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Drum Machine

Twin Oaks - Find A Way

First encountered this LA band about a week ago as they’ve collaborated with AKW on the track Leaves. And now I just sat up when this track came up on Amazing Radio (how on earth did it get picked up in the UK?). So random, I was fated to post this. Very nice piece of dream folk, especially the guitars on this. Similar to Still Corners’ The Trip.

Ladytron - Tomorrow

Remember these guys? Like we could ever forget. This is one most brilliant song/video combinations ever. Anyways, it’s a slow Sunday here, cutting up felt pads for furniture, read a completely random, unsubstantiated comment there’s new Ladytron on the way. What? Seems unlikely, the group is scattered all over the globe now. Daniel Hunt just released tracks from his Brazilian side-project. I do hope it’s true though, it’s amazing what can be done via Dropbox.

GEMS @ The Brick and Mortar, July 2014

GEMS played to a rather small audience last night in SF. Given the attention they received last year, the turnout was puzzling and disappointing. I do hope they return soon, this band is too good not to sell out a middle tier venue. GEMS, with their blend of beats, slower tempo and atmospheric dream pop, often recall Massive Attack’s LP Mezzanine. Lindsay Pitts live vocals is just as keen and piercing as the recorded material. Watching her hit those notes is mesmerizing. These guys are seasoned musicians and perform a tight (if somewhat short) set. Although, I think they could benefit from a live drummer to lend more energy to the show. By all means, check them out if their playing in your hood.

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GEMS @ The Brick and Mortar, July 2014

GEMS played to a rather small audience last night in SF. Given the attention they received last year, the turnout was puzzling and disappointing. I do hope they return soon, this band is too good not to sell out a middle tier venue. GEMS, with their blend of beats, slower tempo and atmospheric dream pop, often recall Massive Attack’s LP Mezzanine. Lindsay Pitts live vocals is just as keen and piercing as the recorded material. Watching her hit those notes is mesmerizing. These guys are seasoned musicians and perform a tight (if somewhat short) set. Although, I think they could benefit from a live drummer to lend more energy to the show. By all means, check them out if their playing in your hood.

Soft as Snow - Black Birds

Digging this brooding electronica from this Norwegian duo, Soft as Snow from their EP, Glass Body. An unrelenting beat and distant wailing, it’s pretty intense stuff. The tempo, percussion and pitch shifting is very reminiscent of Fever Ray. For something less heavyweight, try the title track and single, Glass Body, but in my opinion Black Birds is going the distance.

Roddy Frame - Postcard

Roddy Frame recently released Seven Dials, his first LP after a long absence. If you’re familiar with his oeuvre this new jaunty MOR track won’t spring any surprises. It harkens back to the Love era, especially with the backing singers. What is striking is 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 Towns - 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.