Posts Tagged ‘School Of Seven Bells’

R.I.P. Benjamin Curtis

Very sad indeed to hear the news about Benjamin Curtis. We were big fans of Secret Machines and School of Seven Bells.




Download Secret Machines – 1,000 Seconds mp3 (from Ten Silver Drops)

Mini Roundup

And to start off the new month, here are a few more tunes that are well worth some ear-time and frankly, well worth more than the few paltry words of description we are providing…

School of Seven Bells are giving away Secret Days from their forthcoming EP Put Your Sad Down, out on 13th November.


Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the psychedelic music scene, he has recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and many more. 2012/2013 will see the band release their sophomore long-player and tour the world spreading their psychedelified-hindie-rock mantra.


The Trashed Romeos, hail from the very epicenter of rock-n-roll, Memphis, TN. The band has a pretty straight forward mission with their debut record Where Dreamers Never Go, to pay homage to late friend Jim Dickinson (Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Big Star, The Replacements, Ry Cooder) and to focus attention on some of his hometown heroes and the obscure psychedelic garage rock 45’s they released in the mid 60’s.


Prolific songwriter/producer Mike James debuts his new vehicle Admirers with the leadoff non-LP track Strange Children. A foreshadowing of Admirers’ tastefully art-damaged blend of dancefloor thump and power pop.


Wintersleep’s album has been one of the sleepers of the year for us, sneaking up unnoticed until we suddenly found ourselves completely enveloped in its charms. So, the debut release, titled First Transmission, from band member Jon Samuel has to be worth checking out too. The title track is a reference to SETI scientists who search for intelligent life in space, while the second track, To Love, is about the earthbound emotions we all know well.

Download Jon Samuel – First Transmission mp3 (from First Transmission)

Download Jon Samuel – To Love mp3 (from First Transmission)

Jessica Pratt is new to us, but her enchanting folk timbre and beautifully simple approach is well worth investigating.


Finally, from the always enetertaining Song By Toad stable comes Yusuf Azak’s second album Go Native. This is Smile Tactics a free taster of his “wheeze-pop” as they rather appropriately describe it. Click through to download for free.


Streaming Round-Up.Compared with mp3s, it takes us much longer to get around to listening to all the tracks we get sent that are for streaming only – annoyingly paid work has to take priority during the day and you can’t stick these on an iPod – however, there have been a selection of corking tunes released recently that are well worth some of your ear time and maybe even paying for a download or two….

First up is the latest track from the Hold Steady front man Craig Finn’s solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes, which is out on the 23rd of this month. Jackson is the first single, a country tinged rocker that showcases a contemplative narrative. We’re looking forward to him being the support for the rescheduled Felice Brothers shows in the spring.


Next we change pace somewhat with Pulled Apart By Horses’ appropriately titled single, V.E.N.O.M. which is a taste of new album Tough Love (also out on the 23rd).


The Cast Of Cheers single Family has been played a lot on 6 Music since the start of the year and invariably the radio gets turned up in the office – easy to see why they’re being heralded as buzzworthy for 2012.


Howler are another band tipped for big things in 2012, and they are touring the UK and Europe (starting off course on the 23rd). In support will be 19 year old songwriter Nile Marr under the name Man Made. His self-titled EP is out now and you can listen to Nobody’s Dreaming for a taste.


The Sharks new single is Arcane Effigies, a rousing indie-punk singalong that manages to be both powerful and melodic.


Mixing ambient electronics with psych infused indie, School of Seven Bells have released their first official single, Lafaye, from forthcoming album Ghostory.


The Straylings hover somewhere between Calexico and Grinderman! Mixing forceful melodies with controlled feedback, this is the lead single Carvers Kicks from debut album Entertainment On Foreign Grounds due out on 5th March.


We’re quite taken with this grungey single, Touch Electric, by new Criminal Records signings Argonaut. They are a 5 piece all female band that know their way around a proper guitar riff and it certainly makes their new album (their seventh) one to look out for later in the year.


And lastly we have the beautiful, easy paced psychedelic pop of the Pale Seas. Single, Something or Nothing could have been resurrected from the late 60s easily evoking a gentler time of paisley and incense. Lovely stuff. Pre-order here.


Here is the best of our November posts, a perfect mix tape to kick off the festive seasons and a nice reminder before we all get immersed in all those end-of-year top tens/twenties/fifties etc. And as always a couple of new ones too. Twenty five great tracks. Enjoy.

Download Outer Minds – Until You’re Dead mp3

Pristine nugget of 60s inspired garage rock, twangy rough-cut harmonies, a perfect hook and wall of sound noise.

Download Secret Colours – In The Absence mp3

Chiming guitars, hypnotic percussion and spaced out vocals.

Download Derek Pritzl – His Words mp3

Unhurried, thoughtful, raggedy old country soul.

Download Whole Sky Monitor – Freakshow mp3

Brilliantly discordant, energetic rock ‘n’ roll blast.

Download The Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know mp3

Twangy, country infused singalong.

Download Loch Lomond – Elephants & Little Girls mp3

Chamber folk gem that ebbs and flows beautifully.

Download My Teenage Stride – Message mp3

Knocks the spots off most post-punk / garage rock we’ve heard this year.

Download – Joe Pug – To Ohio (Live)

Excellent version of the Low Anthem classic.

Download Popstrangers – Happy Accidents mp3

Chiming guitar, frantic drumming, great vocals.

Download Glass Owls – Griffin Boy mp3

Well crafted, intelligent indie pop with swaggering attitude and studied nonchalance.

Download The War Crimes – The Cost mp3

An insistent low-key refrain overlaid with lyrics as good, and as dark, as any we’ve heard in 2010.

Download Sea of Bees – The Woods mp3

Hypnotic, wistful and otherwordly. Freak-folk at its finest.

Download White Buffalo – Oh Darlin’ What Have I Done mp3

Fingerpicked guitar and sparse percussion soundtrack searingly honest and sometimes uncomfortable folk tale.

Download Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Rejected mp3

High octane garage rock ‘n’ roll.

Download Airwaves featuring Sharon Van Etten – Waters mp3

Warm, inviting and a little bittersweet folk.

Download Emily Reo – On The Beach mp3

Classic Neil Young given a gossamer coating and let loose on the wind – a swirling, hazy gem.

Download Iowa – Lose Yourself mp3

Sleazy, grimy, fuzzed up delight – so cool it could wear sunglasses indoors.

Download My Disco – Closer mp3

Dark, pummelling tribal noise with a repetitive intro riff, rumbling drums and sonic interference.

Download Wade Williamson – Uncle Sam Don’t Give No Damn (‘Bout Me) mp3

Foot stomping, anti-war folk protest song, like being in 1968.

Download And The Wires – Lines mp3

The gothic deep South combined with the rhythms of South America, barroom jazz and avant pop.

Download Wayter – Cheese Sandwich mp3

Repetitive, melancholic guitar licks and strained poignant vocals.

Download The Moviegoers – Avalanche mp3

Understated and coolly elegant indie-pop.

Download The Luyas – Tiny Head mp3

Echo-drenched space-age pop song.

Download School of Seven Bells – I L U Mp3

Our favourite track from the electro pysch-popsters album.

And a couple of new ones. We love the ferocious garage jangle of the Jacuzzi Boys and their new single Coral Girls, while the Secret Sisters offer a lovely blend of traditional and timeless harmonious country heartbreak.

Download The Jacuzzi Boys – Coral Girls mp3 (from Jacuzzi Boys / Nobunny Split 7″)

Download The Secret Sisters – Tennessee Me mp3 (from The Secret Sisters)

School of Seven Bells have released this rather good puppeteering video to accompany their track I L U (which is one of our favourites), from their album Disconnect From Desire.

Watch it, and then download below. They will be heading out on a North American tour with Interpol in January starting in Vancouver on the 27th and ending in Boston on February 19th.

Buy the album from Amazon here.

Download School Of Seven Bells – I L U mp3 (from Disconnect From Desire)