Roddy Frame - Postcard

Roddy Frame recently released Seven Dials, his first LP after a long absence. If you’re familiar with his oeuvre this jaunty new track won’t offer any surprises. It harks back to the Love era, especially with the backing singers. What popped out was the production, the crispness and separation is not something one hears often nowadays. And, of course, Frame’s guitar, the tone with it’s slight country touch, just beautiful.

Elastic Sleep - Leave You

Cannot even recall how I stumbled upon this Cork band, Elastic Sleep (maybe they’re pals with Galants?). This single off their debut EP is solid piece of dream pop, a bit like Young Prisms. The EP has a somewhat fractured identity. The second track, I Found Love, is all angular post-punk followed by the haunting gothic number, Deep And Blue. Promising Irish outfit. Is the name a play on words on the PKD novella?

To The Wedding - Silver Currents

This is probably the most blissed-out song I’ve heard in months. Starting with a slide guitar that’s dripping with all kinds of emo, it very gradually builds then soars skywards. Your patience will be rewarded. Definitely take the time if the idea of a Hammock, Cowboy Junkies and Cocteau Twins blend is appealing. To The Wedding is the solo project of Lauren Grubb, the drummer for Minipop, and we are giving it two thumbs up.

Curxes - Valkyrie (preview)

Hunker down for this forthcoming sonic assault from Curxes, Valkyrie. The Brighton art-pop duo grinds up Depeche Mode, Sleigh Bells and Jus†ice into a body blow. Note also, the visual delights that always accompany their stuff. Let’s fast forward to the full release.

Hideous Town - Joy

OK, more green Melbourne acts. Digging this intro that has echoes of the early New Order. While the guitars are effects are a treat the song could be tad stronger. Obviously, with this brand of dreampop and list of influences we’re going to be watching these upstarts.

Minipop @ The Bottom Of The Hill, July 2014

After a 4 year hiatus, Minipop have reemerged with a fantastic EP, Chances. Last night they played a solid set for their EP release show. Their brand of dreampop is so spot on and it’s so well produced. I do hope they continue to release new material and their audience grows.

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Minipop @ The Bottom Of The Hill, July 2014

After a 4 year hiatus, Minipop have reemerged with a fantastic EP, Chances. Last night they played a solid set for their EP release show. Their brand of dreampop is so spot on and it’s so well produced. I do hope they continue to release new material and their audience grows.

ESC - Blacklight

Melbourne is one city I keep trawling around looking for good stuff from the local scene (other cities would be Göthenburg and Liverpool). Home to The Miniatures, Flyying Colours and Lowtide, this is definitely fertile ground. ESC come at you from the heavier, noisey end of the spectrum. This track traverses from The Cure to A Place To Bury Strangers. The effects are amazing. This is pretty thick, viscous stuff but put together with a deft touch. Keep an eye on these guys, they have new music on the way.

Woman’s Hour - I Need You

Woman’s Hour debut LP Conversations was released a few days ago. Rather predictably, I am enjoying it immensely. Of course, our ears were already primed by the steady stream of gorgeous singles from this London-based quartet. I get The xx comparison insofar as there is a certain minimalism. Less is definitely more in the case of Woman’s Hour. Often the sparse backdrop frames Fiona Jane Burgess’ warm, plaintive voice in striking relief. In my mind they are much closer to Arthur Beatrice and Gayngs, acts putting the contemporary back into Adult Contemporary. While individually the songs are deftly crafted, it’s difficult to listen all 40-plus minutes in one sitting. (Probably a reflection of my flitting attention more than anything).

I Need You is actually my favorite song that sadly did not make it onto the LP. Initially, I was struck by the bold simplicity of the song, just this three word chorus repeated and yet it’s an emotive colossus. Well, posting it here to salvage some B-side redemption.

Harts - Angels Walk Below

Who wants more nu disco? Harts is some kind of Australian wunderkind in the true DIY mold. That he’s got his guitar set to stun is obvious and so are the Prince comparisons. But his sound also has unfiltered 70s disco influences from the likes Chic and Donna Summer.

Cathedrals @ The Chapel, July 2014

Local act Cathedrals played their debut live show a few days. The unreleased tracks we heard were very impressive and we should anticipate choice singles coming up. Definitely these guys have all the right ingredients in place.

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Cathedrals @ The Chapel, July 2014

Local act Cathedrals played their debut live show a few days. The unreleased tracks we heard were very impressive and we should anticipate choice singles coming up. Definitely these guys have all the right ingredients in place.