It almost seems like there’s been a concerted effort to squeeze out a bunch of great songs in the last week of the first half of 2012. The return of Stars, Matt & Kim, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion another new Yeasayer track plus a Cars cover version. Plus plenty of swooning, jangling, grooving indie and lazy psych pop, Norwegian space disco, folk and krautrock influences etc.
Blissed out indie pop from Sweden. Download the whole of their ‘High Summer’ EP for free. “Beer, Cigarettes, You and Whisky”.
Matt & Kim ‘Lets Go’
Exuberant dance-pop from the Brooklyn based boy/girl duo.
[Matt & Kim]
Divine Fits ‘My Love Is Real’
Indie ‘supergroup’ featuring Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade / Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks). This sounds very much like a cross between Daniel and Boeckner’s other bands.
Stars ‘The Theory of Relativity’
Literate indie with 80s electronic pop vibe from the Toronto band’s forthcoming. Download for free on their website.
Norwegian space disco.
[Mungolian Jetset] Alpine ‘Gasoline’
Easylistening synth-pop from Melbourne six-piece follows up the more strident ‘Hands’ (featured back on ITP #4).
Second track to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming third album ‘Fragrant World’. Minimal, lots of autotuned vocals, some north African flavoured strings and a few synths over an insistent rhythm.
Dark Dark Dark ‘Tell Me’
The sound of Regina Spektor meeting Beach House from Minneapolis band who have previously blended a folky Americana sound with New Orleans Jazz.
[Dark Dark Dark]
It gladdens the heart that JSBX are still making explosive garage blues rock n’ roll records over 20 years down the line. This one is from their first new album in eight years, the forthcoming ‘Meat & Bones’
[Jon Spencer Blues Explosion] Thee Oh Sees ‘Lupine Dominus’
Here the veteran San Francisco psych pop band sound like Can playing a freeform version of ‘My Sharona’.
[Thee Oh Sees]
Foxygen ‘Waitin’ 4 U’
Remember that terrible cover of ‘Dancing In The Street’ for Live Aid? Instead, imagine that Jagger and Bowie had collaborated back in 1971 when they were both at a creative peak. It might have sounded a bit like this.
Lo-fi psych-tinged indie with a lazy vibe and some laidback acid guitar soloing .
[Dignan Porch] Chris Cohen ‘Caller No.99’
More of that 60s-refracted-through-the-80s shambling indie psych-pop from sometime Deerhoof multi-instrumentalist.
[Chris Cohen] Cold Showers ‘Double Life’
A cover of the track from The Cars’ ‘Candy-O’ album by this Los Angeles band with a fondness for the darker side of early 80s new wave.
[Double Life] Barbara Morgenstern ‘Spring Time’
Veteran Berlin-based electronic musician sings in English on this slice of electronic pop with (given the title) a suitable pastoral medieval folk motif at its heart.
[Barbara Morgenstern] The Antlers ‘Drift Drive’
Chilled out indie with mournful horns and Hawaiian guitar.