The 16 best tracks I’ve heard in the last two weeks. Indie rock, psych pop, space disco, indiepop, noise pop, dreampop, synth punk, disco punk, alt-folk etc. Music from the US, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.
Woods ‘Moving to the Left’
According to the band’s Woodsist label site, the forthcoming Woods album With Light and With Love eschews the stoned folk and Krautrock dallances of their previous records to reveal a broader sonic palette that includes “singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement”.
Cincinnati’s female-fronted, self-proclaimed “trash-pop” band have a way with a tune. Previous track ‘Be Mean’ had a punkier attitude, but ‘Forever’ is the killer, taken from their forthcoming eponymous debut album due on Frenchkiss on April 8th.
Walter Martin [ft. Karen O] ‘Sing to Me’
Multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin looks like he’ll be the first to release a post–Walkmen record (We’re All Young Together, due May 1st on Family Jukebox). Here he teams up with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O for a lovely ballad, inspired by what was (at the time of writing) impending parenthood for Martin.
Hidden Fees ‘So What’
Stones-y disco punk from NYC duo, featuring guest vocals from Christopher Exits of Ghost Exits.
Ex Hex ‘Hot and Cold’
Mary Timony’s post-Wild Flag outfit make their debut with a strident glam / powerpop number. Timony has this to say about the band, newly signed to Merge “Ex Hex is what your older brother’s friends listened to. “Roxy Roller” and “Virginia Plain” rumbling from the Kenwood in the basement.It’s what your babysitters listened to, and it’s what stuck with me.”
Dean Wareham ‘Holding Pattern’
After last year’s low key solo debut 10” album Emancipated Hearts, the former Galaxie 500 / Luna and erstwhile Dean & Britta frontman returns with a full length, self-titled album produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.
Papercuts ‘Still Knocking at the Door’
Unintentional segue: Dean Wareham’s Emancipated Hearts mini-album was produced by Papercuts mainman Jason Quever. This track, taken from the San Francisco outift’s forthcoming Life Among The Savages album (Memphis Industries / Easy Sound), is a warm, melodious, sixties indebted number.
Tashaki Miyaki ‘Cool Runnings’
Los Angeles girl/girl/boy dreampop outfit.
Angel Olsen ‘White Fire’
The quasit-title track of Olsen’s new album Burn Your Fire For No Reason is a stripped down folk ballad, a very different beast to the two previously released tracks (see ITP #46 and ITP #48) but something that will be familiar to long time fans.
Beverly ‘Honey Do’
Excellent debut single from new indiepop side project of indiepop Zelig Frankie Rose.
Geelong punks with synths who released their debut album Amusements here in Australia at the end of last year prepare an international release.
September Girls ‘Someone New’
Dublin all-female, fuzzy noisepop band finally released their debut album back in January (‘Ships’ was featured last year back in September on #ITP 41), I meant to include this track at the end of last month but it somehow fell through the cracks. If like me you’re a fan of the genre, this album is essential.
Yumi Zouma ‘The Brae’
Ex-pat NZ band with members split between Paris and New York, deliver delicious dreamy pop.
Prawn ‘Why You Always Leave A Note’
New Jersey band that (top these ears at least) seem to have an infatuation with defunct UK bands such as Seafood, Urusei Yatsura and Dananananaykroyd.
Todd Terje ‘Delorean Dynamite’
Norwegian space-disco godhead.
Beck ‘Waking Light’
Being pitched as an album stylistically similar to his heartbreak epic Sea Change, on initial listening Morning Phase seems to live up to the praise. This is the beautiful closing track, some lush Beatles influences and should appeal to fans of his Korgis cover from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, George Harrison and Elliott Smith.