The Molochs – ‘Too Lost In Love’

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LA’s The Molochs are gearing up to release their second album Flowers In The Spring, due September 7th via Innovative Leisure.

Previous record, 2017’s America’s Velvet Glory is a love-letter to the guitar; with its cheery acoustic chords, jangly indie and surf-rock vibes and flourishes of ’60s psychedelic folk. And with the second single lifted from their forthcoming album, ‘Too Lost In Love’ falls somewhere similar on the guitar lovers spectrum. ‘Too Lost In Love’ carves out a joyous, lackadaisical and carefree identity, with its sun-drenched blend of swooning melodies, bright and breezy ’80s indie jangle, swaying surf-rock, flurry of whimsical ’60s garage and sunkissed reverb. In short, it is a charming strain of gloriously ramshackle and instantly addictive lo-fi garage pop. So, the question is, what’s not to like?

Check out the delight that is ‘Too Lost In Love’. Album number two, Flowers In The Spring follows on September 7th.

Charlie Lane – ‘Crazy Happy’

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Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Charlie Lane does a fine line in bittersweet indie-pop.

Lane, who last introduced herself with 2016 EP Mood Swings & Antidepressants, has returned with a superb new single ‘Crazy Happy’.

Witty and distinctive, the Melbourne-based artist is as witty offers up a bittersweet cut of indie-pop exploring the tangled hearts of a destructive relationship. Opening with an irresistible riff and steady back beat, the laid-back musical vibes swell as the song progresses and joined by a gorgeous trumpet line, a touch of brass giving proceedings a triumphant lift. Despite this underlying sense of angst in the lyrics, ‘Crazy Happy’ is surprisingly chipper, especially the sweet pop vocals, conjuring up some dazzling summertime vibes as she bares her soul to the world.

Packed with charisma and charm, listen to ‘Crazy Happy’ below:

Whyte Horses – ‘Never Took the Time’

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Manchester psych-pop outfit Whyte Horses whisk us off to a land of blissful, dreamy psychedelia that sounds both familiar yet fresh.

Whyte Horses released their wonderfully uplifting and timeless second album Empty Words back in March and it sounds simultaneously like everything and nothing you’ve ever heard. ‘Never Took the Time’ is the latest single lifted from the record and it displays all the best of what Whyte Horses and their album has to offer you in under four-minutes. Filled with shimmery, wistful, ’60s pop hues, ‘Never Took The Time’ takes us on a swirling, kaleidoscopic journey through all lush psychedelic, hazy, dreamy melodies, eastern guitar twangs and sweeping grandiose orchestral pop. A final and crowning touch of enigmatic beauty is provided by the dual vocals of Leonore Wheatley (The Soundcarriers) and Mélanie Pain (formerly of Nouvelle Vague) – absolutely magical!

‘Never Took The Time’ and its video comes just a mere few weeks before members of The Go! Team will join The Whyte Horses Experience (alongside La Roux, Badly Drawn Boy, Melanie Pain and St Barts Choir) at their huge multi-media, special guest-laden headline show at Royal Festival Hall on September 13th.

As previously mentioned, ‘Never Took The Time’ comes with colourful video directed by James Slater, which you can also stream below. If it is to your liking, you can listen to the latest album here too. Enjoy!

October Fires – ‘Pray’

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October Fires are Kildare-based alt-pop foursome of Carol Somers, Lisa Baker, Eoghan O’Neill and Eric Somers.

Their latest single is called ‘Pray’ and going by that, October Fires have found a perfect blend between beauty and otherworldy eeriness.

From the gentle harmonies and piano-led opening to ‘Pray’, you would be forgiven for expecting a full on folk ballad but as it develops, layer upon layer reveals itself to be a more thrilling and chilling beast. As it progresses, ‘Pray’ slowly shifts itself off to an otherworldy zone with a flurry of unsettling piano plonking and guitar notes beneath swelling percussion. The vocals, crystalline and soulful, rise from the unsettling, murky shadows and cut a sway through a majestic collage of spectral swirls, dark and haunting atmospherics, and trip-hoppy beats to top off this chilling, beguiling and beautiful song perfectly. With its spooky, gothic, haunting and otherworldly aura, altogether, it makes for a rather compelling listen.

Listen to ‘Pray’ below now:

Angry Saints – ‘Satan’s In Your Neighbourhood’

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Fresh off the back of releasing their debut album, Nothing New In The Human Zoo, Madrid-based alt-rock outfit Angry Saints have shared new single ‘Satan’s In Your Neighbourhood’.

Formed in Madrid in 2015, the foursome comprised of Lindsay Moxham, Ricardo Regúlez, Dave Robinson & Carol Viñe – from Spain, Australia & England – have a preference for powerful alternative rock with a bit of punk, psych and power-pop (among others) thrown in for good measure. ‘Satan’s In Your Neighbourhood’ captures this aesthetic perfectly with its meaty guitars, muscular riffs, rumbling bassline and powerful percussion set to a jarring, frantic and unsettling backdrop. Throughout their album the songs are set against a backdrop of varied landscapes – the sea, the desert, dreams and nightmares; your apocalypse of choice – and aptly with ‘Satan’s In Your Neighbourhood’ it is very much the latter two. What marks Angry Saints (and indeed the debut LP) is an enviable ability to strike a balance between the darker tones in the lyrics, sometimes menacing backdrop and the upbeat/uptempo nature of the sound.

A great track and a superb introductory point for their debut LP Nothing New In The Human Zoo. Tune in below.