For the love of God, will you all just get into Arcade Made already? Their release rate is slow as molasses but the results always impress. They’ve finished school now so hopefully a legit release is on the horizon. Here’s a download link for Vixens.
I was recently contacted by a well-mannered fan of the band regarding an offhand comment highlighting the fact that these dudes aren’t my most favourite collective in the world. You can see it in the previous post to this one. So I thought I’d clear a few things up.
Strange that one should pass on their opinion (interestingly without any apparent justification) on Animal Collective and their, shall we say, ability or perhaps integrity when this is a blog that lauds itself over the po-faced coverage it devotes to yawn-mongering brit pop image-obsessed Wu Lyf (whose 'edgy' facade is nothing more than scrapping together a mixture of U2 and These New Puritans). That's not to say I like U2 because, in your words, they're rubbish. Are you trying to present yourself as an ironyless deadpool of a Hipster Runoff chic magazine (being polite with that term) for the lo-fi or is that just an accident resulting from the amount of self-congratulatory blowjobs you’ve been giving yourselves? Ah man I'm so underground innit.
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Beach Fossils' drummer, Tom Gardner, done gone did himself a solo project. It’s called Crush, and it sounds pretty much exactly like Beach Fossils. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth I guess? Buy the EP now. Vinyl release inbound.
“When falling for another, one should be naught but the truest of themselves. Be insecure and vulnerable, be cautious and nervous. Be a dick or a c*nt if you actually are one. Own up the real person you are and have faith in that by being yourself you’ll find the right one. But most of all, jump. Jump & fall, fall spectacularly and give everything over. If you fail, you fail, but you’ll do it with fucking 10′s on your scorecard.”—Yimmy Yayo
Wow. Exact Index has shifted up his sound completely. His new EP, Desire, is so 80’s revival it’s strange to think he ever made “Gli-Fi/Zonewave” to begin with. He’s honestly so much better at this vibe. Check it out. Download the whole EP. Tell everyone you know.
Bikini's RIPJDS has been remixed by some pretty killer artists, they did a great job of getting the right ones for the job on almost every track. Above is the Teen Daze remix of ACheerLaeder but there’s also reworks by Houses, Win Win, Dreamboat and CFCF.
Dame is the first single from the mysterious Manganese Madness. It’s a bass-driven slow burner that builds into a huge shoegazey instrumental chorus. It’s incredibly promising and if the rest of the follow-up work can reflect this quality we’re in for a real treat.
Germany Germany is the name on everyone’s lips and it’s because of Take Me Home. If you’ve heard it already then move on, but I know you haven’t because I live under the delusion that my blog is the only one you read.
The start had me rolling my eyes with a “Here we fucking go…” attitude. The drum machine sounds positively Postal Service-esque and I was half expecting the vocals of another whiny idiot, ripping off the sound and singing about happiness and phosphorescent insects to come in at any second.
But they never come, it just keeps getting better, sounding like the sort of thing that would soundtrack some bittersweet memory in the dark. And then the Bloc Party guitars come in! Just get it. Now. He’s got a whole bunch of other songs for download but they all seem a bit too sentimental and soft compared to Take Me Home.
Just Another Snake Cult is an incredibly prolific dude from Iceland named Thor. He dabbles in warped 60’s influenced surf-pop numbers that end up sounding sonically similar to the work of Coolrunnings. I Know She Does and Strong Enough are great examples of this vibe, and you can download two albums worth of his work for free at his Bandcamp.
Bleeding Knees Club are a rad Lo-Fi Garage Pop from Australia. It’s really good to see that there are bands from Australia that actually ‘get’ the state of the music industry today, i’m getting really sick of The Holidays, and Hungry Kids Of Hungry, and Little Red's new material, and any other band that is being hyped by Triple J. It all sounds the same and it all sounds like it was made 4 years ago.
Have Fun will remind you instantly of Harlem. It’s a upbeat and fast number about, funnily enough, having fun.
Ok so if you search ‘Babes' on Google you obviously don't get a great number of useful results, and the Last.fm page for Babes links to what would seem to be the page for ACID BWABES, a, and I quote here; “TRANNY PLAYING AROUND WITH ABLETON LIVE”. The tracks on the page are definitely not the same artist so I don’t think that’s what we’re after when I’m talking about this particular Babes, cool name though ACID BWABES.
No, Babes sounds more like the work of Port City or Wise Blood, on Teeth at least. It’s a hazy bubbling jam that sounds like it’s being played through a broken toy radio. But then you have Letters, which sounds far more conventional and almost like a more Lo-Fi Local Natives. There’s so little information to go by on the Bandcamp page but it’s definitely all coming from the same place, and it’s all free.
Rotor Perdition crafts Mid-Fi Pop that’s really fucking catchy. There’s a definite DOM feel here, but he sounds like a man when he sings. He created the Hard Limits EP after watching season one of Glee, and he wanted to create the vibe of teenage existence in an honest way through the music. He definitely did so. Every track on this thing is really really solid, so if you like Aurelie and Hard Limits, there’s more where that came from on his Bandcamp.
False Jesii is another dude from Australia who’s making music and seems to know what he’s doing. This Isn’t A Dream is scuzzy bedroom pop of the best kind, short, sweet, and catchy. Not much to say about this one if you’ve come this far down the list and liked what you’ve heard.
Com Truise's debut album is about to land and it's shaping up pretty nicely. You know what his vibe is by now, so you won't be surprised with the sound of Cathode Girls, it’s a dark moody night in the 80’s and you’re driving a sports car through time and space. Great jittery synth work on this one.
Corduroi has just released a pretty stellar EP called Anything For Now for any price you want. If you love Teams, Ra Cailum, Star Slinger and the like you’ll love this stuff. Like Gentle Giants will chill you the fuck out.
Sunshower Orphans made the mistake of not getting someone who knew what they were doing to design their album covers, so as a result they have a cover that looks nothing like what they sound like, and what it looks like is the album of a band that’s going nowhere fast. It’s a real shame because it means people like me won’t give them the chance they deserve because everyone judges a book by its cover.
The sound is like a mix between Indie-Electro, Shoegaze and Mid-Fi. So basically think shoegazey sounds with electronic highlights. Cool stuff.
And obviously Washed Out released a new jam called Eyes Be Closed. The thing I find myself drawn to most is the upcoming album cover, which looks both awesome and completely different to what his previous releases looked like. Eyes Be Closed will be up your alley if you loved his other stuff. Hope Within And Without doesn’t suck.
Chad Valley’s new EP Equatorial Ultravox drops on June 20 (on Cascine), just in time for summer. His balaeric beats and stretched out vocals fit the weather perfectly. Take a dip in the refreshing Chad Valley-bath with this new song Fast Challenges.
SUMMER HEART's debut album, Never Let Me Go, will be here within the next few weeks, but he’s been kind enough to give you all the first single, Broken Hearts, for free. Broken Hearts reminds me of Lo-Fi-Fnk in a big way, but with a chillwave spin. If you dug his track on the latest Hype this one won’t disappoint. Be sure to pick up SUMMER HEART’s album when it drops, stay tuned to find out when exactly that is.
If you’re thinking “Christ! It’s been ages since the last Hype!” then how about you shut the fuck up and make your own blog!
But seriously, please don’t, NEO//NOIR has enough competition as it is.
Here it is anyway.
COLORS is a upbeat Chillwave/Electronic Pop track from Airlines. It’s got that crossover sound that means it’ll probably get picked up and played to death by the radio stations soon enough. Or maybe it won’t, who can tell with these things. Either way it’s definitely the sort of track that makes you sit up and take notice, so check it out.
Rona Pano are a British Lo-Fi Indie band. The UK is strange, even when bands deliberately choose to position themselves as a different genre and a more Americanised singing style, they can never really get away from that “British Indie Band” vibe that they give off. By no means a bad thing at all, just something to think about. Anyway, "… You Stole The Laces From My Shoes" is a catchy jam that’s short and sweet. It doesn’t waste time taking the long way to the point, it gets there with a straight line and a crooked smile.
Beach Street Hassle is an instrumental Chillwave track that caught my attention straight away. Mostly because instrumental Chillwave that doesn’t start with “T” and end with an “een Daze” is a pretty forgettable affair. There’s something about Longwaves that seems to stick though. Keep your eyes glued to this guy.
Speaking of Teen Daze, the genius only went and took a song from Neil Young, who, as you know, is awful, and made it awesome. He did the same with Japandroids as well. It takes real talent to make a bad song good, Teen Daze clearly isn’t fucking around.
We Are Trees certainly took his time getting decent. His Boyfriend EP was largely really not great at all, but his Girlfriend EP (see what he did there!?) shows a marked improvement. Here’s the last track from it called I Don’t Believe In Love. Lo-Fi Rock chock full of vocal harmonies.
Tokyo is the new single from Mid-Fi band California Wives. It’s a polished segue track between their Affair EP and whatever they choose to do next. They’ve said though that this is a stand alone released rather than a precursor to their next EP/Album so don’t wait around for it too long. It’s got a The Radio Dept. vibe to it, this one.
This is the B-Side to Purity Ring's newest release, it probably should be the A-Side it's that good. It's got a really interesting sound to it, instrumentally it sounds almost Witch House but there's far more melody to it than such a track would normally possess. Great vocal work as well. Yeah, definitely download this.
Please Stay is from Swedish Chillpop artist SUMMER HEART. It’s catchy as anything and feels like the start of a really great series of releases if he can keep it regular and consistent. Such a feel good vibe in this song, it’ll get a lot of attention I think, actually, it’s already started to.
Naomi Punk have a cool Garage Pop sound that reminds me of Harlem's louder moments and if I really delude myself enough, The Vines back when they weren’t complete burnouts. I’m Already Dead has this interesting quiet/loud alternation throughout the song that really caught my attention. Definitely, definitely cool.
You all know The Weeknd by now, but just for the few hunks who don’t, they are basically revolutionising the R&B scene all over again. I Love that good R&B is back, It’s all thanks to How To Dress Well if you ask me. This is definitely not the in the same sphere of sound though, this is more upfront, more polished, more ugly, more, well more everything, really.
You can always tell the quality of a band by the choice of their covers, and this re-imagining of Siouxsie And The Banshees' Happy House really highlights what separates these guys from the rest. Then it segues into Glass Table Girls which is even better than the first half of the track. Just, get on it.
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.