These New Puritans have finally returned with Fragment Two. It’s the first glimpse of Field Of Reeds, their third album, out June 10th. In many ways, it continues the sounds and moods of Hidden, which is obviously welcome news. Fragment Two specifically sounds a lot like the third album’s take on Hologram, a standout from the sophomore. If you pre-order the album you can download Fragment Two right now.
In a somewhat predictable, but no less appealing move, Wild Nothing shifts into a far more electronic, New Wave direction with the first single from their forthcoming EP, Empty Estate. It’s called A Dancing Shell.
I’ve got to say, this is the freshest Wild Nothing has sounded in a long time and definitely a personal favourite from his most recent material. Check out the rad video above, featuring very psychedelic visuals. Empty Estate is out May 14th.
Bleeding Knees Club are back with a very Blink 182 sounding track called Feel. If you’re a fan of heart-on-your-sleeve Punk Pop then get ready to fall in love. Here’s hoping they can keep up this intensity for whatever comes next.
Shy Boys make Jangly Retro Pop with 90’s Shoegazey elements and hazy male/female vocals. It’s actually a new project from Brandon Biondo of the now defunct Coolrunnings, and while you can hear hints of that old sound in there, this is definitely a different direction for him.
This is Julia, the B-Side from their recent (Like, 11 days ago recent) Ride / Julia release. As far as official debut releases go, it’s really quite strong, and to show their appreciation for the support they have already received, they went ahead and released another track, Something, for free download. This could be the start of something, guys.
Oberhofer seem to have dropped this track without much of a press frenzy. It’s called Earplugs and it’s the first taste of a five song EP that’s coming out at the end of the month called NOSTALGIA. It’s got that classic Oberhofer sound and a chorus that will dig its way into your brain and lay eggs in your heart. Then its spawn will probably eat their way out of your body and burst out of your neck, or something.
Antelope are a Perth band crafting instrumental pop that’ll instantly remind you of some sort of heady fusion between Foals and WU LYF. If that hasn’t sold you then what the hell are you doing on my blog? Get off my blog.
Les Sins, Toro y Moi’s more Dancey side-project, has two new songs for us. This is the A-side, Grind, from his upcoming single, to be released on the 18th of March on Jiaolong. It’s very House and chill, still not a return to the lofty heights of Lina / Toss And Turn, but a damn sight closer than that recent Dog Bite split. Listen to Side B, Prelims, here.
Smith Westerns announce a new album, Soft Will, and unveil the first sneak peek of it in Varsity, a glossy, synthy departure from their previous sound. That’s not to say you won’t recognise their trademark sing-along vocals and upbeat melodies though. Soft Will is out digitally March 12.
Small Black return with a very cleaned up, anthemic sound for Free At Dawn. It’s the first inkling of a new album coming in May. There’s definitely some New Order vibes here.