Julien Baker shares new single “Hardline”

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Julien Baker has shared new single “Hardline” along with an accompanying music video directed by Joe Baughman. This follows on from “Faith Healer” which was released in October . Both songs will appear on Baker’s upcoming album Little Oblivions set to be released on February 26th via Matador Records. Pre-order here.

Watch the new video below.

In Earnest release debut EP

Southend-on-sea indie folk 3 piece In Earnest have released their self-titled debut EP In Earnest. The EP contains previously released single ‘Put Me Under’, ‘Come Upstairs’ and ’29’.

Dancing between influences from the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes and Julien Baker the 3 piece have crafted a refreshing sound palette that backs the deeply personal stories of mental health and personal nostalgia. Highlights include ‘in between’ that builds through crunchy riffs, synth flairs and intricate melodies to a harmonious and emotional climax. And the soft swaying ‘put me under’ that dances through honest and relatable stories of self love.

The band said this about the EP “We want listeners to connect, to feel something – our aim is to encourage discussion around difficult topics like mental illness. By sharing our experiences we hope to provoke thought and inspire others to start conversations as a result of our music.”

The EP was produced and mixed by Peter Waterman of Longcroft Recording (Uriah Heep, Hattie Briggs) and was solely recorded in a converted barn using mobile studio equipment. The band embraced an organic recording philosophy by opting to record full live takes, implementing minimal editing and forgoing the use of autotune.

To celebrate the release of the EP the band will be hosting livestream concerts on Instagram and Facebook.

Listen to the EP below.

bdrmm announces new EP ‘The Bedroom Tapes’

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bdrmm have announced a new EP titled The Bedroom Tapes set to be released on October 23rd via Sonic Cathedral. The EP contains 4 stripped back versions of songs that appeared on their debut album Bedroom and 3 remixes from GLOK, Ditz and International Teachers Of Pop.

The band said on twitter “we’re delighted to announce a brand new new EP, ‘the bedroom tapes’ out on @soniccathedral on october 23rd. Featuring 4 stripped back versions of previous releases recorded between ryan and jordan during lockdown, they are the most natural and raw versions of themselves they can be, which is fitting considering the current situation…”

The EP is availble to pre-order on limited cassette and vinyl here.

Read our review of bedroom here.

Sonic Cathedral – 2020
  1. Gush (Live)
  2. Question Mark (Live)
  3. A Reason To Celebrate (Live)
  4. Forget The Credits (Live)
  5. A Reason To Celebrate (GLOK Remix)
  6. If…. (Ditz Remix)
  7. Happy (International Teachers Of Pop De-Mix)

Shame release new single Alphabet

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London post-punk rockers have released a new single ‘Alphabet’. This is the first new music from the 5 piece in two years after their standout debut album Songs Of Praise that saw them win the Rough Trade album of the year award. They have also released a haunting accompanying music video directed by Tegen Williams.

The band said about the new single on twitter “Many years we have toiled. Brutal winters and fearsome summers have passed. But on this day, this great day, we finally bestow onto you our new single.”

The band have also announced their first headline show since 2018, at London’s Electrix Brixton on April 22nd 2021. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 18th of September at 10 am.

Watch the new video below.

In Earnest release new single ’29’

Southend-On-Sea trio In Earnest have released their third single ’29’. This follows on from the release of ‘put me under’ and ‘come upstairs’ which where released earlier in the year. They are set to release their debut self titled EP which will be released on October 7th and will contain the previously released singles.

In a statement songwriter Tom said this about the latest single “The song is a collage of true stories that have shaped me, involving punching my dad at an ice rink (and regretting it), Chester Bennington and a friendly ghost. It reflects on tedious adulthood and holding onto a childlike thirst for adventure.

The track is built around the fateful realisation of growing older, built through honest storytelling. Backed by punchy intricate guitars, swooning violins and atmospheric synthesisers that blend together the folk and alternative sound of many of indies biggest names.

For fans of Phoebe Bridgers and Noah Gunderson.

Listen to the new track below.

Four Tet releases new remix of Tame Impala’s ‘Is It True’

Four Tet at Alexandra Palace / Kevin Parker by Emma Swann for DIY

Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet has released of Tame Impala’s ‘Is It True’ from his latest album ‘The Slow Rush’ which was released back in February. Tame Impala also recently released a music video for ‘Is It True’ which you can watch here.

Earlier in the year Four Tet released a remix of Caribou’s ‘Never Come Back‘ from his latest album ‘Suddenly’.

Read our review of Four Tet’s latest album ‘Sixteen Oceans‘.

Listen to the new song below.

New Music Friday! – 24/7/20

WINTER – ENDLESS SPACE (BETWEEN YOU & I)

Brazilian native and LA resident Samira Winter returns after 2 years with the follow up to 2018’s ‘Ethereality’. Blending elements of shoegaze and psychedelia, Winter’s sound takes elements of Cocteau Twins and Melodies Echo Chamber and mixes them to create warm surreal sonic landscapes. Features single ‘Healing’.

BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – TWO LIVES EP

A new 4 track EP from the BBC boys featuring 3 stripped back versions of tracks from this years ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ and a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Two Lives’. Recorded mostly at vocalist Jack Steadman’s home during lockdown.

PJ HARVEY – DRY DEMOS

An 11 track collection of demos from PJ Harvey’s ‘Dry’ album. Available for the first time since 1992 and the first time as a standalone album.

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS – OLD FLOWERS

The follow up to 2018’s ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ sees Courtney Marie Andrews make her most refined album to date. A breakup album thats full of songwriting skill, vocal prowess and incredible musicianship. Includes single ‘How You Get Hurt’.

Men I Trust release new ‘Forever Live Sessions’ Album

Montreal based 3-piece Men I Trust have released a new live album titled ‘Forever Live Sessions’. This is the first live album from the band and the second live release, following on from 2017’s ‘4 ever live’ EP.

The band also released their sophomore album ‘Oncle Jazz’ last year which quickly became one of Bandcamp’s most sought after releases of 2019 due to its intimately recorded sound and warm sonic textures.

Physical pre-orders are currently available on the bands Bandcamp page.

They’ve also released accompanying live videos for each of the tracks which can be found in the playlist below.

New Music Friday! – 3/7/20


FATHER JOHN MISTY – ANTHEM + 3 EP

A surprise announcement yesterday, Father John Misty is back with his first new music since 2018’s ‘God’s Favourite Customer’. This time he’s covering 4 of his favourite tracks including Leonard Cohen’s ‘Anthem’ and Cat Stevens’ ‘Trouble’. Released exclusively on his Bandcamp page tomorrow for Bandcamp day with all the proceeds from the sales going towards CARE Action and Ground Game LA.

BDRMM – BEDROOM

Hull 5 piece ‘bdrmm’ release they’re debut album full of shoegaze wonder. With influences coming in the ways of The Cure, Deerhoof and DIIV whilst blending in elements of Krautrock and punk. Features single ‘A Reason To Celebrate’.

DREAM WIFE – SO WHEN YOU GONNA…

Gritty indie punk rockers Dream Wife are back with the follow up to 2018’s self titled debut album, which saw them burst onto the punk scene with their rough and ready sound and clever lyrics. Now they’re back with more pumped up pounding tunes and a turn to the more emotional side of their sound. Features single ‘Sports!’.

CLOUD NOTHINGS – THE BLACK HOLE UNDERSTANDS

Another surprise announcement yesterday, Cloud Nothings return with the follow up to 2018’s ‘Last Building Burning’. Released for Bandcamp day as well, with Bandcamp waiving their fees for 24 hours. Written and recorded remotely whilst isolating during the pandemic, with the tracks being finished over email.

KELEKETLA! – KELEKETLA!

A musical meeting ground between Ninja Tune cofounders Coldcut and a cadre of South African musicians. The album product is a future-facing assemblage of influences, drawing connections between different points in a jazz-tipped, soulfully-minded spectrum; it builds outwards, from the solid musical foundations of those first sessions, featuring the likes of Thabang Tabane, esteemed percussionist and son of the legendary Phillip Tabane.

New Music Friday! – 12/6/20


JADE IMAGINE – YOU REMIND ME OF SOMETHING I LOST EP

Jade Imagine return with the follow to last years ‘Basic Love’. Recorded around the same time as the album, this new EP shines a different light on the Jade Imagine sound, offering a more minimalistic feel through sparse instrumentation and ambient textures. Includes previously released single ‘Coastal Pines’.

GUM – OUT IN THE WORLD

Jay Watson is certainly a busy boy. Being a full time member of both pysch-rock powerhouses Tame Impala and POND, he’s somehow found time to record the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Underdog’. Another album full of psychedelic bangers and funky grooves to get lost in. Includes previously released singles ‘Out In The World’ and ‘Don’t Let It Go Out’.

LEAH SENIOR – THE PASSING SCENE

Frequent King Gizzard collaborator and storyteller Leah Senior returns with the follow up to 2017’s ‘Pretty Faces’. Infused with elements of folk, country and soft rock with Senior’s signature poetic voice and witty lyrics as the driving force. Includes previously released single ‘Evergreen’.

JEHNNY BETH – TO LOVE IS TO LIVE

Inspired by how David Bowie crafted his final LP, Blackstar, with the knowledge that it would be his farewell so it had to be meaningful, Beth set out to make her own defining statement with To Love Is to Live. What she came up with sounds nothing like her past projects, with its open-diary lyrics and extraterrestrial electronic soundscapes that seem to blend together. – Words from Rolling Stone