Blackaby – ‘Georgie Wants A Garden’

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‘Georgie Wants A Garden’ is the sunny new single from Blackaby, a London trio fronted by William Blackaby and released through the Record in Peace label’s, RIP Introduces series.

The series, now on its second volume, shines a light on emerging artists and collecting them for an end of year vinyl compilation; the latest, as we said, is ‘Georgie Wants A Garden’. It is a three-minute outpouring of good vibes as heavenly harmonies ebb and flow over the gentle guitars and soft, almost brushed percussion. The trio’s take on ’60s inspired folk-pop is divine, with a loungey, lazy-day feel and shimmering, sunkissed glow making for an irresistibly lush tune as it skips on by. An absolute delight!

Listen to ‘Georgie Wants A Garden’ below. Volume 1 of the RIP Introduces series is here too.

 

Bad Flamingo – ‘Running from the Lawman’

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Mysterious masked musical duo Bad Flamingo introduced us to their slick blend of Americana-tinged, exquisite pop finesse with stellar single, ‘Lucky Ones’.

Close to 12 months on and the pair are back with a new single ‘Running from the Lawman’ – and its one that not only continues the high quality but also the western theme. It drips of infectious, sun-drenched tones as it shuffles along strutting basslines, smokey acoustic guitars and a drum beat that trots as the smouldering vocals slink their way between the instrumentation, meandering through the hazy, desert like atmosphere. There is a real air of mystery and intrigue to ‘Running from the Lawman’ with its desert-drenched guitar riffs and swaggering sun-beaten groove. At just over three minutes, ‘Running from the Lawman’ slinks its way into your head, and will be be pleasantly floating there all day.

Listen to ‘Running from the Lawman’ below and rumour has it that a debut LP may be forthcoming in the not so distant future, so keep an eye out for that too.

Terra Pines – ‘Dream Big’

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Self-professed purveyors “sludgepop” and “grungegaze”, Terra Pines is an Australian trio comprised of Kelly Hanlon (guitar/vocals), Owen Dengate (guitar/vocals) and Cameron Smith (drums/vocals).

Playful genre descriptions aside, the Aussie outfit make powerful, fuzz-filled guitar tunes and just this month, have released their self-titled album. The album is fronted by rambunctious new single ‘Dream Big'; a perfect intro and one that will have you scooting straight over to the new album. An absolutely brilliant three minutes of fuzzed-up-noise, ‘Dream Big’ is tempered by her lilting vocals, while gritty guitars, heavy reverberating drums and rocking a crunchy, fuzz-heavy riff that rips through the track. For all the powerhouse pieces of post punk, shoegaze and grunge, there is a subtle seam of dreampop running through its core, eking out a near perfect space between sludge, fuzz and hazy pop.

Tune into ‘Dream Big’ below and if it is too your liking, why not check out Terra Pines’ debut record here.

The Garrys – ‘Makeout at the Drive-in’

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The Garrys are sisters trio from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada who conjure up surfy, garage-pop with a dash of doo-wop.

Their new single ‘Makeout at the Drive-In’ is a shimmering slice of surf pop, with a hazy evocative atmosphere and melancholic longing at the heart of The Garry’s reverb-laden opus. Framed by quivering guitar licks, twangs and hazy fuzz, it has a mysterious downbeat vibe that conspire to create a somewhat eerie sound. For all this laid-back, mellow and sleepy undulating wonder, the trio’s true power comes from the entwined, sublime surfy, vocal harmonies of the three singers; delightful, pristine and utterly irresistible. With a touch of wistful, youthful yearning, ‘Makeout at the Drive-in’ is a sparkling introduction to The Garrys’ sound.

The Garrys release their new single ‘Makeout at the Drive-In’ on May 13 through Grey Records.

The single is lifted from the trio’s latest album, Surf Manitou, which comes highly recommended also, especially if you like reverb-laden, harmonious surfy goodness. Listen to it here.

Amber Arcades Announces New Album; Shares ‘Simple Song’

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Dutch musician Annelotte De Graaf aka Amber Arcades will release new album European Heartbreak on September 28th via Heavenly Recordings.

De Graaf quite rightly won widespread acclaim with her sparkling 2016 debut LP, Fading Lines, which not only earmarked Amber Arcades as potent psych-pop prospect but also delivered one of the albums of the year.

For its follow up, European Heartbreak, Amber Arcades has teamed up with Chris Cohen from Deerhoof, and ramping up the anticipation, is a trilogy of videos telling a modern European (love) story, touching on various thoughts and feelings that inspired the new record – the latest taste comes in the form of ‘Simple Song’, marking an evolution from her debut. It danders along broad guitars, gentle synth melodies and warm, swooning swells of delightful brass, all the while, De Graaf ‘s honeyed vocal remains contemplative until rising above a sea of guitar fuzz and layers of mist with the climaxing chorus. Sublime, divine psych-pop – ‘Simple Song’ finds Amber Arcades in fine form and evolving the superlative sound of her wonderful debut.

European Heartbreak is out on September 28th via Heavenly Recordings. For now, check out ‘Simple Song’ below.