Fort Lean - The Mall
A little bit of indie/alt-pop from Brooklyn to kick-off this week's new releases. Whether or not Fort Lean have a policy of shunning full albums we don't know, maybe they're working on one right now. But to add to their string of singles and EPs so far is newbie 'Call Your Name'. The EP is produced by Patrick Wimberly from Chairlift and 'The Mall' is a nice catchy, clap-along guitar tune.
Fort Lean's website
The EP will be available on November 13th from Bandcamp
Squarehead - More Quickly
This week Inflated Records are releasing an album called 'Out Of Season' which is split between Irish indie bands So Cow and Squarehead. A free sample comes our way in the shape of the hectic, punky 'More Quickly' by Morrissey-approved Dubliners Squarehead who pull no punches when making a riotous, raw, garage noise, as you'll find out from the stream below.
Free download: 'More Quickly'
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El Perro Del Mar - Hold Off The Dawn
It's been almost a decade since Swedish artist Sarah Assbring took inspiration from a dog she saw on a beach in Spain (El Perro Del Mar means The Dog Of The Sea in Spanish), and in that time she's released some truly wonderful records to little fanfare. Thankfully that seems to be gradually changing, and her new album 'Pale Fire' has been picking up more coverage. Here's the lovely 'Hold Off The Dawn'.
Free download: 'Hold Off The Dawn'
El Perro Del Mar's website
Stream the album in full
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Vaadat Charigim - Kezef
The release schedule for Israeli shoegazers Vaadat Charigim is enough to make even Ty Segall look like he needs to pull his finger out. The Tel Aviv group have been bombarding us with walls of fuzzy guitar for the past few months, which will ultimately result in a debut album sometime in the new year. Latest single 'Kezef' is as gloriously noisy as we've come to expect from them.
Download 'Kezef' for free by heading here
Vaadat Charigim's website
OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK
City Calm Down - Pleasure And Consequence
We were a bit knocked for six when London label Young & Lost Club introduced us to Australians City Calm Down. Not just because they'd been in existence for a few years but totally avoided our radar, but because this free download from their new 'Movements' EP (their first official release) is about as good as any electro-pop/indie hybrid we've heard all year. 'Pleasure And Consequences' will remind you at various points all your favourite groups from that genre, too many to list here, and packs a mighty melodic and anthemic punch. Needless to say, this song is absolutely fantastic.
Download 'Pleasure And Consequence' for free by heading here
City Calm Down's website
Stream the EP in full
Buy the EP
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