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 #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]