Lightning Bug – The (L​)​onely Ones

The new single from New York’s Lightning Bug is a magical moment for these ears. The Onely Ones mixes dreampop, shoegaze with ambient and experimental music. They then push the boundaries out even further on The Lonely Ones which ventures deeper into ambient territory which includes some “dubby” moments alongside bursts of white noise. There is no need for me to gush any further as the music speaks for itself. The (L​)​onely Ones is out now on Fat Possum Records. Facebook Continue reading Lightning Bug – The (L​)​onely Ones

Fawns Of Love – Someday (Robin Guthrie Version)

Robin Guthrie has recorded and mixed The Fawns Of Love track Someday from last years Permanent album which I said was ripe for a remix when it first came out! It is somewhat ironic as I have always thought that the band had a bit of The Cocteau Twins about their person. Guthrie has always been one of my favourite remixes and he slows the track right down turning it into a dreamy, swirling ethereal track that highlights the lovely voice of Jenny Andreotti. It’s backed with a new track Never Sing For Joy which features resplendent Peter Hook style … Continue reading Fawns Of Love – Someday (Robin Guthrie Version)

Sea Pinks – Crocuses EP

Belfast band Sea Pinks may have well released their final recording in the form of the Crocuses EP. The band’s Neil Brogan has written that the band are now, after ten years, on an indefinite hiatus although when it’s safe to do so maybe they will play the songs on the EP for an audience. If this really is the last we hear from them they have bowed out in some style as you cannot really fault any of the four alternative/jangle pop songs contained within. The Crocuses EP is available digitally from here. Facebook Continue reading Sea Pinks – Crocuses EP

Mashmellow – Someday Club EP

Moscow based Mashmellow have, after teasing us with two excellent singles, released their debut EP titled Someday Club. The EP consists of five tracks including those aforementioned singles which I have previously reviewed here and here. The band err on the poppier side of alt-rock/indie and after being spoilt by Share It and Heaven Is You I have to admit that on the first few listens the title track and Voices have washed over me without making a dent. However, they save the best to last on the final track Melt. It’s sounds a bit New Order-ish with dream pop … Continue reading Mashmellow – Someday Club EP

A Night At The Culture Bunker #1

I forgot to post this mix here which I did to celebrate the now-defunct club night I jointly ran/deejayed. Enjoy! Full Tracklisting: Altered Images – Leave Me Alone (Cassette Single) Theatre Of Hate – Legion Echo & The Bunnymen – Clay Buzzcocks – I Look Alone Cocteau Twins – Those Eyes, That Mouth The Slits – New Town (Peel Session) The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make? Wah! – Seven Minutes To Midnight [Joy Division version] The Undertones – She’s A Run Around New Order – Leave Me Alone Orange Juice – Flesh Of My Flesh (7-Inch Version) Siouxsie … Continue reading A Night At The Culture Bunker #1

The Sunday Session

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 … Continue reading The Sunday Session

Something For The Weekend? Three New Albums

A belated pack of three this weekend highlighting three new album releases. Moscow based Neonic Sundrive have just released their debut album. Titled Lies Paradise it features 10 tracks including the two recent lead singles Taste Your Lips and Collapsed Stars. The band’s sound is a mix of shoegaze and psychedelic rock with the odd hint of garage throughout as evidenced on the excellent Can You Feel and This Side Down. It’s available digitally from the band. Portland’s Jangle popsters The Crystal Furs have just released their third album. Or maybe not as the band explain. “Beautiful And True is … Continue reading Something For The Weekend? Three New Albums

Weathering/Ease Split

Weathering follow up last November’s debut single I Come Down with an appearance on this new split release with fellow Sunday Drive Records labelmates Ease which should not be that much as a surprise as both bands share members with Anxious Arms who are also on the label roster. Their contribution to the single Changing Colors is an exerting shoegaze affair with Elinor Carbone’s lovely voice standing out over the loud, vibrant and sometimes grungy guitars. Sadly the contribution from Ease isn’t my bag but if you are a fan of hardcore based music it may well tickle your tastebuds. … Continue reading Weathering/Ease Split