Saturday 31 August 2013

Five For Free #212

Lanark - Able Oust

When you receive somewhere in the vicinity of twelve trillion submissions a day, it's easy for the odd track to slip through the cracks. So apologies to both band and you for bringing this song to your ears a few months late. You might know it by now, if not, then it's by Perth experimental indie band Lanark, it's called 'Able Oust', and as they probably don't say in that part of the world, it's a little ripper.

Lanark's website

Johnathan Rice - My Heart Belongs To You

The interwoven world of alternative music can get a little complex, so let us tell you that Johnathan Rice is one half of the duo Jenny And Johnny with his girlfriend Jenny Lewis who's in Rilo Kiley. Got it? Good. Well this lovely, romantic tune with it's gruesome video is from his upcoming album 'Good Graces'. It's an old-fashioned but modern produced alt-pop/indie tune, and yes, that it Jenny in the video.

Johnathan Rice's website

Pre-order the album

Catch him live:

SEP 11 Los Angeles, CA, Largo at The Coronet
SEP 19 Omaha, NE, Pageturners Lounge
SEP 22 Portland, ME, State Theatre
SEP 23 New York, NY, Mercury Lounge
SEP 24 York, PA, Strand Theatre
SEP 25 West Long Branch, NJ, Pollak Theatre
SEP 27 Urbana, IL, Pygmalion Music Festival
SEP 28 Cincinnati, OH, Midpoint Music Festival
SEP 29 Chicago, IL, The Bottom Lounge
OCT 01 Iowa City, IA, Englert Theatre
OCT 02 Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
OCT 05 Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall

Horse Lords - Bending The Lash

The LAMC series of split 7" singles has thrown up some to class material. We hadn't even heard of Baltimore quartet Horse Lords before this beauty turned up on one such release. 'Bending The Lash' doesn't really fit a genre, but if you can imagine someone like Silver Apples or Neu! bursting on to the scene now then it might not sound dissimilar to this.

Horse Lords' website

Buy the single

Lower Dens - Non Grata

Speaking of which, the other side of the fine slice of vinyl mentioned above comes from a band we're a little more familiar with. Fellow Baltimore group Lower Dens who we covered a number of times last year when they released their acclaimed album 'Nootropics'. 'Non Grata' doesn't sound like a cut that didn't make the album, it sounds new, fresh and right up to their usual high standards.

Lower Dens' website

Mini Dresses - Watching You

In what's been a quite otherworldly and dreamy Five For Free, it seems right to end on some classic sounding dreampop. So here's Austin band (they may be based in Boston now!) Mini Dresses who have just released two free tracks. We've chosen to go with the echoey, hazy and lush 'Watching You' but if you pop to their site you can get the more jangly 'Everywhere I Go' as a freebie too.

Mini Dresses' website

Stream or buy the single

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