Wednesday Grab Bag

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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) SoundcloudFacebook

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.

– Katie

 

Indie-licious Tues June 10th 2014

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Prisma 1666 – Harald Haraldsson

1. Hackle Scam Populator (Karen Gwyer Remix) – Sculpture
2. Free Food / One Men Striper – Karen Gwyer
3. Downtown – High Ends
4. Before You Ever Talked – Belgian Fog
5. Feel It In My Bones – Blackbird Blackbird
6. Bad Water – Carroll
7. Without a Face – Luluc
8. Cat In The Hallway – Tiny Ruins
9. Jan. 3rd – WHOOP-Szo
10. Neon Visions – SMLH
11. Can’t Do Without You – Caribou
12. Jenni – Thunderhank

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First of all, let’s kick things off with a brand new track from Seattle’s Belgian Fog (aka Robert Dale). He knocked my socks off with Loveless Way back in February (I’ve been addicted to that track ever since). His new one Before You Ever Talked is a narrative of misplaced expectations and placing someone on a pedestal (something I’m guilty of doing!) Robert has a stellar voice.

Before You Ever Talked – Belgian Fog (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

I am in love with this Sculpture remix by Karen Gwyer. Hackle Scam Populator originally appears on the London band’s May 13th release, Membrane Pop (out via Software).

Hackle Scam Populator (Karen Gwyer Remix)Sculpture (Bandcamp | Soundcloud)

 

Now that I’m talking about Karen Gwyer, this track of hers is rad as hell. She makes such great kaleidoscopic, bizarre electronic songs.

Free Food / One Men Striper – Karen Gwyer (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD are three dearly-loved and critically acclaimed boyz named Matthew Tavares, Chester Hansen, and Alexander Sowinski. Listening to Hedron is like getting a milky spell cast on my eyelids.

Hedron – BADBADNOTGOOD (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Downtown by High Ends is the new side project from Kelowna band Yukon Blonde’s Jeffrey Innes. Beautifully simple yet it packs a punch. I read somewhere that he went to go make this record with friends, but nobody was available so he just did it himself. YOU GO, JEFFREY!

 

Doesn’t Neon Visions by North Carolina’s SMLH sound like the last slow dance at a high school dance, when the balloons are slowly deflating, the streamers are getting stuck to everyone’s feet, and the punch is warm and placid? It might be because SMLH is a real live seventeen year old.

Neon Visions – SMLH (Soundcloud | Bandcamp (free download!))

 

Skydive by London’s Astronauts. (aka Dan Carney) utilizes the perfect amount of ukelele without sounding twee. A rare feat! Reminds me a bit of Tunng in the most wonderful way.

 

Going to end this playlist on a really high, fun note with Strange (Mr. Bird remix) by Derbyshire’s Patawawa.

Strange (Mr. Bird Remix) – Patawawa (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Alright, that’s it for today’s Grab Bag! Catch you guys later on Indie-licious.