NAH. – ‘Take Me Home’

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NAH. are a five-piece based out of Washington DC, who blend lo-fi indie vibes with a touch of psychedelia.

Together, this five-piece create an expansive sound that is captivating and deeply emotive; and one that is hard not to fall under its spellbinding powers. Capturing this aesthetic is their newest release ‘Take Me Home’, taken from their latest EP Social Meteor. Opening with a hazy and atmospheric sound, ‘Take Me Home’ slowly reveals itself drawing the listener deeper and deeper under its captivating spell. It all builds toward a stunning climax enveloped in guitars, synths, pulsing drum beat and frazzled psych-tones. Matching the stirring and affecting mood of ‘Take Me Home’ is the powerful yet fragile, moving vocals from Emma Bleker. Nothing short of brilliant!

You can listen to ‘Take Me Home’ below & the EP, here.

Penguin – ‘Fiction’

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Penguin are protopunk-influenced alt-rock newcomers from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who made their musical introduction with debit single ‘Not A Problem’ back in May.

On that occasion the Geordie outfit delivered a cut of anthemic, indie-rock brilliance; and they are at it again with latest single. ‘Fiction’ is an irresistible three-minutes of relentless, fast-paced alt-pop fizzing with a lively electricity. Propelled onward by clattering percussion, driven guitars, meaty riffs and playful rhythms, ‘Fiction’ is as infectiously sing-a-long as Futureheads at their very best. And if that comparision where not enough, the wonderfully exuberant breakdown finale brings to mind the late, great Beta Band. An utterly marvellous fun and riff-filled adventure to a place of sheer joy! If this doesn’t warm your heart and plaster a delirious grin across your face, nothing will.

‘Fiction’ is out now, listen to it below.

Introducing: The Psychic Alliance

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The Psychic Alliance are a Canadian band, based out of Vancouver, who excite and enthral with their fuzzy west coast psych.

The Vancouver outfit recently released their third LP, Evil Against Evil – blending psych with stomping sixties garage, b-movie horror tones and touches of The Stooges, MC5, Black Sabbath, Ray Davies & Bowie. Offering a favour of their heady brew is ‘No Fixed Address'; a blistering ’60s garage stormer filled with swinging guitars, scintillating riffs, frenetic organ and percussion; and all delivered with a ‘we-mean-business’ attitude. ‘Yesteryear’ is also full of psychedelic endeavour but offers a more melodic take on their West Coast psych. The organ work is still the driving force, and joined by jazzy drums, spooky feedback and guitar licks a plenty. ‘Yesteryear’ like ‘No Fixed Address’ – something of a feature on their new LP – is prone to full-on psych freak-out at any moment, with a healthy dose of the macabre but with an underlying playfulness or wry humour.

To get a flavour of what The Psychic Alliance are all about, you can listen to ‘Yesteryear’ & ‘No Fixed Address’ below.

Their new record Evil Against Evil is available here.

Wall of Ears – ‘We Go Outside’

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Seattle-based outfit Wall of Ears – comprised of Chris Lott, Tony Pettigrew, Bryant Hammonds, Derrick Wright & Jon Ruseski – introduced us to their sublime and subtly seductive brand of psychedelic pop with single ‘Floating of the Line’, back in May.

Following on from those wonderfully lush undulations, Wall of Ears have returned with another premier piece of West Coast psych-pop pleasure in the shape of ‘We Go Outside’. The new single postures itself in a similar space as early Franz Ferdinand but donned with a psych-tinged shroud. Staccato guitars join disco rhythms, stuttering drum, splashings synth and cymbals to allow the rich, warm, honeyed croon resonate completely. Having released their latest album Hello Beautiful Nothing back in April, ‘We Go Outside’ provides a tidy reminder of what’s in store on that record.

Listen to ‘We Go Outside’ below. Tune into the album here.

Retro Kid – ‘Time Waster’ (feat. Emily Bolton)

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Copenhagen outfit Retro Kid introduced themselves to us earlier this summer with a series of irresistible electronic productions in the shape of their self-titled EP.

Not content with that, Retro Kid have shared genre-hopping new single, ‘Time Waster’. It is an enticing blend of folk, pop and electronica, featuring the melodic vocal delights of Emily Bolton atop. Driven by busy, galloping beats which are joined in tandem by fat basslines and electro squelches, ‘Time Waster’ is anything but. The sweet melodies, bouts of breeziness, synthetic acid twists are joyful and playful, reminding us that Retro Kid are one of the finest new discoveries of summer 2017. Bright, sprightly and damn irresistible – ‘Time Waster’ – is all kinds of wonderful.

You can tune into ‘Time Waster’ (feat. Emily Bolton) above. You can check out their debut EP here.

Introducing: Les Pantalons

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Belfast outfit Les Pantalons formed in mid-2016 in response to an online ad which may have had some bearing on why the band’s sound is fused from such a wide and diverse mix of styles.

Taking in parts indie, punk, alt-rock, folk, some Balkan sensibilities and a touch of the macabre – and you’ve got what Les Pantalons are all about. To date, the Belfast outfit have released two very good EPs (their 2016 self-titled EP and The Double and Coke EP, earlier in 2017) and two of the finer moments being ‘Cold Ground’ and ‘Do You Believe’. The former, ‘Cold Ground’, is a racey guitar-pop stomp fuelled by twangy guitar, stomping beat and rich and distinctive vocals in a wonderful fusion of what sounds like Balkan-folk meets The Coral. ‘Do You Believe’ is no less memorable and showcases a more patient and dark side to their musical endeavours. Raw vocals, slow building instrumentation and sinister atmosphere combine to create a creepy, unsettling and altogether darker side to Les Pantalons. Two quite different but equally entralling sides of the Les Pantalons coin – an act to keep tabs on for sure.

You can check out ‘Cold Ground’ & ‘Do You Believe’ below, the rest of their catalogue is available here.

Satin Jackets – ‘Northern Lights’ (ft. David Harks)

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German producer Satin Jackets has joined forces with Brighton-bred/Berlin-based artist David Harks for latest single ‘Northern Lights’.

Inspired by a recent trip to Norway and experiencing the Northern Lights, so moved was Tim Bernhardt aka Satin Jackets, the new single is his attempt to capture some of his experiences in musical form. ‘Northern Lights’ is as spectacular as one would imagine its namesake to be. It is a cruisy, disco-infused indie-electro delight with a chilled vibe, lovely floaty melody, a mild undercurrent of the Balearic and a healthy sprinkling of cosmic pop – due in no small part to some incredibly dreamy vocals courtesy of Mr. Harks. Undeniably infectious, this aural treat is sure to sooth your soul and get your head bopping to its pulsing electro beat groove. David Harks has been delivering the goods – under his solo guise & with Safetalk – for a while now but Satin Jackets is a new intro (for me at least), and one we’re better for.  Such is the high calibre of ‘Norther Lights’, let’s all hope these pair collaborate again in future.

Check ‘Northern Lights’ out below.

Introducing: Hollow Everdaze

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Looking from the outside at least, it certainly seems like it is a great time for guitar bands in Australia, and Western Victoria’s Hollow Everdaze are as good as any.

The five piece’s brand of psych-pop is simultaneously retro and current, blending the hooks of ’60s surf with orchestral arrangement and some electronic experimentation – something fully realised on their much-awaited debut LP Cartoons, which came out in June. The LP’s title-track captures their brilliance in just shy of five-minutes of psych splendour. ‘Cartoons’ opens like a joyous and infectious psych-tinged trip to the clouds. It floats along a dreamy path of shimmering guitar licks, hazy synth, which make way for a melodic blend of buoyant licks, sharp rhythms as the tune veers into new territory. There are hints of darkness lurking throughout but it is by the midway point that they come to the fore, enveloping all in its wake. ‘Catastrophe’ is all feelgood echo and reverb that swells, building an energy that demands your undivided attention. Such a cool, breezy vibe, and suitably summery.

Tune into ‘Cartoons’ & ‘Catastrophe’ below & while you’re at it, the album can be found here.

Omaloma – ‘Aros O Gwmpas’

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‘Aros O Gwmpas’ is the brand new single from Omaloma, the latest musical incarnation from Welsh artist George Amor; formerly of now defunct Welsh psyche supremos Sen Segur.

Following on from shimmering, psychedelic escapism of debut single ‘Ha Ha Haf’ and ‘Eniwe’, with this new one ‘Aros O Gwmpas’, Amor has distilled the very essence of summer. Self-described as ‘Welsh language psychedelic space schmooze’, the song dazzles us with three minutes of shimmering, sun-kissed and gravity defying and dreaminess. A slinky soft-disco groove, spacey-synth and alluring, peaks through the haze to mingle gracefully with floating vocals, delivering the poetic welsh language. This is soft, soothing and effortless psych-pop perfection. Ladies & Gentleman, we are floating in space.

Tune into the sound of summer below. ‘Aros O Gwmpas’ is out now via Recordiau Cae Gwyn.

Candice Gordon Announces Debut Album; Shares ‘Nobody’

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Berlin-based, Dublin-raised Candice Gordon is set to release her debut full length album Garden of Beasts on the 9th of September 2017 via Proper Octopus Records.

Gordon has featured on here numerous times over the years, with a series of glorious gothic-tinged singles and EPs, so it’s great to learn that an album is finally ready for release. Garden of Beasts is produced by labelmate A.S. Fanning, and mixed by Ingo Krauss (Swans, Iggy and the Stooges), and preceded by ‘Nobody’. The album is inspired by moving to Berlin and observing the very dark and heavy history that is visible and inescapable everywhere in the city, and as such, it is now surprise that the lead single is a gloriously gothic-tinged thunderbolt of punk and garage. With a stomping rhythm, ‘Nobody’ explores a richly dark sonic landscape, with which Gordon’s powerful voice routinely pierces in flourishes, continuously and potently driving the song’s momentum forward. Exceptional. We’ve been waiting for this album for quite sometime but so far, it looks like it has been worth the wait.

Tune in to ‘Nobody’ below & keep your eyes peeled for the LP in September.