Monday 13 January 2014

Out This Week - 13th January 2014

Sleepy Kitty - Don't You Start

The second album by Chicago duo Sleepy Kitty drops this week. Taken from 'Projection Room' is the wonderful 'Don't You Start', essentially a scuzzy alt-rock song that apparently takes influence from Pavement, MGM musicals, Robert Rauschenberg, Iggy Pop and Jean Luc Godard. Well, we can certainly hear a little Pavement in there, but this is more high-octane than that band, and all the better for it.

Sleepy Kitty's website

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James Vincent McMorrow - Gold

If we were optimists we'd say that pre-tropical might be something to hope for, but 'Post-Tropical' it is for Irish artist James Vincent McMorrow's new album which is out this week. The stunning music should warm your cockles though, as single 'Gold' gradually builds from glistening and quiet beginnings to a track of substance and grandeur, all with McMorrow's beautiful vocals holding it together.

James Vincent McMorrow's website

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Catch him live:

January 15 London, Rough Trade East
January 24 Manchester, Manchester Cathedral
January 25 Bristol, St George’s
January 26 London, Barbican Centre
January 28 Glasgow, Celtic Connections @ City Hall
January 30 Galway, Seapoint
January 31 Cork, Cork Opera House
February 1 Limerick, University Concert Hall
February 2 Kilkenny, The Set Theatre
February 4 Dublin, National Concert Hall
February 5 Dublin, National Concert Hall
February 6 Dublin, National Concert Hall

Cherry Glazerr - Haxel Princess

We posted a little taster of LA band Cherry Glazerr's debut album 'Haxel Princess' just a few days ago, but from what we've heard so far it's the title-track that's one of the big-hitters on the record. With a top drum intro, it's then buzz-saw guitars all the way, with plenty of sweet melodies to smother all over them. This will have you thinking of your favourite post-grunge band, and it may even equal them.

Cherry Glazerr's website

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Catch them live:

01/24/14 @ Constellation Room (Observatory) w/ together PANGEA - Santa Ana, CA
02/14/14 @ The Smell w/Santoros - Los Angeles, CA
03/22/14 @ The Observatory (Burgerama Festival #3) - Santa Ana, CA

Bolywool - Dreams Of Nova Scotia

Given the so-called polar vortex, we'll stay where we are thanks. saying that, I personally share Bolywool's 'Dreams Of Nova Scotia', it's one of those places I've always fancied visiting for some reason. Bolywool are actually from Sweden and recorded forthcoming third album 'Já' in Iceland, so they're used to the cold. This slow-burning, post-rock-influenced track captures the essence of such places brilliantly with its atmosphere.

Bolywool's website

'Dreams Of Nova Scotia' is available on Jan 15th from Novoton


The Chambermaids - Electric Sky

The history of The Chambermaids goes back to 2003 when brother and sister Neil and Martha Weir formed The Shut-Ins. They recorded a few tracks but it wasn't until drummer Colin Johnson became a full-time member (replacing their drum machine) that The Chambermaids were born and eventually released their debut album in 2006. The Minneapolis group have some staying-power though, and new album 'Whatever Happened Tomorrow' was released in the latter half of 2013. New single 'Electric Sky' is a wondrous mix of dreampop, indiepop and guitar-pop in general, all with a slightly more gritty sound than many others in those categories choose to go for. It's a scintillating listen for anyone who likes their music to take the form of those classic guitar bands of the past though, and we hope they stick around for another decade yet.

The Chambermaids' website

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