The 13 best songs I’ve heard in the last two weeks. You’ll hear indie rock, electronic pop, psych pop and psych rock, and conceptual art-punk. You might spot the influence of David Bowie, Robert Fripp, Kurt Vile, Nuggets, and Krautrock amongst others. Hope you find plenty here to enjoy.
Chester Endersby Gwazda ‘Skewed’
Baroque indie-synth-pop from Baltimore, download the album from Bandcamp for free.
[Chester Endersby Gwazda]
Rose Windows ‘Native Dreams’
Psych rock heaviosity from this Seattle band signed to Sub Pop. If you’re a Black Mountain fan, you should love this.
Classixx featuring Nancy Whang ‘All You’re Waiting For’
After February’s ‘Holding On’ (ITP #27), Classixx enlist label mate Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem / Juan McLean) for another slice of electronic dancefloor pop / garage disco.
Speedy Ortiz ‘Hexxy’
Hot on the heels of last month’s ‘Ka-Prow!’ (ITP #31) here’s the b-side. It’s another superior slice of 90s-influenced female fronted indie rock from the Northampton, MA band.
Girls Against Boys ‘It’s A Diamond Life’
One of my favourite bands of the 90s returns after a near decade long hiatus. Very happy to tell you that their twin-bass-electronic-noise-rock is sounding as vital as it did during their trio of classic albums on Touch and Go from 93-96.
[Girls Against Boys]
MGMT ‘Alien Days’
Taken from the psych pop band’s Record Store Day release, this is their first new material since Congratulations (2010).
Sophia Knapp ‘Times Square’
Released as one side of a split 7” with Swedish psych rockers AOP, this track from the former Lights member is in a similar vein to Denver’s Tennis – 80s sheen on a 60s theme indiepop.
His Clancyness ‘ Machines’
It’s good to hear Kurt Vile’s take on slacker indie emerging as something of a trend with artists such as Free Time and His Clancyness, Here, it nods to 70s Berlin with a motorik rhythm and some Fripp-like guitar. Very nice.
The Hussy ‘Blame’
Garage rock from “two piece trash band from Madison, WI”. Taken from their forthcoming third album Pagan Hiss.
Twin Peaks ‘Stand In The Sand’
Chicago band with two minutes of fuzzy rock and roll. Sweet.
Pure X ‘Thousand Year Old Child’
Laidback indie rock with shoegazing undertones (their official Tumblr is called Mellow Thrasher)http://mellowthrasher.tumblr.com/. From their forthcoming Crawling Up The Stairs album.
Eluvium featuring Ira Kaplan ‘Happiness’
Experimental and ambient musician Robert Cooper enlists the vocal talents of Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan on this tune that recalls the most atmospheric moments of Lambchop and The National.