Saturday 25 February 2012

Five For Free #56

Crocodiles - Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)

San Diego's finest Jesus & Mary Chain inspired fuzz-rockers Crocodiles have just announced that their third LP 'Endless Flowers' will be released in June this year, and along with this news they've brought us the first single to be taken from the album, 'Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)'. This track doesn't break from their established sound but is one of their more commercial sounding efforts and it's quite superb.

Crocodiles' website

Buy the single

The Heartbreaks - Winter Gardens

More good news comes from Morcambe band The Heartbreaks who've announced that their long awaited and much anticipated debut album 'Funtimes' will be with us in May, with a single, 'Delay, Delay' expected at the end of April. For now, though, they're giving us album cut, the typically dramatic and overblown 'Winter Gardens' as a free download.

Free download: 'Winter Gardens'

The Heartbreaks' website

Charli XCX - I'll Never Know

One of the leading lights in 2012's batch of female pop starlets is Charli XCX whose single 'Nuclear Seasons' we featured a few weeks back. Her sound brings with it an alternative edge that happily counteracts the pop vulgarities spewed out by the current crop of top 10 gate-crashers. No news yet as to when she'll have an album out, but here's an excellent new track, 'I'll Never Know'.

Charlie XCX - I'll Never Know

Free download: 'I'll Never Know'

Charli XCX's website

Father John Misty - Hollywood Cemetery Forever Sings

We do have a date for the album by Father John Misty! 'Fear Fun' is set for release on May 8th in the UK and if the name Father John Misty doesn't sound familiar then you might know him better as sometime Fleet Fox and successful solo artist in his own right, J. Tillman. You can pick up a free taster in the shape of the folky rock of 'Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings' below.

Father John Misty's website

Pre-order the album

The Van Doos - Look Away Now

Also teasing us with a free track this week are London based indie types The Van Doos. Their debut EP was out in the autumn and as yet no future releases have been announced, but we can assume recording is ongoing and to coincide with forthcoming live appearances an excellent demo of the track 'Look Away Now' has been made available from their website.

Free download: 'Look Away Now'

The Van Doos' website

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