Big Deal – Avalanche


Before this, Big Deal have largely left me with the impression that they are indie-pop lightweights, albeit with a penchant for a very catchy chorus line. I’m having to revisit that impression in the aftermath of the release of Avalanche. This track certainly has a meatier flavour to it. They haven’t quite turned it up to 11, but it isn’t far off. Best listened to at high volume, anyway.


For fans of: Best Coast, Sleeper.


Paul Draper – Feeling My Heart Run Slow


After what seems like an eternity filled with hype, but little noticeable progress, Paul Draper’s debut solo EP One is set to hit the shelves (haha, record shelves aren’t a thing anymore) on June 10th 2016. To tease us just a little bit more, he’s released the lead track, Feeling My Heart Run Slow, today. The EP itself is set to contain two further original tracks, No Ideas and The Silence Is Deafening, and a remix of Feeling My Heart Run Slow by Andy McFarlane of The Twilight Sad. All of this with a view to producing a debut solo LP, of course. Nobody knows when that is set to land, yet.

For fans of: Mansun.

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Jay Som – Our Red Door


Bit of a gem here from San Francisco’s Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som. This definitely fits in with the shoegazy-rock revival that seemed to take place last year, although it is significantly more down-tempo than the likes of Title Fight. The album is out now on Hardly Art records, and looks like an inevitable addition to Google Play Music’s “Wallowing in Self-Pity” playlist.

For fans of: Warpaint, Title Fight.

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Frightened Rabbit – Lump Street


The new single from Frightened Rabbit. Apparently they’re onto album number five already. Can that really be true? Anyway, the track itself if a bit of a two-parter, starting with a moody melody, and similarly moody vocals, before moving to a finish that is a little more anthemic. Personally, I prefer the first half, but you can make up your own mind. I’ll allow it.

Vök – Waterfall


Some lovely synthy sounds from Iceland’s Vök. This is smooth, smooth, smooth. More than a hint of Metric about the vocals, and yet something quite distinctly Icelandic about them too. Thanks mostly to KEXP’s Music That Matters special on Iceland for this one.


For fans of: Ova Looven, Daft Punk, electronica

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PVRIS – You And I


New single from the good people of PVRIS. This one is definitely a slow-burner, but has a very catch chorus. After a few listens, I’ve decided that I like it a lot. There’s something about it that reminds me vaguely of Version 2.0-era Garbage. If this is a sign of things to come, then it is very promising.


For fans of: Garbage.

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Eera – White Water


White Water is the debut single from Norwegian songstress Eera. I’m not quite sure what genre this fits into, but it’s certainly moody and interesting. Hopefully there’s more like this to come from her.


For fans of: 2:54, Lykke Li.

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Caspian – Arcs of Command


Some mad, mad, mad post-rock for you here. This may be one of the longest tracks that I’ll ever post here, so make sure that you have a few minutes to yourself before settling in for a listen to this one.


For fans of: Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, Tool.

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A Perfect Cirle – Diary Of A Madman / Lovesong


So, this is a case of reaching back into the distant past, but does anyone remember the time that A Perfect Circle decided to cover a mash-up of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Diary Of A Madman” and The Cure’s “Lovesong”? When you think about it, the concept is a little bizarre, but it worked surprisingly well. I was listening to somebody else covering “Lovesong”, and this all came flooding back. Now anytime that I head the original “Lovesong”, I’m rather disappointed that it doesn’t contain the mega, churning riffs contained here. Instead, it feels a little limp-wristed.


Just thought that I’d share.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars – Aerobed


Erm, wow. This one has got a bit of everything — gentle acoustics, melody, good lyrical content, but then when it gets going… it really goes. I have never previously heard of Cymbals Eat Guitars, or Devinyl Splits (which appears to be as much a concept as a label), but both of them are things that I will be checking out in depth based on this performance.

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