Tuesday 8 November 2011

Five For Free #27

Kestrels - There All The Time Without You

Thanks go to Grandpa Stan for the heads up on this one. Kestrels are a trio from Halifax, Nova Scotia who specialize in fuzzy, atmospheric shoegaze. Their sound will be familiar to fans of early 90s alternative guitar bands and they make a  pretty huge noise for a three piece. New single 'There All The Time Without You' is available now as a free download and is taken from their forthcoming new album 'A Ghost History'.

Kestrels' website

Kurt Vile - The Creature

Philadelphia songwriter Kurt Vile has a new 6 track EP out this week entitled 'So Outta Reach' which contains reworkings of songs originally intended for his 'Smoke Ring For My Halo' album which also gets a reissue this week. You can pick up a free download of the EPs maudlin, acoustic lead track 'The Creature' by hitting the download arrow on the stream below.

Kurt Vile, "The Creature" MP3 by The FADER

Kurt Vile's website

Buy the EP.

Polica - Dark Star

Polica are a side project of 80s smooth revivalists Gayngs, featuring members Ryan Olson and Channy Caselle. They're touring the US this month and ahead of those dates they've made 'Dark Star' available as a free download. The track, from their debut album, is a dancey mid-tempo number and has a similar 80s feel but, thankfully,  a lower cheese content.

Polica, "Dark Star" by The FADER

Polica's website

Quilt - Penobska Oakwalk

Boston indie/folk group Quilt release their self titled debut album this week on the super-cool Mexican Summer record label. 'Penobska Oakwalk' is from said album and is lovely ramshackle Americana with plucked guitar and otherworldly, echoing harmonies. This breezy, spacious track proves the old adage that sometimes less is more.

Quilt - Penobska Oakwalk by Mexican Summer

Quilt on Myspace

Pre-order the album.

Cave Painting - Leaf

Brighton based band Cave Painting have recently finished a UK tour and are about to head into the studio to begin work on their debut album. To tide us over until its completion they've given us free track 'Leaf' which comes over like a cross between Wild Beasts and The Flaming Lips more mainstream tracks. Info on the band is annoyingly scarce but all we really need to know is that they make good tunes.

Cave Painting - Leaf by Anorak London

Cave Painting's website

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  1. *Scrubs Cave Painting off upcoming Found Of Confusion list*

    Oh well back to the drawing board!

  2. You're ok really. Two weeks ago that would have been my reaction, but they've since been gazumped by some other bands - but if you pinch any of those I'm just using them anyway!!!

  3. I'm surprised it hasn't happened more often given that generally 20+ bands are featured on here every week!

  4. It's like battleships, you keep hitting all the bands on my 'possibles' list, rather than the one's in my 'nailed on to use' list. B7 - 'Oh no you just sunk The Lucid Dream'