Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Firestations are Mike Cranny, Laura Copsey, Martin Thompson, Giles Littleford, and Tom Hargreaves. "Receiver" is available now on streaming platforms, and The Year Dot will be available April 6 via Lost Map Records.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
In some quarters there has been a resurgence in appreciation for British band Television Personalities, and we find it a very welcome development, indeed. Last July, Fire Records reissued the band's first four albums, spanning the period 1980-1984 and bringing to new and old fans some of the finest lo-fi indie pop or the '80s. Also last fall, Canadian label The Beautiful Music released a double CD collection of covers of Television Personalities' songs, which we commend to any fan. Alan McGee credited Television Personalities as his inspiration for starting Creation Records, and a small list of the many bands whose lineage can be traced to Television Personalities as an include MGMT, the Libertines, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, and The Mantles.
Television Personalities released Privilege, their sixth full length, in 1989. But main man Dan Treacy had written a couple of albums of material and Treacy and co-conspirator number 1, Jowe Head, kept recording in Head's apartment. The resulting material was release only as a cassette entitled Beautiful Despair, and then sadly seemingly lost in the mists of time. However, fulfilling their self-appointed and much needed role of saving worthy music from the dustbin, Fire Records has made Beautiful Despair available again in vinyl, CD and digital formats. We think it is vital, timeless music that no fan of indie pop should be without. And it is a great companion to the other TP albums, which no indie fan should be without. We like it a lot -- can you tell?
Bandcamp for Beautiful Despair
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Say hello to Wax Chattels, the Auckland, New Zealand trio comprised of Peter Ruddell, Amanda Cheng and Tom Leggett. Their sound is a refreshing twist on the power trio format with keys, drums and a bass. Yes, that's right, a power trio without a guitar. But you can trust our recommendation that their new single "Stay Disappointed" is worth your ears. Or you can trust Flying Nun and Captured Tracks, both of which have signed the band.
Bandcamp for "Stay Disappointed"
Flying Nun Records
Friday, February 16, 2018
Southern Mind is the sophomore album by Melbourne's Lowtide. It's nine tracks have no weakness, just a succession of treats. Our favorites are the dreamy pop of "Alibi", the sprawling jangle of "A. C", and "Fear", which has a J&MC/Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Howl Sessions) vibe with a dreamy wrapper. Ask us tomorrow, and we may have a revised list. The artistry shows in the intricate textures, the careful pacing and floating vocals. But in the end, the standing ovation is owed to the virtuoso songwriting of remarkable consistency and quality. It would be a shame if Southern Mind were to fly under the radar -- don't let it out of your sight.
Lowtide are Gabriel Lewis, Lucy Buckeridge, Anton Jakovljevic, although former member Giles Fielke participated in recording this album, as well. Southern Mind is out today, February 16, via Rice Is Nice and Opposite Number.
Rice Is Nice Bandcamp page for Southern Mind (Aus/NZ, & US orders)
Superchunk are Mac McCaughan, Laura Ballance, Jim Wilbur, and Jon Wurster. Additional vocal performances are credited to Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog), Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), and Stephin Meritt. What A Time to Be Alive is out now via Merge Records.
Bandcamp for What A Time to Be Alive
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Slow Sundown is out now via Brooklyn's Wharf Cat Records.
Bandcamp for Slow Sundown
Wharf Cat Records
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Charming and compelling, "Rio Grande" is the new single from Vive La Rose, the solo project of Edinburgh's David Luximon-Herbert. The song is a warmly shaded tale of a couple who yearns to travel, but can't seem to break free of the security of home. It is taken from the artists upcoming album, For She Who Hangs the Moon.
"Rio Grande" is out now via Gestation Records.