Thirteen new tunes to start off 2016. New indie / psych / electronic / folk / garage punk / surf pop music from the US, UK, Spain and Canada. Tracks from Hinds (pictured), Yeasayer, Savages, Woods, Walter Martin, Tacocat, Misun, The Besnard Lakes, Sea Pinks, Cullen Omori, Dr Dog, Gun Outfit and Heron Oblivion.
Scrappy, garage pop opening track from the young Madrid band’s debut album Leave Me Alone (out now, Mom & Pop).
Yeasayer ‘I Am Chemistry’
Taken from the Brooklyn band’s fourth album Amen & Goodbye (Mute, April 1). This is electronic pop with eastern, psychedelic and gothic flourishes. At 3m18s in there’s a switch to a folky interlude- acoustic guitar and piano with Suzzy Roche providing a layered choral vocal before the electronics return, then fade away leaving just the piano at the outro. Sweet. Check out the trippy SF video too.
Woods ‘Sun City Creeps’
Mournful horns, afro-funk, and west coast psychedelia meet on the first taste of the band’s forthcoming ninth album City Sun Eater in the River of Light (April 8, Woodsist). Can’t wait to hear the rest of it.
Tacocat ‘I Hate The Weekend’
One hundred and twenty-six seconds of garage punk surf pop from the Seattle band. Taken from their forthcoming album Lost Time (Hardly Art, April 1).
Misun ‘Give It Up’
Laid back electronic pop underpinned by a simple acoustic guitar line and topped off with Misun Wojcik’s mellifluous, summery, vibrato. Available digitally and as limited edition cassette single on B3SCI Records.
Walter Martin ‘Down By The Singing Sea’
Former keyboard and bass player for The Walkmen follows up his wonderful family album We’re All Young Together with an album inspired by art history, Arts & Leisure (Ile Flottante, January 29).
Gothy post-punk quasi-title track from the band’s forthcoming second album Adore Life (Matador / Pop Noire January 22). A signal lesson in the power of restraint, with the pay off coming in the final minute as the song builds to a crescendo.
The Besnard Lakes ‘Nightingale’
On their last two albums, The Besnard Lakes proved that they had mastered epic space rock. On their latest, A Coliseum Complex Museum (Jagjaguwar, January 22) they refine it further. This is just one of many stand out tracks.
[The Besnard Lakes]
Sea Pinks ‘Cold Reading’
Melodic indiepop from former Girls Names drummer Neil Brogan’s fifth album under the Sea Pinks name, Soft Days (out now, CF Records).
Cullen Omori ‘Cinnamon’
Former Smith Westerns frontman with first track taken from his forthcoming solo album New Misery (March 18, Sub Pop)
Dr. Dog ‘Bring My Baby Back’
Shuffling psych pop taken from the veteran Philadelphia band’s new album Psychedelic Swamp (February 5, Anti-)
Gun Outfit ‘Expansion Pact’
Following on from last year’s excellent Dream All Over album, this is a new song from a forthcoming five track EP, Two Way Player ( March 18, Wharf Cat).
Heron Oblivion ‘Oriar’
Blistering psych folk from the Sub Pop signed San Francisco super group featuring Meg Baird and members of Comets on Fire and Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound.