The sun has gone in and it’s p*ssing it down in London Town. Time to get stuck into more tunes resting on top of my digital back pile.
Fowl Science hail from Toronto and, judging by the lack of anything else listed, The Flowering Eye is their debut release. The song is a catchy mix of shoegaze, alt-rock and post-punk. The synths give the song an emotive feel as does the repeated chorus of “they’re calling; they’re calling”.
The Shop Window follow up their excellent previous single Mannequin Lies with new single Reflection. To be honest it does not grab me, lacking the catchiness and intensity of the former. Still, the song provides evidence that there is more than one rabbit in the hat but sadly this trick doesn’t work for me.
The new track from Lake Ruth & Listening Center is titled Law and Disorder and it’s a beautiful avant-pop ode for equality and racial justice. Proceeds from the track will be donated to The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. If that and the topic of the song offends you I guess you are reading the wrong blog.
The latest track from The Reds, Pinks & Purples is a cover of The Monkees song Me & Magdalena. The track was written for The Monkees by Death For Cutie’s Ben Giddard for their 2016 album Good Times. It’s not a bad cover to be fair. As for the band expect a new EP and album to be jointly released later this year on Tough Love (UK) and Slumberland (US).
Australian band English Summer (go back to the beginning of this post!) is one Caleb Carr and he has just released an EP of vintage-sounding indiepop songs that harks back to the era of the C86 tape with some Smiths style guitar riffs thrown in for good measure. Titled It’s Miserable But We Carry On (that still may be a weather reference judging by outside!) it contains three jangling tracks with gloomy lyrics which manage to transport me back to another time and place.
Swedish psych-rockers Les Byrd are back with a new EP in the form of Roofied Angels. The label write that the “7-minute fuzz-blizzard Roofied Angels might just be the best thing the band’s put their name to yet, melding Motörhead and Shangri-La’s influences into their krautrock infused psychedelic rock”. Well, that’s better than what I could come with so a cut & paste job it is. The other two tracks err on the synthesised and laid back side of drone but it’s that title track that I keep coming back to. Epic.
Japanese shoegazers Stomp Talk Modstone have a new double-sided digital single out. The tracks are titled Gypsophila and Wander respectively. I like the female vocals on these two and resented the male ones that joined in but on further listens the songs would not have worked as well without them. The former has it’s poppy moments whilst the latter is more traditional shoegaze/alt-rock fare.
Indie popsters the Tough Age are releasing a new album in August titled Which Way Am I?. It will feature 11 tracks including the first preview song Repose which is more evidence of the Krautrock influence on indiepop I have noticed recently. It’s like a more guitar orientated version of Stereolab. The album is being released on Mint Records and can be pre-ordered from here. Note that the band are graciously allowing pre-orders of the digital version at just one Canadian dollar (59p).
Miami’s Airhockey release their second single of the month which is titled Not Enough. On first listens it’s not as accessible as previous single Try but the melancholy it contains eventually grows on me.
Oh. the sun has come out now….