For a long while now, we’ve been praising the work of Skittle Alley, and they are slowly unleashing early versions of the tracks that will fill up their new LP. It’s light-hearted indiepop, filled with jangling guitar work, precision percussion and a really warm vocal. These are the kinds of songs that true indiepop fans dream about. The French act haven’t released much information on their upcoming LP, but the songs they’ve been leaking out are nothing short of superb…get acquainted.
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This tune floated into the inbox, and I was immediately taken aback. Something about the emotion in the simplest piano chords got to me, then the distinct vocals of Linn Osterberg, who claims Sea Lion as her project lightly shown through the song. While the song stays in once place, there’s this huge pull for the listener, bringing the listener deep into a trance within the track. At the moment, she’s working on finishing her debut album, but this track felt really special to me, so I had to share it with you. Happy Friday to you.
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Seems like we lost a lot of great bands in the last few years (the Walkmen I miss the most), and Crystal Castles was one of them. The band evolved from an electronic Nintendo influenced act to a powerful force in the music scene, crafting these dark dance tracks that are probably best enjoyed in a fog machine filled room. So, now we hear that the band isn’t quite done, even with Alice Glass leaving. I guess it’s not that hard to replace the vocal aspect, though the live performances might be something quite different. Still, glad the project hasn’t been totally negated here.
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Back in the day when we were a young blog, one of our first loves, nationally, was Crystal Antlers. Sure, we had other bands we knew and love, but we caught on to Crystal Antlers, doing an interview, catching some live sets…and we love them. Johnny Bell is one of my favorite front men, and his performances always made the show. Now, they’ve got a new track that’s been up and jamming all day. On first notice, I love the clarity of the vocals, which might not always have been the case. Of course, it’s a CA song, so it blasts off into punk anthem, which we don’t mind one bit. For now, all we have to go on is a great new tune, and promise of a new full-length in the future. We’re waiting patiently, sort of.
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While line-up changes are never fun, they sometimes push bands into new horizons, which seems like the place where The New Tigers will go after losing drummer Kece. For me, the first thing I noticed was the spritely step in the bands sound; it’s immediately more playful than anything they’ve created before. You’ll still find swirling guitar work in the background, but the light-hearted attitude is immediately charming. You’ll be able to find this track, and others on the band’s second LP, which will be released by our great friends over at Soliti Music.
Download: The New Tigers – Quicksilver [MP3]
Man, what a great day with two great announcements. The first announcement is that are friends over at Chapter Music in Australia are celebrating their 20th anniversary. It’s a great feat for any label, let alone a small label offering across the sea; they’ve been making huge waves in the States with acts like Twerps and Dick Diver. The second announcement comes with the release of 20 Big Ones, a compilation celebrating the anniversary. I’m stoked because it features this new song from Crayon Fields, the first band on the label that I fell in love with back in the day. I’m excited by a new track, and I hope to hear more from them soon, as a new record should be on our way shortly. Cheers to Guy and his mates on 20 Years of being rad.
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We’ve long supported the four dudes in So So Glos, but oddly, we’ve yet to see the full-length they alluded to earlier in 2012. But, they do have another new song, which may bring us closer to that release. As the band nears up for a frenzy at CMJ, this song appeared, again showing the bratty rock n’ roll stylings of the band; this time they’re turning up the noise even more, but still holding tight to those inner melodies they’ve got going on. Here’s to the boys, and hoping they get that album out to us as soon as possible.
Download:So So Glos – Son of Ambition [MP3]
A bit ago I brought you a sweet gem from Allah Las, a California group with an homage to the classic psychedelia of their home state. Well, lucky for you, the group is nearing the release of their self-titled album, which comes out on September 18 via Innovative Leisure. Again, the group is tossing back their sound, and that guitar sounds so incredible coming through the speakers. I can’t really see a lot of modern bands giving the sound this kind of classicism, which proves to me that this group really has something special going on in their tunes. It’s not a rehash; it’s a re-imagining and it sounds great.
Download: Allah-Las – Don’t You Forget It [MP3]
Man, this band is really becoming something special. Psychic Ills have a new record that is set to come out early next year on Sacred Bones, and our first listen has me really excited. It’s almost like the group has transformed into a psychedelic version of Spiritualized, using that strummed guitar, a bit muted, and including foggy vocals that lightly rest atop the instruments; it’s all juxtaposed with an organ that haunts the background of the track.
You can check out a video of the song HERE.
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This song has been floating all over the Internet this morning as the Danish group formerly known as War changed their name to Var–you might also know about the group already due to their relationship (read: participation) with Iceage. There’s a really throbbing electronic element to this track, and while I realize that the vocals are not the most pristine, there is some element of this song that keeps me coming back. I don’t know, there’s some tribal element in the demi-chant, and I just want to play the song loudly here in my little office. Hope you dig it, and who knows, maybe they’ll play the track as a pre-cursor when they come to Austin next month for Chaos in Tejas.
Download: Var – Your Arms [MP3]