BUCK – ‘Arecibo’

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Ed Jones – best known as the vocalist/frontman with Welsh indie-rockers Masters In France – has stepped out on his own with a solo/side-project called BUCK.

Announcing the project’s arrival, Jones has afforded us a glimpse at what we can expect from BUCK, with the recently released debut single, ‘Arecibo’. A little more pop-orientated than his day job with Masters In France, ‘Arecibo’ takes us away to somewhere of breezy tranquillity and imbued with sunshine and summertime. Lush production combines with an alluring blend of chilled beats, flourishes of soft melodies that undulate with subtle gushes of tropical tones, and tempered by some wonderful hushed vocals that bob on top. An intriguing first outing from BUCK, let’s hope this is a sign of things to come.

‘Arecibo’ will form the first part of a four-track EP, which will be released toward the end of the year. For now though you can listen to below and if it’s to your liking? You can download it from here.

Bill Ryder-Jones – ‘Two to Birkenhead’

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Bill Ryder-Jones has announced he will release his new album West Kirby County Primary, on November 6th via Domino.

The equally homely-titled ‘Two to Birkenhead, is the first glimpse from the former Coral guitarist’s follow up to his excellent debut LP, A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart. Judging by this first taste, Ryder-Jones’ new album will be a more guitar-driven, rockier affair than his intimate and sombre, but always gripping debut. Lead single ‘Two to Birkenhead’, is a potent and fuzzed-up garage rock tune with crunchy riffs and jaunty ton, tempered with a perfect blend of angst and vigor. While the pensive ballads and hushed pop songs of his debut seem to have been pushed to one side, a recognisable hint of melancholy remains with a restrained, detached delivery. An fine return from an artist who’s career thus far, has yet to disappoint.

You can check out ‘Two to Birkenhead’ below and the new album West Kirby County Primary, is out on November 6th via Domino.

Introducing: Mollusk

Niall Murphy is best known for his vocalist and songwriter duties with garage rock trio Oh Boland, a name that may be familiar to some (if not, you need to check them out).

Murphy appears to be in the midst of a creative boom and has formed another band/side-project, Mollusk, to explore different avenues, sounds and styles, that perhaps don’t fit with the Oh Boland ethos. Our first introduction to Mollusk’s charms comes in the shape of self-titled, debut mini-album. From opener ‘Nothing Ain’t Nothing When It’s Something Or Other’, it is less muscular, rugged and abrasive than the rough and raw garage-punk of Oh Boland, preferring a mellower, rambling psych-tinged jangle. There is a pretty laid-back, almost slacker, west coast vibe that runs through the meandering melodiousness of ‘Ambulance Man’ to the free-spirited roving of ‘Cruisin’ Along’, complete with Status Quo-esque riffs and ‘Mollusk’, and its infectious indie-punk jangle that rivals anything from The Vaccines’ super catchy debut record. Similar but different, Mollusk is like a close relation to his previous output with Oh Boland, and of course, of an equally high standard.

You can sample some choice cuts from the 7-track, Mollusk mini-album below – and if those are to your liking – download the entire mini-album from here, just ‘name your price’.

Euros Childs – ‘Fruit and Veg’

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Quite rightly hailed for his part in Welsh cult heroes Gorky’s Zygotic Mynki, Euros Childs‘ solo career has thus far offered more than a fair share of psych-pop gems.

A repeatedly refreshing talent, Euros has proven time and time again to be worthy of this exalted status. He’s signalled his return with new single ‘Fruit and Veg’, which is taken his forthcoming new album Sweetheart, due out October 2nd. It’s a bright, joy-filled and super catchy pop song. Opening with an all consuming piano melody, matched with equally intoxicating flutes and expressing a sweet sentiment that will be sure to melt a thousand hearts: “The one regret in life, is that he never told the woman he loved, that she was on his mind”. A just over 3-minute master-class of irresistible alt-pop brilliance.

You can check out the Eilir Pierce directed video below, and the new album Sweetheart, shall be with us on October 2nd.

SQRD – ‘Beast’

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SQRD is a musical collaboration project between two long time friends from Sweden, based in Berlin and Stockholm respectively.

Influenced by the likes of Caribou and Weval, The electronic duo’s debut single ‘Beast’ displays a similarly impressive style to their foregoing influential luminaries. Unfolding with a slowly developing atmosphere, this is broody electronica with a exploratory tenor, that swells across four minutes of captivating, pulsating ebbs and flows. Propelled by a relentless rhythm, it moves with fast-paced fluidity through melody, hypnotic build-ups and dank drifts of chilling distorted vocal. In addition, the advent of electro chimes and fluttering keys lend a ray of light, culminating in a compelling and stylish track, that navigates nicely between contrasting claustrophobic gloom and sheer beauty. An altogether impressive introduction to SQRD and hopefully there’s more where that came from, sooner rather than later.

For now though, you can listen to ‘Beast’ below.