Introducing: Permahorn

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Permahorn are a Scottish-Serbian duo – Saint Pauly (guitar, vocals, percussion, knobs) and Jexy Pesic (bass, vocals, drums, switches) – who now reside in London.

Together, the pair deliver a beautiful, raw yet reflective and intense experimental indie sound with brooding, heartfelt songs – think somewhere between Beta Band, Pictish Trail or Arab Strab.

Debut album My Blood Carries My Dreams Away is due for release in December and ahead of which, Permahorn have shared the record’s title-track. ‘My Blood Carries My Dreams Away’ is one to get lost in. A dense, intriguing offering, opening with an unusual sort of warped, swaying where churning backward loops swirl and other distorted sounds are accented beautifully by gentle lilting vocals; it is all consuming and imbued with sense of longing and melancholy. A simply stunning introduction to Permahorn’s irresistible sound which all bodes well for the forthcoming debut record.

My Blood Carries My Dreams Away is due for release on 1st December 2017 via Shimmy-500.

Tune into ‘My Blood Carries My Dreams Away’ now.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #29

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A regular slot on blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past seven days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more crackin’ tunes. Well, without further ado, here’s #29 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist. Get stuck into the tunes & enjoy the weekend! You can follow me on Spotify here.

Kevin McWha Steele – ‘Front Page News’

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Based in New York City, songwriter, poet and musician Kevin McWha Steele brilliantly versatile modern singer/songwriter, whose got a way with brewing extremely well-crafted and catchy songs

Heavy on the retro-rock vibe ‘Front Page News’ is the first single lifted from forthcoming album The Nightly Howl (#2 album in three album series The Ariel Trilogy). Taking its influence from late-’60s/early-’70s stalwarts, ‘Front Page News’ bears comparison with stellar names from those eras – The Kinks, Small Faces, T. Rex and Faces; not bad company at all. Fitted with sweet licks, addicting riffs, ballsy swagger and a stomping beat and groove, this is a sumptuous slice of retro rock ‘n roll cool. The confidence and ambition of both the arrangement and song, makes for an irresistible three-minutes of stellar songwriting and rock and roll.

You can listen to ‘Front Page News’ below now:

The Downtown Lights – ‘My Best Friend’

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In an age of information overload it is quite nice to find an act in which there is little or no information about. It sort of focuses the mind away from the frivolous and keeps us on the matter at hand; the music.

A case is point is The Downtown Lights, an indie/alternative trio based in Paris, France, centred around chief songwriter/producer Briag Maruani (who also provides guitars and vocals) and is ably assisted by Alfred Joseph (drums) and Ivan Queffelec (bass). And that’s it, aside for the fact that there latest single is ‘My Best Friend’, and it is all kinds of marvellous. It’s a super catchy, melodic mesh of jangle-tastic indie that effortlessly shifts from La’s-esque ’60s inspired delights to the fizzy, equally lovable but more oddball psych territory, a la H. Hawkline/Super Furries. Just shy of three minutes, it is an impossible task to resist its super infectious allure.

Listen to ‘My Best Friend’ below & if that is to your liking, there’s a treasure trove of similarly wonderful tunes here.

David Harks – ‘Avalon’

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David Harks is a name that should be familiar to regular patrons of the site.

The British-born, Berlin-based artist and singer has been the recipient of much deserved lavish praise for his work with Safetalk, varying collaborative projects and of course, his solo work.

It is the latter that concerns us on this occasion, more specifically Harks’ new solo single ‘Avalon’ – recorded with Pete Cattermoul from Teleman, it is a soft, psychedelic indie/synthpop song. It shifts along a steady beat, punctuated by a grooving bass and an enchanting combination of airy synths, piano loops and flourishes of electronics creating a chilled, atmospheric soul soothing sound. At points both melancholic and hopeful, Harks’ his transcendent voice conveys a strength in fragility and the pièce de résistance of this magnificent, incredibly chill indie-electro delight. You’ll be all the better for letting this wee gem into you life, guaranteed!

Be good to yourself, and check out ‘Avalon’ below:

Thanks. – ‘Annabelle’

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Steve Pagano and Mario Borgatta make music under the moniker thanks. – which they blend, morph and encompass psych through the prism of melodic and irresistible proggy pop.

The Los Angeles-based duo’s latest single ‘Annabelle’ captures their enchanting psych-pop confection perfectly. It is a hallucinogenic slice of woozy, waltzing and enchanting psych-pop perfection, with an abundance of sinuous melodies. laid-back and spaced-out vibes. Truth be told, it is hard not to be taken by this wonderful, woozy number. A playful, easygoing, enchanting and whimsical, good old fashioned pop gem, with a healthy dose of Lennon/McCartney and Brian Wilson threaded through the fabric of his sound. The pair are currently prepping their debut album ‘Colfax’, which, if ‘Annabelle’ is anything to go by, should be a treasure trove of buoyant and irresistible psych-pop.

Check out ‘Annabelle’ below & watch the video too, while you’re at it:

Superheart – ‘Count On Me’

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Superheart is a new project from UK-based musician and producer Luke Batt.

Superheart’s first introduction is single ‘Count On Me’; a lovely, comforting and dreamy, electronic synthpop jam. It is a wonderful piece of lush electronic-pop that ebbs and flows between soft-psych flourishes and transfixing vocals, gently building until a warm rapture envelops you and everything else around you. ‘Count On Me’ is an undeniably catchy and bound by an uplifting positivity, and one that will leave an indelible mark on you. In other words; it’s remarkably great!

Listen to ‘Count On Me’ below, and let’s hope this is the first of many wonderful aural treats from Superheart.