Future Islands, Elf Power, The Voices, Golden Ages, Pacific UV & more
1. Para Siempre – Adolescence
Starting things off with in the red, urgent yet murky punky pop.
2. The Catherine Wheel – Let Me Down Again
Black Metallic rocker with just deadly choruses. This one’ll get inside your head.
3. Future Islands – Walking Through That Door
Just a fantastic song with glorious synth work and a great groove. Never want this to end.
4. Medicine – Astral Gravy
Brash, glammy rock and roll from 2003’s The Mechanical Forces Of Love.
5. Tame Impala – Alter Ego
A highlight they dropped at last night’s show at The Phoenix. But then they topped it – by covering Massive Attack‘s Angel! Was also surprised to see they weren’t using drum samples…the drummer was amazing.
6. Crystal Stilts – Silver Sun
Another one from the Brooklynites’ new record. They’ve struck a nice mod-surf vibe on it.
7. Lowtide – Underneath Tonight
Shoegaze pop from last year’s You Are My Good Light EP.
8. Elf Power – Skeleton
One of the more sinister tracks off the Elephant 6 band’s The Winter Is Coming album.
9. 10 Second Dynasty – Endless Drive
Epic 10-minute shoegaze anthem. Anyone have info on this band they can share?
10. Black Forest Of Opium – Afyonkarahisar Battle Cry
Winner of this week’s award for Most Embarassing Band Name To Have To Say You’re Listening To. Great drone-y tune with some heavy lyrics about crushing down enemies.
11. The Voices – When The Black Sun Sets
More shoegaze psych off the Cardiff band’s Death Of A Lover’s Song album.
12. The People’s Temple – Sons Of Stone
Killer drone psych that is a must for fans of Brian Jonestown Massacre or The Black Angels. The vocalist reminds me of someone, but I just can’t my finger on it…[Update: Turns out it was Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies.]
13. The Morning Clouds – The Wrong Things
New track that channels the classic reverb-heavy ballads of the 60s.
13. Pacific UV – Float
Free track from April available through their site. Brings Spiritualized to mind.
Churning guitars and insistent synths over heart-on-sleeve vocals. Original’s nice too.
15. Pale Suns – Here Is
Shimmering waves of noisy beauty.
Oscillating intense electronic remix takes us home.