Morrissey & Marshall – ‘She’s Got Love’

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London-based, Dublin duo Morrissey & Marshall are readying the release of their second album, due for release on May 26th.

Previewing the new record, the pair have unveiled single, ‘She’s Got Love’. It’s a timeless, immaculately tailored, super catchy slice of and infectious indie-pop. Lively, bright and chipper, ‘She’s Got Love is enveloped by janglely guitars, uplifting harmonies and a giddy, bouncy rhythm. This is as close to a perfect three-minute pop song as you’re likely to hear, and it is an impossible to resist, feel-good jam designed to paste smiles on faces. The two friends appear to possess an innate ability for incredibly catchy indie-pop, and long may it continue.

‘She’s Got Love’ will be released on May 5th and followed by a new album on May 26th. Brighten up your day below.

Flora Cash – ‘California’

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Swedish/American duo Flora Cash are a pair worth letting into your life.

Shpresa Lleshaj & Cole Randall are preparing to release their debut album, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine) on April 21st, ahead of which, comes their new single ‘California‘. The acoustic strumming of the guitar sets the tone for this brooding folk-inspired atmospheric cut. Utterly captivating, it brilliantly illustrates the power Flora Cash’s sobering, distinctive harmonies and ambient edge. A stellar tune charged with raw emotion, that effortlessly blends euphoric highlights with distinctively dark undertones. It will demand your full and undivided intention.

‘California’ is but one part of a 10 track patchwork that is their forthcoming LP, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine), out April 21st. Tune in now.

Orouni – ‘The Lives Of Elevators’

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Three albums deep already, French band Orouni are no novices, in fact they are virtuosos when it comes to classic, melodic guitar pop music.

Orouni’s carefully crafted arrangements are marked by an easy-going flow and a sense for melody and elegance – none more so than ‘The Lives Of Elevators’. The new track – which will be on their next album – is part of a live session with French streaming platform Findspire and followed by ‘The Devil And The Monk Seal’, from their most recent record Grand Tour (2014). Buoyed by an effortless ear for melody, ‘The Lives Of Elevators’ elegantly flits between melancholic and beautiful, fragile but authoritative, with lush arrangements and irresistible parps of brass. Charming and sometimes bittersweet, this is the class of perfect pop-craft associated with the likes of The Kinks, Sweet Baboo and Tap Tap et al. This is ever so endearing and delightful catchy but be warned, these pair of songs will get stuck in your head for days and days.

Orouni has recorded three albums to date, which can be acquired via Bandcamp, with another on the way in 2017. Check out ‘The Lives Of Elevators’ &  ‘The Devil And The Monk Seal’ below.

Foreign/National – ‘Mombasa’

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Over the past two years of so, Aussie five-piece Foreign/National have made a habit or treating our ears on a pretty regular basis with a sublime selection of singles and self-titled EP.

Now though, the Melbourne warped-pop merchants are about to release their long-awaited debut album. Entitled Dépaysement, it will be with us on February 3rd and is preceded by another fine single ‘Mombasa’. The new track is another similarly sumptuous slice of jolly, warped pop. Breezy as the day is long, ‘Mombasa’ is a supremely infectious modern psych-pop tune. A bright, blissful, and melody-filled slice of sun-kissed psychedelic pop music, that will keep you grooving right along, providing some respite from the January blues.

Foreign/National’s debut LP Dépaysement, will be with us on February 3rd but for now, sample delights of ‘Mombasa’ below. It is fabulous!

Peaness Share ‘Seafoam Islands’, Announce New 7″

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Chester outfit Peaness have impressed at every given opportunity thus far, and the indie-pop trio are signing off on 2016 with news of a new 7″ for 2017.

‘Same Place’ will be released on January 27th through Cardiff’s Odd Box Record and accompanied by b-side ‘Seafoam Islands’. Before the 7″ release, as a taster, we’ve got the b-side. ‘Seafoam Islands’ gloriously parades the irresistible facets of Peaness’ brand of melodic, indie-pop goodness. It is insanely catchy and addictive indie-pop, littered with gloriously sweet harmonies, catchy riffs and a light coat of fuzz, while the wonderfully mellifluous vocals add the final sprinkle of magic dust on top. Another indie-pop gem and Peaness, it would seem, can do no wrong at the moment and long may it continue!

Same Place / Seafoam Islands is out on January 27 through Odd Box Records (more info here) and will be followed by a new, as-yet-untitled second EP and UK tour. You can check out ‘Seaform Islands’ and it’s delightful video below, now.

Organised Scum – ‘The Rare Gift of Healing’

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London based duo Organised Scum – Tom Duggins (Vocals / Guitar) and Sean Canty (Drums / Keys) – are plotting the release of their debut EP, The Rare Gift of Healing next month.

The pair have made their name thus far for peddling melodic, Britpop indebted indie, none more so than their previous single ‘Insane Making Behaviour’. Ahead of the release of their debut EP, the pair have shared latest single and title-track, ‘The Rare Gift of Healing’. It is a rare gift indeed and with it, they bring all the laid-back, lounge-y vibes. Plying repetitive riffs, chilled vocals and simile inducing and choruses, Organised Scum brew an earwormy, gentle, woozy and ruminative cut of alt-pop. Breezy, blissful and brilliant, this is one to kick back and relax with – and if the EP matches this standard we are in for a treat.

Organised Scum will release their debut EP on 2nd December. For the time being, you can get acquainted with the title-track – ‘The Rare Gift of Healing’ and some other choice cuts – below.

Ablebody – ‘One Dime A Day’

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Ablebody are a Los Angeles-based duo with a flair for velvety smooth, pristine pop.

Comprised of identical twins Christoph and Anton Hochheim, their debut album, Adult Contemporaries, was released last month through Lolipop Records. The latest single lifted from the aforementioned record is ‘One Dime A Day'; a dreamy slice of stellar pop-craft, that sparkles with easy, compact melodicism. With it, we are treated to, an irresistible wave of hypnotising, glistening synths, slinky grooves, shimmering guitars and a little bit of reverb. While musically it oozes with retro casual breeziness and a mildly twinkling glam rhythm, ‘One Dime A Day’ is tempered perfectly by the somewhat mournful vocals. In doing so, Ablebody expertly eking out a perfect point between shimmering optimism and despondent sadness. Ablebody clearly have a spark for earwormy pop gems and their debut, Adult Contemporaries most certainly warrants further investigation.

Adult Contemporaries is out now and you can sample the delights of ‘One Dime A Day’ below.

Mowbird – ‘Greetings, All!’ EP | A Magnificent Happy-Go-Lucky Fuzz-Fest

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Mowbird have been big favourites around here since bursting into view with their superb debut album Islander back in 2014; a fun-filled adventure in soul-consuming, fuzzy indie-pop.

Since their 2014 debut the North Walian quartet have been pretty quiet – releasing a single with Sweet Baboo & the One-Offs compilation – but that’s all changed with a brand new EP, Greetings, All!. Adorned with all the hallmarks which singles them out as one of the finest purveyors of fuzzy indie-pop, Mowbird’s new EP is a whirlwind of mostly sub 2-minute adventures in fuzzy, fun-filled blasts of scuzzy, sweetly melodic garagey, noise-pop. From the exuberant bursts of energy from saw-tooth opener ‘Pulsator’ to the hyperactive power-pop explosion of ‘My Boyfriend, The Alien’, there is an irresistible alchemy at work. What makes Mowbird ear-pleasing racket is, it is combined with a poppy sheen, catchy harmonies, melodies and hooks; and some stunning organ work (an intrinsic part of their sound). In typical Mowbird fashion, this magnificent happy-go-lucky fuzz-fest will be bouncing round your head all day long.

You can listen to some choice cut from Greetings, All! below or stream/purchase it here.

Queen of Jeans – ‘Moody’

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Philadelphia’s Queen of Jeans and their brand of retro, garagey, indie left an indelible mark upon their introduction, close to a year ago.

Since then, they’ve been busy gigging around the US, released a couple of singles, a debut EP and added a fourth member to their crew. The now quartet have just released a new video for ‘Moody’ – shot and directed by Bob Sweeney – it is one of the finest moments from their aforementioned debut EP. A timely reminder of Queen of Jeans’ charms, ‘Moody’ is a six-minute sweeping, broody and mildly psychedelic mix of retro charm, set to enchant you with an enthralling, dramatic and, well, moody combination of lush harmonies twangy guitars, waltzing percussion and haunting, stirring melodies.

You can check out the video for ‘Moody’ below, and their debut EP is here, while you’re at it – it does not disappoint.

Trails And Ways Share New Single ‘Happiness'; The Second From Their Forthcoming LP

Trails and Ways are gearing up to release their new album, Own It on October 7th.

There is no one better when it comes to sun-drenched, tropical-tinged indie-pop – something laid out emphatically by their wonderfully infectious debut LP, Pathology. The California foursome’s latest single ‘Happiness’ – the second to be lifted from the forthcoming record, following ‘My Things’ earlier this summer – is a blissful, buoyant synth-filled track. ‘Happiness’ with its crisp and bright guitar melody, bubbly chorus, joy-inducing hand claps, powerful rhythmic bass lines and charming male/female vocal interchanges, on the surface at least, everything seems blissfully all right. Lyrically however ‘Happiness’ delves into the challenging issue of whether human pursuit of happiness is impossible and it it is the juxtaposition between this and the carefree sound that makes this tune what it is; magnificent!

Trails and Ways also have a massive tour coming up too, so check here to see if they are playing a town near you soon!

You can listen to ‘Happiness’ below and the new LP, Own It is out on October 7th.