Red House Glory – So Easy

Can’t say that I’m too gone on the band name or the video, but Red House Glory seem like a tidy little band, at least as far as this track goes. They remind me a little of Milburn in terms of style.

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Dinosaur Pile-Up – Grim Valentine

Leeds’ finest (I can’t even think of any other bands that hail from Leeds, with the possible notable exception of Forward, Russia!) return with another alt-rock belter that dances along. This is what all Friday mornings should start like.

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Memory Maze – Wounded Eyes

Some low-fi electronica from Memory Maze.

For fans of: Metronomy

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mewithoutYou – D-minor

I mistakenly thought that these guys were called “mewwithoutyou” for ages, and now I’m having a hard time adjusting to the reality that they’re actually “mewithoutyou”, and have probably never even heard of Danish songsters Mew. Still, this track isn’t too bad, if you don’t mind taking a melancholy meander down mewithoutyou lane.

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Grasscut – Curlews

Something a little down-tempo for your Wednesday morning. “Curlews” is a track full of some strings, but also features some interesting beats when it gets going.

For fans of: Mew, Ann Scott

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Silversun Pickups – Nightlight

A heavily-overproduced and melodramatic video for the first single from Pickups’ forthcoming album “Better Nature”. The song immediately strikes me as being a little less catchy than some of their previous work, but still fairly good. They seem to have dispensed with some of the bleak electo-backing that featured throughout “Neck Of The Woods”, and there’s no sign of any of the string elements that distinguished “Swoon”. You could argue that it’s a little closer in style to “Carnavas”, but it still retains the much darker mood and heavy production values of their later work. If this is a sign of things to come, then I’d say we’re in for a straight-up guitar-bass-drums-keys album, but with heavy production and dark themes. Roll on September 25th.

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Jack Garratt – Worry

The album version (well, EP-version) of this track is desperately disappointing once you’ve heard the really solid guitar work behind the Maida Vale session version. Bits of this just scream ‘YES!’.

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Foals – Mountain At My Gates

New single from Foals, taken from their new album that’s due out in early September.

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Wolf Alice – Fluffy

More slightly untamed indie madness from Wolf Alice.

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Creepoid – Dried Out

According to Pitchfork,┬áthis Savannah-via-Philadelphia band are well-versed in the art of translating “the feels” into a dissonant mix of grunge, psychedelia, and shoegaze, a chameleonic sound that’s enabled them to tour with everyone from alternative rock bands to spacey outfits to punks. I have to say, this ticks all the boxes for me. Ridiculously overblown guitars, general misery, and shared male / female vocal duties. Just yes. I think the album “Cemetery Highrise Slum” may well be worth an investment.

For fans of: The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Nada Surf, grunge

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