The Crayon Set - Attack
You could say it was very fitting that Dublin collective The Crayon Set are releasing a song called 'Attack' right when we're at the point of a major conflict in Crimea, but then there are always song about war and there's always a war going on somewhere. This highly contagious and slightly elaborate indie-rock track is a bit harder than their recent album and will be on an EP of the same name, released on March 29th.
The Crayon Set's website
Stream or buy the EP
Catch them live:
Saty, March 29, Whelanslive, Dublin, Ireland
Little Racer - Vanessa
Brooklyn quartet Little Racer are back with a new EP for Young & Lost Club who released their debut single in 2011. 'Modern Accent' (out April 8th) draws on influences from "New Order to Cat Stevens", so they have eclectic taste. Free taster 'Vaneassa' does have just a tang of New Order about it but the chiming guitars and strong vocal give it an identity it can call its own.
Little Racer's website
Pre-order the EP
PASTEL GHOST - PRISM
Besides being the bedroom project of a girl from Oakland called ezv, all we can tell you about PASTEL GHOST is that she likes capital letters. 'PRISM' is from her new EP 'SHADOWS' which will be out soon. Despite the shouty typing, 'PRISM' is all soft textures and woozy vocals as she takes us on a journey through wondrous electronic dreampop.
PASTEL GHOST's website
'SHADOWS' will be available soon from Bandcamp
Violet Swells - Jupiter's Garden
More Aussie psych, but with Violet Swells they forgo the deep grooves in favour of catchier guitar-pop songs that have been filtered through a kaleidoscope and make for nice, easy, magical and summery listening. 'Jupiters Garden' is the Tasmanian group's debut single and if you like this, then check out B-side 'Only' which casts a similar spell and is also yours for nothing.
Download both tracks for free by heading here
Violet Swells' website
The Kill Van Kulls - Wishing
It sometimes seems like Manchester has an insatiable appetite for guitar bands. Many of them, including The Kill Van Kulls, have a slightly broader sound that takes in a little electronica or psychedelia. Really though, new single 'Wishing' from their forthcoming album is a great big hunk of top quality alt-rock with a retro feel and is designed to make the most out of your speakers.
Download 'Wishing' for free from The Kill Van Kulls' website
Pre-order the single
Catch them live:
07/03 XFM @ BAND ON THE WALL, MANCHESTER, UK
18/03 THE COCKPIT (W/ PATTERNS), LEEDS, UK
20/03 THE WAITING ROOM (W/ STRANGERS), LONDON, UK
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