The 20 best tracks I’ve heard in the last two weeks, garage rock, power pop, blues rock, synthpop, dreampop, soul, indie folk, shoegaze, psych pop, indie rock etc. New music from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Finland and New Zealand.
The Rich Hands ‘Other Boys’
Killer track from the San Antonio trio’s garage-power-pop second album Out Of My Head, the follow up last year’s Dreamers.
[The Rich Hands]
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde ‘Who Rings The Bell’
Catchy, experimental pop, Another highlight from the electronic music veterans’ collaborative album, Someday World.
[Brian Eno & Karl Hyde]
Saskwatch ‘Call Your Name’
Always a great live act, the nine piece Melbourne soul band have hit a high with their second album, Nose Dive (out now on Norhside). This track surfaced as a single here in Australia a few weeks back but deserves wider exposure.
King Dude ‘Bottomless Pit’
Rollicking, primal blues rock from King Dude aka T.J. Cowgill, last heard here in February collaborating with Chelsea Wolfe on Be Free (ITP #51). This is taken from his latest album Fear, produced by Ministry’s Bill Rieflin.
Nun ‘Evoke The Sleep’
Melbourne dark electronic pop band with an early-Mute Records / early Cabaret Voltaire aesthetic. You can hear Sue Tompkins (Life Without Buildings) and Lesley Woods (The Au Pairs) in Jenny Branagan’s vocals. This single came out a couple of months back but worth flagging up noiw as their debut album has just been released on Aarght and Avant.
Emma Ruth Rundle ‘Shadows of My Name’
For someone know for playing instrumental post-rock in Red Sparrowes, Los Angelino Emma Ruth Rundle is in possession of a remarkable voice from the Liz Fraser school of warble-belters. More straightforwardly indie folk than the shoegaze influenced stuff she does with Marriages, this is taken from her beautfiul debut solo album Some Heavy Ocean.
[Emma Ruth Rundle]
Phonograph ‘Fading Into You’
Not to be confused with the similarly named Brooklyn band, this is from the London band’s powerpop album Volume 1, which takes The Beatles as a starting point in much the same way Crowded House did. This was recorded back in 2001, but has only just seen the light of day via bandcamp.
Haunted Hearts ‘Up Is Up (But So Is Down)’
Indie rock power couple Dee Dee Penny (Dum Dum Girs) and Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles) have been teasing their collaborative psych pop project as Hanuted Hearts since at least the end of 2012 (‘Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good’ featured way back in ITP#23). As the release of their debut album Initiation is now imminent (out May 27th on Zoo music) here’s another taste of what to expect.
Hamilton Leithauser ‘Silent Orchestra’
The former Walkmen frontman releases his solo debut ‘Black Hours’ next month. After the thumping Alexandra, this number featuring gentle percussion, xylophone, strings and *that* voice – offers more of an insight into what is a varied and nuanced album.
The Antlers ‘Intruders’
A band that have followed a similar trajectory to fellow Brooklynites Grizzly Bear, this is taken from their new album Familiars the full lengrth follow up to 2011’s Burst Apart.
Cheatahs ‘The Swan’
One of the highlights of the London shoegaze band’s long awaited eponymous debut album, out now on Wichita.
Lovely bit of psych pop from the Kiwi band’s second album Fortuna, following on from the previously featured Country Kills (ITP #53).
High Ends ‘The Weight’
Lush pop from Canadian Jeremy Innes, best known as a member of radio friendly indie rockers Yukon Blonde. Stylistically different to that project, but just as catchy.
Ought ‘Today More Than Any Other Day’
Quasi-title track from the Montreal band’s debut album on Constellation. Like the previously featured Habit (ITP #55) the track generates its own identity while seemingly having a myriad of touch points from the way the Blue Aeroplanes channeled Television, the Velvet Underground, Jonathan Richman, Talking Heads, Thom Yorke etc.
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat ‘Televan’
Eighty-Five seconds of energetic, spasming quirk-punk from ESMB’s new album Party Jail.
[Ed Schrader’s Music Beat]
Parquet Courts ‘Instant Disassembly’
The hangover follow up to the party of the Brooklyn punks breakthrough album Light Up Gold. Taken from the forthcoming Sunbathing Animal album.
Muscle & Bone ‘Song for the Broken Road’
Asheville, North Carolina band with a late 80s / early 90s college rock / Teenage Fanclub / powerpop-jangle vibe
[Muscle & Bone]
Landlady ‘Dying Day’
Following on from The Globe (ITP #54) here’s another track from the Brooklyn indie-rockers forthcoming debut album Upright Behaviour (due out in July on Hometapes)
Mirel Wagner ‘Oak Tree’
Finland-via-Ethopia singer/songwriter / gloom-chanteuse first featured here way back in Feb 2012 on ITP #2 with the haunting ‘No Death’. Now signed to Sub Pop
Lykke Li ‘Heart of Steel’
Gospel and 60s girl pop flavoured highlight of the Swedish singer songwriter’s latest album I Never Learn.