The 10 best tracks I’ve heard in the last two weeks. Indie rock, psych pop, space disco, chillwave.
Divine Fits ‘Ain’t That The Way’
Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade / Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner teamed up with New Bomb Turks/Gaunt drummer Sam Brown to make my favourite album of 2012, A Thing Called Divine Fits – a new wave inspired album crammed with hook filled tunes. Now they return with a new two track single and (judging by the cover) fourth member Alex Fischel. Here’s the Daniel sung a-side.
Cloud Control ‘Dojo Rising’
Their gently psychedelic debut Bliss Release was a favourite of 2010. The Blue Mountains band are now based in London and this is the first taste of their forthcoming second album Dream Cave.
Speedy Ortiz ‘No Below’
Another month, another new track (their third to be featured here) from Speedy Ortiz. The 90s-influenced female fronted indie rock band from the Northampton, MA.
Ell V Gore ‘Lobotomy’
Toronto band with a psych / garage / darkwave rocker that locks into a motorik groove for the last 70 seconds. Would be happy for this to go on for another 10 minutes or so.
[Ell V Gore]
The National ‘I Need My Girl’
From NPR’s great Tiny Desk Concert series (check it out). This is a stripped down version of one of the many highlights of Trouble Will Find Me.
Divine Fits ‘Chained To Love’
The equally excellent Boeckner fronted b-side to ‘Ain’t That The Way’.
Jonathan Rado ‘Faces’
One half of retro indie rock types Foxygen with lo-fi, 60s influenced, melodic indie on Woodsist. From forthcoming Law and Order album due September.
Ebullient stuff from the veteran indie-rock band’s forthcoming tenth album I Hate Music.
Saturday, Monday ‘The Road’
Glitchy, instrumental space disco from Sweden’s Ludvig Parment.
Washed Out ‘It All Feels Right’
Super-summery chillwave from Ernest Greene, the man responsible for the Portlandia opening theme tune, ‘Feel It All Around’.