Introducing: Blue Movies

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Blue Movies is the musical and songwriting pairing of London-based artists Mat Eric Hart and Tom Ball, who have a preference for slow, mellow and relaxing psych-infused indie lullabies.

These beautiful berceuse’s emanate from an enchanting playground of woozy, undulating soothing sounds, that is hauntingly melancholic yet also blissfully hypnotic. The pair’s recently released debut album, Disenchantment, is a treasure trove of such wondrous delights. Lead single ‘Caramel Dreams’ with its slow, ruminating rhythmic development and lush vocals is perfect case in point. The vocals begin to rise, to meet the gorgeous unfolding instrumental soundscape and elegant and melodic guitar work. As with the rest of the record, it is an elegant, captivating and slow brewing dream; juts like the aptly titled ‘Relax’.

Check out ‘Caramel Dreams’ and ‘Relax’ below. Two sublime snippets from the soothing, mellow vibes of Disenchantment.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #9

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 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 top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #8. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

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Animal House – ‘Coca Cola’

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Some tunes get stuck in your head for days, some are so catchy that they render one powerful to resist and others compel the need for your full and undivided attention – and then there are those that do all three.

Exercising all those powers at once is brand new single from Brighton-based Australian indie-outfit Animal House. Their new single ‘Coca Cola’ is overflowing with addictive elements and woos you with a vibrant blend of jangly melodies and immensely infectious hooks, alongside metronomic beats, a touch of cowbell and a hugely addictive refrain. It is a bright, bouncy and unbelievably catchy song, that’s impossible not to love.

‘Coca Cola’ is taken from the band’s new EP Hot Bodies, due for release on June 9th. It follows their debut EP, which already received significant praise on its release last year.

Listen to ‘Coca Cola’ now:

Introducing: Francobollo

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London-based Swedes Francobollo care little for labels or genres, and appear fearless in their quest to create songs which blend, morph and encompass styles by the bucket load.

Part indie, part glam, part electronic, part psych, prog and post-punk – and a whole lot brilliant – their debut album ‘Long Live Life’, out July 14, promises to be quite an adventure. Preceding it’s release is ‘Worried Times'; an irresistibly catchy psych-infused guitar jam. Buoyant pop melodies and light easy-on-the ear vocals are juxtaposed with wailing guitars, burning basslines and pounding drums that explode into periodic bursts of energy and screeching vocals. Previous single ‘Wonderful’ of a similarly irresistible and experimental lucky bag in nature; albeit with a much slower pace and swaying melody.

Francobollo’s debut album ‘Long Live Life’, is out July 14, via Square Leg Records. Ahead of that, please check out ‘Worried Times’ & ‘Wonderful’ below.

Christopher Pellnat – ‘GTA’

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Christopher Pellnat is a musician & songwriter from Hudson, New York, who’s preference is for lo-fi tunes with an earworm quality.

Pellnat’s latest single ‘GTA’ is an infectious ode to playing computer games, young love, Nintendo 64 and of course, Grand Theft Auto. Musically speaking it is a playful, fun and consuming blend of Beck meets Cornershop. This genre absorbing sound is equally unique and strange; the lovable oddity and off-kilter whimsy probably wouldn’t resonate so much were it not for the moments of melodic sweetness and infectious groove threaded through. Add to that an intoxicating array of beats from bouncy danceable percussion, tamberine woods and samples and we’re powerless to resist. On this evidence at least, Christopher Pellnat is a unique and creative voice.

Check out ‘GTA’ below & if that is to your liking, there’s much more over on his SoundCloud page.

JW Ridley – ‘1990’

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Londoner JW Ridley has returned with a beautifully understated new single ‘1990’.

The new single follows motorik, urgent sliver of alternative-indie-disco collaboration with Dan Carey ‘Everything (Deathless)’, and sees Ridley embark on an immersive journey inwards. More focused on atmosphere and delicate ambience, ‘1990’ is led by rippling piano and warm chimes of guitar, it builds from an origin of fragility into a stunning supernova climax. This is the sort of captivating, emotion-filled song that compels you to listen, demanding all of your undivided attention. Great to hear from JW Ridley again and hopefully we’ll be treated to further new releases in the not so distant future too.

For now, of course there is the no so small matter of ‘1990’. Enjoy its stunning qualities below.

Wall of Ears – ‘Floating of the Line’

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Seattle-based outfit Wall of Ears – comprised of Chris Lott, Tony Pettigrew, Bryant Hammonds, Derrick Wright & Jon Ruseski – craft sublime and subtly seductive psychedelic pop.

Don’t just take my word for it, the quintet’s latest single ‘Floating of the Line’ provides all the evidence required. Lush undulating ripples of synthesizers and samples mingle with warm, indie-guitar jangle to create a colourful sound which pushes to the fringes of weird. An urgency emerges amid the dreamy, head-bobbing wanderings, driven by powerful, impassioned vocals and drums; that said it at all times remains true to its psych-pop raison d’etre, as it sways and moves in a lush sort of way. An immersive sound with beautiful flourishes, abstract flows and sultry flavors. This is premier West Coast psych-pop pleasures by way of Seattle.

Check out ‘Floating of the Line’ and it’s equally colourful video below. Hopefully there is more where that came from soon.

Atlas Cedar – ‘In Hollywood’

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Atlas Cedar is the moniker of Glaswegian musician and songwriter Chris Syme.

Syme’s musical influences take in everything from Syd Barrett to Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon to Yes, and more; leaving us with a delightfully charming blend of Americana and folk infused guitar-pop. It is something born out with the latest release from Atlas Cedar is new single ‘In Hollywood’. A layered guitar number, it certainly tips its hat to the 60s, with Syme’s reflective, hushed vocals and hazy instrumentation filling the song with warm and inviting vibes. A breezy jangle with beautiful, irresistible melodies, what’s not to like?

‘In Hollywood’ is out now via RIP Records, the 5th in their new single series, you can sample its aural delights below.

If this one is to your liking, be sure to check out more of Atlas Cedar here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #8

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 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 top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #8. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

You can follow me on Spotify here.

Bad Mannequins – ‘Buzz Killer Skinny Gene’

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Glasgow-based duo Bad Mannequins – Ross Hamilton (lead vocals/guitar) and Jamie McGrory (drums/vocals) – are here to fill your need for fiery, hyperactive garage-rock.

The pair are gearing up to release the first of a trilogy of EPs trilogy, Deny Til U Die Part I; ahead of which they’ve shared their new single, ‘Buzz Killer Skinny Gene’. It is a sub three minute blast of fiery garage-rock filled with scintillating riffs and stomping percussion. It’s fierce, fiery and profoundly catchy rock ‘n roll delivered with a piercing intensity that brings to mind the early days of The Strokes. A word of warning, so cathcy is this one, it’s likely to be traveling around your head for weeks.

Check out the blistering brilliance of ‘Buzz Killer Skinny’ Gene below.