808 DOT POP – Incandescent

808 DOT POP is the side project of Passenger S from Belgian band Metroland. The new single Incandescent comes in three flavours as 2 digital EPs and one 7″ single. Incandescent is vintage sounding electronic music for fans of Kraftwerk, Telex and the like. Incandescent (Platinum) Available digitally from Alfa Matrix Incandescent (Tantalum) Available on 7″ vinyl from the artist. Incandescent (Chromium) Available digitally from Alfa Matrix Further Listening Check out the debut album The Colour Temperature and the three part Blackbodies single (Radiation – Pulsation – Variation) Facebook Continue reading 808 DOT POP – Incandescent

Hey Elbow – Nurture​/​Aptitude

There are a few bands that operate outside imposed boundaries and constraints – self or otherwise. Of the top of my head, bands such as Haiku Salut, The Leaf Library and more recently Dummy fall into that group. I can now add Swedish band Hey Elbow into that mix. Late to the party as ever as the band have been going for a few years now I have been exposed to them via their new single Nurture​/​Aptitude. The band combine ambient, experimental and pop to mould a novel and, at times, unique sound. The vocals are woven like thread during … Continue reading Hey Elbow – Nurture​/​Aptitude

Defender Waves – The Caroline Phase

Defender Waves is the project of the same individual behind Dallas Tears. Whereas the latter has been described as “lo-fi bedroom shoegaze” this EP is pure electronica. It’s A Starry Night, Sunrise Girl is laid back techno soul whilst the title track gets brings up imaginary of space and the odd robot or two. Shoulders Of Helen is pure vintage minimal/coldwave with sampled voices initially over a repetitive beat before it gets a coat or two of shimmering electronica. Summarising The Caroline Phase is an EP chockfull of succulent keyboards and drum machines. Get it from here. Soundcloud Continue reading Defender Waves – The Caroline Phase

bdrmm – A Reason To Celebrate (GLOK Remix)

I described the original version of A Reason To Celebrate as “a blistering track that alternates between alt-rock, shoegaze and has a bit of a Brit-pop swagger about its person too”. GLOK, who is Andy Bell from Ride, removes the brash sounding guitar, replacing them with Kosmische influenced beats which enhance the vocals. Bell does an excellent good job and removes from my mind all the horrors of late 1980s, early 1990s two a penny remixes of “indie” bands in one swoop. I would go one step further and say this version actually surpasses the original. Facebook Continue reading bdrmm – A Reason To Celebrate (GLOK Remix)

The Saturday Session

Vamping – Holyoke To say that the new song from Amarillo’s Vamping is a shimmering delight is a vast understatement. Holyoke literally glows thanks to the harmonious synths and guitars coupled with a very catchy chorus and vocals. Lock-down positivity in a nutshell. Facebook Phosphene – Incandescent Plumes Incandescent Plumes is the third single to be taken forthcoming album Lotus Eaters. Rachel Frankel’s vocals are as lovely as ever despite the gloomy and dark words which seem to be a feature of their songs. Musically it’s less dream pop and more alt/indie rock than their previous efforts but I am … Continue reading The Saturday Session

Weekend Round Up #2

I am writing this one later than expected and as I listen, being a nice varied mix on this blustery Sunday Night. Australian indiepop legends Even As We Speak will be releasing a new album on Shelflife Records and Discos De Kirlian in June. Forgiving is the first single to be lifted from said album and it is, as you would expect from the band, to be a lovely twee/c86 inspired slab of pop music. The band play London’s Lexington on March 28th supported by Jetstream Pony and The Hannah Barberas. Guess who can’t make it – sigh. Talking of … Continue reading Weekend Round Up #2

Sometimes….

Just mentioning one band a day or every other day isn’t enough especially with how much I listen to and the way I tend to witter on. Oh well. Luckily I can work with my headphones on so here is a midweek three pack! Pia Fraus – Sweet Sunday Snow The veteran Estonian shoegazers return with a new single that is bundled with three remixes and is also a taster for their forthcoming sixth album. The single edit is a shimmering laid back track which will soon have you wandering through dreamland. Listening to The Picnic remix I wonder if … Continue reading Sometimes….

Molly – Weep, Gently Weep (Maps Remix)

Austrian band Molly are now signed to London’s Sonic Cathedral which is the ideal home for their spacious shoegaze sound. They released their debut album All That Ever Could Have Been back in June and one of my favourite tracks from that release (there are a few!) Weep, Gently Weep is now out in a remixed form. Some people moan about remixes and complain that it means the original is far from perfect. Nah! Whilst some remixes are no more than a cash cow I like a well done remix which emphasises part of a song or alters the original … Continue reading Molly – Weep, Gently Weep (Maps Remix)

Tokyo Tea Room – Always Tomorrow

On Always Tomorrow Tokyo Tea Room produce music that crosses dream pop, psychedelia and Balearic beats. Heavenly vocals mix it up with downtempo, sometimes dubby electronica whilst the translucent guitars do their thing. It’s almost spiritual in parts and the artwork, which reminds me of ambient cover sleeves from the early 1990s, adds to that feel. A tune as great as the band’s name! Facebook Continue reading Tokyo Tea Room – Always Tomorrow