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I have swindled the universe into granting me a three-day work week, which, at the time of this publication, will be 50% complete.
What am I listening to this week? Three tracks signifying the death of summer, because I’m nothing if not a huge buzzkill.
First, my friends in NASA Valley, Matt Aldred, Michael Rault, and Jay Anderson, released a two-track album last week called Prosopagnosia. Dribbling with garage psych-pop goodness, both tracks are equally fantastic, so I will post both of them to tickle your ear hairs. Catch them at Handlebar with MARS and GITAR on August 21st (Facebook RSVP).
Indian Summer and Waves – Happy Dagger (Portland) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
I love how thick Indian Summer sounds – it almost feels like I can wrap my arms around it. The synth hits in the middle really puncture the density of the guitars. Waves is a total lush dreamscape.
Summer’s Gone – Silver Ships (Austin) Twitter
Austin’s Silver Ships (aka Chazz Bessette) will be releasing his debut EP Songs From A Room That Never Moves on September 30th. The organ in this track reminds me a bit of a goofy serial soap opera.
Crux Of Cool – SMLH (North Carolina) Soundcloud | Facebook | Bandcamp
SMLH (aka Sam Higgins, a 17-year old with buckets of talent) recently released some “fake” songs with a 4-track while his reel-to-reel is resting in peace (for now). I really like the weird drumbeat in this song, which kind of sounds like dragging a tub across the road.
Sleeps Well On Knives – Eyelid Kid (Nowhereville, United States) Soundcloud
Who is this band? Where are they from? Research indicates Southern California, but they don’t have any social media presence and they’ve only released two tracks – this one, and Time Travel, three months ago. The band makes self-described existential psych-pop, but I think it’s a bit too polished to be classified as psych. To creep further, check out their interview with Stereogum’s James Rettig on July 31st.
Riverstone and Summer End– Nienvox (Yekaterinburg) Soundcloud | Facebook
Sleek and lo-fi warm nu jazz dreams mixed with a little bit of psych flute (of course, how can I resist?). Russian musician Nienvox (aka Alexander Efimov) just released his new EP The Airwalker via Fuselab on August 4th.
I am a Man – The Parrots (Madrid) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
The Parrots are a garage-surf trio from Madrid with just enough jangle to guarantee a good time. This one comes from their new 7″ Loving you is Hard via Bachelor Records on August 8th (fellow labelmates include Black Lips and Smith Westerns).
Icarus – Silver Firs (Bern) Facebook | Bandcamp | Label Homepage
Summer vibes! This one comes from their EP #2 out August 8th. This one should be certain to please any fans of Pompeii by Bastille who are physically sick of that song from hearing it played too many times while walking by an Aldo shoe store.
Out Of Touch – HANAH (Brooklyn) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Liquid vocals over a quietly twitching guitar and dreamy clav dropping notes like candies. Her first single, and I’m looking forward to more.
Oblivion – Aimee deBeer (New York) Soundcloud | Facebook
Speaking of electronic minimalism, New York’s Aimee deBeer is a charming newcomer. She’ll be releasing her debut EP Strange Fiction this fall, featuring Oblivion.
Crowns – TAPES (Knoxville)
Another mysterious one! Electronic producer TAPES originally started releasing his music anonymously to avoid spamming his friends’ Facebook walls. According to this Okayfuture interview with Lily Vanilli, his favourite Dragonball Z character is Vegeta because “he’s hard”. Check out his new album Finding, full stream via Okayfuture.
That’s all for now, folks. Here’s hoping we have some sweltering weather to enjoy dripping ice cream, sticky jelly sandals, stained rompers, rolled-up short sleeves, and missed connections.