Sunday, 4 September 2011

Five For Free #11

Another batch of free downloads to wrap your ears around!

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

Soft Metals on Myspace

Buy the album.

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.

Boris - Hope by Cargo_Promo

Boris on Myspace

Buy the album

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

Free download: Wait In The Dark

Memory Tapes on Myspace

Buy the album.

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

Buy the EP.

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 on Myspace

Buy the single

The Sound Of Confusion on Facebook

The Sound Of Confusion on Myspace

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