The 17 best tracks I’ve heard in the last two weeks. Including a couple of tracks displaying a Go-Betweens influence and one honest to goodness Go-Betweens cover version. My favourite track from the new Atoms For Peace album, a lot of 90s slacker indie rock influences, a tune that sounds like Daft Punk, some trip hop, plus the return of CocoRosie, Thalia Zedek, Kurt Vile, Mogwai and The Men.
Atoms For Peace ‘Dropped’
One of many highlights from Thom Yorke’s slippery groove based supergroup’s debut album (not a dud track on it).
[Atoms For Peace]
Purling Hiss ‘Mercury Retrograde’
Philly band known for their lo-fi rock clean up their sound and deliver a lovely bit of 90s influenced, melodic, slacker indie rock.
Following on from last year’s superb ‘We Are On Fire’ with the first taste of forthcoming album Tales of A Grass Widdow.
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding ‘Two Weeks’
A bit of that 80s Flying Nun sound / a bit of The Go-Betweens from Brooklyn based expat Melbournite.
[Scott & Charlene’s Wedding]
Kurt Vile ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Day’
More slacker indie. Nine-and-a-half languorous minutes from the chief Violator’s forthcoming similarly titled album Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze. “Even my cranky mom likes it” says producer (and legend) John Agnello.
La Luz ‘Sure As Spring’
Seattle outfit channeling those 60s surf rock / girl group sounds.
The Men ‘I Saw Her Face’
More melodic, 90s influenced indie rock with that magical Crazy Horse slack vibe from the brilliant Santa Monica band.
Thalia Zedek Band ‘Walk Away’
Ex-Live Skull and Come legend returns five years after her last album, reassuring us that loss is still her muse and if anything, her voice is improving with age. Indie rock blues with the sort of wistful violin from David Michael Curry that wouldn’t have been out of place on latter period Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.
[Thalia Zedek Band]
London Grammar ‘Metal and Dust’
Quite a few trip-hop influenced tracks surfacing lately. This one from the London based trio is particularly catchy.
Waxahatchee ‘Coast To Coast’
Mogwai ‘Wizard Motor’
I stopped paying attention to Mogwai after the superb Rock Action. Nothing personal, I just lost interest in instrumental post-rock. This (taken from their soundtrack to French TV show Les Revenants) has made me want to pick up where I left off.
Classixx ‘Holding On’
Sounds like classic Daft Punk. Therefore = good.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper ‘Bird Balloons’
Prolific 23-year-old self-releaser of bluesy indie rock revisits one of her oldest songs for her Ba Da Bing! debut. Intriguing.
[Lady Lamb the Beekeeper]
Shellshag ‘Face to Face’
Veteran Brooklyn du of John ‘Shellhead’ Driver and Jennifer Shagawat (see what they did there?) return with scuzzy, 90s influenced indie rock.
Dick Diver ‘Water Damage’
Like Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Aussie Dick Diver has a taste for 80s-Flying-Nun-meets-The-Go-Betweens jangle pop with added quality songwriting.
Steve Kilbey ‘The Wrong Road’
The Church’s frontman pays tribute to his friend and Jack Frost colleague Grant McLennan with a cover of one of GM’s best Go-Between’s songs. Recorded back in 2006 and only recently posted online by SK to mark what would have been GM’s birthday (Feb 13).
The Weather Station w/Baby Eagle ‘Mule In The Flowers’
Canadian singer songwriter Tamara Lindeman records as The Weather Station and has embarked on series of Duets of which this is the second to surface. Recorded with former Constantines guitarist / Baby Eagle Steven Lambke, this is lovely slice of indie folk, with hushed vocals and simple picked guitar.
[The Weather Station]
NB: Atoms for Peace artwork taken from Lockheed Nuclear Products advert in Spet 1958 edition of National Geographic