In The Pharmacy #87 – Late September 2015

Twenty-three new tracks from the US, UK and Canada. New music from Silversun Pickups, The Drink, Fidlar, Lana Del Rey, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Shannon and the Clams, Family of the Year, Darkstar, The Woolen, Battles, Stars, TRAAMS, 
U.S. Girls, 
Metric, 
Chromatics, Metric, U.S. Girls, The Whales, Dilly Dally, 
Pure Bathing Culture (pictured), Gun Outift, 
Desperate Journalist, Soccer Team, and Lou Barlow.

Fidlar ‘Drone’
LA garage punks with a track from their second album Too (out now, Mom & Pop).
[Fidlar]

Family of the Year ‘Make You Mine’
Sunshine indie pop from the LA band’s self-titled album, their third (out now, Nettwerk).
[Family of the Year]

Silversun Pickups ‘Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)’
Second track to appear from the band’s forthcoming fourth album Better Nature, (September 25, New Machine Records) and a rare one that features Nikki Moninger on lead vocals.
[Silversun Pickups]

The Drink ‘No Memory’
The closing track from the London-based trio’s debut album proper, Capital (last year’s stunning Company compiled their first three EPs). Although it’s not physically released until November 13 (Melodic), pre-orders come with an instant download of the whole, brilliant album.
[The Drink]

Darkstar ‘Stoke The Fire’
Warp signed artist with hints of afropop and the Beta Band in their groove based pop. Taken from their third album Foam Island (Warp, September 25).
[Darkstar]

Shannon and the Clams ‘Telling Myself’
Following on from It’s Too Late (ITP #85) and Corvette (ITP #81) more sci-fi surf pop from the SATC new album Gone By The Dawn (out now, Hardly Art).
[Shannon and the Clams]

The Woolen Men ‘University’
An eighties melodic hardcore vibe from these Pacific north western DIY punks with a track from their new album Temporary Monument (out now, Woodsist).
[The Woolen Men]

Battles ‘Dot Com’
More krauty instrumental math rock goodness from the band’s new album La Di Da Di (out now, Warp).
[Battles]

Stars ‘A Simple Song’
Following on from last year’s excellent and bizarrely underrated indie disco-tastic No One Is Lost, comes a new slice of melancholy electronic pop from their new digital only Lost and Found EP (out now).
[Stars]

TRAAMS ‘Silver Lining’
Following on from Succulent Thunder Anthem (ITP #84), the Chichestter post-punk trio return with another track from their forthcoming second album Grin (FatCat, November 13)
[TRAAMS]


U.S. Girls ‘Sed Knife’
Surprisngly seventies influenced dirty indie rock number from experimental popster Meghan Remy’s 4AD debut Half Free (25 September).
[U.S. Girls]

Metric ‘Lie Lie Lie’
Maybe you too will be thinking of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ too when you hear this catchy track from the band’s Pagans in Vegas album (out now, MMI/Crystal Math).
[Metric]


Chromatics ‘Shadow’
New Adult Swim single from Johnny Jewel’s electronic dreampop outfit. Available for download now.
[Chromatics]

The Whales ‘Marguerite’
Lo-fi jangling indie rock from Cambridge, originally released back in March.
[The Whales]

Dilly Dally ‘Purple Rage’
More raw vocals and grungey guitars from the Toronto band’s debut album, Sore (October 9, Partisan Records).
[Dilly Dally]

Pure Bathing Culture ‘Palest Pearl’
Electronic indiepop taken from the band’s John Congleton-produced second album, Pray For Rain (October 23, Partisan).
[Pure Bathing Culture]

Gun Outift ‘Only Ever Over’

Country dreampop from the LA band’s forthcoming album Dream All Over (Oct 16, Paradise of Bachelors).
[Gun Outfit]


Desperate Journalist ‘Perfect Health’
Following on from their brilliant debut album (a contender for album of the year) comes this track from their soon to be released Good Luck EP. Nicely understated, Smithsy jangling.
[Desperate Journalist]

Soccer Team ‘Friends Who Know’
DC indie rockers with nineties slack track from their Real Lessons in Cynicism album (out 27 October, Dischord Records).
[Soccer Team]

Lou Barlow ‘Wave’
Another highlight from the Dinosaur Jr / Sebadoh / Folk Implosion man’s new solo album Brace the Wave (out now, Joyful Noise).
[Lou Barlow]

Lana Del Rey ‘The Blackest Day’
It’s a quick turn around for Honeymoon (out now), album number three from Lana Del Rey which she started working on as soon as she finished last year’s rather excellent Ultraviolence. It’s another lush pop noire classic and this is just one of many stand out tracks.
[Lana Del Rey]

Julia Holter ‘Vasquez’
Another great track from Have You In My Wilderness, the experimental popster’s fourth, most accessible and most pleasing album yet. This brings to mind the lush, jazz tinged post-pop of David Sylvian and late period Talk Talk.
[Julia Holter]

Kurt Vile ‘Lost My Head There’
Slacker indie rock with a lush seventies vibe. Taken from KV’s excellent forthcoming album, b’lieve I’m going down (September 25, Matador).
[Kurt Vile]

In The Pharmacy #86 – September 2015

Eighteen new tracks from the US, UK, Australia and Canada. New music from Battles, Beach House, The Arcs, Deradoorian, Gun Outfit, All Dogs, Gardens & Villa, Fans, Sports, Destroyer, Low, Blank Realm, Unloved, Cold Beat, PWR BTTM, Shopping, Julia Holter (pictured), and Maybug.

Battles ‘FF Bada’
After the departure of Tyondai Braxton, Battles followed up their stunning debut Mirrored with the guest-vocalist-heavy Gloss Drop (2011). For their third album La Di Da Di (Warp, September 18) they’ve gone completely instrumental. It’s jittery, math-y post-rock at its finest.
[Battles]

Beach House ‘Levitation’
The opening track from the Baltimore dreampop band’s wonderful Depression Cherry album (out now, Sub Pop).
[Beach House]

The Arcs ‘Put a Flower in Your Pocket’

A hazy piece of garage soul psych pop from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys’ new side project. Taken from their debut album, the appropriately titled Yours, Dreamily (out now).
[The Arcs]

Deradoorian ‘The Expanding Flower Planet’
Title track of former Dirty Projector member Angel Deradoorian’s debut solo album of experimental art pop, out now on Anticon.
[Deradoorian]

Gun Outift ’Dream All Over’
Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith share desert-fatigued vocals and motorik beats over meadnering guitars. Like country Krautrock, this is the title track from the LA band’s forthcoming album (Oct 16, Paradise of Bachelors).
[Gun Outfit]

All Dogs ‘Leading Me Back to You’
Another great track from the Ohio band’s Kicking Every Day album (out now, Salinas)
[All Dogs]

Gardens & Villa ‘Fixations’
LA Synthpop band go 70s power pop and art rock and end up sounding not a million miles away from Brendan Benson (a good thing, obvs). Taken from their latest album, Music for Dogs (out now, Secretly Canadian).
[Gardens & Villa]

Fans ‘Take It’
Previously featured here a back in July (ITP #83), this taken from the UK band’s debut EP ‘Born Into’. Listeners may detect essence of The Strokes, Interpol and the early noughties NYC crowd.
[Fans]

Sports ‘Reality TV’
More fuzzy, melodic, garage punk power pop with country-tinged vocals from the Ohio band. Taken from forthcoming second album All of Something (Father/Daughter records, 30 October).
[SPORTS]

Destroyer ‘Forces From Above’
Another slice of lush pop from new album Poison Season (out now, Merge / Dead Oceans). This track features strings, saxophone, great percussion, some great rhythm guitar and a typically clearly ennunciated vocal from Dan Bejar. Motherfucker needs to get his ass to Australia.
[Destroyer]

Low ‘The Innocents’
Juxtaposing Mimi Parker’s beautiful vocals against a dirty electronic rhythm and distorted guitars, this is another stand out track from the band’s forthcoming Ones and Sixes album (Sub Pop, September 11).
[Low]

Blank Realm ‘Palace of Love’
Another track from the Brisband band’s new album Illegals in Heaven album (out now Bedroom Suck / Fire Records). Garage psych pop – you can trace a line from the Velvet Underground’s ‘Can’t Stand It’ through Tom Verlaine’s æBreakin’ In My Heart’ to this.
[Blank Realm]

Unloved ‘Guilty of Love’
New project from soundtrackists David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia and singer songwriter Jade Vincent. Trying to blend the Shangri Las, Lee & Nancy and Ennio Morricone. Taken from their debut EP of the same name (October 16, self-released).
[Unloved]

Cold Beat ‘Spirals’
Another highlight from Hannah Lew and co.’s new album Into the Air (out now, Crime on the Moon). Cold Beat really is the perfect name for this San Francisco gothy electropop band.
[Cold Beat]

PWR BTTM ‘1994’
Third track featured here’s from the queer punk duo’s debut album Ugly Cherries (Father/Daughter Records / Miscreant, September 18).
[PWR BTTM]

Shopping ‘Straight Lines’
Title track of second album (September 11, FatCat) from the London post-punk trio.
[Shopping]

Julia Holter ‘Sea Calls Me Home’
The experimenter in otherworldly pop follows up 2013’s Loud City Song with a track from her forthcoming Have You In My Wilderness (September 25, Domino).
[Julia Holter]

Maybug ‘Winter Sun’ 

Bristol based singer-songwriter Joseph Dunn. This track is from his debut EP, Pollen Odyssey, out September 18th.
[Maybug]

In The Pharmacy #85 – Late August 2015

Fifteen new tracks from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. New music from Royal Headache, The Chills, Diet Cig, Destroyer (pictured), Shannon and the Clams, Beach House, Prison Whites, Saintseneca, PWR BTTM, Low, Palehound, All Dogs, Royal Headache, Duran Duran and Steve Hauschlidt.

Royal Headache ‘Love Her If I Tried’
The first of two tracks from the Sydney band’s second album High (out now, Distant and Vague / What’s Your Rupture /). Currently my favourite track on the album and the epitome of their garage-punk-meets-soul sound.
[Royal Headache]

The Chills ‘America Says Hello’
Classic, sparkling jangle pop from Kiwi legend Martin Phillipps and co. Since1990 they have released records called Submarine Bells, Soft Bomb, SunBurnt, Sketch Book, Secret Box, and Stand By. No surprise then that he Dunedin-based band’s first new album in 19 years is called Silver Bullets (Fire, October 30).
[The Chills]

Diet Cig ‘Dinner Date’
New Paltz indiepop duo with the other side of the ‘Sleep Talk’ single (as featured on ITP #82)“, this is there first vinyl release and follow up to the Over Easy cassette (ITP #70 and #71). Out on September 18, Father/Daughter / Art Is Hard).
[Diet Cig]

Destroyer ’Times Square’
On August 28 Dan Bejar returns with the follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed Kaputt, Poison Season (Merge / Dead Oceans). This tracks is, literally, the centre of an album that vies with Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear as this year’s most idiosyncratic singer songwriter album.
[Destroyer]

Shannon and the Clams ‘It’s Too Late’
Following on from the downbeat ‘Corvette’ (ITP#81) here’s some sci fi surf pop from the Oakland band’s forthcoming album Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art ,Sept 11).
[Shannon and the Clams]

Beach House ‘PPP’
Unhurried, hypnagogic number from the Baltimore dreampop duo’s forthcoming Depression Cherry album (Sub Pop, August 28).
[Beach House]

Prison Whites ‘Deceiver’

London via Cambridge three piece playing catchy garage punk.
[Prison Whites]

Saintseneca ‘Sleeper Hold’

Columbus, OH folksters led by Zac Little and featuring All Dogs’ Maryn Jones in their current line up. This is taken from their forthcoming third album, Such Things (Anti-, October 9).
[Saintseneca]

PWR BTTM ‘Dairy Queen’
Here’s another track from the Brooklyn-via-New Paltz queer punk duo’s debut album following on from last month’s title track ‘Ugly Cherries’ (ITP #82).
[PWR BTTM]

Low ‘Lies’
Following on from ‘No Comprende’ (ITP #81) and ‘What Part of Me’ (ITP #84) here’s the third and most track to appear from Low’s eleventh album Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop, September 11). Features a great vocal performance from Mimi Parker about two thirds in.
[Low]

Palehound ‘Cinammon’
Atypical track from debut album Dry Food eschews the 90s influences for some trippy afropop guitar.
[Palehound]

All Dogs ‘How Long’
Maryn Jones pops her head up again with another track from All Dogs debut album Kicking Every Day (Salinas, August 28).
[All Dogs]

Royal Headache ‘Carolina’
Another taste of the new album, ‘Carolina’ highlights another side of the band – lo-fi, melodious, melancholy jangling.
[Royal Headache]

Duran Duran ‘Paper Gods’
Title track of the veteran band’s forthcoming fourteenth album (September 11, Warners), this one features fellow Brummie Mr Hudson, comes in at just over seven minutes long and shifts from minor key distorted gospel influenced intro to bass heavy stadium dance pop banger.
[Duran Duran]

Steve Hauschlidt ‘Where All Is Fled’
Former member of ambient electronica trio Emeralds, this is the title track of Hauschlidt’s first new album since 2012’s Sequitur. Where All Is Fled is out on Kranky, September 25.
[Steve Hauschlidt]

In The Pharmacy #84 – August 2015

Sixteen killer new tracks from the US, UK and Canada. New music from All Dogs, Kurt Vile, Low, SPORTS, La Luz, Fuzz, Cristobal and the Sea, Ultimate Painting, Dilly Dally (pictured), Fictonian, TRAAMS, Lou Barlow, Wilco, White Reaper, Shopping and !!!. Music that is in turn scrappy, melodic, choppy, angular, slack and funky.


All Dogs ‘That Kind of Girl’
“And I know that I am always fucking up your world / you are better off not messing with that kind of girl”.
Treble heavy female-fronted melodic indie rock with 90s inclinations, first featured here with in September 2013 with ‘Lovesong’ (ITP #41) and back in January with ‘Georgia’ (ITP #70).
[All Dogs]

Kurt Vile ‘Dust Bunnies’
A drum machine and a repeating guitar pattern ground this song in rhythm while keyboard and bass are aloud to meander and explore the edges of the melody and KV’s distinctive stoner vocals take us on a tale of having a “headache like a shot vac coughing dust bunnies”. Elsewhere it’s all red with white noise, bars and “an invigorating fix and a black lung” from puffing on a cigarette. The song pivots with a nod to Sam Cooke’s ‘Wonderful World’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ and by the end our hero is ready to get away from the fog “it’s hard to think with a squashed brain…I can’t talk over all that racket / what’s there to feel but totally wacked…I want to to put out the cigarette, leave it behind, hold you real close, take you by the hand. We’ll walk away.”
[Kurt Vile]

Low ‘What Part of Me’
After the low end gravitas of ‘No Comprende’, this initially feels lighter. A drum machine and Mimi Parker’s wordless vocals intro the song over some distorto-fuzzed bass and some trebly, metallic guitar. Then the vocals proper kick in it and it seems to be about the alternating wonder and claustrophobia you might experience in an intense 20+ year relationship. “What part of me don’t you know? What part of me don’t you own?” “Sometimes it scares me to death / sometimes it takes all my breath”. This duality has it’s own mirror in the music when the fuzz drops away to reveal the beautiful clarity of Alan and Mimi’s voices. Taken from the new album Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop, September 11).
[Low]

SPORTS ‘Washing Machine’
There’s a country inflection to Carmen Perry’s vocals that complements the rough edges of their fuzzy, melodic, garage punk power pop. Taken from forthcoming second album All of Something (Father/Daughter records, 30 October).
[Sports]

La Luz ‘I Wanna Be Alone (With You)’
Brooding, near-other worldly sci-fi surf pop from the band’s excellent new album, Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art, out now).
[La Luz]

Fuzz ‘Rat Race’
Sabbath-indebted number from Ty Seagll’s heavy psych rock outfit’s forthcoming second album, the aptly titled II (In The Red Records, October 23).
[Fuzz]

Cristobal and the Sea ‘Fish Eye’
“Around the lake with a girl that I know…she licks my neck like I’m gellato”. More excellent stuff from the Anglo-Spanish-Portugese-Corsican quartet. Self-described tropicalia pop, though afro psych pop would also fit the bill.
[Cristobal and the Sea]

Ultimate Painting ‘Kodiak’
Lazy, VU indebted meandering guitar art pop from the band’s second album Green Lanes (out now on Trouble in Mind Records).
[Ultimate Painting]

Dilly Dally ‘Desire’

This gets better with every listen. Raw vocals from Katie Bell and guitars that are equal parts The Breeders and Blue album-era Weezer (they self-identify as #softgrunge). From the Toronto band’s debut album, Sore (October 9, Partisan Records).
[Dilly Dally]

Fictonian ‘Little Blue Book’
Waltz-time number with judicious use of piano, whistling and the New London Children’s Choir from the buzzy UK multi-instrumentalist.
[Fictonian]

TRAAMS ‘Succulent Thunder Anthem’
Chichester skewed pop band who blend influences such as Iggy Pop, Krautrock, McLusky, Women, Abe Vigoda and Pavement to come up with the likes of this undeniably catchy driving garage punk number that heralds their forthcoming Modern Dancing album (FatCat, November 13) the follow up to 2013’s Grin.
[TRAAMS]

Lou Barlow ‘Moving’

The Dinosaur Jr / Sebadoh / Folk Implosion man teases his first solo album in six years Brace the Wave. Lest we forget, Lou was championing the ukulele way before it was all the rage (though he avoids the worst excesses of that instrument by modifying with heavier strings). His voice has taken on a richer, almost Vedder-like resonance over the years. It suits both him and this song.
[Lou Barlow]

Wilco ‘Taste the Ceiling’
Lovely understated number from Wilco’s superb surprise released new album Star Wars (out now, dBpm).
[Wilco]

White Reaper ‘Friday the 13th’
Another highlight from the Louisville, KY garage punks debut album, White Reaper Does it Again (out now, Polyvinyl).
[White Reaper]

Shopping ‘Why Wait’
Following on from the international release of their debut album earlier this year, the London post-punk trio give us the first taste of the follow up Straight Lines (out September 11, FatCat)
[Shopping]

!!! ‘Freedom! ’15’
Sacramento dancepunks tease their forthcoming fifth album with a funky monster that nods back to their earliest records. If there’s one criticism of this tune it’s that it’s so good it could stand to be a good few minutes longer. Extended dance mix please!
[!!!]

In The Pharmacy #83 – Late July 2015

Seventeen new tracks from the US, UK and Australia. New music from Kurt Vile, Chvrches, Wilco, Sports, Royal Headache, Best Friends, Girls Names, La Luz, White Reaper, Fans, Protomartyr, Ultimate Painting, Ducktails, LVL UP, Major Leagues, Cowtown and Cold Beat.

Kurt Vile ‘Pretty Pimpin’’
The opening track from KV’s forthcoming album b’lieve i’m goin down…(September 25, Matador). After the success of his former band The War on Drugs’ breakthrough Lost In The Dream seems like Kurt has raised his game again. Produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck) and featuring Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa on drums, don’t let Vile’s laidback delivery make you b’lieve he’s leaving anything to chance this time round.
[Kurt Vile]

Chvrches ‘Leave a Trace’
Electro Jockpop taken from second album Every Open Eye, September 25.
[Chvrches]

Wilco ‘Pickled Ginger’
Taken from their surprise free release new album Star Wars (out now, dBpm). This is a grittier album than the last couple of pop leaning albums. Download the whole album at the link.
[Wilco]

Sports ‘Saturday’
Gambier, Ohio US punk powerpop / indiepop band. Taken from their forthcoming second album All of Something (30 October, Father/Daughter).
[Sports]

Royal Headache ‘Another World’
Sydney’s finest with another slice of garage soulpunk from their forthcoming second album High (What’s Your Rupture?, August 21).
[Royal Headache]

Best Friends ‘Holy Mountain’
Taken from the Sheffield garage pop types rather tasty second album Hot.Reckless.Totally Insane (out now, FatCat).
[Best Friends]

Girls Names ‘A Hunger Artist’
Black-clad Belfast band subvert pop with chiming guitars, motorik beats and dark lyrics. This is the second track taken from their forthcoming third album Arms Around A Vision (October 2, Tough Love), following on from April’s excellent stand alone single ‘Zero Triptych’ (ITP #76).
[Girls Names]

La Luz ‘Sleep Til They Die’
Haunting slow number from the Seattle surf pop band’s second album Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art, August 7).
[La Luz]

White Reaper ‘Candy’
Lo-fi garage rock from the Louisville, KY band’s new album White Reaper Does it Again (out now, Polyvinyl).
[White Reaper]

Fans ‘Born Into’
A touch of The Strokes and their early ’00s contemporaries on the latest single from this UK band. This is the title track of a forthcoming EP.
[Fans]

Protomartyr ‘Why Does it Shake’
Detroit post-punk band, previously featured here back in February 2014 with ‘Come & See’ (ITP #51) follow up their Under Color of Official Right album with the first taste of The Agent Intellect (Oct 9, Hardly Art)
[Protomartyr]

Ultimate Painting ‘(I’ve Got The) Sanctioned Blues’
Lo-fi, Velvet Underground indebted pop from second album “Green Lanes”, (August 7th, Trouble In Mind Records).
[Ultimate Painting]

Ducktails ‘Surreal Exposure’
New Jersey, US. Following on from ‘Into the Sky’ (ITP #81) and Church (ITP #82) here’s another track from Matt Mondanile’s (Real Estate) latest album as Ducktails, St Catherine.
[Ducktails]

LVL UP ‘Blur’
Lots of Slanted and Chanted-era Pavement to be heard in the work of this Purchase, New York band, but also a hint of the Elephant 6 collective. Previously featured here with ‘Soft Power’ (ITP #61) this time last year.
[LVL UP]

Major Leagues ‘Someone Sometime’
Brisbane jangle pop band with their first new music since their sublime 2013 EP, Weird Season.
[Major Leagues]

Cowtown ‘Castle Greyscale’
Leeds band with catchy “variant mutant pop”.
[Cowtown]

Cold Beat ‘Cracks’
Last featured here this time last year with ‘Other Side of The World’, Hannah Lew (formerly of San Francisco’s Grass Widow) returns with more gothy electro pop with post-punk guitars. Taken from forthcoming album Into the Air (Crime on the Moon, September 4).
[Cold Beat]

In The Pharmacy #82 – July 2015

Fourteen new tracks from the US, Australia and Sweden. New music from Palehound, Blank Realm, Diet Cig, Wavves x Cloud Nothings, PWR BTTM, Beach House (pictured), La Luz, Pleasure Leftists, Goat, Dirty Ghosts, Ducktails, Datura 4, Ecstatic Vision and Jack J.

Palehound ‘Molly’
ITP favourite Palehound (aka Ellen Kempner) returns with the first track from her debut album Dry Food (Exploding in Sound Records, August 14). Nineties influenced indie rock. This was supposed to feature in ITP #81 but I somehow managed to upload old track ‘Drooler’ in error [*facepalm*].
[Palehound]

Blank Realm ‘River of Longing’
Brisbane band return with their catchiest and poppiest outing to date. Of course, this is the sort of guitar heavy, psych and Krautrock tinged lo-fi pop that claims The Clean as the apex of the art form (as do we all). Taken from the follow up to last year’s Grassed Inn, Illegals in Heaven (Bedroom Suck / Fire Records, September 4) .
[Blank Realm]

Diet Cig ‘Sleep Talk’
After their excellent Over Easy cassette (see ITP #70 and #71), the New Paltz duo return with more charming indiepop. This is a track from their forthcoming 7” (September 18, Father Daughter / Art Is Hard).
[Diet Cig]

Wavves x Cloud Nothings ‘Come Down’
Let’s face it, this collaboration could have gone either way, but the resultant album No Life for Me is more than good and features this pearl amongst its nine tracks. Out now digitally through Bandcamp and due on vinyl in Sepetmber
[Wavves x Cloud Nothings]

PWR BTTM ‘Ugly Cherries’
Another duo with a a release due on Father/Daughter on September 18. “It’s a confrontation: an attempt to unpack my own queerness with humor and self care,” says guitar-and-vocalist half Ben Hopkins. Features a tasty stadium-prog guitar riff.
[PWR BTTM]

Beach House ‘Sparks’
From the forthcoming album Depression Cherry (Sub Pop, August 28), the follow up to 2012’s Bloom.
[Beach House]

La Luz ‘Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere’
Last featured here with ‘Big Big Blood’ and ‘Sure as Spring’ from their 2013 album It’s Alive, here’s another lovely slice of dreamy surfpop from the Seattle band. Taken from their forthcoming album Weirdo Shrine (August 7, Hardly Art).
[La Luz]

Pleasure Leftists ‘You You’
Cleveland, OH post-punk’s with a goth indebted number, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming The Woods of Heaven album (August 21, Deranged Records).
[Pleasure Leftists]

Goat ‘It’s Time For Fun’
This is the first new material since the masked Swedish psych rockers released their somewhat underwhelming second album last year. It’s definitely a cut above most of the tracks on Commune, restrained, mysterious and slightly spooky.
[Goat]

Dirty Ghosts ‘Cataract’
Title track of the San Francisco band’s new EP (out July 24 on Burger Records). Indie rock with post punk sensibilities and garage rock aesthetics.
[Dirty Ghosts]

Ducktails ‘Church’
Following on from ‘Into the Sky’ (ITP #81) here’s another track from Matt Mondanile’s (Real Estate) latest album as Ducktails, St Catherine. On this woozy dreampop track he shares vocals with Julia Holter.
[Ducktails]

Datura 4 ‘Another Planet’

Psych rock boogie with a nod to ‘Spirit’ in the Sky from Fremantle band featuring former members of The Stems, You Am I / New Christs and The Drones. From their debut album Demon Blues (out now on Alive Records).
[Datura 4]

Ecstatic Vision ‘Astral Plane Pt 2’
Heavy psych with some horns worthy of Fun House-era Stooges. Taken from the album Sonic Praise (out now on Relapse Records).
[Ecstatic Vision]

Jack J ‘Thirstin’’
As much summery funk soul jam as it is a house track this is from the Vancouver musician and member of the Mood Hut crew (out now on Future Times).
[Jack J]

In The Pharmacy #81 – Late June 2015

Sixteen new tracks from the US, UK, Canada, Sweden, Chile and Spain. Indie rock, freak-folk, post-hardcore, garage punk, dreampop, post-punk, electronic pop, psych rock. New music from Low (Alan Sparhawk pictured), Wolf Alice, Ducktails, Weaves, jj, White Reaper, Desaparecidos, Shannon and the Clams, mewithoutYou, Palehound, Grave Babies, Widowspeak, Ancient Sky, The Holydrug Couple, Haberman, and Meg Baird.

Low ‘No Comprende’

Low release the first track from their forthcoming eleventh album Ones and Sixes (September 11, Sub Pop). Although they have long outgrown the slow-core tag of their earliest records, the pace here is unhurried and power is conveyed through minimalism.
[Low]

Wolf Alice ‘Lisbon’
One of many highlights from the London band’s long awaited debut album My Love Is Cool (out now, Dirty Hit)
[Wolf Alice]

Ducktails ‘Into the Sky’
Last featured here back in September 2013 with ‘Honey Tiger Eye’ (ITP #42) Ducktails return with a new album St Catherine (July 24, Domino).
[Ducktails]

Weaves ‘Tick’

Toronto band play catchy indie rock with singing guitars.
[Weaves]

jj ‘Truce’
The Swedish experimental pop duo return with their first new music since last year’s third album V.
[jj]

White Reaper ‘Pills’
Louisvile, KY garage band with another taste of their debut album White Reaper Does It Again (July 17, Polyvinyl).
[White Reaper]

Desaparecidos ‘The Left is Right’
After a 13 year hiatus, Conor Oberst’s punk band return with their second album, the follow up to Read English / Speak Spanish. All those years of focussing on Bright Eyes haven’t dulled his righteous anger and the new record, Payola, bears the influence of “70s/’80s punk & hardcore like T.S.O.L. and Cro-Mags; early ’80s power-pop, the Vapors and Tommy Tutone”.
[Desaparecidos]

Shannon and the Clams ‘Corvette’
A band in love with 50s and 60s vintage forms of rock and roll return with an album fueled by break ups. This is a downbeat number, a million miles away from their last appearance here ‘Mama’ (ITP #54), but just as compelling.
[Shannon and the Clams]

mewithoutYou ‘Lilac Queen’
Post-hardcore types with a crafty track from their rather special Revelation-inspired Pale Horses album.
[mewithoutYou]

Palehound ‘Molly’
ITP favourite Palehound (aka Ellen Kempner and friends) return with the first track from debut album Dry Food (Exploding in Sound Records, August 14). (Bugger. Appear to have accidentally re-used ‘Drooler’ rather than the new song ‘Molly’. Follow the link to hear the newer song.)
[Palehound]

Grave Babies ‘Something Awful’
Seattle goth-influenced types return with a more brooding take on new wave and a bass sound indebted to The Cure. Taken from their forthcoming Holograpic Violence album (Hardly Art, July 24)
[Grave Babies]

Widowspeak ‘Girls’
Brooklyn dreampop duo return with a languorous shuffle taken from their forthcoming album All Yours (September 4, Captured Tracks).
[Widowspeak]

Ancient Sky ‘Garbage Brain’

Brooklyn droney psych rock band with a track from their new album Mosaic (out now, Wharf Cat Records).
[Ancient Sky]

The Holydrug Couple ‘Concorde’
Suitably agreeable, instrumental dreampop from the Sacred Bones signed Chilean duo.
[The Holydrug Couple]

Haberman ‘Vida Muerte Vida De Un Mirlo’

Buenos Aires-born, Barcelona based guitarist Fernando Moresi-Haberman is a guitarist ingrained in open tunings and the finger picking style of John Fahey and those that have followed him. This is a demo from the artist newly signed to FatCat.
[Haberman]

Meg Baird ‘Back to You’
Stunning freak-folk from the former Espers-mainstay. This is taken from her third solo album Don’t Weigh Down the Light, the follow up to the wonderful Seasons on Earth (both albums through Drag City).
[Meg Baird]

In The Pharmacy #80 – June 2015

Sixteen new tunes to make you swoon. New music from the US, UK, Sweden, Norway and Australia. Tracks from Novella, Royal Headache, Saskwatch, Moonbabies, Deradoorian (pictured), J Fernandez, Christopher Owens, Dommengang, Roman à Clef, The Backhomes, The Last Hurrah!, Mates of State, White Reaper, Titus Andronicus, The Cairo Gang, Eternal Summers.

Novella ‘Two Ships’
Having slowly expanded from a trio to a five piece, the London-via-Brighton band have finally released their debut album Land (out now on Synderling). Psychedelic dreampop with shoegaze leanings and motorik grooves.
[Novella]

Christopher Owens ‘Me Oh My’
Former Girls frontman releases his third and best solo album Chrissybabyforever, channels his idol Lawrence from Felt on this stand out track.
[Christopher Owens]

Royal Headache ‘High’

Best band in Sydney? Very possibly. This is the title track from the follow up to their brilliant 2011 debut, due out on (What’s Your Rupture? August 21).
[Royal Headache]

Deradoorian ‘A Beautiful Woman’

Art pop from the former Dirty Projectors bassist/vocalist Angel Deradoorian’s forthcoming solo album The Expanding Flower Planet (August 21, Anticon).
[Deradoorian]

Dommengang ‘Everybody’s Boogie’
Pacific north west psych-scenesters with the title track of their debut album (out now Thrill Jockey). Flanged guitars and driving rhythmns, get heavier, faster and more motorik as just beofre the vocals kick in and the jams get kicked out.
[Dommengang]

Saskwatch ‘Down the Stairs’

Melbourne soul collective with an untypically jangle pop number from their new album Sorry I Let it Come Between Us (out now, Northside Records / Remote Control), the follow up their excellent 2014 album Nosedive.
[Saskwatch]

Roman à Clef ‘Abandonware’

Jen Goma and Ryan Newmyer of A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Kurt Feldman of Ice Choir with the title track of their debut album. Lush indiepop with a hint of shoegaze.
[Roman à Clef]

The Backhomes ‘The Chase’
Sun-drenched, reverb-heavy psych pop from Victoria, Canada duo’s new album Tidalwave (out now, via Bandcamp).
[The Backhomes]

White Reaper ‘Sheila’

Louisvile, KY band with hooky garage rock number from their debut album White Reaper Does It Again (July 17, Polyvinyl)
[White Reaper]

Titus Andronicus ‘Stranded (I’m On My Own)’
Following on from the frenetic ‘Dimed Out’ (ITP #78) this is a more melodic punk number from the band’s forthcoming The Most Lamentable Tragedy 93 minute long concept album (Merge, July 28).
[Titus Andronicus]

Eternal Summers ‘Come Alive’

Virginia dreampop trio (and ITP multiple veterans) return with another track from their new album Gold and Stone (out now).
[Eternal Summers]

Mates of State ‘Staring Contest’
Catchy electronic art pop from the husband and wife duo’s latest EP, You’re Going to Make It (June 16, Barsuk).
[Mates of State]

J Fernandez ‘Read My Mind’

Chicago bedroom-pop experimentalist plays some lovely warm retro indie with a fuzzy guitar solo. Taken from his new Many Levels of Laughter album (out now on Joyful Noise).
[J Fernandez] https://www.facebook.com/jfernandezsongs

The Cairo Gang ‘Be What You Are’
Retro psych-pop, the second single from the Chicago band’s forthcoming LP, Goes Missing (out June 23rd on God?).
[The Cairo Gang]

Moonbabies ‘Pink Heart Mother’
From the Swedish duo’s fourth album Wizards on the Beach – their first in over seven years and well worth the wait. Sophisticated, electronic tinged, shoegaze and chamber pop influenced dream pop.
[Moonbabies]

The Last Hurrah! ‘Fairweather Friend’
Country psych / freak folk from Norway’s HP Gundersen featuring the beautiful vocals of Maesa Pullman. Taken from their album Mudflowers (out now, Rune Grammofon.
[The Last Hurrah!]

In The Pharmacy #78 – May 2015

Nineteen new tunes from the US, Australia, Sweden, Norway, the UK, and Canada. Indie pop, experimental pop, electronic pop, psych pop, garage punk, shoegaze, dreampop etc. New music from Django Django, Best Coast, Sharon Van Etten, Pale Honey (pictured), Titus Andronicus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Power, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, The Lovely Eggs, Alessia Cara, Vexx, Misun, Jenny Hval, Cheena, Empress Of, Chelsea Wolfe, Joanna Gruesome, Valet.

The Lovely Eggs ‘Ordinary People Unite’

Lancashire spousal pop from Holly Ross and David Blackwell, taken from their new album This Is Our Nowhere (out now).
[The Lovely Eggs]

Django Django ‘Giant’

Opening track from the band’s new album Born Under Saturn, psych tinged, groove-centric, electronic indie pop.
[Django Django]

Best Coast ‘In My Eyes’
Best Coast’s second album was terrible, but they followed it up with the fantastic Fade Away EP. Their new album California Nights builds on that momentum and all the horrible affectations and weaknesses of The Only Place have been blasted away and replaced with surf pop songs of superior quality and catchiness.
[Best Coast]

Pale Honey ‘Fish’
Gothenburg duo of Tuva Lodmark and Nelly Daltrey play guitar and drums indie pop with retro flourishes. This is taken from their rather excellent eponymous debut album (out now).
[Pale Honey]

Titus Andronicus ‘Dimed Out’
Killer punk tune about turning it up to 10: “I turned it up to four I couldn’t feel it / I turned it to five it wasn’t real yet / turning it up to six wouldn’t reveal it / seven was secret / eight was reaching / nine was decent but I really liked it when it dimed out!” taken from the New Jersey band’s forthcoming The Most Lamentable Tragedy 93-minutes-long concept album (Merge, July 28).
[Titus Andronicus]

Tame Impala ‘Eventually’
Another new track from the eagerly awaited third album Currents. Smooth, soulful psych pop with filthy fuzzed out bass.
[Tame Impala]

Future Islands ‘The Chase’

First new material since last year’s breakthrough Singles album follows in the same footsteps. Soulful synthpop (available digitally now and on 7” vinyl June 30).
[Future Islands]

Power ‘Slimy’s Chains’

Melbourne heavy rock garage punk. Taken from the forthcoming Electric Glitter Boogie EP (Cool Death Records).
[Power]

Sharon Van Etten ‘I Don’t Want to Let You Down’

Title track from SVE’s new EP.
[Sharon Van Etten]

Colin Stetson / Sarah Neufeld ‘Won’t Be a Thing to Become’

Post rock meets modern classical with hints of Radiohead from the horn and violin players’ excellent collaborative album (out now, Constellation).
[Colin Stetson / Sarah Neufeld]

Alessia Cara ‘Here’

Maybe much of the appeal of this track is down to familiarity – it basically consists of the same Isaac Hayes ‘Ike’s Rap II’ sample that Tricky and Portishead used over 20 years ago for their ‘Hell Is Round the Corner’ / ‘Glory Box’ tracks respectively. But the the 18 year old Ontario born Def Jam signed artist sing-raps over the top about having a shit time at a party with no little charm.
[Alessia Cara]

Vexx ‘Black White’

Olympia, WA punks fronted by Maryjane Dunphe, taken from their new four track 7”, Give and Take (available as a name-your-price download from their bandcamp page).
[Vexx]

Misun ‘After Me’
Laidback electropop, with great vocals and lovely, fuzzy guitar that kicks in at the three minute mark. Taken from the DC band’s Feel Better EP (out May 29).
[Misun]

Jenny Hval ‘Heaven’
Another stand out track from the Norwegian experimental pop artist’s Apocalypse, Girl album (out June 9 on Sacred Bones).
[Jenny Hval]

Cheena ‘Did I Tell You Last Night’
Another Sacred Bones signed artist. Five guys raised in NYC’s underground punk scene getting together to stretch their wings on something less shouty and more melodic and coming up with something mid-70s post-glam-proto-punk in sound and feel.
[Cheena]

Empress Of ‘Water Water’

Brooklyn-based electronic pop artist Lorely Rodriguez, first featured here two years ago with ‘Hat Trick’ and ‘Tristeza’ (ITP #28 & #30) returns with the first track from her debut album (tbc, on Terrible / XL).
[Empress Of]

Chelsea Wolfe ‘Iron Moon’

Last featured here with her King Dude collaboration ‘Be Free’ (Feb 2014, ITP #51), the LA doom / drone / folk singer songwriter returns with the first track from her forthcoming fourth album Abyss (Sargent House, August 7).
[Chelsea Wolfe]

Joanna Gruesome ‘I Don’t Wanna Relax’
Another slice of MBV-indebted noise pop from the Cardiff-based band’s excellent forthcoming second album Peanut Butter (Fortuna Pop! / Slumberland / Turnstile, May 11).
[Joanna Gruesome]

Valet ‘Nature’
Shoegaze / dreampop title track from the solo project of Portland experimentalist Honey Owens (out May 25, Kranky).
[Valet]