In The Pharmacy #86 – September 2015

Eighteen new tracks from the US, UK, Australia and Canada. New music from Battles, Beach House, The Arcs, Deradoorian, Gun Outfit, All Dogs, Gardens & Villa, Fans, Sports, Destroyer, Low, Blank Realm, Unloved, Cold Beat, PWR BTTM, Shopping, Julia Holter (pictured), and Maybug.

Battles ‘FF Bada’
After the departure of Tyondai Braxton, Battles followed up their stunning debut Mirrored with the guest-vocalist-heavy Gloss Drop (2011). For their third album La Di Da Di (Warp, September 18) they’ve gone completely instrumental. It’s jittery, math-y post-rock at its finest.
[Battles]

Beach House ‘Levitation’
The opening track from the Baltimore dreampop band’s wonderful Depression Cherry album (out now, Sub Pop).
[Beach House]

The Arcs ‘Put a Flower in Your Pocket’

A hazy piece of garage soul psych pop from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys’ new side project. Taken from their debut album, the appropriately titled Yours, Dreamily (out now).
[The Arcs]

Deradoorian ‘The Expanding Flower Planet’
Title track of former Dirty Projector member Angel Deradoorian’s debut solo album of experimental art pop, out now on Anticon.
[Deradoorian]

Gun Outift ’Dream All Over’
Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith share desert-fatigued vocals and motorik beats over meadnering guitars. Like country Krautrock, this is the title track from the LA band’s forthcoming album (Oct 16, Paradise of Bachelors).
[Gun Outfit]

All Dogs ‘Leading Me Back to You’
Another great track from the Ohio band’s Kicking Every Day album (out now, Salinas)
[All Dogs]

Gardens & Villa ‘Fixations’
LA Synthpop band go 70s power pop and art rock and end up sounding not a million miles away from Brendan Benson (a good thing, obvs). Taken from their latest album, Music for Dogs (out now, Secretly Canadian).
[Gardens & Villa]

Fans ‘Take It’
Previously featured here a back in July (ITP #83), this taken from the UK band’s debut EP ‘Born Into’. Listeners may detect essence of The Strokes, Interpol and the early noughties NYC crowd.
[Fans]

Sports ‘Reality TV’
More fuzzy, melodic, garage punk power pop with country-tinged vocals from the Ohio band. Taken from forthcoming second album All of Something (Father/Daughter records, 30 October).
[SPORTS]

Destroyer ‘Forces From Above’
Another slice of lush pop from new album Poison Season (out now, Merge / Dead Oceans). This track features strings, saxophone, great percussion, some great rhythm guitar and a typically clearly ennunciated vocal from Dan Bejar. Motherfucker needs to get his ass to Australia.
[Destroyer]

Low ‘The Innocents’
Juxtaposing Mimi Parker’s beautiful vocals against a dirty electronic rhythm and distorted guitars, this is another stand out track from the band’s forthcoming Ones and Sixes album (Sub Pop, September 11).
[Low]

Blank Realm ‘Palace of Love’
Another track from the Brisband band’s new album Illegals in Heaven album (out now Bedroom Suck / Fire Records). Garage psych pop – you can trace a line from the Velvet Underground’s ‘Can’t Stand It’ through Tom Verlaine’s æBreakin’ In My Heart’ to this.
[Blank Realm]

Unloved ‘Guilty of Love’
New project from soundtrackists David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia and singer songwriter Jade Vincent. Trying to blend the Shangri Las, Lee & Nancy and Ennio Morricone. Taken from their debut EP of the same name (October 16, self-released).
[Unloved]

Cold Beat ‘Spirals’
Another highlight from Hannah Lew and co.’s new album Into the Air (out now, Crime on the Moon). Cold Beat really is the perfect name for this San Francisco gothy electropop band.
[Cold Beat]

PWR BTTM ‘1994’
Third track featured here’s from the queer punk duo’s debut album Ugly Cherries (Father/Daughter Records / Miscreant, September 18).
[PWR BTTM]

Shopping ‘Straight Lines’
Title track of second album (September 11, FatCat) from the London post-punk trio.
[Shopping]

Julia Holter ‘Sea Calls Me Home’
The experimenter in otherworldly pop follows up 2013’s Loud City Song with a track from her forthcoming Have You In My Wilderness (September 25, Domino).
[Julia Holter]

Maybug ‘Winter Sun’ 

Bristol based singer-songwriter Joseph Dunn. This track is from his debut EP, Pollen Odyssey, out September 18th.
[Maybug]

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!
[!!!]