Monday 27 August 2012

Out This Week - 27th August 2012

As Elephants Are - War Cry

If you avoid the boring lad-rock and folk infested guitar-pop, much British indie music has developed a fairly distinctive style in the last few years. Buckinghamshire quartet As Elephants Are sum this sound up perfectly. You can pick bands to compare them to (The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club) but there's no denying that new single 'War Cry' is a worthy continuation of the current trend.

As Elephants Are's website

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Kitten - Cut It Out

Los Angeles band Kitten have the balls to proclaim themselves "your new favourite band". Going on the strength of new single 'Cut It Out' that might not be too much of a stretch of the imagination. Led by teenage singer Chloe Chaidez they could have a bright future ahead. This track is expertly executed alt-pop with a chorus to die for and it blows much of the competition out of the water.

Kitten's website

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Wild Nothing - This Chain Won't Break

Jack Tatum's Wild Nothing went from solo project to full band in a fairly short space of time following those initial releases and resulted in acclaimed debut album 'Gemini'. With Tatum still taking care of most of the recording himself, second effort 'Nocturne' feels like a natural continuation for the Virginian dreampop band, and 'This Chain Won't Break' with capture the hearts of many a retro indie fan.

Wild Nothing's website

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Dan Deacon - Lots

Fuzzily-bearded Baltimore producer Dan Deacon has crammed an awful lot of records into is decade-long career, the latest being new album 'America' which is out this week. Like a carrot dangling in front of a donkey to temp it forward, Deacon is giving us a free sample in the form of the hectic, thundering 'Lots' which feels a bit like being buried by an avalanche. In a good way of course.

Dan Deacon's website

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Angelica's Elegy - When You're Asleep

Norwegian label Riot Factory are on a roll at the moment. Not only did they provide us with last week's OROTW from Highasakite, but this week they put out this stunning piece of dreamy, fantasy-world indiepop from Angelica's Elegy which sounds a bit like Phil Spector producing Beach House and then being given subtle remix treatment to add some big beats and cinematic swooshes. It's a heavenly sound and anyone who disagrees probably hasn't worked out how to use their ears properly. 'When You're Asleep' is taken from the 'Cognitive Dissonance EP'.

Angelica's Elegy's website

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