Los Campesinos! just released a new song called Tiptoe Through The True Bits. It was recorded at the same time as their latest album, Hello Sadness, but it didn’t fit on the album, so they’re giving it away now. It’s damn good, but you already knew it would be. Download.
Summer Camp are following up their largely terrible debut album with a cool sneak peek on their forthcoming EP called Always. This is the title track and it’s more electronic than anything they’ve ever released. It still has that retro film vibe to it, but it sounds more like the sort of song that would be played during the discotheque scene or a night-drive montage than a bittersweet moment.
Brothertiger has a Surf Pop side-project called Seafoam and it sure as hell just sounds like Brothertiger releasing his exact same music under a different name. Nothing wrong with that. This is Sarah, and you can download it.
Beat Connection's debut album is out soon and it's probably going to be pretty fucking good if the first single, The Palace Garden, 4am, is anything to go by. They’ve definitely distanced themselves more from their original Chillwave / Baleric leanings and have embraced a more Electronic-Pop vibe, that’s not to say this stuff isn’t chill anymore, though.
Goblins Cry Too is the first single from Teen Suicide's upcoming Goblin Problems EP that due out pretty much any minute. It continues their always wise choice to keep their short, punchy lo-fi sounds rooted firmly in Poppy melodies and hooks and is one of their most accessible songs yet, so get excited for this one. Download. (via)
Holograms have a new song out called Chasing My Mind and it’s their catchiest yet. There’s still that early The Cure vibe but it sounds like they’re drawing from the moment when Robert Smith and co. started to get a bit more pop and a bit less angular and repetitive. Download.
Unouomedude gets weird on us with this demo called Thingamajig. He says it sounds like James Blake but I say that’s not giving the song enough credit. James Blake is (with exceptions) a man who needs someone to tell him “No James, stop, that’s enough now, you’re ruining a good song here.” Unouomedude, seemingly, is not.
Oberhofer covers just about the worst person in the music business, Kanye West. It’s the best covers that take a terrible pop song and strip away all of the glitz and production and reveal something greater than the sum of its parts. Bloc Partyused to bethe kings of this, but in light of this Runaway cover, it looks like they have competition. Download.
Not to be outdone by DIIV (Formally Dive)’s recent successes, Heavenly Beat's just released the first track from their debut album, Talent. It’s called Messiah and it’s taking yet another step in a unique direction away from Beach Fossils' sound. It's almost Baleric. Download.
So School Knights released these two new tracks last month. Aside from having the coolest name in the Lo-Fi scene right now, they also walk that precarious tightrope of buzz and pop pretty goddamn flawlessly.
Gold are a Dream Pop band from Canada with a refreshingly solid sound and a strong grasp on pop aesthetics only two tracks in. This song is called Losing Your Hair and that riff sounds like it was pulled straight from a Wild Nothing / Beach Fossils collaboration.
Here’s a new one from Blackbird Blackbird called Waikiki. He was previously one of those artists with hype that never felt really justified, but of late, he’s been making some really solid stuff. Waikiki's a great example of why; cool tropical beats and carefree vocals with just enough pop to keep things feeling instantly gratifying. Download.
Here’s a massive new track from Teen Daze that’s on his recently released EU Tour EP. It’s called Ellie and it’s one of the best things he’s conjured of late. It has that restless synth work and ever shifting shape that sounds exactly like Four More Years all over again. You can buy the EP for $3. Just do it.
Dive have changed their name to DIIV, because an industrial band actually already took the name in the 1990’s (who would have guessed that’d be a possibility!) And they also have a new song called Doused for you to listen to, so get on that.
Here’s the first song from Twin Shadow's forthcoming sophomore, Confess. It’s called Five Seconds. It’s almost reminiscent of Prince's work in a way, definitely an interesting twist on a familiar sound. Download.