In The Pharmacy #95 – February 2016

Nineteen new tracks from the US, UK, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Canada. New music from Two Cartoons (pictured), Kyle Craft, Kevin Morby, Bombay, Gemini, Emma Pollock, Dr. Dog, A Giant Dog, Plates of Cake, Wild Nothing, Black Mountain, Gun Outfit, Heron Oblivion, Chris Bathgate, Trevor Sensor, Spawts, John Joseph Brill, Attic Abasement, and Mass Gothic.

Two Cartoons ‘Chaos Comfort’
Dunedin duo of Isaac McFarlane and Bradley Craig with a track from their debut album Happiness in Trouble.
[Two Cartoons]

Kyle Craft ‘Lady of The Ark’
Portland-via-Louisiana musician Kyle Craft hams it up nicely on this track from his forthcoming debut album Dolls of Highland (Sub Pop, April 29)
[Kyle Craft]

Kevin Morby ‘I Have Been to the Mountain’
Former Woods and sometimes Babies man Kevin Morby follows up 2014’s excellent Still Life with the first taste of Singing Saw (April 15, Dead Oceans).
[Kevin Morby]

Bombay ‘Slow Motion’
Amsterdam indie rock trio with a track from their rather good second album Show Your Teeth (out now on most digital services).

Gemini ‘Time to Share’
UK electronic artist Gemini (aka Thomas Slinger) returns after a couple of years away with this track featuring a bit of mandolin. The dubstep version of folktronica?

Emma Pollock ‘Cannot Keep A Secret’
Former Delgados frontwoman with the opening track from her wonderful third solo album In Search of Harperfield (Chemikal Underground, out now).
[Emma Pollock]

Dr. Dog ‘Good Grief’
Following on from ‘Bring My Baby Back’ (ITP #93) another piece of shuffling psych pop taken from the veteran Philadelphia band’s new album Psychedelic Swamp (out now, Anti-).
[Dr Dog]

A Giant Dog ‘Sex Drugs’
Austin-via-Houston band with a track from their forthcoming debut album PILE (Merge, May 6)
[A Giant Dog]

Plates of Cake ‘Faces in the Dirt’
Brooklyn garage / power pop band with a track from their excellent third album Becoming Double album (self-released, out now).
[Plates of Cake]

Wild Nothing ‘Aliens’

Jack Tatum’s third Wild Nothing album Life of Pause (Feb 19, Captured Tracks) touches on dreampop, R&B, krautrock and lush 80s pop. Here’s one of the atmospheric, spacey highlights.
[Wild Nothing]

Black Mountain ‘Mothers of the Sun’
First single of the Canadian space rockers’ fourth album IV features vocals from both Stephen McBean and Amber Webber.
[Black Mountain]

Gun Outfit ‘King of Hearts’
After January’s Dylan Sharp fronted ‘Expansion Pact’ (ITP #93) here’s another new desert noir track from the forthcoming five track EP, Two Way Player ( March 18, Wharf Cat), this one featuring Carrie Keith on vocals.
[Gun Outfit]

Heron Oblivion ‘Your Hollows’
Another taste of the San Francisco psych-folk-outsider-jam band’s debut album (March 4, Sub Pop).
[Heron Oblivion]

Chris Bathgate ‘Acorns’

Taken from the hardly prolific, but always interesting indie folk dude’s new EP Old Factory (out now, Quite Scientific).
[Chris Bathgate]

Trevor Sensor ‘Texas Girls and Jesus Christ’
Twenty-two year-old Illinois singer-songwriter channels Dylan on the title track from his debut EP for Jagjaguwar (out March 25).
[Trevor Sensor]

Spawts ‘Dobis’
Christchurch, NZ garage punk duo of Jamie Hannah (Drums) and Kieran Ormandy (Guitar, Bass, Vocals) with a track taken from their forthcoming debut EP.

John Joseph Brill ‘False Names’
Sounds like the Americana end of The National, surprising for a Liverpool-based-Londoner.
[John Joseph Brill]

Attic Abasement ‘Guarantee Jesus’
Lo-fi Rochester, NY band prepare their first album in six years, Dream News (May 27, Father/Daughter Records). This is opening track.
[Attic Abasement]

Mass Gothic ‘Every Night You’ve Got to Save Me’
Upbeat bright pop number belies the band’s name. Taken fromtheir eponymous album Sub Pop (out now).
[Mass Gothic]

In The Pharmacy #93 – January 2016

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.

Hinds ‘Warts’
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).
[Walter Martin]

Savages ‘Adore’
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).
[Sea Pinks]

Cullen Omori ‘Cinnamon’

Former Smith Westerns frontman with first track taken from his forthcoming solo album New Misery (March 18, Sub Pop)
[Cullen Omori]

Dr. Dog ‘Bring My Baby Back’

Shuffling psych pop taken from the veteran Philadelphia band’s new album Psychedelic Swamp (February 5, Anti-)
[Dr Dog]

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).
[Gun Outfit]

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.
[Heron Oblivion]