Monday 25 June 2012

Out This Week: 25th June 1012

Stars - The Theory Of Relativity

Over the past decade or so, Toronto's Stars have given us some truly wonderful alternative rock/pop songs and the stage is now set for more, with the announcement that their new album 'The North' will be released in September. We don't have to wait until then to hear the first fruits though, as the band are kindly giving away a free download of the rather decent new track 'The Theory Of Relativity'.

The free download of 'The Theory Of Relativity' is available from Stars' website

Ty Segall Band - I Bought My Eyes

Ty Segall is pretty much the busiest man in music. As well as being a member of several bands including Sic Alps and The Perverts, he's recently been collaborating with White Fence on the 'Hair' album and has a solo album due for the Autumn. Then there's the small matter of squeezing in new LP 'Slaughterhouse', which is out this week. Here's the ragged garage rock of 'I Bought My Eyes'.

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Jesca Hoop - Born To 

Eclectic songstress Jesca Hoop is also giving the world her latest record 'The House That Jack Built' this week. Free single 'Born To' distils her many influences and vast experience into a delightful song-shaped package. You can hear folk, indie, pop, electronica and rock in the mix, and while she may be a hugely respected artist, she really deserves to be a household name by now.

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Beachwood Sparks - Sparks Fly Again

A full decade after they last released any music (barring free single 'Forget The Song' from this very album), the reunited Beachwood Sparks return with their hugely anticipated third album 'Tarnished Gold'. Lovers of alt-country and indie-rock are certainly in for a treat, and to get you in the mood here's another free track, 'Sparks Fly Again', which recalls The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

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Chains Of Love - I'd Rather Be Crying

Although it's been available on import for a while now, one of our favourite new bands have finally given their awesome debut album a proper UK release. Chains Of Love channel Ronnie Spector, 60s garage, soul, pop and Motown and their album 'Strange Grey Days' contains some of the finest songs we've heard all year. They already bagged themselves an OROTW spot with single 'In Between', but the issuing of a physical product in British stores demands to be marked by another. There were several candidates of course, but we've gone for the stunning retro-pop stomp of 'I'd Rather Be Crying'.

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