In The Pharmacy #88 – October 2015

Eighteen new tracks from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. New music from Two Cartoons, Chvrches, Girls Names, Sports, Widowspeak, Cristobal and the Sea, US Girls, Robert Forster, Fidlar, Joanna Newsom, Baio, The Decemberists, Empress Of, Soda Shop (pictured), Black Honey, PWR BTTM, Family of The Year and Lust For Youth.

Two Cartoons ‘Males’

Catchy garage pop from ex-pat Dunedin duo. Taken from their forthcoming debut album Happiness isTrouble (Far South, release date tbc).
[Two Cartoons]

Chvrches ‘Bury It’
Their disappointing and bloated debut album was only rescued by a couple of great singles and some excellent live shows. Album number two Every Open Eye (out now) is much more the ticket and finds them ramping up the songwriting and cutting down on the filler. This is one of the highlights.
[Chvrches]

Girls Names ‘Dysmorphia’
More dark rock n’ roll from the Belfast band’s third album Arms Around A Vision (out now, Tough Love).
[Girls Names]

Sports’ Get Bummed Out’
Following on from ‘Saturday’, ‘Washing Machine’ and ‘Reality TV’, this is the fourth track to be featured from the Ohio band’s still-not-quite-out yet second album, All of Something (Father/Daughter records, 30 October). Can’t wait to finally hear the whole thing.
[Sports]

Widowspeak ‘Borrowed World
Brooklyn dreampop duo with a track from their latest album All Yours (out now, Captured Tracks). Unlike previously featured track ‘Girls’, this one features Robert Earl Thomas on lead vocal.
[Widowspeak]

Cristobal and the Sea ‘Counting Smiles’
Opening song from the Anglo-Spanish-Portugese-Corsican quartet’s debut album Sugar Now (out now, City Slang). Starts off as a simple percussion-free indie folk number before the flute and drums kick in, raise the tempo and it becomes an irresistible piece of dance floor psych pop.
[Cristobal and the Sea]

US Girls ‘Window Shades’
Third track featured here from the experimental popster Meghan Remy’s 4AD debut Half Free (out now). Funky, electronic pop with orchestral flourishes.
[U.S. Girls]

Robert Forster ‘A Poet Walks’
Former Go-Betweens legend with a track from his first solo album since 2008’s The Evangelist. Songs to Play is an excellent album, it finds Forster at the top of his game as both songwriter and performer. A warm and charming collection of songs that couldn’t have been made by anyone else.
[Robert Forster]

Fidlar ‘Why Generation’
Psych pop verses and garage pop chorus from the LA band’s second album Too (out now, Mom & Pop).
[Fidlar]

The Drink ‘Roller’
One of the more straightforward tracks from Capital the absolutely brilliant first-album-proper from the London-based post-punk-folk three piece (Melodic, November 13). You can get a download of the whole album now if you pre-order the physical edition direct from Melodic.
[The Drink]

Joanna Newsom ‘Leaving the City’
Over five years on from magnum opus triple album Have One On Me, Joanna Newsom returns with her fourth album Divers (Drag City, October 23). This is the second preview track from the album after August’s ‘Saponkanikan’.
[Joanna Newsom]

Baio ‘I Was Born In A Marathon’
Vampire Weekend bass player with a track from his excellent debut solo album of electronic dancefloor pop, The Names (out now, Glassnote).
[Baio]

The Decemberists ‘Fits & Starts’
Surprising garage punk number from the new Florasongs EP (October 9, Atlantic), 5 songs recorded at the same sessions that produced this year’s excellent What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World album.
[The Decemberists]

Empress Of ‘How Do You Do It’

Following on from ‘Water Water’ back in May (ITP #78), here’s Brooklyn-based electronic pop artist Lorely Rodriguez with another highlight from her debut album (out now, Terrible / XL).
[Empress Of]

Soda Shop ‘Wistful Past’
New York indiepop duo with a track from their charming self-titled debut album (out now, Velvet Blue Music)
[Soda Shop]

Black Honey ‘Corrine’
Brighton buzzband with new single about having a row with your best friend who then quits their job, sells their phone and moves to the other side of the world before you can make up.
[Black Honey]

PWR BTTM ‘I Wanna Boi’
Another great track (the fourth featured here) taken from the New Paltz queer punk duo’s brilliant debut album Ugly Cherries (out now, Father/Daughter Records / Miscreant).
[PWR BTTM]

Family of The Year ‘Hey Kid’
Lovely downbeat number from the LA sunshine indie pop band’s self-titled album (out now, Nettwerk).
[Family of the Year]

Lust For Youth ‘Better Looking Brother’

Swedish electronic trio led by Hannes Norrvide successfully channel 90s Depeche Mode on their new digital only single (available now, Sacred Bones).
[Lust For Youth]

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 #76 – April 2015

Eighteen new tunes from My Morning Jacket, Houndstooth, The Mountain Goats, Big Deal (pictured), Girls Names, Hot Chip, The Go! Team, Oddisee, Drenge, Tunde Adebimpe, The Lilac Time, East India Youth, Circa Waves, Psychic Reality, Bully, Upset, Rose Windows, and This Is The Kit.

My Morning Jacket ‘Believe (Nobody Knows)’
Suitably epic opening track from the band’s forthcoming seventh album The Waterfall (Capitol, May 4) their first since 2011’s Circuital.
[My Morning Jacket]

Houndstooth ‘Bliss Boat’
Motorik drumbeat and loose guitar lines drive this opener from the Portland band’s second album No News From Home.
[Houndstooth]

The Mountain Goats ‘Foreign Object’
Another standout track from the wrestling themed Beat The Champ album. An incongruously jaunty tune with lyrics of graphic violence, “one of these days my legs will snap like twigs, if you can’t beat them make ‘em bleed like pigs”.
[The Mountain Goats]

Oddisee ‘That’s Love’

Funky 70s soul underpins this hip hop track taken from the Maryland artist’s forthcoming The Good Fight album (May 5, Mello Music).
[Oddisee]

The Go! Team ‘Til We Do It Together’
A bonus track on the Japanese version of The Scene Between and due for release as a very limited edition Record Store Day release, this features Tweens’ Bridget Battle on vocals.
[The Go! Team]

Drenge ‘We Can Do What We Want’

The Loveless brothers expand to a three-piece for a handful of tracks on their second album Undertow (out now).
[Drenge]

Upset ‘Glass Ceiling’
LA garage punkers fronted by Ali Koehler (formerly of Vivian Girls / Best Coast) and featuring Hole’s Patty Schemel on drums. Previously featured here back in October 2013 with the track from their debut album She’s Gone (ITP #44), ‘Glass Ceiling’ is taken from the ’76 EP (out now, Lauren Records).
[Upset]

Big Deal ‘Veronica’
First taste of the dreampop duo’s third album (title and release date tbc).
[Big Deal]

Tunde Adebimpe ‘Speedline Miracle Masterpiece’ [feat Sal P and Sinkane]
Grand Theft Auto inspired tune from the TV On The Radio vocalist and friends, taken from the forthcoming GTA V tie-in The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos (April 14).
[Tunde Adebimpe]

Bully ‘Trying’
Another track from Alicia Bognanno-fronted band’s forthcoming debut album.
[Bully]

The Lilac Time ‘A Cat On the Long Wave’
Baroque closing track from No Sad Songs, The Lilac Time’s first new album in eight years.
[The Lilac Time]

Circa Waves ‘T-Shirt Weather’
In your face summer pop from the Liverpool fourpiece’s debut album Young Chasers (out now).
[Circa Waves]

Hot Chip ‘Need You Now’
House-y number from the forthcoming Why Make Sense? album (Domino, May 18). Built around a sample from Sinnamon’s 1983 post-disco hit ‘I Need You Now’.
[Hot Chip]

Psychic Reality ‘Island’
Suitably tropical lo-fi electronic pop from Brooklynite Leyna Noel’s Chassis album (May 5, Not Not Fun) the follow up to 2011’s Vibrant New Age. Feature’s a lyrical nod to Madonna’s ‘Holiday’.
[Psychic Reality]

East India Youth ‘Beaming White’

Newly signed to XL, this is taken from the Bournemouth musician’s Culture of Volume album (out now), the follow up to last year’s debut Total Strife Forever.
[East India Youth]

Girls Names ‘Zero Triptych’

The apostrophe eschewing gothy post-punk Belfast band return with a new 11 minute epic that nods to OMD, Joy Division, The Cure and Krautrock.
[Girls Names]

Rose Windows ‘Hirami’
It’s never a good sign when a band announce their split prior to releasing their new album. Add to that the underwhelming nature of the ‘Glory, Glory’ the first track to surface. But, while their eponymous second album, doesn’t reach the spacey heights of their excellent debut The Sun Dogs, there are some understated gems, including this one.
[Rose Windows]

This is the Kit ‘Misunderstanding’

Haunting folk pop taken from the Bristol band’s Aaron Dessner-produced third album Bashed Out.
[This Is the Kit]