After not posting any covers for what seems like a good while, we’ve already shared a couple of cracking ones this week from METZ and Whyte Horses, so it seemed appropriate to keep the run going and finish Friday with one more.

Something nice and mellow too, as we have Ana Egge’s duet with renowned folk singer-songwriter Iris DeMent for their cover of Diana Jones’ Ballad of the Poor Child.

The song serves as the third single from Egge’s upcoming album Is It the Kiss, out September 6 via StorySound Records (pre-order here).

 

See her live in the autumn:

Oct 28 – Birmingham @ The Kitchen Garden Cafe
Oct 30 – Camden @ Green Note
Nov 2 – Steering @ Sakala Steyning
Nov 4 – Brighton @ The Greys

 

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Beijing-based art punks Gong Gong Gong (who we got quite excited about last year) have shared their brilliant new single Some Kind of Demon 某一種惡魔.

This new track is a meditative slow-burner with lyrics and a vocal melody that creates a flowing framework for internal reflection. It is the second single from the duo’s debut LP Phantom Rhythm, and follows on from the shimmering and hypnotic Notes Underground.

Stream both below. Pre-order the album here.

 

 

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s METZ cover of Gary Numan!

Today it is a foot-stomping cover of Plastic Bertrand’s 1970’s classic Ça Plane Pour Moi, by psych-pop Mancunians Whyte Horses.

It is a song which always puts a huge smile on my face whenever I hear the original or any of the many cover versions and adaptations of it. This one is no different.

Enjoy…

 

 

Humanist is the music of multi-instrumentalist Rob Marshall. An album is due via Ignition Records and features a number of guest vocalists including Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Mark Lanegan and RIDE’s Mark Gardener, amongst others.

English Ghosts is the first official single from the album and has a stirring vocal performance by iconic post-punk front man, John Robb of The Membranes.

The nine minute track unapologetically tears through piercing psychedelic guitars and squeals. The deep pulse of gnarled bass keeping step through long episodes of meditative repetition; consider it a Joy Division-esque funeral march, reminiscent of Kraut Rock bands like Neu or Can.a

Watch the shadowy, menacing video below.

 

Last month, on July 12th, Sub Pop released Automat, a collection of METZ non-album singles, B-sides, and rarities dating back to 2009, available on LP for the first time, and including the band’s long out-of-print early (pre-Sub Pop) recordings. It’s a chronological trip through the lesser-known material of METZ, the delightfully noisy 3-piece punk band from Toronto.

The vinyl LP format of Automat also included an exclusive bonus 7” single of the band’s interpretations of three diverse cover songs – Sparklehorse’s Pig, The Urinals’ I’m A Bug and Gary Numan’s M.E.

From yesterday these three bonus tracks were available in digital services everywhere.

Watch the animated video for the excellent cover of M.E. here.

 

With their 80s-infused take on raw, rumbling garage rock, Los Angeles-based band The Growlers have shared their sultry new single Foghorn Town. It is the second release from their upcoming LP Natural Affair.

With an intro and verse that recall the band’s early singles – muggy, sprawling, slightly sinister – Foghorn Town quickly shifts to a bright, optimistic chorus, finished off with a razor-wire lead guitar slicing through the mix – pretty much perfect for poolside hangouts and late night jams.

Listen here.

 

Amber Webber and Josh Wells who make up the Vancouver based duo Lightning Dust have shared their video for new single Led Astray, the second from their forthcoming new album, Spectre.

Of the song and video, Amber says, “When the goblin inside our brain leads us on a trip though all the ugly sides of reality – steering us away from all our 500-thread count, buttery-smooth satin sheets, leaving us questioning our sanity and mortality. When I wrote this song, it was a slow, heavily reverbed-out ballad, a basic guitar/vocals number. Josh gave it the Kinks treatment with a sprinkle of Oasis tremolo guitar and a cosmic synth lead. The video was all Justin Gradin! He led us all through a butterfly-injured mindscape that leaves us in the hands of our ghost spaghetti guide and leads us to a sick parking lot jam between a punk lion, a hippie penguin and a jailbird monkey.

Watch /stream it below. Order the album here.

 

 

The rain continues to come and go, Boris Johnson is still PM, we’re now planning for food shortages post Brexit… life in summer in the UK is pretty bloody grim sometimes.

Then along come the Allah Las – new single Polar Onion fits the downbeat theme (“the creeping paranoia that comes along with creating something that is inevitably valued based on the opinions of others.“, they say), yet it is still all sunshine jangle, hippy peace and gentle uncomplicated pastoral psychedelia.

A rare joy – so shines a good deed in a weary world.

 

Ireland’s Martian Subculture creates leftfield, lo-fi psych rock. An eerie, restrained vocal is surrounded by kooky, comatose guitars on tracks that oscillate between themes of love, loneliness and interplanetary exploration.

Recorded alone in a bedroom studio, latest single All Emotions Are Equal is an irresistible invitation into a new sonic universe.

 

Love Girl Band.

Love Norway.

Love Going Norway by Girl Band. Obvs.

New album The Talkies is out on the 27th September on Rough Trade Records. ‘Til then, enjoy love this.