The 20 best songs from the last two weeks. New music from the US, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. Featuring Twin Peaks, Spoon, The Raveonettes, Alt-J, Blonde Redhead, Summer Camp, Allo Darlin’, Robert Scott, David Kilgour, The Juan MacLean, TOPS, Bishop Allen, Faded Paper Figures and more…
Bishop Allen ‘Start Again’
Taken from the New York indie band’s new album Lights Out (out August 19 on Dead Oceans)
Alt-J ‘Every Other Freckle’
Now reduced to a trio, this is the third (and by far the best) track to emerge from their soon to be released second album This Is All Yours (22 September, Infectious). Proggy folktronica.
Twin Peaks ‘Making Breakfast’
Lou Reed and Iggy channeling number from the young band’s sporadically brilliant Wild Onion album.
The Juan Maclean ‘A Simple Design’
Superior electronic dance pop from John MacLean and Nancy Whang’s forthcoming album In A Dream (September 15, DFA).
[The Juan Maclean]
The Raveonettes ‘Sister’
Fuzz pop from the Danish duo’s excellent Pe’Ahi album.
The Number Ones ‘Sharon Shouldn’t’
Punk power pop from young Dublin band’s debut album.
[The Number Ones]
TOPS ‘Blind Faze’
Catchy melodic indie from Montreal band who manage to channel a little bit of Phoenix and the occasional bit of the Notwist. Taken from their forthcoming album Picture You Staring (September 2, Arbutus)
Army Navy ‘Dumb Luck’
Another super catchy, melodic power pop track from the California band’s third album, The Wilderness Inside out now on The Fever Zone.
Faded Paper Figures ‘Lost Stars’
This is from the band’s latest album Relics.
[Faded Paper Figures]
The Forest and the Trees ‘You’re in My Skin’
Electronic tinged indie pop taken from the Swedish husband and wife duo’s second album Missions.
[The Forest and the Trees]
The Growlers ‘Good Advice’
Psych-pop from California band’s forthcoming fourth album Chinese Fountain (Everloving Records).
Summer Camp ‘House Party’
Brief, melodic indie from the UK husband and wife duo, taken from the soundtrack to Beyond Clueless.
Weyes Blood ‘Hang On’
Self proclaimed ‘ghost folk’ – which seems suitable given the haunting nature of this track. Weyes Blood is the work of Natalie Mering, former member of Jackie-O Motherfucker and Axolotl. You may recognise her voice from its contribution to Ariel Pink’s Mature Themes.
Allo Darlin’ ‘Romance and Adventure’
Minor key loveliness from the London-based, ex-pat Aussie fronted indiepop band’s forthcoming third album We Come From The Same Place (Fortuna Pop / Slumberland, Oct 7),
Miss Destiny ‘The One’
Female fronted rock n’ roll band from Melbourne. This is the b-side of their debut 7” ‘House of Wax’, due out imminently on HoZac.
Neighbors ‘Power Country’
Ramshackle indie rock from Seattle-based band’s Raymond Carver referencing Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? album (out now on Beating a Dead Horse). Not to be confused with similarly monikered Brooklyn band.
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights ‘Christopher Columbus’
NZ legend and sometime Clean frontman with a track from the latest album of his other project.
[David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights]
Robert Scott ‘Now In Your Hands’
Another track from a sometime member of The Clean (and frontman of The Bats). This is taken from Scott’s wonderful solo album The Green House and, like a handful of the tracks, features fellow Kiwi Hollie ‘Tiny Ruins’ Fullbrook on vocals.
Blonde Redhead ‘The One I Love’
Third track to surface from forthcoming ninth album Barragán and yet another stylistic turn. Stripped down verses, baroque chorus. Can’t wait for the album.
Spoon ‘New York Kiss’
Closing track from They Want My Soul.