Do an image search for Rennes, France, and you’ll find photos of astonishing medieval buildings, of breathtaking landscapes and of mystical palaces. This is the town The Sudden Death of Stars calls home; not necessarily where you’d expect to find a psychedelic pop band with a 1960s penchant.
Despite use of digital equipment, a favoring of syths and electronic percussion, ambient bands like Brisbane, Australia’s MTNS seem to have an uncanny connection with nature. The natural world, the great outdoors; there’s something that bodes well with MTNS’ relaxed sound. In Theresa Fryer’s new video for MTNS’ first single “Lost Track of Time”, she… Continue reading MTNS: Lost Track of Time
This week Minks released their sophomore LP on Captured Tracks. The new album, Tides End, sees the band progressing beyond their lo-fi, Joy Division-esque early days of By the Hedge. They’ve grown into a much more dreamy sound; one less harsh and abrasive than found on their debut.
I haven’t listened to Coke Weed before now, but here they are with their third LP, Back to Soft. My lack of awareness isn’t all that surprising; the band has only been around two years, releasing their debut Volume One in 2011 and their follow-up Nice Dreams a year later. Back to Soft was released… Continue reading Coke Weed: Sunseekers
It’s been about one year since The Sufis gave us their stellar self-titled debut LP. That album featured hyper-psychedelic pop laden with tambourine, harmony vocals, and an array of non-traditional instruments even for psych-pop: harpsichord, woodwinds, and other stringed instruments. The Sufis’ new LP, Inventions, arrives today via Ample Play and Burger Records. To promote… Continue reading The Sufis: No Expression (Video)
Hazy psychedelic pop and hip hop do not go well together. Yet with his new single, Gap Dream’s Gabe Fulvimar pulls off the mash-up effortlessly. Never have two so mismatched genres worked this well together. “Chill Spot” is the new song’s name, and it can be found as the A-side on Gap Dream’s new 7-inch… Continue reading Gap Dream: Chill Spot (Video)
As I write this, I’m hungry. And I’m watching a brand new video by Fishboy for “IMAVOLCANO” that features pizza. I’m about to head up to Bellingham with my new wife and go to Rudy’s, which has an awesome half-price deal on Wednesdays. We’ll be stocking up with leftovers. For now, I’ll watch this awesome… Continue reading Fishboy: IMAVOLCANO (Video Premiere)
Alright, latest obsession: Jib Kidder. It’s a no-brainer, hearing that the band’s new release will be split between Burger Records and Gnar Tapes and Shit was no surprise. Jib Kidder fits right in on both accounts. Par the course, Jib Kidder’s video for “New Crimes”, the lead single off new LP IV, is a mish-mash… Continue reading Jib Kidder: New Crimes (Video)
“I think I’m gonna buy me a gun / A nice little silver one / And in a crowd someday / you won’t see it coming anyway…” sings Scout Niblett in her new song “Gun”. Partly angst-ridden and bent on revenge, another part emotionless and cold, the song provides an eerie juxtaposition to a modern… Continue reading Scout Niblett: Gun (Video)
Club 8 has released their second video for a song off their eighth LP, Above the City, this time for closing track and lead single “Stop Taking My Time”. This video follows a somewhat disturbing one about animal cruelty for album opener “Kill Kill Kill”. Throughout, Above the City is a return to the more… Continue reading Club 8: Stop Taking My Time (Video)