Beev Rations – ‘Mystic Lover’


Based in Santander, Northern Spain, Beev Rations is the musical alter-ego of Alan James, a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, with a loving flair for psych-tinged, country & western flavoured folk jams.

Beev Rations introduced his wonderful wares with single ‘The Bigger Tricker’ – which as far as introductions go, you couldn’t ask for more. James’ latest ‘Mystic Lover’ is similarly lovable and in under two minutes, it waltzing its way into your heart with an old-word charm and rootsy blend of Doo Wop, Blues and Country. Filled with warmth, the vocals (and indeed the song itself) swoons with joy as the clip-clop percussion meanders through Everly Brothers-esque heavenly harmonies as guitars twang, shimmer and sparkle. There is something extremely familiar but different and original, brought no doubt by James’ unique and peculiar touch.

‘Mystic Lover’ is warm, charming and hard to resist – an incredibly heartfelt bundle of joy!

You can listen to ‘Mystic Lovers’ below now & if that is to your liking, there’s plenty more where that came from, over here.

DRINKS Announce New Album; Share ‘Real Outside’


With the release of their 2015 debut, Hermits On Holiday, DRINKS arguably bamboozled as many as they impressed – with I firmly in the latter camp.

The collaboration between Cate Le Bon and White Fence’s Tim Presley, DRINKS is about as peculiar as it is marvelously creative, and absolutely magnificent. Last week, to the sound of much jubilation, the pair confirmed the release of a second album, Hippo Lite, and shared the first track from the LP, ‘Real Outside’. A mash of the jerky angularity of post-punk and the creativity of ’60s-leaning-psychedelia and art-rock, ‘Real Outside’ is instantly bananas but as it reveals itself, a mesmeric hypnotic pattern emerges. The slowly plodding, off-kilter bass-line saunters at its own pace as if it exist in its own space, time and dimension while it mingles with jarring guitars that meld into the percussion and repeated jumbled lyrical phrases. Taken separately, it makes no sense but in tandem these discordant components hum sweetly.

Individually, Le Bon and Presley are formidable artists in their own respects but together as DRINKS, they are creative tour de force.

Hippo Lite is out April 20th via Drag City – for now, ‘Real Outside’ is below for your listening pleasure.

Gwenno Announces New Album; Shares New Single ‘Tir Ha Mor’


Welsh artist Gwenno – former Pipettes front-woman, Gwenno Saunders – is releasing her second album, Le Kov, on March 3 via Heavenly Recordings.

Le Kov is the follow-up to Y Dydd Olaf, Gwenno’s spellbinding debut solo album, which intricately weaved mixture of moods and textures, soft-edged synths, blissed out Krautrock and Motorik rhythms. Ahead of the hotly anticipated record, shared a video for its first single, ‘Tir Ha Mor’. The first single follows a similarly sublime formula, sung in Cornish, it is lush, sweeping, sparkling and brilliant. The video features Gwenno singing and dancing, and reflects ‘Tir Ha Mor’ colourful psychedelic leanings.

The album, Le Kov is sung entirely in Cornish and translates to “land and sea”, and while it has an awful lot to live up to if it’s reach the heady heights of Y Dydd Olaf but judging by ‘Tir Ha Mor’ at least, Gwenno is on the right track.

Sit back and enjoy ‘Tir Ha Mor’ below:

Lamb Markous – ‘Look Back Down’


Lamb Markous (aka Lambros Markousis) is a musician and songwriter from Buffalo, in the US.

Inspired by everything from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, John Lennon to Kendrick Lamar, his organic acoustic sounds are formed with lo-fi psychedelic textures and an experimental edge. His most recent work, a series of bedroom recordings, armed only with one mic and a computer, are astoundingly warm, inviting and great – the latest of which, is ‘Look Back Down’. It swoons and swells as it drips along melodically, at an unhurried canter along a rough, fuzzy acoustic strum and joined by a mildly mournful, lightly fuzzed vocals. While the lyrics kick back against the bullshit and hum-drum of life, ‘Look Back Down’ feels overwhelmingly optimistic, if somewhat melancholic, and fills the heart with warmth. A joy!

You can listen to ‘Look Back Down’ below, and there is plenty more where that came from, here.

Miles Dismond – ‘Maybe You Love Her’


Miles Dismond is a DIY singer/songwriter based out of Berkeley, CA, whose exploits find a home somewhere between the lo-fi psych-pop of Ariel Pink and hazy psychedelia of early Tame Impala.

Dismond introduced himself to us last year with a couple of sublime single – namely ‘She Doesn’t Care At All’ & ‘She’s In My Head’ – and he has kicked off 2018 in a similarly stylish manner with new single ‘Maybe You Love Her’. The new one is a jazzy cut of earworm psych-pop and one that finds Dismond at his mesmerising best. A melodic and colouful blend of frazzled doses of sunshine and loungey, washed-out vibes, it meanders, slinking, with a smooth and confident air of coolness. A beautiful confection of mellow vibes, mild psych undulations and meandering melodic sensibilities; slick work indeed.

There are rumours of an EP on the horizon too, but for now, latest single ‘Maybe You Love Her’ is plenty to occupy our time with.

Listen to ‘Maybe You Love Her’ below now: