Monday 12 December 2011

Out This Week - 12th December 2011

Gross Magic - Yesterdays

First up this week is this terrific split EP featuring tracks from The History Of Apple Pie, Echo Lakes, Novella and this free track from Gross Magic. 'Yesterdays' piles of the distorted noise and strangely treated vocals to create an unusual hybrid of grunge, pop and shoegaze. If you like the sound of this, seek out their recently released 'Teen Jamz EP' and look out for more next year.

Gross Magic - Yesterdays by abeano

Gross Magic's website

Buy the EP.

Fear Of Men - Doldrums

This week also sees the release of a limited edition cassette by London/Brighton based quartet Fear Of Men. Those of you who've consigned your tape deck to the loft/landfill/charity shop will be pleased to note that highlight 'Doldrums' is available digitally for free. It's a lovely piece of woozy, melodic indiepop with sweet vocals, and it leaves us wanting more.

Free download: Doldrums

Fear Of Men's website

Buy the EP.

Fol Chen - So Good

Californian six-piece Fol Chen put out a new track this week. 'So Good' is an excellent piece of alternative pop with a choppy rhythm and sounds which come pre-programmed into a new instrument the band have created, the Tetrafol, which is pictured above. Quite what this is and how it works is a slight mystery at the moment, but if this is an indication of what it does then it's worth owning!

Fol Chen, "So Good" by asthmatickitty

Fol Chen's website

Guards - Do It Again

Indie-rock act Guards have just put this new single online. 'Do It Again' suggests they could end up having a hell of a lot more than their current total of 491 'likes' on Facebook before too long. This is the kind of big hearted guitar tune that's destined for a wider audience whilst remaining an independent and slightly off-kilter charm. Guards should be very big.

Guards - Do It Again by Pretty Much Amazing

Guards' website

Buy the single.


Azure Blue - The Catcher In The Rye

Azure Blue is the new project from Swede Tobias Isaksson who was formerly a member of the bands Irene and Laurel Music. The pure synth-powered indiepop brilliance of 'The Catcher In The Rye' was initially released earlier in the year but now gets a much deserved new release on Matinee Records. This is like the best song that OMD never made crossed with Scandinavian pop genius. Stunning, in other words.

The Catcher in the Rye by Azure Blue

Free download: The Catcher In The Rye

Azure Blue's website

Buy the album.

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