The best 12 tracks from the last two weeks…
The Walkmen ‘Vermeer ’65’
After this year’s sublime album Heaven (tracks featured in ITP7, 8 and 9) The Walkmen return with a new 7” of two tracks not included on the album. ‘Vermeer ’65’ is the b-side and has a bit of a Tindersticks feel to it.
First new material in forever from the indiepop / soul project of Fred Thomas and what a charmer it is. Features new vocalist Carol Gray.
[Saturday Looks Good To Me]
The Mountain Goats ‘Harlem Roulette’
From Transcendental Youth, one of my favourite albums so far this year. Musically upbeat, this is a tale about the last days of Frankie Lymon who died of a heroin overdose in 1968 at the age of 25. It ends with the utterly devastating lines “Nothing in the shadow but the shadow hands / reaching out to sad, young frightened men / The loneliest people in the whole wide world are the ones you’re never going to see again”.
[The Mountain Goats]
Alba Lua ‘When I’m Roaming Free’
French band with a lovely feel for almost psychedelic, classic pop
Psychedelic-tinged dreampop from New Zealand. Sounds like a less stoned Autolux.
[Popstrangers] Goat ‘Goathead’
Swedish psych rockers with an afro-beat flavour. Featuring some seriously wigged out guitar and a lovely pastoral coda.
[Goat] Times New Viking ‘Sleep In’
Scrappy 90s influenced indie rock from the lo-fi Columbus, Ohio trio. From their new Over & Over EP.
[Times New Viking]
Mean Lady ‘Bop Bop’
Melting pot pop from Delaware three piece with hip hop and psychedelic infuences.
Main Attraktionz ‘Cloud Body’
Cloud rap, like dreampop for hiphop.
DFA affiliated synthpop from Brooklyn.
Sam Willis ‘Foxglissandro’
Instrumental techno from forthcoming debut album Winterval.
The Ramona Flowers ‘Dismantle and Rebuild (D/R/U/G/S Remix
Glitchy Bristol band have their debut EP track turned into an epic, euphoric slice of electronic house.
[The Ramona Flowers]