Monday 26 March 2012

Out This Week - 26th March 2012

Way Yes - Singing

This week's selection of superb new releases kicks of in Ohio with oddpop trio Way Yes. Formed as a duo two years ago, they intended to make uplifting songs about good times and bad; something they've achieved with new EP 'Walkability'. Have a listen to the sunny, experimental pop of free download 'Singing', which shines an optimistic light on the experience of growing old and, er, dying.

Way Yes' website

Buy the EP

La Sera - Break My Heart

Sometime Vivian Girl and full time lo-fi pop crusader Katy Goodman releases her second album as La Sera this week. 'Sees The Light' takes her bubblegum melodies and scuzzy guitars to new levels, snaring the hearts of a few critics along the way. If you haven't already, grab free download 'Please Be My Third Eye' - and then check out another free album track, the excellent 'Break My Heart'.

La Sera's website

Buy the album

Young Prisms - Floating In Blue

This hazey cut from San Francisco's Young Prisms' new album 'In Between' is pretty darn lovely. 'Floating In Blue' is perfect for drifting away to, a blur of kaleidoscopic, dreamy shoegaze. It's a track that could have been made any time in the past 25 years and the slightly warped, off-kilter feel of the piece makes sure it sounds absolutely timeless too.

Young Prisms' website

Buy the album

Oberhofer - Heart

Bringing us a different kind of off-kilter pop are Brooklyn quartet Oberhofer who put out their new album 'Time Capsules II' this week. Brad Oberhofer is a songwriter in the vein of Brian Wilson or Wayne Coyne; plenty of melody and delicate arrangements that create an appealing nursery-rhyme pop that it's difficult to resist, and thankfully 'Heart' is a free download so you don't need to.

Oberhofer's website

Stream the album in full

Buy the album


The Raveonettes - Night Comes Out

Never ones to waste any time sitting on their backsides when there are records to be recorded and gigs to be played, just a year on from last album 'Raven In The Grave', Denmark's finest are back with a brand new EP, 'Into The Night', in April. As expected, the first offering from it doesn't disappoint. 'Night Comes Out' is another superb fuzz-pop single. Distorted guitars, sweet vocals, sparkly percussion, shrill, trebly production, a twangy solo... you know the drill. The Raveonettes are back.

The Raveonettes' website

Pre-order the EP

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  1. How long did you spend agonising between The Raveonettes and La Sera? I bet you drew straws!

  2. Wasn't even close! In fact before I heard The Raveonettes track I had a Siamese Twins track as OROTW - however it's a demo not an official release and therefore didn't qualify for the post unless it was OROTW, so I had to drop it altogether. It'll be coming to a Five For Free near you soon.