The 17 best tracks I’ve heard in the last two weeks. Jangling indie rock, sunshine pop, electronica, dreampop etc from the US, UK, Sweden and Canada.
Modern Rivals ‘ Pins & Stitches’
Sunshine pop with psych and afropop inflections from Brooklyn band’s forthcoming debut album Cemetery Dares.
King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe ‘Be Free’
Like a gothic Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra, from their forthcoming collaborative 7″ on the Not Just Religious Music label.
[King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe]
Night Flowers ‘ Embers’
Night Flowers dabble at the intersection between The Cure, indiepop and shoegaze. Free downloads of a couple of other tracks over on their bandcamp page
Tove Lo ‘Not On Drugs’
After last year’s brilliantly neurotic ‘Habits’ (ITP #31), this is a more upbeat dance pop number from the Swedish artist..
Line & Circle ‘Mine is Mine’
Jangling indie rock indebted to 80s college rock.
[Line & Circle]
The Casket Girls ‘Chemical Dizzy’
Fuzzy, electronic dreampop which may appeal to fans of School of Seven Bells from Ryan Graveface and Elsa and Phaedra Greene. Taken from their excellent True Love Kills The Fairy Tale album.
[The Casket Girls]
Black Lips ‘Funny’
Superior, retro garage rock from their new album Underneath The Rainbow, the follow up to 2011’s excellent Arabia Mountain.
The Pains of Bing Pure at Heart ‘Simple and Sure’
Bright pop from the band’s forthcoming third album Days of Abandon, the follow up to the excellent Belong. Frontman Kip Berman is now the only fulltime member though everyone from the 2011 line up has contributed to the album (apart from Peggy Wang who was presumably too busy with her duties as Editor at Buzzfeed) along with Jen Goma of A Sunny Day In Glasgow and Kelly Pratt.
[The Pains of Bing Pure at Heart]
Fear of Men ‘Luna’
UK indiepop four piece who first featured here back in 2012 (ITP #18) with ‘Mosaic’. Jessica Weiss from the band will also form part of the touring incarnation of Pains Of Being Pure At Heart sometime this year.
[Fear of Men]
Real Estate ‘Crimes’
More hyper melodic jangling indie rock from the band’s new album Atlas.
Eternal Summers ‘A Burial’
First featured here back in May and June 2012 with ‘Wonder’ (ITP #10) and ‘Millions’ (ITP #8, May 2012, these Virginia indiepoppers follow up January’s ‘Gouge’ (ITP #48) with another track from their new third-album-proper, The Drop Beneath on Kanine records (also home to the new Fear of Men release).
Protomartyr ‘Come See’
Dark, tense and propulsive indie rock from Detroit band.
Let’s Wrestle ‘Always A Friend’
More Jangling, melodic indie, this time from reliable UK combo.
Return of Jock indie rockers who previously featured here with the excellent Alice-Costelloe-out-of-Big-Deal featuring ‘Sore Tummy’ (ITP #19, October 2012 ).
The Mary Onettes ‘Naive Dream’
More jangling with a dash of shoegaze from the Swedish band.
[The Mary Onettes]
Lovely slice of instrumental electronica from the UK producer, due for release on Kompakt.
Sean Nicholas Savage ‘Naturally’
Candian singer songwriter with lo-fi indie lounge soul.
[Sean Nicholas Savage]
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