Messing with the formula a bit this week…
1. Engineers – Song For Andy
Mellow electronic dream pop off last year’s superb Three Fact Fader. New album In Praise Of More is out next week!
2. Calm Palm Vapors – Run The Tables
Chicago band bring wistful, beautiful melodic indie rock with touches of noise.
This year’s Manual and German shoegaze electronica-meister’s collab has lots of nice tunes. This one builds in intensity with glorious swathes of synths.
4. The Chemical Brothers – Escape Velocity
Up for a Krautrock techno masterpiece? Look no further. Not a fan of this band but I couldn’t pass this one up.
5. Film School – Find You Out
This one’s off their new Fission record. Really like the lost 80s/M83 vibe here and the vocals.
6. Brad Laner – Brain
The name of this track could describe Brad’s music. On this song, there’s heady, furiously inventive noise pop with hints of classic rock. His MySpace defines his music as “Bossa nova/ happy hardcore / Healing & Easy Listening.” Hmmm…
7. Medicine – I Feel Nothing At All
We dig back a bit further to Brad Laner’s previous 90s group, the mighty Medicine. This one’s got a nice Boo Radleys vibe.
8. Pale Saints – You Tear The World In Two
Real C86 pop vibe on this early track.
9 . Sugarplum Fairies – Velcro Girl
Fantastic singing and production on this pop rock tune outta Vienna. Melody’s so catchy it makes me wonder if (a) this is a cover or (b) if I’ve already put this tune on a mix.
10. Telenovelas – Bloody Mary
Now we’re back to some straight-up shoegaze. Great guitar from a band with several sweet tunes. Free on their Bandcamp.
11. Guided By Voices – Motor Away
The first GBV song I ever heard. Pure, righteous rock and roll freedom.
12. Spitfire – Fluid
UK 90s rock and roll band play to the balcony.
13. NYC UFOs – I See You
14. Weed – Quilt
More Bandcamp goodness, this one a muffled, melodic five-and-a-half minute monster of a tune.
15. Antiseptic Beauty – Freefall
90s Derby, UK band take us home with a sweet dream pop journey.