Soft Metals - Psychic Driving
This woozy piece of synth-pop is taken from LA duo Patricia Hall & Ian Hicks - AKA Soft Metals - self titled debut album which was released in July on Captured Tracks and is one for fans of The Cocteau Twins or Chapterhouse. Is 'dream-gaze' a genre? If it is then this must be what it sounds like.
"Psychic Driving" - Soft Metals by forcefieldpr
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Boris - Hope
Next, everyone's favourite genre - Japanese shoegaze. Boris have been making records since the early 90s and so far this year have released three albums (take that Klaxons!). Hope is taken from April's Attention Please and begins in blistering My Bloody Valentine fashion before sludgy metal guitars come in towards the end. Best served very loud.
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Memory Tapes - Wait In The Dark
Chillwave don Memory Tapes doesn't stick to the same sound for long. New album Player Piano was snuck out to little fanfare earlier on in the year and is more song based. Wait In The Dark is less immediate than some of his work, but blossoms after a few listens. Grab it for free below.
Wait In The Dark by Memory Tapes
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Howler - I Told You Once
The current hype band in guitar music circles (next year's Vaccines?) are Minneapolis based Howler. Unlikely to set the charts alight but almost certain to get the press and blogs foaming at the mouth. They've already signed to Rough Trade and put out their debut EP last month and for the price of an email address you can get this free sample.
I Told You Once is free to download from the band's website
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Race Horses - Benidorm
Race Horses continue in the line of great Welsh indie bands, sounding like a hybrid of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Super Furry Animals and Topper. Unfortunately, given the current musical climate they may only achieve the cult status of the latter. The reviews for last year's Goodbye Falkenburg album were excellent, as is new single Benidorm.
RACE HORSES Benidorm by FANTASTIC PLASTIC
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