It's pop in the largest sense - strongly melodic, confident and impossible to ignore.
Amazing second album from this unique Belfast group. Following up the superb, driving "The New Life" single, this album is the sound of a band on the fringes striving to forge their own path, purposefully out of step - and time - with their surroundings. Dark, almost psychedelic post-punk that brings to mind early Cure and Bunnymen, but with Girls Names' signature melodies and fluid guitar work. Gorgeous, euphoric, bold and totally compelling.
Glasgow's Golden Grrrls have spent the last few years thrilling pop spotters with a series of excellent singles and tapes. What began as bedroom guitar experimentation soon bloomed into a fully-formed pop language inspired by the 80s New Zealand and Australian indie pop scenes, DIY punk and Glasgow's own rich pop history (think The Vaselines, The Pastels). For Golden Grrrls the band has written eleven perfect songs about life's realities dressed in three-part harmonies, heart-tugging changes and a playing style derived from punk and classic crash-pop enthusiasm.
The first single from Veronica Falls' "Waiting For Something To Happen," "Teenage" was was posted on Soundcloud in November 2012 and became an instant indiepop anthem. By popular demand we’re now making “Teenage” available as a limited edition 7” single and digital download. It’s the ideal encapsulation of Veronica Falls; perfectly balancing joyous melodic pop with undercurrents of sadness and adolescent yearning. The vocal harmonies are pure heaven, and the economical playing and arranging showcase a band operating at a level of skill and craft not often found in today’s indiepop scene. Plainly put, “Teenage” is perfect pop and sure to be one of the finest singles of 2013.
Simply superb second album from London's finest export. At once more immediate and deeper than their excellent debut album, Veronica Falls have created a pop album full of rich melodies, shimmering guitars and perfectly harmonized vocals, all wrapped around a baker's dozen of the best pop tunes you're likely to hear this year, or next. A complete triumph.
Now expanded to a four piece with a more progressive and expansive sound, Girls Names' new single The New Life clocks in at over 7 minutes and takes you on a journey that mirrors the feelings of a band living and working in economy stricken Northern Ireland - the perfect soundtrack of the bleakness to where they exist. The B-side is a mesmerizing, dubbed-out JD Twitch Optimo remix of the single.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are back with their first new recordings since last year's superb Belong. With this single they've chosen to pay tribute to two of their key influences, covering songs by The Magnetic Fields and East River Pipe. As always The Pains are on fire here -- both songs are full of buzzing guitars and bursting with energy. An excellent addition to The Pains' discography, and one that definitely makes us anxious for their next record.
The superbly jangly "Northern Lights" is the third single to be taken from Allo Darlin's excellent second album Europe. Written about a New Year's Eve spent in Sweden the song somehow manages to imbue a wintery scene with a sweet breath of sunshine as Elizabeth Morris' voice rings out clear as a bell and Paul Rain's guitar melodies shine brightly. It’s backed by "Golden Age," a B-side which seems to exist simply to prove that Allo Darlin’ have super-catchy melodic pop gems to burn. All copies pressed on orange vinyl.
Evans The Death
Evans The Death are back with this ace new single, truly on the the highlights on an album that's full of them. Insanely catchy and bursting with youthful energy, "Catch Your Cold" is the kind of tune that makes you realize that there is still plenty of joy to be found in good old guitar pop. Look out too for B-side "Crying Song" for which the band persuaded comedian Stewart Lee to sob uncontrollably over their rambunctious musical backing. All copies on white vinyl with a cool silver-embossed sleeve.
To cap off Frankie's amazing 2012 we're offering this FREE ep that features "Night Swim" from her brilliant Interstellar album, plus two demos and remixes from Fort Romeau and The Go! Team. Free with purchase of the LP or CD, or for the cost of postage and handling if you have the album already.
DC's Lorelei are back with their first album since 1994 and they haven't lost a step. Their distinctive blend of post-rock dynamics, sneakily melodic song-writing and ear-blasting guitar noise is 100% intact, and is paired with some very sophisticated song-writing. Rich with rhythmic twists and melodic intrigue, the ten songs on this new album stand tall as Lorelei's best material yet. Excellent.
Fantastic split featuring two non-album tunes from these exciting young bands. With "A Troubled See" Girls Names continue the evolution of their sound into something leaner and darker, charting a course between early Echo & The Bunnymen and David Bowie's Low. Weird Dreams' contribution "House of Secrets" is a perfect match - a slow-burning, sinister lullaby, buoyed by an insistent and spidery guitar line. Their next album should be VERY interesting indeed!
Brilliant debut album by this London band that ably combines tripped-out psychedelic pop (think Deerhunter or Spiritualized) with dense layers of guitar noise and catchy song-writing. The overall vibe is pastoral, perfectly treading the boundary between atmospherically hypnotic and shimmeringly poppy. Add in flawlessly hazy production and subtly driving rhythm and you have one of the best dream-pop albums in recent memory. Gorgeous.