Jagwar Ma Return with Swirling New Single ‘OB1′, and News of a New Album

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Aussie psychedelic trio Jagwar Ma have returned, bringing with them the feel-good vibes and unveiling superb new single, ‘OB1’.

The new single is taken from Every Now & Then, Jagwar Ma’s forthcoming second LP, due out this autumn via Marathon / Mom + Pop / Future Classic. ‘OB1’ leads the charge in following up their stunning 2013 debut, Howlin’. An utterly divine five-minutes-and-some, it’s a heady swirl of baggy beats and high-flying, hazy, feel-good vibes, electronic squiggles and syrupy sweet melodies. Pretty much all the reasons why we so consumed by their debut LP, as the Australian trio’s musical vision is overwhelmingly uplifting, calming, optimistic and carefree, taking in psych, indie, early-90s dance and dub tones.

It’s all so damn good, we’re most grateful for their return. Check ‘OB1′ out below and keep your eyes peeled for news of the forthcoming LP.

New Pope Shares ‘Love’ from New EP, Album to Follow in 2016

 

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New Pope, the Galway-based project fronted by Dave Boland, has released a brand new single, ‘Love’.

‘Love’ is New Pope’s first new material since the splendid YOUTH EP & LP, released toward the end of last year. The new song is the opening track from the Love EP, a precursor to the album of the same name, due out in October. Some rather delightful acoustic guitar work drives the pace, with the gently undulating organ drone and soft and precise percussion joining Boland’s distinctive vocal in setting the warm and lush atmosphere. A thing of layered, lush and beguiling beauty, ‘Love’ is topped of with the cymbals toward the end, akin to waves crashing into the shore. Yet further evidence, if that were needed, of Boland’s profoundly wry, introspective and brilliant songwriting ability.

‘Love’ is available for your listening pleasure below, now. You can find the EP here, and keep an eye (and an ear) out for the LP later in the year.

New Pope play ‘Whelan’s Summer Watch 2016′, this Sunday, July 24th. The door tax is €5 and you can check out the full lineup here.

 

Jamie T Announces New Album & Shares ‘Tinfoil Boy’

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Time to rejoice! Jamie T is set to return with his fourth album later in the year. Entitled Trick, it follows 2014’s Carry On The Grudge which broke a five year absence from music, and followed it with the Magnolia Melancholia EP last year.

Described as a “brave and eclectic rock/punk/reggae/rap/pop celebration that only Jamie T could make”, ahead of the album’s release on September 2nd, we’ve been afforded a glimpse at new single, ‘Tinfoil Boy’. The new cut does exactly what it says on the tin; a larey, raucous, noisy fuzzed up four-and-a-half minutes, and comes complete with a creepy-as-fuck video. Having long been one of the most enigmatic figures in British music, it’s great to have him back and firing on all cylinders. Don’t ya just love a good surprise?

He has also announced an extensive Ireland and UK tour, see those in full here, Mr. T visits Dublin for the first time in six years on September 27th, in The Olympia.

Check out ‘Tinfoil Boy’ below:

 

A C C Ü – ‘Adain Adain’

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A C C Ü is the solo project of Cardiff-based musician and producer Angharad Van Rijswijk.

Formerly one half of Welsh folk-electronica duo Trwbador, she announced her new project on some style earlier this year with a number of distinctive cuts of otherworldly electronica. A C C Ü has returned with a brand new offering, latest single ‘Adain Adain’, and it is divine. It is a delicate, subtle and intricately weaved exploration of moods, sounds and textures. The crystalline dynamics mingle with soft-edged synths, blissed out Krautrock, palpitating percussion and heavenly, hushed vocals, creating a heavenly symphony. Sonically, it isn’t to dissimilar to fellow Welsh maestro Gwenno’s alluring kraut-tinged synth pop, and equally compelling. A C C Ü has impressed at every juncture so far and is continuing to forge something distinct, brilliant and rather unique. Hopefully tunes of this calibre keep coming and perhaps, we’ll get something a little more substantial too.

For now? Look no further than ‘Adain Adain’, it is out now and you can listen to it below.

Peaness to Release Limited 7″: ‘I’m Not Your Problem’ / ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’

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Over the past 18 months or so, Chester indie-pop trio, Peaness have been one of the most reliable sources for irresistible top quality, 3-minute indie-pop gems.

Having impressed at every juncture thus far with a slew of tight releases, the trio have teamed up with Vancouver-based, Canadian DIY indie record label Kingfisher Bluez for a special 7″ release. Limited to 300, the release is comprised of two songs from their debut E.P. No Fun – ‘I’m Not Your Problem’ / ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ – both offerings display their knack for indie-pop brilliance with two charming, addictive and perfectly formed songs bursting with cheery, chipper and uplifting vibes, the kind of tunes guaranteed to raise a smile. The latter in particular, is a doozy. The super buoyant ‘Fortune Favours The Bold’ unleashes a three-minute, sunkissed blitz of catchy riffs, melodies and sweet heavenly harmonies,  all coated in a light fuzz and imbued with youthful energy and assuredness.

You can listen to ‘I’m Not Your Problem’ and ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ below. Both songs will be available on a very limited 7″ release (300 copies) from July 30th.

 

Introducing: The Intelligence Service

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The Intelligence Service – Alex P., Heather Campbell, Sam Daoust and Dror Zur – are a four-piece psychedelic garage rock band from Vancouver, BC.

The brand of psych-rock this foursome pedal is a crazed delight for your ears; for a rather lazy comparison, it’s a catchy concoction of The Doors meets The Velvet Underground with a dash of Frank Zappa. Having already released their latest and great EP, Maladies back in April, their debut album Transgressions and West Coast tour, is set to follow in October. As a taste of the former, ‘Driving To My Sun’ is pumped with a real air of positivity and optimism. Swaggering along a smooth groove set out by the vintage organ work, it is met by a wall of fuzz, solid drums and delightful harmonies, with the kind of hazy, nonchalant drawl of the lead singer atop. ‘School Me’ meanwhile, is an altogether rowdier, scintillating sonic burst of psych. Fuelled by relentless hammering drums, the guitars remain fuzzy and the organ catchy, but the vocal interplay between Alex and Heather is the key; the juxtaposition of the dreamy and the manic is divine.

Maladies is out now and available here, with their debut set to follow in October.

Millions Like Us Podcast – Episode #19

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We’re thrilled to share another Millions Like Us with you all, Episode #19!

Podcast #19 does however mark a milestone, it is the final show produced solely on Canadian soil with my return to Ireland. There is no need to fret, Messr Beats and myself intend on normal service resuming very soon, albeit in transcontinental fashion.

Every two weeks, Justin & I, in conjunction with Vancouver news & culture site 604now, deliver an eclectic, hand-picked selection of top class music. There’s plenty to chew on with a bumper episode #19, 90 minutes in fact, of great tunes and plenty of chat.

You can read more on it over here and of course, listen below (and the tracklist (with links) is after the jump too). You can subscribe to ‘Millions Like Us’ on iTunes & Podcast Republic, Mixcloud & SoundCloud, or find us on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can email us at millionslikeuspodcast[at]gmail[dot]com.

As mentioned previously, Justin has been busy compiling tracks featured in the series. If you’re a Spotify user, then you can access this 6 hours plus playlist here.

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Farewell Vancouver: Vancouver Connection Playlist

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After a couple of extremely fun years, my time in Canada is drawing to a close. As well as taking away no end of fond memories from Canada’s west coast, there is also a long, long list of local musical discoveries.

So, with that in mind and the impending return to Ireland, I decided to create a playlist of some of my very favourite artists/musical discoveries from Vancouver (and the surrounding areas). If nothing else, it will offer a taste of what this part of the world has to offer musically. Included among the 66 strong list are regulars on the blog and podcast, the likes of Kinship, Mesa Luna, Avid Walker, Bousada, The Orange Kyte, Supermoon, Soft Serve, Danny Diggs, Faith Healer, Project Pablo and more. Hopefully you enjoy the tunes as much as I do and it keeps you ticking over till the returns to normal service, once everything is settled after the move.

On that note, I shall leave you with the finest music BC has to offer.

Seazoo Return With 7″ of Sparkling, Catchy, Effervescent pop; ‘Teeth/Skulls’

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Over the past few years or so, Seazoo have been a dependable source for some of the most lovable, charming and sprightly indie-pop tunes this side of heaven,

The North Walian five-piece have returned with a new 7″, Teeth/Skulls to be released by Too Pure Singles Club on July 29th. The new tracks do nothing to dispel this notion, in fact, it just compounds this growing as one of the finest purveyors of pitch-perfect, indie-pop perfection! ‘Teeth’ is a sparkling, catchy, piece of effervescent pop, it whizzes and fizzes along and wrapped up with a shiny happiness, smiley melodies, scuzzy guitars, organ and synth. While ‘Skulls’ sees their recognisable jangle-pop-bounce joined by a touch more muscular aggression as rumbling, meaty basslines, fuzzy tones, driven guitars spacey synths, big beats, and crystal-clear vocals combine in magical and addicting perfect pop-craft harmony. Two fabulous cuts of irresistible, smile inducing skuzzed, fuzzed, indie-pop brilliance.

Seazoo just keep getting better and better with each release, and this is their best work to date. Needless to say, I can’t wait to hear what is next! For now, check out ‘Teeth/Skulls’ below. Out on July 29th.

Dan Amor Shares ‘Cnoc Cnoc Cnoc’, New Album To Follow

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North Walian marvel Dan Amor has been held in the highest regard around the quarters for quite some time, and with good reason too.

Performing in both Welsh and English Amor’s psych-tinged folk wizardry is unique in sound and style, and always crafted with love and care. Drawn to obscure and different sounds, prone to playfulness and spaced out throwbacks and infused with Welsh culture; the results are always magnificent. Amor’s brand new single ‘Cnoc Cnoc Cnoc’ is absolutely no different, and a timely reminder of what a bona fide treasure he really is. It is a Super Furries / Yellow Submarine inspired tune about hiding under the bed clothes when someone knocks on the door too early in the morning. Sang in his native Welsh, this is a gentle, melodic little gem that jovially trips along lovely strum, bouncy percussion and a marvelous kazoo solo. Sublime as per usual from Dan Amor but it gets better; ‘Cnoc Cnoc Cnoc’ is the first single take from his forthcoming new album. No firm date yet but hopefully it is sooner rather than later.

‘Cnoc Cnoc Cnoc’ is available below for your listening pleasure. Now, bury your head under the duvet and enjoy!