Courtney Barnett – ‘Pedestrian at Best’

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Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has announced she will release her eagerly-awaited new album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, on March 24th through Mom + Pop Records.

The forthcoming new record follows up her marvelous debut, The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, which cast a woozy spell with her hazy tales of vapid suburban life, aimless procrastination and her superlative way with words and glorious delivery; a charming record, filled with funny and sharp observations. To get us in the mood, as if we required any encouragement, Barnett has shared the first single from the record, ‘Pedestrian at Best’, with an equally brilliant accompanying video directed by Charlie Ford. ‘Pedestrian at Best’ is anything but pedestrian. Rumbling along a series of rocking riffs, brash percussion and general fuzz, serving as a sublime companion for Barnett’s signature lyrical stylings, astute and humorous observations and witticisms. It’s a magnificent, if slightly angrier return from one of the most exciting artists from the past few years.

New album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit  is out on March 24th. For now you can check out new single ‘Pedestrian at Best’ and for those of you back in the motherland, there’s an added treat. Courtney Barnett will play Whelan’s on April 4th. Tickets on sale next Thursday.

Drenge – ‘We Can Do What We Want’

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Supreme noisemakers Drenge are back and confirm details for their new, second album, Undertow.

Due out on April 6th, the follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2013 debut is preceded by the explosive single, ‘We Can Do What We Want’. It takes the assertive force, aggression and exhilarating punk-rock fury of their debut before taking it up a notch, for a storming hi-octane blast of rock ‘n roll brilliance. In many ways, it’s the same old Drenge, which isn’t a bad thing at all. There is less of a menacing threat at play and it’s got more swagger and confidence, with more attention being played to stomping groove over visceral snarling. Whatever the case it makes the prospect of their upcoming new album even more tantalizingly exciting. Sit back. Turn the dial up to full blast. Enjoy. Repeat.

Undertow is due out on April 6th through Infectious Music with brothers Rory Loveless and Eoin Loveless are joined by Rob Graham on bass for three songs, adding a new member for the first time. For now though, there’s the not so small matter of ‘We Can Do What We Want’.

(Video) Only Real – ‘Yesterdays’

We’re in the silly season for album announcements, with hardly a day passing without news of a forthcoming release or other. That’s not a complaint by the way, it’s certainly offers a welcome respite and a distraction from the thrifty and austere month of January.

Looking forward in 2015 and it seems we’re set for a bonanza of ‘potentially’ sublime album releases, and few come with as much anticipation attached as Only Real‘s debut, Jerk At The End Of The Line. Having trailed a watchful eye over Only Real, aka Niall Galvin, since introducing himself with woozy slackerish, surf-rock inspired tunes, produced in his West London bedroom – it’s fair to say he’s endeared himself no end while not putting a foot wrong. Sticking to this script is latest single ‘Yesterdays’, a delightful prelude to his debut record. It is sugary, sun-drenched and somewhat unseasonal surf-rock goodness, better suited to sunny beaches than cold crisp days. Opening with a whirl of harmonies and charming samples before Galvin lays down typically telling half-rap/half-spoken word lyrics. Shimmering melodic guitars echo the laid back, nonchalant poise flourishing toward a woozy feel-good climax that ensures us that summer is not too far away. Accompanying the single is the Dexter Navy directed video which sees Galvin, eating some questionable eggs and donuts with altogether strange and unusual events unfolding. With relatively little time till the release of his debut LP, ‘Yesterdays’ keeps the woozy, chilled and feel-good vibes flowing.

Only Real’s debut album Jerk At The End Of The Line is out on March 30th.

The North Sea – ‘Drinking Alone’

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Dublin based indie band The North Sea have announced their return with the unveiling of their forthcoming new single, ‘Drinking Alone’.

The five-piece will release the new single on February 28th via iTunes and will feature on the group’s long-awaited debut album. ‘Drinking Alone’ is in keeping with their previous work as they continue to embrace a collective love of ’80s and ’90s indie, with great effect. A pounding rhythm and post-punk inspired guitars deliver a rich and rounded indie-meets-post-punk sound as Kenny delivers a standout vocal performance. Ponderous and reflective, he shares a tale of alienation, realisation and separation between a couple (all comprehended fully while supping pints in solitude). A truly wonderfully stirring song, and a timely reminder of The North Sea’s prowess. Check it out below.

In conjunction with the new single, The North Sea will also head out on a five date Irish tour in support of the single’s release in February. See full list of dates below.

February 22: Crane Lane, Cork
February 25: Cobblestone Joes, Limerick
March 5: Voodoo, Belfast
March 6: Whelans, Dublin
March 19: Roisin Dubh, Galway

Jape – ‘Seance of Light’

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Jape is, and has been, one of Ireland’s most talented musicians for sometime now and his much anticipated fifth album, This Chemical Sea, is out today (January 23rd).

‘Séance of Light’ follows ‘The Heart’s Desire’ as the album’s second single. It is more of a grower and less instantly infectious than it’s predeccesor but that said, it is synth-led pop of the highest caliber. It pulsates with a vital electronic beat, shifting through expansive and colourful production that intertwine with some wonderful euphoric undercurrents. It is all topped off to perfection by Egan’s intoxicating blend of soft vocals and exquisite harmonies which sit atop of the haze and swirling synth. A delightfully warm and hazy gem that offers yet another wonderfully compelling and colourful insight into the new record, The Chemical Sea, which is out today (so, many of you will have already heard the LP but I have not).

‘Seance of Light’ is below for your listening pleasure and check out the Dave Tynan directed video too. The Chemical Sea is available now from all the usual haunts.