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The first new Brilliant Colors in a while, and their first release including recent addition Chris on second guitar. Two great, addicting tunes that exemplify BC's unique way of injecting a little punk into their DIY pop. Note, this is a FLEXI, not a hard vinyl 7". (LISTEN)
Gorgeous new Devon Williams single on Matt Mondanile's New Images label. "Savor, Remember" hits that sophisticated soft pop pocket that a lot of folks aim for but don't have the tunes or arranging talent to reach. Just lovely. (LISTEN)
To celebrate their first US tour, Golden Grrrls have waxed two BRAND NEW recordings for a tour 7" released on new label TIMID DISCS. The recordings here are as immediate as any you'll find on their debut album, with 'Music For Neighbours' capturing an incessant, jubilant groove that reminds one of The Feelies' best output, all break-neck drumming and powerhouse 3-way harmonizing. 'Never Here' is a classic flipper, wistful and perfectly summer-melancholic. These won't last long. Limited to 335. Xeroxed Sleeve, hand stamped and stapled.
Not much introduction or explanation required here. Two talented groups from the Slumberland family come together for this excellent split single on Speakertree records. Both tunes are exclusive. Super limited edition on various combination of marbled color vinyl. Get it.
Wicked post-punk tinged pop from this Dublin 5-piece. Both tunes are dark yet tuneful, garagey in all the right ways but still totally pop. Ltd to 500. (listen)
Limited to 600. Pro printed sleeves with hand-stamped labels and sleeves, artwork by Lorna Gilfedder... split release with Static Shock, with Download code. Slumberland group Sea Lions came over to the UK for the first time in July 2012 to play Indietracks and embarked on a tour with UK group Golden Grrrls. To commemorate the occasion they released a limited tour 7" which now sees a world wide release. Both bands contributed an original song and a cover version. Sea Lions take apart 'Nervous Breakdown' by Black Flag, turning it into a shamble-core nugget of shrill guitar versus Adrian Pillado's laconic vocal delivery and contributed 'On and Off' - as close to an anthem as Sea Lions get. Golden Grrrls tackle 'I Don't Want You Anyway' by kiwi group Look Blue Go Purple, remaining fairly faithful to the original with some added punk nrg, while their original is a garage pop bullet in the form of 'Billy,' which sees Ruari MacLean take lead vocal to counter the female backing. 4 songs as good as any you're going to hear this year. (LISTEN)
A Night School/Static Shock co-release.
Excellent second single from this ace Sacramento band with a storied past including such names as Nar, Bright Ideas, Ski instructors, The Bananas and more. Superb crash-pop like mom used to make, slotting in nicely next to those Cause Co-Motion! and McTells singles that are getting lonely in your collection. Super limited. (listen)
Another excellent single from this Boston band featuring members from Pants Yell!, Big Troubles and The Reports. Superb rocking power-pop with tunes any band would kill for. Total quality.
Cocoanut Groove is back with a much longed-for ten-inch on Fraction Discs! The new EP ”Colours” continues where the album left off – elegantly orchestrated pop melodies taking their starting point in the late sixties. With inspiration from sunshine pop, baroque pop and folk artists such as The Zombies, Love, The Left Banke, Sagittarius and Donovan, Olov Antonsson has written six new songs that perfectly balance the Swedish melancholy with the Californian sunshine. From the pop symphony “Colours” and the beautiful melancholia of “I’ve Been Following Lonely Roads” to the 60’s-tinged “Huckleberry” and the galloping Love-esque “The Spell”, this EP is a glorious example of Cocoanut Groove’s sensible production. Adorned with harpsichord, trumpet and viola, the arrangements enrich the melodies without the heartfelt core of the songs ever being lost. Comes with a download code.
Shortly after building their first beer-can pyramid, long-time friends in Terry Malts and Dead Angle made a pact to one day share a slab of vinyl. Many years later that time has arrived in the form of 4 blistering pop songs. What kind of beer-soaked heaven do you want?
The Sunny Street
Gorgeous, melancholic pop in the lineage of New Order and Trembling Blue Stars. Ten lovely songs (and two interludes) that bring to mind rain-streaked streets and black-and-white movies. (LISTEN)
Formed in their earliest incarnation way back in 2003, Manchester's Former Bullies have seen their fair share of hip bands and empires rise and fall, with enough line up changes along the way to give fellow Manc stalwarts The Fall a run for their money. Through it all, founder members Nick Ainsworth (guitar/vox) and Tom Settle (drums) have seemed content to plough their own rich furrow of northern English garage pop. Excellent stuff, limited to 250 copies.
Hollows is a Chicago-based, organ-driven garage-pop group whose deft harmonies, engaging hooks, and finely honed songcraft careen between sugary sweet, achingly mournful, and gleefully sinister. Limited to 300 copies on Soft Power. LP out now on Trouble In Mind. (LISTEN)
Japanese CD edition on the great Plancha label. Comes in a really sharp gatefold mini-LP jacket and includes 3 exclusive bonus tracks.
Louis Jones, the musician behind Spectrals, presents his debut EP entitled Spectrals Extended Play. The EP is a collection of new and previously unreleased songs. From the town of Heckmondwike, ten miles south-west from Leeds, Louis is softly spoken with a shock of ginger hair. Brought up on a mixture of 60 and 70s soul, Motown and doo-wop, Spectrals’ influences include Phil Spector (hence the name), Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Isley Brothers, as well as garage rock. Having previously released singles with Captured Tracks (Dum Dum Girls, Wild Nothing, Ganglians), Suplex Cassettes (Teeth!!!) and Tough Love Records (Health, Male Bonding, Becoming Real), the Spectrals Extended Play shows a progression in Louis’ music. Recorded completely on analogue in a local studio, there is a notable difference in the production on the EP and his previous bedroom-esque recordings.
The new single “Passion For Water”, the fifth one from Liechtenstein, displays a somewhat new sound. The patented vocal harmonies are of course still present, as well as the feel for making fantastic pop melodies, but the sound is clearer, and the melodies more summery and groovy The jangly title track is probably the most dancy Liechtenstein song so far, and it brings to mind an imaginary eighties British beach party, where Mighty Mighty, The Siddeleys, The Desert Wolves and The Man From Delmonte have been mixed into a cooling pop cocktail. With the trumpet raising “Passion For Water” to new heights, and the careful arrangements and beautiful vocal harmonies reminiscent of Dolly Mixture on “Spending Time With You”, this is a Liechtenstein partly searching for new directions. However, the earlier post punk influences are not forgotten but represented by the finishing, short and punk-oriented “On The Tram”. (Listen)
A companion to our just-released Never Mine single, this great 7" features two more ace new tunes. "Walk Into The World" might be their most pop moment yet. Total greatness.
LU are back charting the course of their optical art blueprint with this follow up to their self-titled 2001 debut. "Amateurs talk strategy" finds LU exploring below the surface, submerged in murky sonic territory. From the water-logged cow bell in "Cut the tentacle" to the deep space echo of a carousel off its axis in "Unicorn feeding time" LU delve down and don't come up for air.