The Spiral Electric – ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’

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The Spiral Electric are a psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, who’s sound is built upon a number of key ingredients; one part soaring melody, one part face-melting guitar, one part orbiting synth, one part incessant danceable groove and a heavy dose of west coast psychedelia.

Equal parts heavy and dreamy, ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’ is the second single from The Spiral Electric’s forthcoming double-LP. It is a song of gargantuan proportions. It is six minutes plus of pummeling drums, bludgeoning riffs and feedback that swell and engulf all in their wake before crashing down, bringing a wave of peace that allows space for the drowsy vocals and more dreamy, somber and mournful moments that suggests a masterful kind of efficient simplicity. With either side of ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’ – heavy or dreamy – they provide enough room between sounds to allow for an explosion of expression, musically and melodically. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels and Dead Meadow influences loom large here, and that ain’t a bad thing. ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’ certainly suggests positive things for the new album and are a worthy addition to the shoegaze and stoner rock canon.

You can listen to ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’ below.

Kidsmoke – ‘Rising Sun’

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Kidsmoke are Welsh indie-pop foursome – Lance, James, Sophie & Ash – who’s shimmering brand of dreamy indie-pop takes us on a pulsating psychedelic journey far from their native North Wales haven of Wrexham.

Kidsmoke’s latest release is ‘Rising Sun’, the first lifted from their forthcoming album, expected in 2019. Produced by Bill Ryder-Jones and Russ Hayes, ‘Rising Sun’ is a little slice of pop heaven with a relentless unwavering energy, it reveals a driven and high-octane sound that pits pristine beauty and propulsive power alongside one another in perfect harmony – as racy riffs dance with shimmering guitars and dreamy vocals and heavenly harmonies. A supercharged, frenetic and addictive three-minute masterclass, and a fine example to why these guys are quickly building up quite a formidable reputation.

‘Rising Sun’ is the band’s first single off an upcoming album due out in 2019.

The Hannah Barberas – ‘No Mystery’

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Self-described “DIY pop partisans” The Hannah Barberas have returned with a new single, ‘No Mystery’ – the lead and title-track from their third EP.

The indie-pop foursome – Damien, Lucy, Doug & Matthew – from New Cross, London have a way when it comes to charming and irresistible effervescent indie-pop gems, and thankfully the latest effort doesn’t break with tradition. ‘No Mystery’ is dreamy ’60s inspired jangle, all woozy and breezy vibes, it is dripping with melody and those harmonies, they are just a delight. An enchanting and addicting parcel of perfect pop-craft harmony, The Hannah Barberas have delivered the goods once again (complete with an unlikely guest appearance by Angela Lansbury).

Tune into ‘No Mystery’ below now – and the full EP is here too.

no reception. – ‘Door Mat’

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No reception is a one woman pop punk machine, the brainchild of Claire Julian who takes charge of roles as songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer.

Julian’s brilliant brand of angsty, lo-fi indie with a pop-punk streak is clear for all to see on new single ‘Door Mat’. Taken from the recently released EP, See Through, ‘Door Mat’ is a super buoyant affair that unleashes a three-minute, power-pop blitz of catchy riffs, crunchy guitars, infectious pop melodies and fast paced drum grooves that are all coated in a light fuzz and imbued with youthful energy and punky aggression. An irresistible power-pop punk nugget!

Listen to ‘Door Mat’ below now – and the entire EP is available here.

BILK – ‘Slob’

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BILK are young Essex trio of Sol Abrahams (vocals/guitar), Luke Hare (bass), and James Holland (drums) who’s preference is an angsty blend of indie, rap and punk; and a fondness for Fred Perry and Adidas.

Their latest single ‘Slob’ is an absolute riot; it is frenetic, feisty, energetic, raw and anthemic.
Crunching, raw guitars and buzz-saw riffs meet furious fast-paced drums to drive the energy forward, providing fuel for the volatile, semi-rapped streetwise lyrics that are brash, mouthy and tongue-in-cheek.Talking themes of youth, unemployment and drugs the trio present a firm middle finger to the people who looked down on them as dosers for choosing music. This is an apologetically raw and lippy indie-punk sound.

Tune into the sound from the suburbs, ‘Slob’ below:

Tomos – ‘Surface Tension’

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Originally from West Wales, Tom Morgan aka Tomos traded these quiet peaceful surroundings for the vibrant streets of South East London, and it is a transition which is reflected in his elegant blend of electronica.

Drawing from the calmness of the countryside and the spirited energy of the city, Morgan alludes to the often overlooked simple pleasures and narrow slices of life in his music. Tomos’ captures this juxtaposition of calm and energy with perfection on his debut single ‘Surface Tension’. A wonderful piece of lush, elegant, bright and soul soothing electronica that oozes with feel-good vibes that glide gracefully across dreamy surroundings and a soft tempo. A perfect companion for Tomos’ soft, soothing and transfixing vocals which are engulfed in ethereal tones and tranquil textures.

Sit back, relax and tune into ‘Surface Tension’ below.

BDRMM – ‘C.U.’

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BDRMM are a Hull based 5-piece who explore the worlds of ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psychedelic-rock and slacker dream pop – demonstrated to perfection with latest single ‘C.U.’.

Armed with the combined power of burning guitars, bubbling basslines and crashing drums, they craft a compelling sulky rock sound that is full of youthful yearning and glistening guitar lines. Amid dreamy synths, gauzy guitars, and heart-filled harmonies, ‘C.U.’ unravels gradually, channelling a cocktail of hurt and numbing anxieties into a sprawling epic of burning guitars and synth-soaked and lethargic vocals splattered with melancholy – for a mesmerizing four-and-a-half minutes that whooshes by with an electrifying, sonic alchemy.

Tune into ‘C.U.’ below: