Introducing: Miles Dismond

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For those of us who fell head over heals for the hazy psychedelia of Lonerism-era Tame Impala, Miles Dismond is a name definitely worth getting acquainted with.

Miles Dismond is a DIY singer/songwriter based out of Berkeley, CA, whose sound lands somewhere between the lo-fi psych-pop of Ariel Pink and hazy psychedelia of early Tame Impala. Having release an 6-track record last year, Dismond has a new album Girl in the Window on the horizon. Latest single, ‘She Doesn’t Care At All’ demonstrates Dismond at his mesmerising best. It is hypnotic from the off, as the track’s title is repeated over washed-out synth, frazzled electronics, fuzzy droning guitar and eerie vocals meeting every melodic turn or rhythmic surge as ‘She Doesn’t Care At All’ spirals into a stunning colourful climax. Previous single ‘She’s In My Head’ continues the proliferation of the spaced-out psych vibes, with an added dose of sunshine and slinking, super smooth groove. A beautiful blend of sunshine vibes, psych tones, fuzz and meandering melodic sensibilities; Miles Dismond is a name to remember.

Listen to ‘She Doesn’t Care At All’ & ‘She’s In My Head’ below, and keep those eyes peeled for details of his forthcoming LP. His previous record is available here.

Introducing: Strange Cages

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Strange Cages are a Brighton trio who don’t mess about; their sinister, sleazy psych-rock sound is compelling, intense and hypnotic.

Taking parts post-punk, surf rock, garage, krautrock and psychedelia Strange Cages stitch it all together to form a dangerous sounding gritty psych-punk. The Brighton trio are gearing up to release new EP The Cracks, out on June 16, ahead of which come title track and ‘Leader Of A Cult’ to whet the appetite. The latter fully realises their dark sinister tenancies with spine chilling effect. Punchy drums and jangley, off-kilter riffs are smothered with an eerie sense of dark perilous menace, with foreboding vocals adding to the sense of a paranoid nightmare. ‘The Cracks’, still somewhat wonky and weird, pushes infectious guitar riffs, driving drum beats and anthemic roars through a sea of distortion and psychedelic imagination. Two phenomenal tracks, on the back of which, there are plenty of reasons to be excited for the forthcoming EP.

The Cracks EP is out June 16. Listen to ‘The Cracks’ & ‘Leader Of A Cult’ below now.

Introducing: Blue Movies

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Blue Movies is the musical and songwriting pairing of London-based artists Mat Eric Hart and Tom Ball, who have a preference for slow, mellow and relaxing psych-infused indie lullabies.

These beautiful berceuse’s emanate from an enchanting playground of woozy, undulating soothing sounds, that is hauntingly melancholic yet also blissfully hypnotic. The pair’s recently released debut album, Disenchantment, is a treasure trove of such wondrous delights. Lead single ‘Caramel Dreams’ with its slow, ruminating rhythmic development and lush vocals is perfect case in point. The vocals begin to rise, to meet the gorgeous unfolding instrumental soundscape and elegant and melodic guitar work. As with the rest of the record, it is an elegant, captivating and slow brewing dream; juts like the aptly titled ‘Relax’.

Check out ‘Caramel Dreams’ and ‘Relax’ below. Two sublime snippets from the soothing, mellow vibes of Disenchantment.

Introducing: Francobollo

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London-based Swedes Francobollo care little for labels or genres, and appear fearless in their quest to create songs which blend, morph and encompass styles by the bucket load.

Part indie, part glam, part electronic, part psych, prog and post-punk – and a whole lot brilliant – their debut album ‘Long Live Life’, out July 14, promises to be quite an adventure. Preceding it’s release is ‘Worried Times'; an irresistibly catchy psych-infused guitar jam. Buoyant pop melodies and light easy-on-the ear vocals are juxtaposed with wailing guitars, burning basslines and pounding drums that explode into periodic bursts of energy and screeching vocals. Previous single ‘Wonderful’ of a similarly irresistible and experimental lucky bag in nature; albeit with a much slower pace and swaying melody.

Francobollo’s debut album ‘Long Live Life’, is out July 14, via Square Leg Records. Ahead of that, please check out ‘Worried Times’ & ‘Wonderful’ below.

Wall of Ears – ‘Floating of the Line’

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Seattle-based outfit Wall of Ears – comprised of Chris Lott, Tony Pettigrew, Bryant Hammonds, Derrick Wright & Jon Ruseski – craft sublime and subtly seductive psychedelic pop.

Don’t just take my word for it, the quintet’s latest single ‘Floating of the Line’ provides all the evidence required. Lush undulating ripples of synthesizers and samples mingle with warm, indie-guitar jangle to create a colourful sound which pushes to the fringes of weird. An urgency emerges amid the dreamy, head-bobbing wanderings, driven by powerful, impassioned vocals and drums; that said it at all times remains true to its psych-pop raison d’etre, as it sways and moves in a lush sort of way. An immersive sound with beautiful flourishes, abstract flows and sultry flavors. This is premier West Coast psych-pop pleasures by way of Seattle.

Check out ‘Floating of the Line’ and it’s equally colourful video below. Hopefully there is more where that came from soon.

Phileas Fogg – ‘Ready or Not’

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Phileas Fogg is the moniker of London-based artist Asi Binyamini, who like his namesake – the protagonist in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days – Fogg whisks us away of an imaginative intrepid adventure.

‘Ready or Not’ is the teaser single for his forthcoming, so far unnamed album; and it is a doozy. This is a reverb and fuzz-laden psych-rock expedition to the stars through muscular riffs, hazy subtle psych undulations, meandering melodies and heavenly harmonies. It’s no gross exageration to say that ‘Ready or Not’ would be quite at home in the company of Supergrass, Super Furry Animals & Paul McCartney at their proggy-psych-pop best. Hopefully we are not waiting too long for another taste of the album, and of course the whole record itself.

Check out ”Ready of Not’ below now. Space time.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #1

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A brand new feature on the Gruff channel, a weekly 15-track Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in at under and hour, it’s an easily digested slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share more great tunes for your ears, so hopefully it can be a regular feature. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

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Rhodri Brooks – ‘Bws Dŵr’

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Rhodri Brooks is a Cardiff born singer and songwriter, whose rather wonderful sound is gathered from fragments of alt-country, psychedelia, Americana and lo-fi, and effortlessly sewn together.

Brooks’ chameleonic sound transcends eras and genres, evidenced by his wonderful back catalogue and latest single ‘Bws Dŵr’.The new track will be released through the Bubblewrap Collective – who he’s recently joined forces with – for Welsh Language Music Day on February 10th. Performed in his native Welsh, ‘Bws Dŵr’ is a gentle and wonderfully understated lo-fi blend of Americana/Country that lulls you into a hypnotic, woozy state of peace and calm as it meanders along with sliding guitars and washed-out vocal. So easy on the ear, this is just a wonderfully tranquil beauty.

‘Bws Dŵr’ is out for Welsh Language Music Day on February 10th. Listen to it below.

Gulp Share Video & Django Django Remix for ‘Search For Your Love’

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Back in December Cardiff-based band Gulp Gulp – revolving around Lindsey Leven & Guto Pryce of Super Furry Animals fame – shared single ‘Search For Your Love’ and their intention to release a second LP in 2017.

Following on from that, Gulp have shared the single’s video and a Django Django‘s ‘Nautical Twilight Edit’ of ‘Search For Your Love’. The Django’s edit adds another dimension to Gulp’s already refined warm, fuzzy, lush spacey psych-pop. Upping the tempo and the groove a tad, and enhancing the textures, luscious melody, proggy-guitars and synthy celestial vibes, to compliment the marvellous original perfectly. Rather than a full face-lift, this is re-imagining the song; creating something completely hypnotic, and topped off by Leven’s sultry vocals, this is the very essence of dreams. Just time to sit back now and let ‘Search For Your Love’ (x 2) flow over you and seep into your senses, and leave you better for it.

‘Search For Your Love’ is available now via via Tim Burgess’ independent label O Genesis and Gulp are currently working with Luke Abbott on their second album, which is set to be released in 2017.

IRMA VEP – ‘A Woman’s Work Is Never Done’

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Manchester via North Wales musician IRMA VEP – aka Edwin Stevens – released a his new album, No Handshake Blues last week.

Accompanying album number four under the IRMA VEP moniker, is the LP’s lead single, and album opener, ‘A Woman’s Work Is Never Done’. It is a world-weary and shadowy 11-minutes plus of epic, sprawling distortion, feedback and psychedelic drone. The vocals are almost entirely swathed in distortion and reverb rendering the lyrics indecipherable, amid the already swirling fuzz and feedback. A thrilling and epic introduction to Irma Vep’s new and experimental sound, and album too.

You can listen to the epic ‘A Woman’s Work Is Never Done’ below. If that is to your liking, you can hear the new album, No Handshake Blues, over here.