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 #77 – Late April 2015

Twenty-one new tracks. Indie rock, indiepop, post-punk, psych pop, experimental pop, electronic pop, folk and punk.

Milky Wimpshake ‘Heterosexuality Is A Construct’
From the punk indie-pop lifers’ excellent Encore, Un Effort! album. Classic, scratchy, melodic, political.
[Milky Wimpshake]

Black Honey ‘Spinning Wheel’
Rumbling retro Spaghetti Western indie pop from the slightly mysterious outift born from the ashes of Brighton noise pop hopefuls Kill Moon.
[Black Honey]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
Following on from the title track back in February (ITP #72) here’s another stand-out groove from the Portland band led by ex-pat Kiwi Ruban Nielson.
[Unknown Mortal Orchestra]

Built to Spill ‘Living Zoo’
Indie rock veteran Doug Martsch continues to combine great melodies with some winding, expressive guitar playing that is half J Masics, half Isaac Brock. This is from the band’s first new album in six years (and one of their best), Untethered Moon.
[Built to Spill]

Jacco Gardener ‘Find Yourself’
First featured here back in 2012 with ‘The Ballad of Little Jane’ (ITP#23), this is the title track from the dutch baroque psych pop dude’s forthcoming second album (Polyvinyl / Full Time Hobby / Excelsior, May 4), the follow up to the charming Cabinet of Curiosities (2013).
[Jacco Gardener]

Jenny Hval ‘Sabbath’
Norwegian experimental singer songwriter Jenny Hval returns with a half spoken / half sung stunner taken from her forthcoming Apocalypse Girl album (Sacred Bones, June 9)
[Jenny Hval]

Moon King ‘Apocalypse’
Toronto shoegaze duo with a track from their second album Secret Life (out now, Last Gang).
[Moon King]

Speedy Ortiz ‘Swell Content’
Short and snappy number from the 90s-indebted band’s new album Foil Deer (Carpark, out now).
[Speedy Orttiz]

U.S. Girls ‘Damn That Valley’
First featured here with ‘Jack’ back in August 2012 (ITP #16). After three self released albums and one on FatCat, Meghan Remy (who is U.S. Girls) makes her debut single for 4AD ahead of a full album later this year.
[U.S. Girls]

Miniboone ‘Basic Song’
From the New York art rock / power pop band’s second album Bad Sports (out now, Ernest Jennings Record Company).
[Miniboone]

Girlpool ‘Before the World Was Big’
Title track from the ITP favourites’ debut album (Wichita, June 1).
[Girlpool]

Passion Pit ‘My Brother Taught Me How to Swim’
Maximalist electronic pop from Michael Angelakos’ third album Kindred (out now).
[Passion Pit]

Courtney Barnett ‘Close Watch’
John Cale cover version. The b-side from CB’s Record Store Day 12” ‘Kim’s Caravan’.
[Courtney Barnett]

Downtown Boys ‘Monstro’
Providence, RI punk/ post-punk punks with a track taken from their Full Communism album (Don Giovani, May 4). Expect music that addresses “the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts.”
[Downtown Boys]

Eternal Summers ‘Together or Alone’
First track to surface from the Roanoke, VA jangle pop band’s Gold and Stone album (Kanine, June 2).
[Eternal Summers]

Broken Water ‘Love and Poverty’
Olympia, WA band with a unique blend of grunge, shoegaze and 80s indie rock aesthetics. This is taken from their forthcoming album Wrought (Night People Records, out now)
[Broken Water]

No Joy ‘Moon in My Mouth’
Traces of woozy shoegaze,from the Montreal band’s forthcoming third album, More Faithful (Mexican Summer, June 9).
[No Joy]

Institute ‘Perpetual Ebb’
Texan punks with a post-punk bent, from their forthcoming Sacred Bones debut, Catharsis (out June 9).
[Institute]

Torres ‘The Harshest Light’
This track first appeared in a different form on a 2014 Record Store Day 7”, the structure remain similar, but the song has a more forceful presence, as if it was the work of a more confident artist.
[Torres]

Bill Fay ‘The Geese Are Flying Westward’
The north London singer songwriter, who waited 40 years between his second and third album, opens his fourth with this beautiful rumination on the path not travelled.
[Bill Fay]

Father John Misty ‘I Loved You, Honeybee’
A different version of ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ taken from the 2015 Record Store Day heart-shaped 7”.
[Father John Misty]