In The Pharmacy #87 – Late September 2015

Twenty-three new tracks from the US, UK and Canada. New music from Silversun Pickups, The Drink, Fidlar, Lana Del Rey, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Shannon and the Clams, Family of the Year, Darkstar, The Woolen, Battles, Stars, TRAAMS, 
U.S. Girls, 
Metric, 
Chromatics, Metric, U.S. Girls, The Whales, Dilly Dally, 
Pure Bathing Culture (pictured), Gun Outift, 
Desperate Journalist, Soccer Team, and Lou Barlow.

Fidlar ‘Drone’
LA garage punks with a track from their second album Too (out now, Mom & Pop).
[Fidlar]

Family of the Year ‘Make You Mine’
Sunshine indie pop from the LA band’s self-titled album, their third (out now, Nettwerk).
[Family of the Year]

Silversun Pickups ‘Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)’
Second track to appear from the band’s forthcoming fourth album Better Nature, (September 25, New Machine Records) and a rare one that features Nikki Moninger on lead vocals.
[Silversun Pickups]

The Drink ‘No Memory’
The closing track from the London-based trio’s debut album proper, Capital (last year’s stunning Company compiled their first three EPs). Although it’s not physically released until November 13 (Melodic), pre-orders come with an instant download of the whole, brilliant album.
[The Drink]

Darkstar ‘Stoke The Fire’
Warp signed artist with hints of afropop and the Beta Band in their groove based pop. Taken from their third album Foam Island (Warp, September 25).
[Darkstar]

Shannon and the Clams ‘Telling Myself’
Following on from It’s Too Late (ITP #85) and Corvette (ITP #81) more sci-fi surf pop from the SATC new album Gone By The Dawn (out now, Hardly Art).
[Shannon and the Clams]

The Woolen Men ‘University’
An eighties melodic hardcore vibe from these Pacific north western DIY punks with a track from their new album Temporary Monument (out now, Woodsist).
[The Woolen Men]

Battles ‘Dot Com’
More krauty instrumental math rock goodness from the band’s new album La Di Da Di (out now, Warp).
[Battles]

Stars ‘A Simple Song’
Following on from last year’s excellent and bizarrely underrated indie disco-tastic No One Is Lost, comes a new slice of melancholy electronic pop from their new digital only Lost and Found EP (out now).
[Stars]

TRAAMS ‘Silver Lining’
Following on from Succulent Thunder Anthem (ITP #84), the Chichestter post-punk trio return with another track from their forthcoming second album Grin (FatCat, November 13)
[TRAAMS]


U.S. Girls ‘Sed Knife’
Surprisngly seventies influenced dirty indie rock number from experimental popster Meghan Remy’s 4AD debut Half Free (25 September).
[U.S. Girls]

Metric ‘Lie Lie Lie’
Maybe you too will be thinking of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ too when you hear this catchy track from the band’s Pagans in Vegas album (out now, MMI/Crystal Math).
[Metric]


Chromatics ‘Shadow’
New Adult Swim single from Johnny Jewel’s electronic dreampop outfit. Available for download now.
[Chromatics]

The Whales ‘Marguerite’
Lo-fi jangling indie rock from Cambridge, originally released back in March.
[The Whales]

Dilly Dally ‘Purple Rage’
More raw vocals and grungey guitars from the Toronto band’s debut album, Sore (October 9, Partisan Records).
[Dilly Dally]

Pure Bathing Culture ‘Palest Pearl’
Electronic indiepop taken from the band’s John Congleton-produced second album, Pray For Rain (October 23, Partisan).
[Pure Bathing Culture]

Gun Outift ‘Only Ever Over’

Country dreampop from the LA band’s forthcoming album Dream All Over (Oct 16, Paradise of Bachelors).
[Gun Outfit]


Desperate Journalist ‘Perfect Health’
Following on from their brilliant debut album (a contender for album of the year) comes this track from their soon to be released Good Luck EP. Nicely understated, Smithsy jangling.
[Desperate Journalist]

Soccer Team ‘Friends Who Know’
DC indie rockers with nineties slack track from their Real Lessons in Cynicism album (out 27 October, Dischord Records).
[Soccer Team]

Lou Barlow ‘Wave’
Another highlight from the Dinosaur Jr / Sebadoh / Folk Implosion man’s new solo album Brace the Wave (out now, Joyful Noise).
[Lou Barlow]

Lana Del Rey ‘The Blackest Day’
It’s a quick turn around for Honeymoon (out now), album number three from Lana Del Rey which she started working on as soon as she finished last year’s rather excellent Ultraviolence. It’s another lush pop noire classic and this is just one of many stand out tracks.
[Lana Del Rey]

Julia Holter ‘Vasquez’
Another great track from Have You In My Wilderness, the experimental popster’s fourth, most accessible and most pleasing album yet. This brings to mind the lush, jazz tinged post-pop of David Sylvian and late period Talk Talk.
[Julia Holter]

Kurt Vile ‘Lost My Head There’
Slacker indie rock with a lush seventies vibe. Taken from KV’s excellent forthcoming album, b’lieve I’m going down (September 25, Matador).
[Kurt Vile]

In The Pharmacy #84 – August 2015

Sixteen killer new tracks from the US, UK and Canada. New music from All Dogs, Kurt Vile, Low, SPORTS, La Luz, Fuzz, Cristobal and the Sea, Ultimate Painting, Dilly Dally (pictured), Fictonian, TRAAMS, Lou Barlow, Wilco, White Reaper, Shopping and !!!. Music that is in turn scrappy, melodic, choppy, angular, slack and funky.


All Dogs ‘That Kind of Girl’
“And I know that I am always fucking up your world / you are better off not messing with that kind of girl”.
Treble heavy female-fronted melodic indie rock with 90s inclinations, first featured here with in September 2013 with ‘Lovesong’ (ITP #41) and back in January with ‘Georgia’ (ITP #70).
[All Dogs]

Kurt Vile ‘Dust Bunnies’
A drum machine and a repeating guitar pattern ground this song in rhythm while keyboard and bass are aloud to meander and explore the edges of the melody and KV’s distinctive stoner vocals take us on a tale of having a “headache like a shot vac coughing dust bunnies”. Elsewhere it’s all red with white noise, bars and “an invigorating fix and a black lung” from puffing on a cigarette. The song pivots with a nod to Sam Cooke’s ‘Wonderful World’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ and by the end our hero is ready to get away from the fog “it’s hard to think with a squashed brain…I can’t talk over all that racket / what’s there to feel but totally wacked…I want to to put out the cigarette, leave it behind, hold you real close, take you by the hand. We’ll walk away.”
[Kurt Vile]

Low ‘What Part of Me’
After the low end gravitas of ‘No Comprende’, this initially feels lighter. A drum machine and Mimi Parker’s wordless vocals intro the song over some distorto-fuzzed bass and some trebly, metallic guitar. Then the vocals proper kick in it and it seems to be about the alternating wonder and claustrophobia you might experience in an intense 20+ year relationship. “What part of me don’t you know? What part of me don’t you own?” “Sometimes it scares me to death / sometimes it takes all my breath”. This duality has it’s own mirror in the music when the fuzz drops away to reveal the beautiful clarity of Alan and Mimi’s voices. Taken from the new album Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop, September 11).
[Low]

SPORTS ‘Washing Machine’
There’s a country inflection to Carmen Perry’s vocals that complements the rough edges of their fuzzy, melodic, garage punk power pop. Taken from forthcoming second album All of Something (Father/Daughter records, 30 October).
[Sports]

La Luz ‘I Wanna Be Alone (With You)’
Brooding, near-other worldly sci-fi surf pop from the band’s excellent new album, Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art, out now).
[La Luz]

Fuzz ‘Rat Race’
Sabbath-indebted number from Ty Seagll’s heavy psych rock outfit’s forthcoming second album, the aptly titled II (In The Red Records, October 23).
[Fuzz]

Cristobal and the Sea ‘Fish Eye’
“Around the lake with a girl that I know…she licks my neck like I’m gellato”. More excellent stuff from the Anglo-Spanish-Portugese-Corsican quartet. Self-described tropicalia pop, though afro psych pop would also fit the bill.
[Cristobal and the Sea]

Ultimate Painting ‘Kodiak’
Lazy, VU indebted meandering guitar art pop from the band’s second album Green Lanes (out now on Trouble in Mind Records).
[Ultimate Painting]

Dilly Dally ‘Desire’

This gets better with every listen. Raw vocals from Katie Bell and guitars that are equal parts The Breeders and Blue album-era Weezer (they self-identify as #softgrunge). From the Toronto band’s debut album, Sore (October 9, Partisan Records).
[Dilly Dally]

Fictonian ‘Little Blue Book’
Waltz-time number with judicious use of piano, whistling and the New London Children’s Choir from the buzzy UK multi-instrumentalist.
[Fictonian]

TRAAMS ‘Succulent Thunder Anthem’
Chichester skewed pop band who blend influences such as Iggy Pop, Krautrock, McLusky, Women, Abe Vigoda and Pavement to come up with the likes of this undeniably catchy driving garage punk number that heralds their forthcoming Modern Dancing album (FatCat, November 13) the follow up to 2013’s Grin.
[TRAAMS]

Lou Barlow ‘Moving’

The Dinosaur Jr / Sebadoh / Folk Implosion man teases his first solo album in six years Brace the Wave. Lest we forget, Lou was championing the ukulele way before it was all the rage (though he avoids the worst excesses of that instrument by modifying with heavier strings). His voice has taken on a richer, almost Vedder-like resonance over the years. It suits both him and this song.
[Lou Barlow]

Wilco ‘Taste the Ceiling’
Lovely understated number from Wilco’s superb surprise released new album Star Wars (out now, dBpm).
[Wilco]

White Reaper ‘Friday the 13th’
Another highlight from the Louisville, KY garage punks debut album, White Reaper Does it Again (out now, Polyvinyl).
[White Reaper]

Shopping ‘Why Wait’
Following on from the international release of their debut album earlier this year, the London post-punk trio give us the first taste of the follow up Straight Lines (out September 11, FatCat)
[Shopping]

!!! ‘Freedom! ’15’
Sacramento dancepunks tease their forthcoming fifth album with a funky monster that nods back to their earliest records. If there’s one criticism of this tune it’s that it’s so good it could stand to be a good few minutes longer. Extended dance mix please!
[!!!]