Foreign/National – ‘Tristesse’

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Having wooed us with a series of sublime singles and self-titled EP, Foreign/National are almost ready to share their debut album with us.

Accompanying this news is new single, ‘Tristesse’, a sneaky peek of the Melbourne band’s debut album, produced by long-time pal Joey Walker of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Unsurprisingly (and thankfully) it is the latest in a long, long line of stellar singles which draws on their love affair with warped, nostalgic­-pop, and it is utterly mesmerizing. Strutting along with an irrepressible groove, sense of coolness and an underlying hint of melancholy, it moves fluently through a swirl of these aforementioned predilections, mixed with a spread of wonderfully colourful, breezy, brightly imaginative and saturated fuzz-pop, fused with 70’s disco, Motown and funk. Foreign/National say themselves that ‘Tristesse’ is a lovesick postcard from the end of an Australian summer but for those of us outside of the Southern Hemisphere, it is a tantalizing reminder of what is yet to come. In terms of summer and, importantly, from Foreign/National.

No firm date on when the album is to be expected as yet, but for now, get your ears around ‘Tristesse’.

 

Colleen Green – ‘Green My Eyes’

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Colleen Green has recorded six brand new tracks for a forthcoming self-titled EP, Green’s contribution to the latest instalment of the Infinity Cat Cassette Series, due on May 13.

‘Green My Eyes’ is the latest track lifted from the forthcoming EP, which follows 2015’s I Want To Grow Up, yet on the surface at least, has more in common with her earlier work. Having briefly dispensed with her trusty drum machine  in favour of Casey Weissbuch on drums for the 2015 LP, we find Green back on a DIY perch. ‘Green My Eyes’ is a short, sharp, slice of super-charged fuzz-pop with a steadfast drum-machine beat, underscoring her recognizable self-aware ramblings. A superlative blend of mildly punchy, sweetly sung and irresistible fuzzy-pop; Ms. Green’s modus operandi.

You can listen to ‘Green My Eyes’ below, while you will have to waiting till May 13th for her self-titled EP, out on metallic gold cassette only via Infinity Cat Recordings.

Koloto – ‘Fay’

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Canterbury based producer Maria Sullivan has been creating music for over a decade. Sullivan was the bassist in Delta Sleep and most recently, working under the moniker of Koloto, has demonstrated a passion and prowess for glitchy, homemade, hand-crafted sounds; treating us to a series of first-rate electronic compositions.

The latest of which, comes in the form of new single ‘Fay’. Released through Abandon Building, it is a typically intricate and delicately constructed, beat-driven cut of gorgeous, glitchy, electronic music. Profoundly wonderful and imaginative, it is matched in all manner of greatness by the accompanying animated video by Sabine Volkert, an animator, illustrator, and designer currently based in Nürnberg, Germany. While there can be no complaints with Koloto’s output thus far, here’s hoping that we get an album, or another EP, sooner rather than later.

You can stream ‘Fay’ below and it is available from Bandcamp now, just ‘name your price’.

 

Amber Arcades – ‘Fading Lines’

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Netherlands native Amber Arcades, aka Annelotte de Graaf, has shared the title track of her debut album, Fading Lines, due on June 3.

The second single taken from her forthcoming debut, following the amazing ‘Right Now’, ‘Fading Lines’ is another dazzling piece of ‘60s tinged, psychedelic jangle-swirl. It sparkles with a warm glimmer, as de Graaf’s dreamy vocals majestically hover above an abundance of floating pop melodies, hypnotic, lush jangly guitars, swirling psych atmospheric effects, all coated with light layer of fuzzy distortion. This is flawless jangly fuzz-pop with an upbeat groove and distinct ’60s retro feel, but importantly while sounding familiar, it stays on the right side of familiar. Produced by Ben Greenberg (Beach Fossils, The Men, Destruction Unit) and backed by a band comprised of members of Real Estate, Quilt and Kevin Morby, the album is a culmination of songs written over the years; so far so good.

Fading Lines is out June 3rd on Heavenly Recordings. Check out the magnificent title track below:

Estrons – ‘Drop’

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Cardiff-based Estrons announced themselves LOUDLY with their debut single ‘Make A Man’ – a powerful ‘indie-rock’juggernaut – and guess what? They are back with an equally exhilarating new single, ‘Drop’.

Tali Källström and co.’s latest effort ‘Drop’ is just as good and just as loud, as the previous effort, showing yet again why they are a band to keep an eye on. A three-and-a-half-minute burst of coiled up aggression, ‘Drop’ gets in your face from the get go and never relents.Spiky, uncompromising and muscular, it is a frenetic and scintillating explosion of energetic, blistering guitar riffs, pounding drums and Källström’s incredibly powerful, searing vocals. ‘Drop’ is a dizzying display of what makes Estrons a very, very exciting proposition indeed. It is a hell of a ride, just hold on.

You can check out ‘Drop’ below:

Accompanying the new track, ESTRONS have announced a headline show at London’s Waiting Room, on May 5th. And they also support Dilly Dally on their upcoming European tour.