Doctors In My Bed is the b-side to Yuck’s new single Get Away. Their self-titled debut is out now, definitely recommended if you’re liking this fuzzy lo-fi rock the London-based band produces.
Hideous artwork on all Yuck releases. If I saw this or the album cover in a record store (If they still existed, which they don’t) I would dismiss it straight away. Stop people from making the same mistake Yuck, fire the graphic designer in charge of this.
The Toro y Moi \ Cloud Nothings split has finally arrived. It’s the Cloud Nothings track, For No Reason, that really steals the show on this one. It has the vibe and guitar work of the new material and self-titled album, but the Lo-Fi leanings of Dylan Baldi's early work. I was beginning to miss the days when knowing Cloud Nothings lyrics was equal parts guess-work and self-assured bravado, but here we have a track with where his vocals are as indecipherable as they ever were.
The drum work at the start is a pleasant surprise, and the guitar solo near the track’s conclusion is insane. This is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Millions are friends of the much appreciated The Belligerents. Their style shares some common themes in that they both excel at delivering edgy, dark, Indie Rock. I’m also reminded somewhat of Arctic Monkeys in their Favourite Worst Nightmare period when I listen to Citrus, the vocals are rather Turner-esque.
Either way it’s extremely tight and extremely promising music, head over to Millions’ Bandcamp to get another track by them too. Free.
Kruxe remind me of an awesome fusion of two of the best new bands kicking around lately, Cloud Nothings and Coolrunnings. They have the Lo-Fi pop catchiness, and then add weird, warped, retro instrumentation and effects over the top to create one minute and thirty-nine seconds of perfect pop in tre/\/\ors.
Raw Thrills seems like one of those guys who will never stop, and try everything once, even if it fails, just to satisfy his desire to be prolific. Here’s two great examples of this, the first being a song called For Someone. For Someone's squelchy, distorted instrumentation and indecipherable vocals are pretty representative of the current trend in Lo-Fi production values these days, but so many artists forget to add the poppy melodies and humanistic elements that actually keep people interested. Raw Thrills does not.
Then there’s the wavy, warping rendition of The Beatles' You Can’t Do That. I personally think that Lo-Fi and Beatles covers is a no-brainer but they aren’t as common as they should be, so it’s good to see somebody step up to the plate.
There’s been a bit of drought in the past few months when it comes to new, promising Chillwave artists, so it’s good to see casa del mirto creating some jams with potential. The Sun is just one catchy blissed-out single, but they have several EPs up for download on their Bandcamp worth checking out too.
Elite Gymnastics released Gizzard Greens V.2 just after the release of NEU ‘92, which, like the first Gizzard Greens, has two sides and two tracks. The second side is a song called GΛGΛ, and while it is a remix of Lady Gaga, an artist I could go on a huge rant about regarding her unoriginality and dullness, the good news is it doesn’t really sound much like the original. There’s this deep voice at the start talking over the minimal instrumentation which is grating, that’s soon joined by a young woman’s voice that should have just been used from the start. Then, layer by layer, Paparazzi begins to form, but sounding more like a Utada Hikaru song than anything else. It’s hard to explain but definitely not hard to listen to.
XXXY recently remixed How To Dress Well's Ready For The World. He adds a bit more punch to the whole thing and a solid beat that continues throughout. I have a soft spot for when an artist knows not to mess around with the song too much, only adding what’s needed to give it a different spin. It takes talent and restraint which XXXY definitely has in spades. They definitely suit each other, and further collaborations of sound between the two would be very cool.
Hard Mix's debut album just dropped, for free no less, and it's a continuation of the sound everyone's grown to love. 1997 is one of the last tracks on it and it’s the sonic personification of daydreaming by a stream in the woods on a sunny Spring’s day. There’s a gentle breeze too, if that helps you. Loving the samples used in this one.
Notes On Being Snowblind is a track by Burning God Littlethat’s got a more indie rock vibe than most Lo-Fi acts. There’s a bit of ambient instrumentation and carefully plotted guitar work rather than a (albeit awesome) scuzzy mess of sound. But it’s definitely got elements of distortion and minimalist production value. TV Girl is a good comparison to make in terms of sound.
Jamie Long creates a sort of Electronic/Chillwave fusion. The Postal Service comparisons could be apt here, especially when the track Years is getting a bit of remix attention from more contemporary electronic artists like The Sound Of Arrows and Horse Shoes rather than obviously Lo-Fi/Chillwave electronic artists. But it’s not a song out of place on this list by any stretch of the imagination so check it out and decide for yourself.
SLEEP ∞ OVER's got a new song out called Casual Diamond. I particularly like this one over the previous releases due to the fact that it’s not awful. It’s actually got some melody to it which is really nice and always missing from Witch House. Love the artwork accompanying it too.
Golden Eye have a really decent EP out right now called Golden Eyes Forever. It’s got more hooks than you’d expect actually and it’s definitely worth downloading, there’s some really catchy jams on it. In Turn features an interesting juxtaposition of Chillwavey instrumentation and that sort of slacker-esque American drawl you’d hear on a Coolrunnings track. Tides continues this trend nicely with a compelling build up that just ends abruptly to keep you guessing. Yeah, just download the EP from their Bandcamp for free while you can.
Colleen Green has just released a debut EP called Green One. It’s simple, poppy, carefree Lo-Fi and Garage Pop that further illustrates how overrated Best Coast are when there’s so many bands that do it better without having to sing about the same thing over and over and over again.
It’s like "I wish I was with him, but I’m not so i’ll just obsess about him and smoke weed and freak out and harass my cat with shit it clearly doesn’t want to be a part of, take photos of it and then write some more songs about boys." God Bethany, once is enough; you don’t need dozens of songs all saying the same thing to drive your point home.
Alchemist Records just sent over a new single from One In A Googolplex (Sebastian Zimmer) called Lilly. It’s a completely ecstatic cacophony of electro-pop that continues the vibe of his very impressive debut The Dropout Cats nicely.
The great thing about Zimmer is that he sounds like the best parts of so many other artists while at the same time sounding completely separate and unique.
The single is out digitally worldwide on March 8th and comes with it the B-Side My Sister’s Poems. Head over to Alchemist Records for the details.