Time For A Friday Round Up

Round Up

Work has been more than hectic lately, but conversely that seems to have coincided with listening to more music too – maybe the extra time sat on the train or in the car? Who knows or cares, but it does mean a collection of mighty fine tunes for you to welcome home the weekend too…

We kick off with a brilliant track of hypnotic garage-psych from Wax Witches, Serotonin Syndrome comes from forthcoming long player Centre Of Your Universe. And while your ears are still ringing, dive into the charming, melodic indie-pop of Sleepyhead’s Wild Sometimes.

In a similar vein comes The Griswolds Beware The Dog, and Grand Cousin’s Better is a genre-defying fusion of psychedelia, indie pop and alternative rock reminiscent of Deerhunter and Young the Giant.

Fifth we have the urgent, lo-fi noise punk of Champion Lover, which because we were in a bad mood, we thought would be crap and turned out to be totally the opposite. Check out a couple of tracks from their self-titled debut and order from Bandcamp here.

Then we have a new single from London duo Big Deal who have been perfecting their gorgeous, effortlessly infectious melodies and sun dappled hooks wrapping around the bruised vocals and broken hearted lyricism of Alice Costelloe and KC Underwood. Listen to Always Boys from new 4-track EP Sakura.

Turning the volume up to 11 are Leeds based five-piece Autobahn, Ulcer is the closing track from new EP 2, it is a classic of post-punk intensity drawing on a metronomic krautrock synth line and a perfect companion piece to Dead Waves’ Oracles of the Grave, which manages to achieve levels of equally ominous and foreboding muscular power.

Next up is the folk-noir of Mumbledust’s Wishes which comes from their self-released EP Home Alone II and the melancholic psych-pop of Carroll and the beguiling Bad Water.

Lastly we finish with the simply gorgeous, pastoral psychedelic folk of Welsh singer-songwriter Dan Amor. The wonderful Sister Anne is the opening track from his forthcoming album Rainhill Trials (out on Monday), which recalls the best of Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and the freak folk of the early 70s. Gentle, sweetly fractured and thought-provoking, it is a perfect way to conclude a veritable smorgasbord of tunes for you. Enjoy!

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