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]

In The Pharmacy #72 – February 2015

Eighteen of the best songs from the last two weeks. A fortnight’s worth of new music from the US, Australia, Canada, NZ, UK and Sweden.

Dick Diver ‘Tearing the Posters Down’
One of two songs to emerge from the forthcoming third album Melbourne, Florida (March 6, Chapter Music / Trouble in Mind) finds them taking both the jangle and songwriting up another notch.
[Dick Diver]

Desperate Journalist ‘Eulogy’
North London four-piece with a taste for The Smiths, post-punk and 12 string jangle have released a brilliant self-titled debut album (out now on Fierce Panda). This is just one of many stand out tracks.
[Desperate Journalist]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘Multi-Love’
Portland based band featuring ex-pat Kiwis step it up for the title track of their forthcoming third album, due out on Jagjaguwar, May 25
[Unknown Mortal Orchestra]

Liam Hayes ‘Fokus’

Liam Hayes (the man behind slow moving project Plush) sounding like a power pop Ted Leo on this track from his Slurrup album (out now on Fat Possum).
[Liam Hayes]

Houndstooth ‘No News From Home’
Woozy psych-dappled folk pop title track from Pacific North Westerners’ forthcoming second album (March, No Quarter), the follow up to Ride Out The Dark.
[Houndstooth] http://houndstooth.virb.com/

Lower Dens ‘To Die in L.A.’
Poppier than anything on Nootropics, but still maintaining the Krautrock and Bowie-in Berlin influences of that album, this is taken from forthcoming third long player Escape From Evil (March 31, Ribbon Music).
[Lower Dens]

Alex G ‘Sarah’
Philly based Alex G has a wealth of music available on his Bandcamp page, a lot of recently reissued on ltd edition vinyl. This track originates from 2012 but is only now seeing the light of day. Lo-fi, melodic indie with heaps of charm.
[Alex G]

Father John Misty ‘Holy Shit’
One of many stand out cuts from J Tillman’s second album as FJM, I Love You, Honeybear (out now, Sub Pop).
[Father John Misty]

Fred Thomas ‘Bad Blood’
Leader of indie pop collective Saturday Looks Good To Me (among other projects), with something different and darker from his forthcoming solo album All Are Saved (Polyvinyl).
[Fred Thomas]

Babaganouj ‘Can’t Stop’
Brisbane band featuring two former members of the sadly defunct Go Violets with a big, bright pop song, the follow up to last year’s ‘Bluff’ and ‘Too Late For Love’ singles.
[Babaganouj]

Speedy Ortiz ‘Raising the Skate’
Northampton, MA 90s festishists return with first track from follow up to 2013’s Major Arcana, Foil Deer (April 21, Carpark). Lyrically a mission statement, and a reflection on the frustrations of being a female musician in 2015, singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Sadie Dupuis says “It’s crazy frustrating seeing women and girls, myself included, put in positions in which they have to shirk credit for their talent or otherwise risk getting dissed as overbearing and bitchy,”
[Speedy Ortiz]

Purity Ring ‘Heartsigh’
Opening track from the Canadian duo’s second 4AD album Another Eternity (March 3). Electronic pop with the occasional euphoric stadium house flourish.
[Purity Ring]

Joanna Gruesome ‘Last Year’
More self-proclaimed “dissonant wimp music” from the Welsh quintet who appear to have refined their noise / pop balance to better effect. This is taken from forthcoming second album Peanut Butter (Fortuna Pop! / Slumberland / Turnstile, May 11).
[Joanna Gruesome]

Nite Fields ‘You I Never Knew’
Taken from the Brisbane band’s Depersonalisation album, out now on Felte. Superior 80s goth / post-punk leaning sounds.
[Nite Fields]

Crushed Beaks ‘Overgrown’

Melodic, noisey indie pop that harks back to the mid-80s. Taken from the London band’s debut album Scatter (out now on Matilda).
[Crushed Beaks]

Makthaverskan ‘Witness’
Gothenburg post-punks with a track from their new limited 7″. Out in Europe on March 3, and in the US as an official Record Store Day single (April 18).
[Makthaverskan] https://www.facebook.com/makthaverskanofficial

Breakfast in Fur ‘Portrait’
Like In The Pharmacy favourites Diert Cig, Breakfast in Fur are from New Paltz, NY. But these guys eschew ramshackle indie pop for in favour of a more lush dreampop style as evinced on this track from their debut album Flyaway Garden (out now on Bar/None).
[Breakfast in Fur]

Ryley Walker ‘Sweet Satisfaction’
Another beauty from the Chicago singer/ songwriter / guitarist’s can’t-get-here-soon-enough Primrose Green album (Dead Oceans, March 31). Starting off with his picking folk guitar style and gentle jazz flavoured rhythms, this one has a vein of barely restrained fuzz running through it starting at the 1 minute 43 mark which carries on until the last two minutes of the song turn into more of a guitar freakout. Fantastic.
[Ryley Walker]