Sunday, 1 November 2015

This Month's Playlist - November 2015

Article by KevW

Loads of great new tunes doing the rounds as usual. Check out some of our current favourites by streaming them via the handy playlist on the right of the page, or check out each one individually below with a bit more info.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation - Take Me Beyond

They call it "sky gazing", we'd call it ethereal krautrock, but either way it's quite beautiful. 'Take Me Beyond' is the first single from Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's debut album 'Horse Dance' which is out on November 6th. It's easy to see why this Swedish group have had such a rapid rise, already having been nominated for a Grammy in their home country.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation's website

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Palace Winter - New Ghost

You may have caught Palace Winter's previous single 'Menton' on our playlist for September, well, now their EP 'Medication' is available to download, with a physical release in a couple of weeks, and 'New Ghost' is further proof that the Danish/Aussie due have a knack for crafting soaring indie-psych tracks with a dreamlike quality.

Palace Winter's website

Buy the EP

The Mantles - Doorframe

Fans of jangly indie will likely be aware that US group The Mantles recently released their new album 'All Odds End', the follow-up to 2013's ace 'Long Enough To Leave'. Even more recently the quintet dropped a new video for summery LP cut 'Doorframe' which takes '60s influences and blends them with '80s guitar-pop to great effect.

The Mantles' website

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PALM HONEY - Bewitched

Also helping to stave-off those winter blues are Reading quartet PALM HONEY who have just released the looping, sunkissed psychedelia of new single 'Bewitched'. Changing from a '60s vibe to something a little heavier, and then adding a spacious break towards the end, this is the kind of song you can just float away to.

PALM HONEY's website

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Faces On TV - Love/Dead

Belgian band Faces On TV sound remarkably accomplished considering 'Love/Dead' is only their second single, but then frontman Jasper Maekelberg has done studio work for some big names, including Sam Sparro, so maybe this fabulous kind of cinematic alt-pop/indie should come as no surprise. A debut EP is planned for early next year.

Faces On TV's website

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The Orielles - Joey Says We Got It

They may be from the north-west of England, but the mixture of surf and fuzzy garage-rock could trick you into thinking The Orielles were a US group. The excellently catchy 'Joey Says We Got It' was originally released for Cassette Store Day but is also available on a quality compilation album featuring the likes of Get Inuit and Helen Love.

The Orielles' website

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Club 8 - Skin

We've been following Swedish indiepop veterans Club 8 for years, and they never disappoint. They also don't repeat the same trick over and over again which ensures they always sound fresh and current. Latest offering, 'Skin', is a dark electro-pop number that bridges the boundaries between the current coldwave scene and more conventional electronic music.

Club 8's website

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White Room - You'll See

Still in their teens, Brighton quintet White Room are already impressing. Their debut EP 'Fizzy Liquid' was released recently and lead track 'You'll See' is confident and difficult to ignore. Starting with a garage riff, the tune soon develops into a blues-rock powerhouse with a strong vocal and some neat guitar work.

White Room's website

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Tuff Love - Duke

Glasgow duo Tuff Love may describe their sound as "apologetic pop music", but if this taster of new EP 'Dregs' is anything to go by, they've got nothing to be sorry about. Release on November 6th, 'Duke' takes classic indiepop and beefs up the music a touch while retaining some nice harmonies and a melody that recalls the likes of The Primitives.

Tuff Love's website

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Winter - Someone Like You

Earlier this year, Los Angeles group Winter released their album 'Supreme Blue Dream', and the new single to be taken from the record is 'Someone Like You'. Taking psychedelic electronica and blending it into their dreampop/shoegaze influenced music makes for an unusual listen, but unusual for all the right reasons.

Winter's website

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Déjà Vega - Pentagrams

Set for release at the end of this week is the debut single from Manchester's Déjà Vega. The double A-side of 'Pentagrams' and 'Skeletons In The Florist' is a rock solid introduction, with the former being a hammering psych-rock track that's designed to break speakers and burst ear drums. There's a lot of psych around right now, but not all is as potent as this.

Déjà Vega's website

Pre-order the single

Dead Leaf Echo - Sunlessoul (Dub)

Dead Leaf Echo's current single 'Lemonheart' may be sold out on 7", but it's still available to download and the band are promoting the equally good B-side 'Sunlesssoul (Dub)' to coincide with live dates. This woozy number is otherworldly and magical, a bit like being in that cosy state between sleep and awake. Lovely.

Dead Leaf Echo's website

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