Archive for category new releases

Date: March 25th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Hierophants & Zig Zag

Two great bands from Geelong, with releases out on Moontown Records. The first, Zig Zag, has no relation to brilliant In the Red group Zig Zags.

Hierophants have been a fixture on Record Turnover since their very first EP. Since that time, their musical direction has changed somewhat, seemingly inspired by related group Ausmuteants. Debut album out on RIP Society within the near future.

Date: March 16th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Singles no more

I never got around to posting my favourite singles and EPs of 2014, so here they are…

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TOP TEN

The BellTowers – No Matter Hidden Volume 7″
The Kumari – Until That Day  Hey Girl EP
The Young Sinclairs – Change Your Mind 13 O’Clock 7″
Les Grys-Grys – Hot Gully Wind  State 7″
The Rosalyns – Hide and Seek Ugly Things EP
Night Sun – No Pressure Burger 7″
Paul Messis – Nightmares 13 O’Clock 7″
Little Desert – Ashes It 7″
Thee Tsunamis – Delirium & Dark Waters Magnetic South EP
Wet Blankets – Dieter Caught My Bus Goodbye Boozy 7″

RUNNERS UP

The Turns – Gone EP
Fuzz/CCR Headcleaner – LAMC #10 split-7″
Southern Comfort – Suzanne 7″
Radar Eyes – Positive Feedback 7″
French Boutik – Mieux comme ca EP
The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest EP
Las Sultanas – Haren EP
The Barreracudas – Promises 7″
The Hussy – EZ/PZ 7″
Beastman – s/t EP

Date: March 3rd, 2015
Cate: new releases

Frankie & the Witch Fingers | s/t

Permanent Records just released the debut LP from new Indiana group Frankie & the Witch Fingers. They appeared on a brilliant split-EP last year with The Young Sinclairs. This is a great album that sounds like Ty Segall and King Gizzard at the same time.

Date: March 3rd, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Hanging Stars | Golden Vanity

New single out this month, from See See pseudonym group The Hanging Stars.

Date: March 3rd, 2015
Cate: new releases

Las Sultanas | Hustler

New video from Spanish group Las Sultanas, who released their first EP “Haren” last year.

Date: February 4th, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Good Morrows & The High Learys

Perhaps The Frowning Clouds isn’t the most interesting Australian band anymore, as proven by two new bands from opposite ends of the continent. The Good Morrows have finally issued their debut LP after teasing us with the track “I Wanna Know” in 2013. The eastern-tinged “Let It Out” is several levels above that though. If you like Elephant Stone…

The High Learys have picked up pretty much where the Clouds left it with Listen Closelier, raw garage and authentic R’n’B sounds with a bit of jangle. After their first LP Here Come the High Learys, they returned in late 2014 with a new single called “Clear My Mind”. While channeling that original 60s teen spirit, they also have a bit of the flowering 80s Perth scene in them (I’m thinking of bands like The Palisades, Summer Suns and The Stems). At the same time the a-side sounds very close to The Allah-Las. While the flip is not quite as sweet, it also feels more original, and an excellent piece of songwriting.

Date: January 24th, 2015
Cate: new releases
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The Young Sinclairs | Change Your Mind 7″

It’s a wonder that The Young Sinclairs and 13 O’Clock haven’t created magic together yet. But here is the band’s first single of 2015 and it’s one of their best yet. Available from 13 O’Clock since two weeks if one’s to believe their website. Also streaming on Spotify since December.

Date: January 24th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Talbot Adams | Green Girl 7″

Check out the new single from Paul Messis’ label Market Square! Talbot Adams turns in a brilliantly hazy powerpop 45, definitely something for fans of The Red Button.

Date: December 23rd, 2014
Cate: new releases

2014 in reverse

While I am compiling the year-end lists for 2014, I’ll be adding records to this Spotify list. I realise there has been a lot of stuff I’ve missed this year, so it’s taking some time to catch up. There has even been a pile of records I have meant to write about during the autumn, but I simply haven’t found the time. This means that next year I will probably switch to more bitesize mentions of records to check out rather than full reviews – so you hopefully won’t miss as much as I have in 2014. Just looking at this playlist, which already contains over 600 tracks, we can definitely conclude that this year has been as great as any year for new music.

2014 a playlist in reverse

If you want a quick catch up, you should read Shake Appeal’s guest lists of 2014, a veritable who’s who of current garage and punk. Pitchfork’s new column Shake Appeal has actually been the lone reason to land on their website again, circa 10 years after it stopped being cool.

Date: October 12th, 2014
Cate: new releases

The Young Sinclairs | This Is

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One of the most anticipated releases of the year, here’s The Young Sinclairs’… 8th (?) album. It’s called This Is the Young Sinclairs and is out now on Ample Play. As completists will know, the Sinclairs have had a habit of repeating songs over several releases. The new LP is no exception, with the a-side collecting single tracks from the last five or so years. It’s a fantastic chance to own signature YS tracks like “You’re Tied” and “Mona Lisa”, that have only been available on tape before. The devout fan will even also have heard the beautifully languid “Never Uneasy”, a demo of which was posted a few years ago.

The biggest surprise may be the inclusion of a track from singer Sam Lunsford’s self-titled debut album on the a-side. “I Just Wanted to Help” was one of the best of that set of West Coast soft psychedelia. But in fact, this number sets the tone for the rest of the LP – as you flip it over –  the Young Sinclairs sound even more like the one-man-band it’s more or less become the last few years. It is less jangly, more stripped but at the same time laden with studio finery. Just like on Sam’s solo LP these bare-bones arrangements really highlight his prowess with a melody. “That’s All Right” could a been a long lost Dylan demo sung down a phone line. There are echoes of Colin Blunstone and Emmitt Rhodes here and there, and the standout track is “Dead End Street” with its shuffling drums and tugging vocal sounding like it could have drifted in through the window on a San Francisco street in 1968. It will no doubt be interesting to see what Lunsford/YS can churn out in this vein in the future. This stuff  here is already timeless.