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Friday Round Up

We have a hopelessly inadequate amount of time to listen to all the new music we receive, even after we automatically filter out the remixes, electro-bangers, and crappy dance tunes we get sent.

So here is a hasty pick and mix selection for you of some of the best of recent weeks – just dive in…

 

Rainy Sundays comes from a Tomkins Square reissue of Will Beeley’s 1979 album Passing Dream, it showcases his emerging tough, husky, alt-country sound, presaging modern day troubadours like Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson.

 

Erin Rae’s new single is Like The First Time, which has a lovely languid feel combined with retro fuzz drenched guitar solos. Think European 60s psyche guitar soundscapes created by the Beatles and Yardbirds combined with creatively disparate influences such as Richard Harley, Wilco and Michael Nau.

 

With a deep reverence for all things Grateful Dead, The Dan Ryan aren’t afraid to allow their songs to open and evolve in their own time while also holding on to the folk tradition of Texas natives like Townes Van Zandt, whose picking style and strong narratives sits as the base coat to Guidance which is the title track of their forthcoming long player.

 

Johnny Kills are a garage-surf-indie-rock trio based in Brighton/London/York and Let’s Talk About Me is their excellent self-released debut single.

 

The Big Drops have just released their latest single, the trippy psych-folk of Gong Gong Jar. They describe it thus, “This song is about letting go of the imaginary drug induced monkey inside your head and going with the flow of it all. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The aristocrats sucking up to the king. The monkey’s in control of the human spaceship.

 

Norway’s Sløtface have shared new track Nancy Drew one of the band’s most hard-hitting releases to date. The new single continues in Sløtface’s fiery feminist footsteps, with vocalist Haley Shea reimagining the track’s teen detective namesake as the noble vanquisher of indie rock’s boys’ club. “My girl is wiping slates clear / And I long for the look / And a soundtrack of women who all know what’s up / I keep hearing their cherry bombs through the walls,” she seethes amid sneaky, plundering guitars.

 

Warsaw Radio are a Brighton based folk five-piece band. Channelling big folk-pop moments reminiscent of Frank Turner, while throwing in inspirations of Wilco and Fleetwood Mac, Still Have You to Hold is a bold mix of the relevant and the retro.

 

With the gloomy psychedelia of The Growlers, self assured swagger of The Velvet Underground, spaced out vocals of Jesus & Mary Chain and the expansive instrumentation of Brian Jonestown MassacreDream Joints weave together a patchwork of influences to create a unique sound that stretches from vampiric to blissful. Check out Everyday Obstacle from new album Just Like Medicine.

 

Also from Brighton, Other States are a six piece psychedelic indie band that tell desert stories of stragglers and strays. New single Make Amends has a seductive tone and laidback groove underpinned by western style guitars and smooth Americana, all the while frontman Mark S. Aaron’s baritone croon spins a romantic tale.

 

The new single from BANNERSSomeone to You, is an uplifting and universal track that has elements that recall Mumford & Sons (when they weren’t shit).

 

Norwegian livewire punks Sløtface constantly  look to spin conventions on their head.

For their song Empire Records (off the EP of the same name) they have spoofed the 2000 classic High Fidelity, complete with a John Cusack character and all!

Watch it below, and catch them at SxSW if you’re there…

 

 

Nickel In The Jukebox

Time for our irregular, but still brilliant, instalment of Nickel in the Jukebox. A collection of ten tunes of varying guises and ages for your listening pleasure. So whatever your particular pleasure there will be something for you here. Your job is simply to sift through and find your own personal hits and misses.

Port Juvee – Double Vision  [RIYL: Post-punk, The Hives, The Strokes]

 

Molly Burch – Downhearted  [RIYL: Retro Country, Patsy Cline, Francoise Hardy]

 

The Devil Makes Three with Emmylou Harris – Waiting Around To Die  (Townes Van Zandt cover)  [RIYL: Bluegrass, Shovels & Rope, Townes Van Zandt (obviously)]

 

Quiet Quiet Band – In The Body  [RIYL: Cowpunk, The Levellers, Violent Femmes]

 

Savoy Motel – Sorry People  [RIYL: Glam rock & power pop, Dandy Warhols, Little Richard]

 

DANGERS – The Bend In The Break  [RIYL: Hardcore, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys]

 

Sam Evian – Sleep Easy  [RIYL: Hazy indie, Mac DeMarco, Cass McCombs]

 

Light Fantastic – To The Center  [RIYL:  Dream-Psych, Alex Chilton, MGMT]

 

Tele Novella – Even Steven  [RIYL: Macabre pop, Velvet Underground, Belle & Sebastian]

 

SLØTFACE – Bright Lights  [RIYL: Indie pop-punk, Interpol, The Pixies]