Farväl Till Ungdomen - Åh gud, vad ska vi göra?
As far as I can translate, Farväl Till Ungdomen is a one-man band out of Stockholm who was part of the 90s indie scene. This track is like a JAMC sung by a bunch of inebriated Swedes. More importantly, can I find this pub in the guidebook?
The Codpiece is on spring break with the grommets. You should follow alexismadrigal, he makes the internets funner.
Oeil - live in Shanghai
Oeil is one band I don’t hesitate to apply the shoegaze label. I have been tracking this Japanese outfit for a while hoping for new material. As a consolation, here’s some live footage at a Shoegaze Fest in Shanghai, (such a thing exists). It’s a crushing song, like MBV in a hurry.
Alpines - No Other Lover
I really did not catch on when Alpines first emerged. With their last single Oasis, however, I have done a complete turnaround. Their latest track, No Other Lover, is similarly a groovalicous beast. Apparently the duo took time out to reassess their sound for their forthcoming album, Oasis, and I have to say it’s working from my perspective.
Fear Of Men - Alta/Waterfall
Keep forgetting that Fear Of Men are touring with the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. That’s a pretty sweet double bill. The recent tracks released from the debut LP, Loom, have been outstanding. Jessica Weiss’ songwriting is reason enough but they have also upped the production on these latest songs. Musically, it seems they have aspirations beyond their earlier guitar pop sound.
Scarlet - Georgia (Demo)
Scarlet is the new solo project of Jessie Robinson (formerly of The Thespians). She’s posted a bunch of demos on Soundcloud. It’s pretty enticing stuff as far as demos go. There’s a variety of styles on display, probably she’s feeling out what works. This track has a definite The Horrors feel to it. Obviously, we’re going to be on the lookout for more from Scarlet.
The New Division @ The Elbo Room, Apr 2014
Very impressed by synth-rock outfit, The New Division. They have a big, radio-friendly sound, more suited to a stadium or festival than the small pub where I saw them. Similar to their SoCal compatriots, Parade of Lights.
The Ocean Blue - No Money In That
Sparkling indie pop from dudes who have seen it all before. With echoes of Roddy Frame or The Pale Fountains I was on-board around the 4 second mark.
Night Flowers - Violence (of Love)
One of the great discoveries this year has been London’s Night Flowers. They have released 3 impressive singles in rapid succession; Embers, Neverlands and Bound. They are all different, covering a range of styles. Evidently, these guys are pretty adept at whatever takes their fancy. Then I discovered this older adorable track, Violence (of Love). Also somewhat out-of-character. A straightforward indie pop song with a sing-a-long chorus. I have it on rotation and often wonder, “who is this jaunty little band?” It seems the band wrote it as a one-off throwaway for a film but there’s no reason it cannot become a kitchen-dance-party mainstay.