Archive for July, 2012
Tame Impala, Her Vanished Grace, Arc In Round, Snøskred, Thee Oh Sees & more
1. The Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus
Start off this week’s mix by imagining you’re at a groovy 60s dance club, but the go-go dancers are posessed.
2. Landing – We Lie In Fields
Veteran ambient crew pick things up on their engrossing self-titled latest album.
3. Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
They’re back! Good to hear their familiar sunshine psychedelia a la Magical Mystery Tour, but hoping their full-length will kick things up a notch.
4. The Raveonettes – Observations
Here’s a group who is messing around with their signature sound on Observator. Great piano and smooth vocals give a much smoother sound, but just as sinister.
5. French Kicks – Also Ran
Digging through digital crates on these next few tracks. Listening to what’s coming out these days now, I wonder if the ethereal groove rock on 2006’s Two Thousand was ahead of its time.
6. Delays – On
Always enjoyed 2004’s Faded Seaside Glamour by this British band. Fabulous guitar and harmonies.
7. Sam Roberts – Mind Flood
My fellow Canadians know Sam as a straight ahead rock and roller. But I’ve always loved this slightly epic tune that explodes into intense psychedelia at 4:25.
8. Oblisk – Overcast
This tune matches the slow/fast dynamic of the last tune, but swaps the downtempo rock for drone psych.
9. The Telescopes – There Is No Floor
Pushing deep into the red with this classic from Taste. Plus I love this title.
11. Black Market Karma – Cocoon
Really digging their latest record, also called Cocoon.
12. Her Vanished Grace – Break Down
Track of the week comes from their latest album Star-Crossed. This killer tune with a chorus that could light up the sky. The album comes with a few very nice nods to the Cocteaus.
13. Shallow – Out Of Focus
Love me some minimal, hypnotic reverb-drenched shoegaze.
14. Arc In Round – Time Spent
I’ve been looking forward to this band’s latest self-titled record for ages. Definitely worth picking up if you like both the smooth shoegaze pop heard here and something harder.
15. She’s So Rad – Confetti
New Zealanders’ latest continues their tradition of wrapping infectious melody around electronic pop.
16. Saint Saviour – Midnight City (M83 cover)
As M83 continues his never-ending tour, here’s a great cover from the UK. To me, this sounds as if Kate Bush has channelled jazz legend Mark Murphy‘s talent for brilliantly vocalizing instrumental parts.
17. Parlovr – You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely
Montreal “sloppy pop” trio deliver this captivating gem.
18. Echodrone – Cold Snap
This band’s melodic post rock continues to grow on me with this latest album Bon Voyage.
19. Honey – Cape Canaveral
Could’ve sworn this was an American band until I read they’re from Glasgow. Goodnight folks.
Japandroids, Grooms, Bailterspace, The Flaming Lips, Beach House & more
1. Japandroids – Continuous Thunder
4. Swervedriver – The Birds
On a bit of a late-period kick for some classic shoegaze bands. This one’s from 1998’s excellent Ejector Seat Reservation.
5. Grooms – Dreamsucker
Some hyper Brooklyn rock and roll.
6. Eternal Summers – Wonder
Propulsive power pop out of Virginia.
8. Ride – Gonna Be Alright
More late period Britpop goodness off overlooked Tarantula.
10. Grave Babies – Fuck Off
An atmospheric, reverb-drenched anthem off Gothdammit.
11. Pontiak – Royal Colors
Switching gears from trenchcoats to brain melting psych. That’s just how we roll.
14. The Steals – All Coming Back
Lovely dream pop from a few years back.
15. Beach House – Lazuli
I wasn’t crazy about first single “Myth” so I’ve slept on this album. Then this track drew me back to the mothership.
16. Cloud – Childhood
This chillwave track sounds like it’s been playing in my head for years.
17. Post War Years – Glass House
Track of the week: glorious electro pop from the UK.
18. Diiv – Wait
Some nice shoegaze from new album Oshin (get it?) on Captured Tracks.