Cosmic Strip – ‘Heavenly’

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Cosmic Strip is a London-based outfit revolving around frontwoman Camella Agabalyan, who, with her her ‘cosmic friends’ – Alice (guitar), Jack (bass), Omar (drums), and Jay (synth) – carefully weave a sound self-described as “music to move the stars”.

Following an eight-month gap from darkly alluring previous single ‘Echo Chamber’, Cosmic Strip have returned with ‘Heavenly'; a heady brew of beautifully hewn shoegaze with flourish of psych. ‘Heavenly’ is a beautiful return, all about mood and atmosphere, it thrives within the layers upon layers of shimmering guitars and spacey atmospherics. From this cloud of melodic mist, humming bass and reverb ascend to new levels of sound as dreamy guitars wrap around each note and Agabalyan’s sweeping honeyed tones float atop as ‘Heavenly’ rushes past in an intoxicating haze, as it pushes higher and higher.

A lush, addictive and colourful single, you can check it out below.

Automatism – ‘Propeller Propulsion‘

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Automatism is an instrumental kraut/space rock band from Stockholm, Sweden.

Formed in the spring of 2017 by guitarist Hans Hjelm, who gathered friends and band members from Kungens Män and New Rose – Gustav Nygren (guitar), Mikael Tuominen (bass), Jonas Yrlid (drums) – their songs are born from live improvisation in the studio, with overdubs added later, resulting in part psych, kraut and space rock excursions.

Having released debut album At The Lake earlier this year, the latest single lifted from is ‘Propeller Propulsion‘ and it is massive – a sprawling 12 minute long hypnotic intrepid adventure in sound and space. Opening with a haze of hissing noise, distortion and fuzz which begins to fade as cosmic cascading guitars riff and chime, and come to the fore. Propelled on by a motorik/ krautrock beat, what we are left with is something rather special indeed as it expands the blissed-out rhythms, while enveloping everything in a sea of beautiful spaced-out noise.

A heady brew of swirling psych, Krautrock and Motorik rhythms, it is a wonder of imagination and ideas that burrows into your consciousness, building into an enthralling ride. Awe-inspiring stuff, just wow!

The Radio Edit is below but you can find the Full Monty over here, along with the rest of the album.

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.

ilu – ‘Graffiti Hen Ewrop’

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Welsh label Libertino Records has fast become a reliable mine of intriguing and altogether wonderful sounds and we’ve struck gold once again with their latest release from ilu.

Dividing their time recording between Tallinn, Estonia and rural Wales, Ilu are mysterious Welsh Psych/Krautrock newcomers crafting epic, spacey, interstellar hymns – of Spiritualized proportions. Backing up these lofty claims is stunning debut single ‘Graffiti Hen Ewrop’. Propelled along Krautrock, motoric grooves ‘Graffiti Hen Ewrop’, spacey synths and heavenly harmonies envelop spiky post-punk guitars and bass rumbles which coalesces into one coherent, unstoppable sound. Sizzling danceable grooves are woven tightly into their mammoth tones and grinding churn, which is all punctuated with a beautiful yet melancholic sense of longing. As far as debut singles go, they don’t come much bigger or better than ‘Graffiti Hen Ewrop'; an immaculate palate of sonics, sounds and textures

Ilu’s debut single ‘Graffiti Hen Ewrop’ is out on August 3rd – check it out below.

Ead Wood & The Heights – ‘Ignored’

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Bristol’s Ead Wood (aka Ed Soles) & The Heights (aka South London band Margot), have just released new single ‘Ignored’ – and oh my, it is a doozy!

‘Ignored’ is the first track lifted from their new EP titled Beige Dreams and is a bright and breezy three and a half minutes of pristine guitar-pop that rolls along with infectious ease. Opening with The Primitives-esque sparkle, it builds upon enchanting psych-pop origins through a lush blend of sinuous off-kilter melodies, irresistible guitar-jangle and sighing, bittersweet vocals with its lilting chorus to a woozy, laid-back and spaced-out sojourn midway through – before seeing us out as we began with bright and energetic guitar-pop. In truth, it is hard not to be taken by this wonderful slice of guitar-pop perfection. An allure that is charming, enchanting and altogether impossible to resist.

The track is the first from a new EP titled Beige Dreams. Check out ‘Ignored’ below.