Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of California songwriter Brian Collins, will release his debut album Glacial Pace on 6th December via the wonderful Woodsist label.

Collins’ life has taken him from playing in punk bands as a teenager in the DC area to his current role as the head of the science department at a Hollywood high school. He wrote the sun-drenched songs of Glacial Pace after a trip to Death Valley – coming across a clearing full of burnt out, vandalized vehicle carcasses inspired him to write about desolation and the things we leave behind.

The first single is the gorgeously melancholic Apartment Houses – well worth three minutes of your day we’d suggest!

 

 

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Introducing >>> TELGATE

Posted: October 17, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Cardiff based aggro-Glam band, TELGATE will unleash their blistering lipstick-smeared debut single Cherrytight this November, a debut statement from a band that are starting to stand out in the Welsh music scene.

This is music which is unapologetically queer, loud and brutally honest; Cherrytight lights the touch paper with thudding baselines, bombastic drums, caustic gyrating guitars and vocals that drip with attitude and sexuality.

Dive in.

 

 

 

Brooke Bentham’s new single, All My Friends Are Drunk is a song for lost youth and young adulthood.

With influences somewhere between Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo, Sparklehorse and early Angel Olsen, the young singer/songwriter writes sharp and eloquent songs about her experiences and this one captures “that wishful longing for what was” in the self-destructivity of her and her peers.

It is a truly exemplary display of her talents – creamy overdriven guitars combine with driving rhythms and stunning vocals, giving a Sonic Youth-esque feel to her raw and emotive sound.

Stream it below.

 

 

Seven of the best for you….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vetiver – Wanted Never Asked

Posted: October 11, 2019 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music
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Here is another taste from Vetiver’s new album Up On High, which is out on the 1st November.

Wanted Never Asked is described as “an ode to self-reflection, forgiveness and bird song“, and so it is, and it is a lovely tune for a Friday afternoon too.

Enjoy.

 

 

Black Mountain have shared a new standalone single titled What’s Your Conquest?

Although separate from their new album, Destroyer, released earlier this year via Jagjaguwar, What’s Your Conquest? makes a might fine companion piece, being in-step with the same vivacious energy, and features some pretty lively guitar and surging synths.

Stream it here.

 

 

Uncut’s free cover disc this month is a reinterpreting of seventeen Wilco songs by the likes of Cate Le Bon, Mountain Man, Whitney, Low, Sharon Van Etten and many others. All but one were specially recorded for the CD and there are some cracking versions amongst them.

Here is a taste of the offerings from Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

 

 

 

 

Vancouver, BC duo Lightning Dust’s outstanding new album Spectre arrived in stores last Friday, via Western Vinyl.

The album was preceded by singles Run Away, Led Astray, A Pretty Picture (featuring Stephen Malkmus on guitar), and Devoted To, and now the band have shared the video for slacker anthem Competitive Depression, which put simply, is yet another fine example of their phenomenal songwriting.

Watch it here.

 

 

See them live in November:

23rd – London @ Corsica Studios
24th – Liverpool @ 24 Kitchen Street
25th – Glasgow @ Broadcast
26th – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club

Just genius…

 

 

 

WIVES – Servants Video

Posted: October 4, 2019 in Alternative, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Queens, NY-based punks WIVES have shared the video for their insistent, swaggering track Servants, the fifth and final single from their just released (and excellent) debut album So Removed.

It is a peach. Buy the album here.