Dignan Porch are back and they are sounding clearer and more accessible than ever on Sad Shape. It’s the first single from Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen, their forthcoming LP on Captured Tracks. It’s a noisy, fuzzy, solo laden, effects driven retro jam.
Isn’t This is the opener of Yung Life's eponymous sophomore album. It's more of the heartfelt synth-pop you're used to from these guys but with the “upbeat catchiness” factor cranked far higher than it's ever been before. This sounds like the perfect soundtrack to an 80's teen movie. Download the whole album for free here.
Purity Ring are giving us one last preview of their forthcoming Shrines album. It’s called Fineshrine and it’s welcome news for anyone thinking they were completely oblivious to why people fell in love with them in the first place. Fineshine is upbeat instrumentals against angelic vocals singing about really sinister, eerie shit. That’s the Purity Ring we deserve. Download.
The Clues are back with a new single called Occupied. If you’re a fan of Two Door Cinema Club (of course you are) you’ll definitely love this; catchy hooks, sing along lyrics and a unrelenting attack of angular sounds. It’s already on repeat. Download.
Teen Suicide have just released their Goblin Problems EP, a 3 track rush that’s almost the length of one James Blake song. Hayden’s Getting A DDR Pad is at the centre of this and it’s a perfect scuzzy Punk Pop jam that is more immediate than anything they’ve created before. Download it and the other two tracks from the Teen Suicide Bandcamp, it’s free.
The second hit of Heavenly Beat's upcoming Talent debut is called Tradition. It continues the trend of tropical guitars, breezy vocals and electronic highlights that John Pena's solo work has become known for.
Here’s a new song from Harlem's Michael Coomer in the form of his side-project, Lace Curtains. The song is called Bedroom Honesty and it sounds like a fusion between his Harlem work and the sound of Girls when they aren’t making rubbish filler songs for their album releases. Download.
swimming are a Dream Pop band from Australia with a strong The xx vibe. On Animals, they utilise layered vocals with off-kilter timing to create a wistful, heartbreak R&B feel that will stick with you from the second you hear it. This is definitely a band to watch out for. Oh and dudes, drop the “Folk" tag from your Bandcamp, it isn’t doing you any favours. Download.
Here’s the first taste of Alex Craig's (Big Troubles) Synth-Pop side-project, LTD. It’s the A-side from his debut single, You Must Be Dreaming. It’s out soon on New Images. Definitely one for fans of Small Black and pre-sellout Neon Indian.