In The Pharmacy #93 – January 2016

Thirteen new tunes to start off 2016. New indie / psych / electronic / folk / garage punk / surf pop music from the US, UK, Spain and Canada. Tracks from Hinds (pictured), Yeasayer, Savages, Woods, Walter Martin, Tacocat, Misun, The Besnard Lakes, Sea Pinks, Cullen Omori, Dr Dog, Gun Outfit and Heron Oblivion.

Hinds ‘Warts’
Scrappy, garage pop opening track from the young Madrid band’s debut album Leave Me Alone (out now, Mom & Pop).
[Hinds]

Yeasayer ‘I Am Chemistry’
Taken from the Brooklyn band’s fourth album Amen & Goodbye (Mute, April 1). This is electronic pop with eastern, psychedelic and gothic flourishes. At 3m18s in there’s a switch to a folky interlude- acoustic guitar and piano with Suzzy Roche providing a layered choral vocal before the electronics return, then fade away leaving just the piano at the outro. Sweet. Check out the trippy SF video too.
[Yeasayer]

Woods ‘Sun City Creeps’
Mournful horns, afro-funk, and west coast psychedelia meet on the first taste of the band’s forthcoming ninth album City Sun Eater in the River of Light (April 8, Woodsist). Can’t wait to hear the rest of it.
[Woods]

Tacocat ‘I Hate The Weekend’
One hundred and twenty-six seconds of garage punk surf pop from the Seattle band. Taken from their forthcoming album Lost Time (Hardly Art, April 1).
[Tacocat]

Misun ‘Give It Up’
Laid back electronic pop underpinned by a simple acoustic guitar line and topped off with Misun Wojcik’s mellifluous, summery, vibrato. Available digitally and as limited edition cassette single on B3SCI Records.
[Misun]

Walter Martin ‘Down By The Singing Sea’

Former keyboard and bass player for The Walkmen follows up his wonderful family album We’re All Young Together with an album inspired by art history, Arts & Leisure (Ile Flottante, January 29).
[Walter Martin]

Savages ‘Adore’
Gothy post-punk quasi-title track from the band’s forthcoming second album Adore Life (Matador / Pop Noire January 22). A signal lesson in the power of restraint, with the pay off coming in the final minute as the song builds to a crescendo.
[Savages]

The Besnard Lakes ‘Nightingale’

On their last two albums, The Besnard Lakes proved that they had mastered epic space rock. On their latest, A Coliseum Complex Museum (Jagjaguwar, January 22) they refine it further. This is just one of many stand out tracks.
[The Besnard Lakes]

Sea Pinks ‘Cold Reading’

Melodic indiepop from former Girls Names drummer Neil Brogan’s fifth album under the Sea Pinks name, Soft Days (out now, CF Records).
[Sea Pinks]

Cullen Omori ‘Cinnamon’

Former Smith Westerns frontman with first track taken from his forthcoming solo album New Misery (March 18, Sub Pop)
[Cullen Omori]

Dr. Dog ‘Bring My Baby Back’

Shuffling psych pop taken from the veteran Philadelphia band’s new album Psychedelic Swamp (February 5, Anti-)
[Dr Dog]

Gun Outfit ‘Expansion Pact’
Following on from last year’s excellent Dream All Over album, this is a new song from a forthcoming five track EP, Two Way Player ( March 18, Wharf Cat).
[Gun Outfit]

Heron Oblivion ‘Oriar’
Blistering psych folk from the Sub Pop signed San Francisco super group featuring Meg Baird and members of Comets on Fire and Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound.
[Heron Oblivion]

In The Pharmacy #90 – Late October 2015

Fourteen new tracks from the US, UK, New Zealand and Canada. New music from Joanna Newsom (pictured), The Besnard Lakes, The Drink, Summer Twins, Animal House, Merchandise (featuring Dum Dum Girls), Pure Bathing Culture, Protomartyr, Boss, The Chills, Chorusgirl, Dilly Dally, Martin Courtney, and Greg Dulli.

Summer Twins ‘Florence’
Summer Twins are Californian sisters Chelsea and Justine Browne, playing dreampop with rock and roll, psychedelic pop, garage rock and French girl. Chelsea writes most of the songs sings and plays guitar, but this track was written by and features guitar from bass and drum playing sister Justine. And it’s the guitar that kicks in at the 15 second mark that’ll stick inyour head. From the album Limbo (out now, Burger Records)
[Summer Twins]

Merchandise [feat. Dum Dum Girls] ‘Red Sun’
I like the idea of 4AD signed Merchandise more than I enjoyed their album of doomy / goth stadium-sized post punk. But here, roping in Dee Dee Penny, slowing it down and giving it lots of space, it really pays off. This is for a one off Sub Pop single (out 27 November), but I could definitely go a whole album of this.
[Merchandise]

Joanna Newsom ‘Goose Eggs’
My current favourite track from her wonderful new album Divers (out now, Drag City). There’s an extended instrumental outro with electric piano and the song is underpinned by some lovely haprsichord or celeste, but it’s the the vocal performance that is the hero here. Stunning, it would be amazing to here the isolated track.
[Joanna Newsom]

The Drink ‘You Won’t Come Back At All’
Another highlight from the London-based trio’s fantastic new album Capital (Out November 13, Melodic). The star here is the the extended instrumental outro, Derbhla Minogue runs free with her guitar, weaving in and out of the rhythm laid down by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart.
[The Drink]

Animal House ‘English Girls’

I thought it odd that such a post-Libertines Brit-sounding band would have a song called ‘English Girls’, turns out these Brighton-based boys are originally from Brisbane.
[Animal House]

Pure Bathing Culture ‘Pray For Rain’
Woozy electronic dreampop title track from the Portland band’s second album (out now Parisan / Memphis Industries) the follow up to 2013’s Moon Tides.
[Pure Bathing Culture]

Protomartyr ‘Cowards Strave’
I used to have a cassette with Girls Against Boys ‘Venus Luxure No.1 Baby’ on one side and Cop Shot Cop ‘Release’ on the other. I reckon if you played both sides at the same time it would sound not entirely dissimilar to Protomartyr’s second album The Agent Intellect, from where this track is taken. Probably why I like it. (out now, Hardly Art).
[Protomartyr]

Boss ‘I’m Down With That’
New side project for Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman is tropical electronic psych pop with a rubbery bass line recalling the loose grooves of Tom Tom Club. Out soon on Speedy Wunderground.
[Boss]

The Besnard Lakes ‘Golden Lion’
Sunshine psych rock title track from the B’Lakes new EP (Jagjaguwar, Nov 13).
[The Besnard Lakes]

The Chills ’I Can’t Help You’
One of many jangling highlights from The Chills’ Silver Bullets album, their first in nineteen years (out now, Fire!).
[The Chills]

Chorusgirl ‘Dream On, Baby Blue’
First released as a limited 7” back in July, this now features on the band’s debut album for Fortuna Pop (out next month).
[Chorusgirl]

Dilly Dally ‘Next Gold’
Another great track from the Toronto ‘soft-grunge’ band’s excellent debut album Sore (out now 9, Partisan Records).
[Dilly Dally]

Martin Courtney ‘Airport Bar’
Taken from the Real Estate frontman’s melodic dreampop solo album Many Moons (out now Domino).
[Martin Courtney]

Greg Dulli ‘A Crime’
Afghan Whigs / Twilight Singers / Gutter Twins Greg Dulli has only released one album under his own name, 2005’s Amber Headlights. After last year’s triumphant Afghan Whigs comeback Do To The Beast, the band are currently back in the studio but Dulli is taking time to head out on a solo tour and is marking it with a free download of a cover of this 2011 Sharon Van Etten song (Dulli’s version features Ani DiFranco on backing vocals). The original is just SVE and acoustic guitar, but here GD makes it his own and it becomes a lush, dark, bad love number. Dulli recently posted that Van Etten joined the ‘Whigs in the studio – what a treat that will be if it sees the light of day!
[Greg Dulli]