Wednesday 7 December 2011

Five For Free #36

The War On Drugs - Come To The City

Indie rockers The War On Drugs are back with new album 'Slave Ambient' this week. It's the Philadelphia band's first full-length since the line-up change that saw Kurt Vile leave for a solo career, but the reshuffle doesn't seem to have affected their sound or quality with 'Come To The City' being an optimistic modern update on 70s Americana.

Come to the City by DOJAGSC

The War On Drugs' website

Buy the album.

Strawberry Whiplash - Stop, Look And Listen

If the vintage car, hair and shades haven't given it away already, let me tell you that Strawberry Whiplash take an influence from 60s girl-groups, and like many other Glaswegian indiepop bands, the jangly guitars of 80s bands like The Primitives and The Shop Assistants. New single 'Stop, Look And Listen' is wonderfully bouncy, melodic and fun.

Stop, Look And Listen by Strawberry Whiplash

Free download: Stop, Look And Listen

Strawberry Whiplash's website

Buy the single.

Yeti Lane - Analog Wheel

Since the release of their debut, Parisians Yeti Lane have slimmed down to a duo and have been working on their second album 'The Echo Show' which is due out in the spring. Free download 'Analog Wheel' (their spelling, not mine!) shows a slightly more experimental, Krautrock influenced sound and clocks in at just under eight minutes. And it's eight minutes well spent.

Yeti Lane - Analog Wheel by The Line Of Best Fit

Yeti Lane's website

Bleached - Searching Through The Past

Los Angeles quartet Bleached now have a string of 7" singles under their belt, which hopefully means we'll be due an album some time next year, although nothing seems to be confirmed. Their latest single 'Searching Through The Past'/'Electric Chair' is out this week and you can pick up the scuzzy punk-pop of 'Searching...' by clicking the download arrow below.

Bleached, "Searching Through The Past" by The FADER

Bleached's website

Buy the single.

Paul Cook & The Chronicles - Mine For Christmas/Exmas

We won't be overloading you with much from this year's vat of Christmas cash-in singles, but these gorgeous tracks by Paul Cook And The Chronicles are worthy of ear time. Both use the same melody to show the joy ('Mine For Christmas') and pain ('Exmas') of love over the festive period. It's all very sentimental and soppy but crushingly beautiful with it. Get both tracks free, or leave a tip - it's the season of goodwill after all.

Paul Cook & The Chronicals' website

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