The 19 best tracks I’ve heard in the last two weeks, new music from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK.
Honeyblood ‘Killer Bangs’
Self-professed “noisy Scottish Girls” with killer tune of garage rock crunch pop. The follow up to their debut single ‘Bud’.
Bad // Dreems ‘Dumb Ideas’
Adelaide rock band with a penchant for the output of Flying Nun, SST and Greasy Pop.[Bad // Dreems]
Shannon and the Clams ‘Mama’
Oakland-based indie garage punk trio. “Known for a vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf,” says Wikipedia and my ears.
[Shannon and the Clams]
Woods ‘Full Moon’
Another track from the amazing forthcoming Woods album With Light and With Love. This one has some lovely George Harrison-like guitar on it.
Total Control ‘Flesh War’
Melbourne ‘super-group’ continue the move from debut album Henge Beat to a more nuanced, new wave influenced sound.
Band of Skulls ‘Himalayan’
Southampton blues rock trio return with the title track of their Nick Launay-produced third album. Hints of Nile Rodgers in the funky ‘Notorious’ / ‘Original Sin’-style riffing.
[Band of Skulls]
Chromeo ‘Jealous ‘(I Ain’t With It)’
The Canadian duo’s brand of electronic disco funk has never been more in vogue. Their flair for songwriting is what raises them above others swimming in the post Post-Random Access Memories waters.
Another highlight from the Cincinnati, OH female-fronted trash poppers eponymous debut album.
Landlady ‘The Globe’
Brooklyn indie rockers, with mini epic that crams a lot into its 5:54 run time. You can hear Radar Brothers and Built To Spill if you listen closely.
Wagons ‘Why Do You Always Cry’
Like Nick Cave with his tongue in his cheek rather than the black humour, the wonderful Henry Wagons and his band return with more Americana noir / spaghetti western pop. Taken from the forthcoming Mick Harvey produced album Acid Rain and Sugar Cane.
Tiny Ruins ‘Chainmail Maker’
Kiwi trio fronted by Hollie Fullbrook. This track, with its feel of a female Nick Drake, isn just one of many stand out tracks from the brilliant forthcoming second album Brightly Painted One due out next month.
Daughter ‘Still’ (Live at Air Studios)
One of the highlights of last year’s debut album If You Leave, re-recorded live in the studio with a 10-piece classical ensemble.
Fear of Men ‘Vitrine’
UK indiepop four piece with another highlight of their debut album Loom.
[Fear of Men]
Herzog ‘Mad Men’
Energized, indie rock from Cleveland band.
Cut Copy ‘In These Arms of Love’
Dance anthem banging electronica. Best thing they’ve done in ages. With Joshua Tree-era the Edge guitar solo.
White Hex ‘Parardise’
M83 style stadium electronica with a goth-tinge (think Gina X and Clan of Xymox) from Melbourne duo who cite influence of Arthur Russell, Velvet Underground, DAF, Gianni Rossi and The Mamas and Papas.
Courtney Barnett ‘Bein’ Around’
In the absence of any new material, here’s a nice low key cover of the nice low key Lemonheads track.