My inbox is still full of emails from the latest Bandcamp Friday fallout. Anyway here is a round-up post of sorts highlighting tunes that have got me through the day
Russian bandMashmellow have released the second single to be taken from their forthcoming EP Someday Club which is due for release at the beginning of next month. Can you take a single from an EP? Oh well. Anyway Heaven is You still has that New Order guitar sound coupled with female vocals. A nice pop song!
Brighton’s (or is it London now?) Empire of Dreams released a limited edition cassette version of their last single Broken Keys. It’s backed with an alternative version of Swarm and has a bonus download too – I won’t spoil that one for you.
Brisbane’s Hatchie has teamed up with New York’s The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart to record their version of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Sometimes Always. As covers it go it ain’t bad as they step into Jim Reid and Hope Sandoval’s shoes. It’s backed with a Hatchie original in the shape of Adored which should had been the a-side. It’s great! The single is available on 7″ vinyl and digital formats and can be pre-ordered from here.
I was not taken with the wonderfully named Japanese band Stomp Talk Modstone‘s Concern EP that came out last month. However, the follow-up releases Fade Out/Untitled and now the new two-track single Timeline/Lucky have had a much better impact on my ears. Both have been examples of the nosier side of shoegaze. The very Ride-ish Timeline is my pick of the four tracks. Great cover art too. They have been going for a few years now so now might be the time to their back catalogue explore further.
Portland based dreampop band Phosphene have impressed on their three singles to date. The band have announced that their debut album Lotus Eaters will be released on July 7th 2020. It contains ten tracks including the three singles, one of which Spiral, gives the album it’s name. You can pre-order the album from here.
Aiko El Grupo have a single out on the Elefant imprint New Adventures In Pop. It’s a fuzzy indiepop tune that puts a smile on my face despite the lyrics translating as an end of a relationship – I mean who cannot resist a grin at “A dead cat on your pillow in my bed”? The video is entertaining too. The single can be purchased from here.
Still in Spain and despite releasing a couple of albums Ghost Transmission are a new name on me. Their new single on El Genio Equivocado Get Me High (Make Me Lose My Will) mixes The Wall of Sound with NYC punk. It reminds me of a heavier version of Velocette’s Bitterscene but just a good. Surely one of the singles of the year? Get it from here whilst I check out their previous efforts.
Teen Idle have a new single out. In The Morning is the follow up to last Novembers’ debut single Dreaming. The melancoly loses itself amongst the harmonies and Sara Barry’s words and voice. Available digitally from here.
Another round up tomorrow!