The 12 best songs I’ve heard in the last fortnight. Indie, electronica, dreampop, and Americana where you’ll hear the influences of:• Krautrock (Vinyl Williams / Sinkane)
• Roy Orbison and George Harrison (Angel Olsen)
• Felt (Christopher Owens)
• Sufjan Stevens (Born Gold)
• Pigbag (Melt Yourself Down)
• Classic 60s female singer/songwriters (Jessica Pratt)
Mount Moriah ‘Plane’
Country-folk-secular-gospel from North Carolina. Their eponymously titled debut album came out last year but just got a vinyl re-issue on Merge.
People Get Ready ‘Middle Name’
Former members of David Byrne’s band and Yeasyer feature here, which you can hear in the combination of electronic pop, sustained organ chromatics, and hints of West Africa in the guitar and rhythms.
[People Get Ready]
School of Seven Bells ‘Secret Days’
Dream pop electronica with an acid tribal feel, from the forthcoming Put Your Sad Down EP.
[School of Seven Bells]
Krauty psychpop from Los Angelino Lionel Williams
Deerhoof ‘Sexy, But Sparkly’
Previously a noise band, Deerhoof currently deal in sparkly, off-kilter pop music. This is part of Famous Class’s Less Artists More Condos single series and doesn’t feature on the new Deerhoof album.
Members of Polar Bear, Zero 7, Acoustci Ladyland, Zun Zun Egui and more get funky punky in a Pigbag kind of way.
[Melt Yourself Down]
Parquet Floors ‘Borrowed Time’
Melodic post punk featuring Andrew Savage whose other band Fergus & Geronimo were featured in ITP#14 back in July with the not dissimilar ‘No Parties’.
Christopher Owens ‘Lysandre’s Theme’ / ‘Here We Go’
Former Girls frontman continues to channel Lawrence from Felt and adds flute, fuzzy guitar and [Christopher Owens]
Sometime Bonnie “Prince” Billy collaborator, Missouri-born, Chicago-based singer Angel Olsen here channels Roy Orbison and George Harrison to wondrous effect.
[Angel Olsen] Born Gold ‘I: Ferocious Body’
Canadian electronica with a Sufjan Stevens flavour from sometime colleague of the guys and girls of Purity Ring and Grimes.
[Born Gold] Sinkane ‘Love Sick’
If you’ve been listening to In The Pharmacy since the beginning, you’ll recognize sometime Yeasayer man Adnma Ghalib’s Sinkane as the purveyors of the first track on In The Pharmacy #1 back in January. Here’s one of the best cuts from his debut album.
[Sinkane] Jessica Pratt ‘Night Faces’
San Francisco based singer songrwriter with a rich vintage, folky style that comes straight from the cusp of the 60s/70s.