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The June Brides
We are absolutely thrilled to herald the return of these UK pop legends, helmed by the inimitable Mr Phil Wilson. The June Bride's 80s heyday produced some of the finest pop records of the era, and we're happy to say that with this new single they pick right up where they left off. "A January Moon" is as fine a pop record as we'll hear all year, bristling with melody and sharp pop smarts. Welcome back!
The second single from Allo Darlin’s superb second album is none other than the title track, Europe. It's lovely celebration of togetherness and band unity in the face of the tedium and hard graft of life on the road. The B-side is an alternative version of the song Some People Say, recording during the mostly abandoned original album recording sessions in Manchester. It's a slower version than the album version, and is quite beautiful.
Amazing album that stakes out a totally unique place in the dream-pop landscape. Combining the sonic guitar-driven sound of bands like Pale Saints and Boo Radleys with stellar song-writing, peerless arranging and lovely 60s-tinged vocal harmonies, Violens have managed to create a truly new sound. Tunes like "Totally True", and "Der Microarc" are at once visceral and ethereal, typical of an album that delivers some of the most accomplished, powerful and challenging pop you'll hear this year.
Never say never! To commemorate and help finance their Spring 2012 reunion, Black Tambourine decided to do some recording, and this tribute to one of their favorite inspirations, Ramones, is the result. Four great tunes spread across two 7" vinyl records, this EP is a fine addition to the band's catalog. A lot of thought went into these interpretations, each one bearing the band's unique stamp. From the chaotic noise-pop blur of "I Want You Around" to the dreamy version of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", OneTwoThreeFour, these songs could have fit in perfectly on any of Black Tambourine's original records. Featuring guest backing vocals from Linda Smith, Rose Melberg, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Jenny Robbins from Honeymoon Diary.
Excellent four song debut from this great Sacramento band. Containing members of bands like The Bananas, Ski Instructors, Bright Ideas and Nar, this is some top-notch DIY pop that will scratch that TVPs/McTells/Cause Co-Motion! itch just fine. With added flavor provided by angular 12-string guitar leads, English Singles have been described as a cross between Buzzcocks and Razorcuts and we concur. Top quality.
Evans The Death
The eagerly-awaited debut album from Evans The Death more than delivers on the promise of their brilliant "Threads" and "Telling Lies" singles. Tough, smart pop that touches on the best bits of Brit-Pop (Echobelly, Sleeper), Pulp, The Long Blondes and The Pixies. Great song-writing combined with noisy, passionate playing and Katherine's amazing vocals all add up to uniquely assured debut.
The stellar follow-up to their excellent 2009 debut. Achingly personal, incredibly poignant and familiar all at once, Elizabeth Morris' songwriting has deepened and developed since their debut, serving only to enhance the band's ability to create sophisticated, intelligent pop music with an uplifting, joyous feel. Featuring the singles "Capricornia" and "Europe", this beautiful album is one of the finest, most complete pop records in recent memory.
Absolutely gorgeous pop from this Brooklyn three-piece whose music eludes classification, expertly blending percussive guitar work and silky harmonies in a way reminiscent of 90s sonic pop forebears like Pale Saints, Lush, McCarthy and The Chameleons. The lovely vocals on "Totally True" have an almost 60s feel; their debt to such soft-rock touchstones as The Association and Sagittarius is one of the many unique elements of Violens' sound. The non-album b-side "Something Falling" is a dreamy ballad marked by an effectively spare production, sweeping synths and the band's trademark harmonies.
The first new Veronica Falls tunes since their amazing debut album! My Heart Beats is packed with all the rhythmic verve and melodic power that we've come to expect from the band, sitting comfortably next to album tunes like "Right Side of My Brain" and "Come On Over." Fierce and immediate, it refines the band's melodic mystery with a new-found clarity. Their trademark vocal harmonies are pushed to the fore, marking this as their most perfectly potent bit of pop tune-smithery yet. On the flip, "Killing Time" is a minimal, dreamy tune enhanced by a mesmerizing organ line and gently thumping drums.
Totally fantastic power-pop from Ben Cook Aka Young Guv (Fucked Up, Marvelous Darlings, The Bitters) and Marvelous Mark Fosco (Marvelous Darlings). Four smash shits that wouldn't sound out of place on any great mix tape from 1977, 1987 or even 2012. Radio hits in some weird parallel universe where The Raspberries are on Midnight Special every week and Bram Tchaikovsky is still in The Records.
Evans The Death
This great young band draw as much from the lyrical dexterity of Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker as they do from the scuzzed-up melodic exuberance of early My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies. This great single is taken from their forthcoming album is a perfect introduction to their distinctively brash brand of smart, energetic pop. Includes a lovely non-LP b-side in the original version of "Morning Voice."
The first single from the eagerly anticipated second album from Allo Darlin’ entitled Europe, Capricornia is a lovely bit of jangle-pop that rides in with a country-inflected lilt and ends with an impressive bit of guitar squall. In between you get all the melodic beauty that we've come to expect from Allo Darlin', a master class in how to write a proper pop tune. "When You Were Mine" on the flip side is no mere b-side -- it's an excellent folky tune of love lost that's sure to pull the heartstrings.
The eagerly-awaited second album from Frankie Rose handily exceeds all expectations. Foregoing much of the fuzzy girl-group pop of previous releases, Interstellar is a gorgeous record marked by Frankie's very unique take on dream-pop, shoegaze and electronic pop. Stellar tunes combine with Le Chev's imaginative production to create something quite special.
Smashing chainsaw pop from this great San Francisco group. Smart, funny punk-pop with all the hooks, energy and attitude you could ask for. If you're into The Undertones, Buzzcocks and/or The Exploding Hearts you should definitely check out Terry Malts. Fourteen big tunes, including "Something About You," "Nauseous" and a slamming cover of Negative Approach's "Can't Tell No One."
The first single from Frankie's new album Interstellar. It's a gorgeous piece of widescreen pop, dreamy and driving at the same time. The clean, big hooks bring to mind the best of mid-80s pop -- Smiths, New Order -- without sacrificing any of Frankie's unique melodic style. Le Chev's remix on the flip side is pure 2012 - a slow-motion house burner with a tropical vibe and atmosphere to spare. Turn it up and drift away.