It’s been far too long since I sang the praises of Max McLellan and his UK based musical project Psychic Shakes so I plan to remedy that today. Here for your listening pleasure if the new single, “Unfold You,” which is taken from the upcoming new album Forever Now. The single has a really simple, electronic beat driving things with a looping guitar and ever so delicate crescendos and shifts. It’s truly a lovely piece of songwriting.
London’s finest new band Talk Show really came on my radar around this time last year with the release of their Touch the Ground EP featuring hit single “Cold House.” After a few singles released over the last year, the band has now just announced a release date of February 16th for their debut LP entitled Effigy. It features the previously heard jam “Closer,” and this brand new joint “Gold” which dropped late last week. You can certainly hear some 90s electro-rock inspiration in these tunes combined with a tense post-punk energy from leading man Harrison Swann.
Late last year, South Londoners Talk Show really delivered a breath of fresh energy with the release of their six song Touch the Ground EP. That one has been seeing heavy spins both at home and during ATH vinyl happy hours around town. As we push into 2023, the band continues to churn out post-punk bangers, as evidenced by this sort of slow burning, change of pace hit “Closer.” You can tell the band is just straight having fun at this point and any listener has got to feel that energy.
This track will be par of Talk Show’s upcoming debut LP due out in early 2024.
Brighton based label Small Pond is possibly one of the busiest indie labels in the UK, which one can discover by checking out the myriad of releases on their bandcamp page. For a quick run down of what the label has been up to recently, a big compilation is upcoming with 16 new tracks from up and coming label discoveries. One of those new bands are locals prom who have offered up this track “Fancy Word For Addiction” for the soon to be released compilation. It’s an engaging piece of a sort of post-emo meets late 90s grunge type tune and serves as a promising preview for this new compilation.
The new compilation from Small Pond, Small Pond Emerging – Volume III, will be released on November 24th. Pre-orders are live now.
Totnes, UK based Pale Blue Eyes really hit a chord with me over the last year with a string of singles showcasing a band who really know what it means to be indie pop. As if all the other tunes I’ve shared weren’t enough reason to love this band, here is yet another gem from them with this indie pop banger called “Spaces.” For this band, it just almost seems effortless at this point for them to pump out this poppy, twee hits and I am here for it.
This track is part of the band’s new album entitled This House which is due out September 1st via Full Time Hobby. Pre-orders are live now.
While Leeds United languish in The Championship this year, locals have to find a way to stay in good spirits and put a positive spin on things. While I honestly have no clue if the Leeds based outfit English Teacher follow the football club, their new song, “The World’s Biggest Paving Slab,” has offered me a beacon of hope for the area. It displays a level of brightness and light paired with just a few touches of edge here and there to really keep in tune with that Leeds’ spirit. Come on lads.
Sometimes certain sounds and melodies hit your ear in just the right way at just the right time and you find yourself totally falling into the song. Today the up and coming Bristol based band Osolo Twins have embedded their sounds into my ear holes with this new single “Back to Nothing.” It blends the dreamy, delicate pop sounds of a band like Camera Obscura with subtle yet beautiful shifts from piece to piece throughout the track. Stunner.
Thick Terrain is just a few weeks away from its release, and with a new record on the horizon, Firestations have shared another stellar song to get you in the mood. Angular guitar lines squiggle their way right into your ears from the start, perhaps building a little audial tension. Soon, the sharpness gets pushed to the background, with the vocals being brought to the forefront, detailing a sense of common humanity, while perhaps calling out those of privilege and their treatment of modern inconveniences. For all the beauty of the song’s vocal core, the weight is certainly felt in the way the song explores sonically, hitting much heavier notes throughout the song’s linear unraveling. Thick Terrain is out on July 14th via Lost Map Records.
Ciel have quietly been winning fans over the last several years, and we’d gladly consider ourselves among those admiring the group’s work. Today, there’s a fresh new single out from the group, offering a glimpse at their forthcoming Make It Better EP. They’ve lessened the waves of guitar noise that they first brought to our ears, focusing instead on the blossoming pop rock undercurrents that have forever existed. You can hear similarities to acts like Metric, bringing in these strong vocal lines walking a fine line between spoken and sung. When the chorus hits there’s a cascading guitar cutting in, with a more emphatic punch to those vocals hitting. Their new EP will be out on July 7th.
We’re rolling through the start of summer over here in the ATH offices and we needed a lil pick me up this morning to give us a jolt for the week. Luckily we have London based Nothingheads ready for just such a jolt of energy with their banging and driving new song called “Beam Engine.” This one is full of energy with some passionate vocals like if the B52s took their quirky vocals and pop beats and blended them with say Death From Above. It’s fun as hell.
Nothingheads will release this track as part of a new EP entitled Sunlit Uplands due out on Friday the 9th via Just Step Sideways.