Having only postedNatural Child’s new split 7″ single two days ago, they are back with their version of the Velvet Underground’s classic White Light/White Heat as part of Burger Records tribute to the Velvet’s album of the same name.
Listen below – it’s pretty damn good – and also check out Mozes and the Firstborn’sLady Godiva’s Operation, The Memories taking on The Gift (one of our all time VU favourites) and Curtis Harding’s uplifting gospel style version of Here She Comes Now.
Elsewhere, long dormant freak folkers Charalambides return with a trademark cut of drone and fucked up, fuzzed out folk in the shape of symphonic epic Before You Go. Pre-order the album Exile, their first for 5 years, here.
At the other end of the folk spectrum are Ohbijou who release new album Metal Meets later this month. Anser is a lovely slice of harmonious, orchestral folk that you can grab for free below.
Sic Alps placed themselves firmly on our radar with long player Napa Asylum and have returned with a new single Breadhead, which ticks all the right boxes for us – a lo-fi, garage gem of tambourine, guitar squall and hippy vocals.
The recent reissue of Social Climbers one and only self-titled album of sparse, spastic, weirdly danceable punk/disco is a cause for celebration, one listen to the twitchy, psycopathic Chicken 80 is enough to tell you that. And make us nostalgic for 1980 too.
Weekend offer up Hazel from a new EP simply titled Red on Slumberland. An excellent mix of noise rock and catchy indie melodies takes this into shoegaze territory, but the song craft alone makes this well worth investigating.
Carter Tanton has debuted a new single Horrorscope from his forthcoming full-length, Freeclouds, with Western Vinyl. Slated for a November 15th release, the album also features the enchanting vocals of MM fave Marissa Nadler.
We have been meaning to post about The Black Rabbits debut album Hypno-Switch for a good while without ever managing it. Theirs is a record that confidently acknowledges its dues to the past without letting it suffocate them, and the result is a superb blend of classic rock, jangly guitars, precision drumming and passionate vocals. Calling to mind The Doors via Television and The Violent Femmes, take a listen to the wistful melancholy of Painter, Poet, Prophet, Priest – one of the many album highlights. Buy the album via their website here.
From black to brown, and Brown Shoe, another new name to us, but Late Nights is an excellent slice of effortlessly catchy indie and folk rock from their fourth album The Gift Horse. The soaring vocals and anthemic chorus will have you up and punching the air before you know it.
And, appropriately enough, on to Red in the shape of Red Measure. They have a three track debut EP titled Seven Inch coming out shortly and Parlor Pageant offers much to be enthusiastic about – a nicely heavy slab of bruising no-nonsense rock carried along on a classic hypnotic riff and tribal drumming. Out on September 20th through iTunes and on Spotify.
The City And Horses are an elusive indie pop outfit who will shortly release their sophomore effort We Will Never Be Discovered via Paper Garden. The title track is a catchy gem that recalls the halycon days of prime Talking Heads.
Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a native of the North Wales countryside and a single-minded, idiosyncratic, contrary singer-songwriter who possesses an ear for a sparkling melody, a restless soul, and a gift for a deft lyrical turn; from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinklingly boastful to deliciously self-deprecating. Following the release of his third album, I’m a Dancer/Songs About Sleeping, Black has returned in 2011 with his latest EP – Girl Under A Tree.
2011 has been quite the journey for ambient folk songstress Steph Thompson – who performs under the name Steffaloo. Much blog buzz has been generated and this is the exquisite b-side to debut 7″ single On Fire. Purchase the vinyl here.
Trwbador are an avant pop duo from Wales who are releasing their second EP titled The Sun In The Winter. It has been described as ‘cute and scary’ or ‘If Roal Dahl made music it would sound like this!’, but irrespective of all that, the title track really is a gem of idiosyncratic, original off-kilter pop.
Icarus Himself releases an album of rather good electro psych-folk on October 11 via Science of Sound Records. Try On Your Side, built on a loop of a drum machine hi-hat and a fuzzed-out Casio synth and recalling artists like Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, and David Bowie.
And last, but certainly not least, we have the raw blues boogie and punk attitude of Welsh duo Henry’s Funeral Shoe which is shown off to great effect with Dog Scratched Ear, the first track from their second album Donkey Jacket. It is out on Alive Records on October 11th. We think this might well be the best thing they’ve done to date.