The 14 best songs I’ve heard in the last two weeks. International mixed genre melting pot including:
- noisy, melodic indie from Glasgow
- space disco from Pittsburgh
- retro blues / soul / rock n’ roll from Melbourne
- dreampop from Paris
- new wave from Belfast
- r n’ b from southeast London
plus cover versions of Robert Wyatt (from Sunderland) and Television (from Denver).
Paws ‘Sore Tummy’
Noisy, melodic Scottish indie in the tradition of Urusei Yatsura, Life Without Buildings etc. From their debut album Cokefloat, out next week.
Black Moth Super Rainbow ‘Gangs In The Garden’
Psychedelic space disco, echoes of Daft Punk in the vocoder-ed vocals, from their forthcoming album Cobra Juicy. The closing track ‘Spraypaint’ was featured on ITP #6 back in April.
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Ceremony ‘Everything Burns’
Crisp and urgent guitars on this Califronia bands split single with Titus Andronicus.
Henry Wagons ft Allison Mosshart ‘Unwelcome Wagon’
Retro swamp blues /soul/ rock n’ roll from veteran Melbourne based country and southern rock fan. Hints of Lee and Nancy, Duane Eddy, the Animals, Nick Cave and and even a bit of Antony Newley.
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Fryars ‘A Love So Cold’
What would the first Bon Iver record have sounded like if Justin Vernon had retired to an east London bedsit instead of a cabin in rural Wisconsin? This, maybe.
Young & Old is one of this year’s most underrated albums for sheer indie pop thrills. Here Tennis take on one of the lowest profile songs fromthe Television’s classic Marquee Moon and, while not straying too far from the original, they make it their own.
[Tennis] Rhye ‘The Fall’
I find it kind of odd that Sade has become one of the touchstones of new music in 2012, being referenced by Jesse Ware, and The xx and now in relation to the somewhat mysterious Rhye. Here though, I’m hearing The Blue Nile’s ‘Tinseltown In The Rain’ meets Sebastian Tellier’s ‘La Ritournelle’ with a dash of Her Space Holiday.
Melody’s Echo Chamber ‘Endless Shore’
In a similar vein to School of Seven Bells, this is another slice of Parisien dreampop from Melody Prochet (first featured back in #ITP ), keen ears can probably detect the hand of producer and Tame Imapla mainman Kevin Parker.
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Rainy Milo ‘This Thing of Ours’
R n’ b flavoured trip-hop pop from 16 year old Londoner.
Power pop from New Pornographers’ frontman (with Neko Case on backing vocals). From new album Shut Down the Streets out this Monday, Oct 8.
[AC Newman] Wooden Wand ‘Southern Colorado Song’
Haunting Americana/ freak folk from super prolific artist James Jackson Toth. From latest album Briarwood.
[Wooden Wand] Field Music ‘Born Again Cretin’
Sunderland’s Field Music have a Mercury Music nomination for their all originals fourth album Plumb and are about to release a set of covers called Play. We already featured their take on the Pet Shop Boys Rent back in April on ITP #7, here they take on another artist who is known both as a superior singer songwriter and a master of the cover version, Robert Wyatt.
Total Control ‘Scene From A Marriage’
Melbourne punk super-group Total Control return with a split single with King Tuff on Sub Pop, a nice little nod to Ingmar Bergman in the title.
Belfast band whose ‘A Troubled See’ (featured in ITP#9 back in June) was tapping into the early work of The Cure. You can still hear some of that influence here, but this seven-and a-half-minute number is a progression, with an almost motorik beat, and could be a lo-fi cousin to something like Deerhunter’s ‘Desire Lines’.