The Echo Bombs – ‘Pistachio Pudding’

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Phoenix, Arizona trio The Echo Bombs – aka Eddie Horn, Daniel Endicott & Michael Regan – do a rather redoubtable trade in the seriously potent garage rock stakes.

They play fast, energetic and loud, something abundantly clear upon hearing ‘Pistachio Pudding’ – first single off the forthcoming second album, Pleb, penned for released in April. Musically, it’s a whirlwind of crunchy guitars, searing riffs, pounding drums and raspy vocals (decrying a seething revulsion at growing older), all clamouring for air above a sea of fuzz. There are shades of Weezer meets Fidlar, in a confection of punky, surfy, power-pop that across two-and-a-half minutes, delivers an undeniably infectious catchy and anthemic cut of garage-rock.

You can listen to ‘Pistachio Pudding’ below – as yet, there is not confirmed date for The Echo Bombs new record but watch this space.

Klangplanet – ‘Starlight’

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For a while now, German producer KLANGPLANET – aka Frieder Mollat – has been a steady source of nocturnal, brooding house-inspired wizardry. Not one to break with tradition, Mollat has floated back onto our horizon with selenological new single, ‘Starlight’.

Lifted from his new EP Electronic Universe, an EP to commemorate his solo adventures, ‘Starlight’ a mellow, late-night, atmospheric jam. It certainly feeds into his pre-established predilection for minimal vibes, meticulously merged with field-recordings from different surroundings he aims to create a musical journey and alluring sound mélange. Stylistically speaking, it is his deft touch working in tandem with a preference for organic field recording that marks his chilled, downtempo works out from the crowd. Adding piano and guitar’s to the entrancing spectacle leaves us with a beautiful melodic downtempo effect with a deep house flavour. This is vivid, cinematic and immersive – music to get lost in if you will, and escapism at its very finest. Enjoy the trip.

Listen to ‘Starlight’ below, and if that is to your liking, there’s plenty more where that came from here.

Altvater – ‘Arcturus’

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Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Altvater is an electronic music producer who’s downtempo jams are a fusion of electronica, trip hop, and dark synthwave.

Altvater’s style has shades of early techno sharing colour and warmth to a glacial but imperious ambiance, as evidenced by ‘Arcturus'; lifted from the Walking Creatures EP. It slinks along at its own pace, unhurried or bothered by anything else, hissing into life before the throbbing bass permeates the steady drive with a menacing air. This menace is punctured only by twinkles with a glacial aura and crystalline chimes, before the shiver of chilling ominousness returns, with spooky tones and squelches at every turn. Precise, pristine and pulsating – it is a spectacular introduction to Altvater.

Listen to ‘Arcturus’ below – and there is plenty more where that came from, over here.

Charlotte & Magon – ‘I Don’t Wanna Go’

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‘I Don’t Wanna Go’ is the latest taster from Lyrical Miracle, the forthcoming album from Charlotte & Magon.

The Paris-based duo offer a fine in cosmic alt-pop, as evidenced by latest single ‘I Don’t Wanna Go'; slick, suave and super catchy indie pop song with a mischievous twinkle. Eerie content of the music is juxtaposed by dreamy instrumentation, upbeat rhythms and contrasting colourful sounds throughout – for beneath the catchy indie-pop environs this is an anti-war song, depicting the effects of Magon’s forced service. In short, it is a catchy and infectious tune that is approaching something akin to Kate Bush meets early Arcade Fire.

Listen to ‘I Don’t Wanna Go’ below and it precedes Lyrical Miracle, which is due for release on the 16th of March 2018.

Toledo – ‘Crane Song’

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Boston-based Indie-folk foursome, Toledo are preparing to release a new album this year, ahead of which they have kindly afforded us a glimpse of what we may expect in the shape of lead single ‘Crane Song’.

Deeply melodic folk vocals are supplemented by a gently picked guitar, brush cymbals and dark choral harmonies but ‘Crane Song’ is anything but a conventional indie-folk tune. At the halfway mark the acoustic atmospheric-folk gives way to a more sunny and spritely disposition, filling the spaces with luscious, dreamy slackerish psych-pop. An absolute delight and full of surprises this one. Enjoy!

You can listen to ‘Crane Song’ and we’ll be keep our eyes peeled for news of the aforementioned new LP.

Victims of the New Math – ‘New Victorians’

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Victims of the New Math are Phoenix duo – consisting of brothers Joe and Thomas Young – raised on a steady diet of late ’60s and early ’70s rock and pop.

Together, the sibling pairing deliver scrappy, rough-and-ready riff driven melodic rock with a raw edge, as they share stories of loss, loss of innocence, loss of love, loss of self and yet beneath it all, lies glimmers of hope. ‘New Victorians’ is the title track from their debut album and it nails it as an introduction to their scrappy, rough-around-the-edges sensibility. It is a warm, punchy and melodic jangle of off-kilter, psych that mixes it between sounds synonymous with early ’70s rock and ’90s garage-rock, full of raw energy and flat-slapping percussion. It’s an absolutely infectious treat and it should have you reaching straight for the play button again and again – a great name for a band too!

Listen to lead track ‘New Victorians’ below & if that is to your liking, check out their new LP, The New Victorians here.

Mr Gabriel – ‘Millennial Falcon’

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‘Millennial Falcon’ is the eloquently titled new single from Mr. Gabriel, and based on this evidence, he’s quite a knack for crafting ear-worming cuts of indie-pop.

Nashville-based Mr Gabriel – aka Gabe Simon – with Mark Pontius from Foster the People providing the percussives, deliver a simmering sonic stew of super catchy indie-synth-pop with psych flavours. The scuzzy guitar and rumbling bass riffs that make up the meat of the track, bring an unwavering energy while Simon’s distorted vocals add another level of vitality as he takes a not-so-subtle dig at the voyeuristic obsession with social media and glamour. A catchy confection of energetic and pumped up alt-pop, means as much business as it is hard to resist.

You can check out ‘Millennial Falcon’ below: