Tycho – Division [Listen]

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I love those mornings when you wake up, hazily grab your phone (usually to silence the incessant drone of the alarm), catch up on your RSS/Facebook/Twitter etc and are greeted by a brand new track by one of your favourite artists. A nice morale boost to the day.

So this morning I did just that and by the time I’d grabbed my keys and was on my way out the door I’d already listened to Tycho’s new track five or six times and was feeling all the more chipper as a result.

I love where Scott is taking Tycho; as familiar as ever but brighter, bolder and with increasing confidence. It feels more organic, more expansive and crackles with energy. Maybe that’s to be expected with his move away from solo artist, embracing the band and touring Awake extensively for two years. I’m excited.

Check it out.

The new as yet untitled album is due out on Ghostly International in 2016.

If you’re in the US you can catch Tycho at one of the remaining 2016 shows.

TYCHO 2016 TOUR DATES

JUL 02 – Chicago, IL – Mamby on the Beach
SEP 17 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ Lotus, El Ten Eleven)
SEP 22-24 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music & Arts Festival
SEP 24-25 – St. Louis, MO – Murmuration Festival
OCT 15-16 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival

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Temples – Colours To Life [Watch]

Back at the beginning of April we briefly covered neo-psychedelic rockers Temples and their rather magnificent single Shelter Song. Martin wrote, “The songs are louder, clearer and chocked full of instantly catchy hooks; unashamedly pulling in retro influences from acid era Byrds to (dare I say it) The Beatles – all brought up to date with some booming, breakbeat-esque drumming.” Now roll on a month and a bit and we can follow that up with their brilliant new single Colours To Life, due out 24th June. Continue reading

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Silver And Gold [Listen]

Here’s a little something for the weekend, Fat Freddy’s Drop have returned with Silver And Gold, the first single from new album Blackbird, due early 2013. As has been the case throughout the bands thirteen year career, it’s a fabulous marriage of dub and blues with grooves that belong on the dance floor. The album’s not far off and Silver And Gold is one hell of an exciting tease. It’s also a FREE download, so grab it while it’s hot!

Tame Impala – Elephant [Listen]

Aussie psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are back with the quite frankly brilliant Elephant. First single from Lonerism, the follow up to their brilliant 2010 debut Innerspeaker, it’s chugging riffs, driving rhythm, seriously infectious bassline, fuzzy warm production and epic jams (all in the space of three and a half minutes!) evoke some serious early Pink Floyd vibes and even, as Martin pointed out to me across the office, hints of a heavier Beatles in there – If you really imagine, you can hear John Lennon in those vocals. [sorry, couldn’t resist.] It doesn’t stray from the sound they forged previously but they’re definitely back with a bang. It’s classic production and ethos meet a modern energy and style that really no one else manages like Tame Impala do. Elephant is a big tune and a great way to bring in the new album, no question about that.

Elephant is out now; available in all the usual places, and full-length Lonerism follows on October 5th (Australia) / October 8th (United Kingdom) / October 9th (United States). Preorder links can be found over on their website. Track listing is as follows.

Lonerism

1. Be Above It
2. Endors Toi
3. Apocalypse Dreams
4. Mind Mischief
5. Music To Walk Home By
6. Why Won’t They Talk To Me?
7. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
8. Keep On Lying
9. Elephant
10. She Just Won’t Believe Me
11. Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
12. Sun’s Coming Up

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes [News/Listen]

Stephen Ellison is a very busy man. He runs his own record label, Brainfeeder; is a producer for many of the artists on that label and also produces his own music under the moniker of Flying Lotus. He has recently announced to the world that his fourth full length album will be released on 2nd October, and will be titled, “Until The Quiet Comes”. It will be released on Warp Records who released two of his previous three albums, his 2006 debut album titled “1983” was released on Plug Research.  You can see the album cover and tracklisting for “Until The Quiet Comes” below. The album will feature guest appearances from Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, both from Radiohead, as well as Erykah Badu, Thundercat and Laura Darlington.  He will embark on an autumn tour to support the release of this record which includes two UK dates:

3/11 – Brixton Academy, London
9/11 – Warehouse Project, Manchester

Further dates can be found here

Until The Quiet Comes:

01 All In
02 Getting There [ft. Niki Randa]
03 Until the Colours Come
04 Heave(n)
05 Tiny Tortures
06 All the Secrets
07 Sultans Request
08 Putty Boy Strut
09 See Thru to U [ft. Erykah Badu]
10 Until the Quiet Comes
11 DMT Song [ft. Thundercat]
12 The Nightcaller
13 Only if You Wanna
14 Electric Candyman [ft. Thom Yorke]
15 Hunger [ft. Niki Randa]
16 Phantasm [ft. Laura Darlington]
17 me Yesterday//Corded
18 Dream to Me

In addition to all this new album goodness, Flying Lotus has also released a single as part of the Adult Swim Singles Series 2012. It was released on Monday (23rd July) and is available for free download. It is a collaboration with OFWGKTA member Earl Sweatshirt and someone who calls themselves Captain Murphy. It’s a belter

In addition, FlyLo has also just released the third instalment of his Lovers Melt mixtape series – “Another mix for your summer some things you may know some things you may not”. It is available as a free download from Brainfeeder.

You can now see why I started this post by saying he is a busy man, but lets hope it stays that way.

The Revival Hour – Hold Back [Listen]

Fresh back from a week spent exploring the rainy Cornish coast and I already have a pile of releases mounting on the side of my desk. Before beginning the trawl through the precarious mountain beside me and whilst doing my usual weekly round of bandcamp, I stumbled upon The Revival Hour and their outstanding debut single Hold Back / Run Away.

Hold Back is big in every sense of the word, opening line “I am the lonliest climber of them all” sets a brooding tone which continues through; combined with gospel backing, rising choruses, swelling strings, deep brass, staccato piano, D.M. Stith’s brilliant falsetto voice and finally complimented with some seriously smooth production and this track just begs to be played loud. It’s powerful stuff, full of soul and incredibly intense. Lyrics question and demand, “Am I right to hold back?”, as the song rises and builds into something really quite wonderful. It’s dark, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s also crackling with suppressed energy. Bold stuf indeed.

The Revival Hour’s other half is completed by John Mark Lapham (The Earlies, The Late Cord) and with contributions from members of The Earlies, My Brightest Diamond and Shearwater, they are looking like they could become something really quite special. The single was released on 24th October of last year and after digging on facebook it appears the duo are working on release number two, a full length and a forthcoming tour. It couldn’t come soon enough as I can see myself exhausting this song pretty quickly if tonights play count is anything to go by!

Hold Back / Run Away is available to download for $2 (USD) from The Revival Hour’s bandcamp page.

Dodgy Reunion – new album, single & tour dates [listen]

90s band Dodgy have reformed and are releasing a new album.  Stand Upright In A Cool Place will be the first release that includes the original line up of Nigel Clark, Mathew Priest and Andy Miller for over 15 years. The band, who are best known for their hits Staying Out for the Summer, If You’re Thinking of Me, and Good Enough rose to prominence during the Britpop era.

The new material has a more developed and mature sound, reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  As with all Dodgy songs, they would make a superb accompaniment to a warm summer festival field. The excellent lead single What Became Of You is out on February 13th.

Watch the video to What Became Of You

Listen to Tripped & Fell

The album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place, follows on February 20th and is available to order from http://strikebackrecords.sandbag.uk.com.

The band have also announced a string of tour dates:

Feb 17 The Box – Crewe, United Kingdom
Feb 18 Eric’s – Liverpool, United Kingdom
Feb 22 Bush Hall – London, United Kingdom
Feb 25 Eiger – Leeds, United Kingdom
Feb 26 Bullingdon – Oxford, United Kingdom
May 19 Lakefest 2012 –Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Jul 06 The Court Theatre – Tring, United Kingdom
Jul 07 Nibley Festival – Dursley, United Kingdom

Visit the band site: http://www.dodgyology.com/

Islands – A Sleep & A Forgetting [News]

Islands are back with a new album. Islands originally rose out of the ashes of Nicholas Thorburn’s previous music venture, The Unicorns. Which was at the time, also very successful and well received. For me, the previous two albums that Islands produced didn’t quite cut it like their first and most acclaimed album, Return to the Sea. It’s been a while since i’ve given the album a good listen again. I usually just whack Swans and Volcanoes on my playlist and leave out the others which are each quite unique – Pitchfork described it as being a “a sprawling, gorgeous collection of pop songs that draws from disparate sources such as calypso, country, and hip-hop”. 

Islands have very recently announced that they’ll be releasing a new album called, A Sleep & A Forgetting, and to get the buzz going they’ve released a single from the album called, This is Not a Song. One of the main reasons I’m writing this post is because i really like this song, and i’ve got a feeling this album’s gonna be a good’n! It’s released on Hallmark’s Valenine’s Day. Here’s an oldie and the newie.

Band website: islandsareforever.com

This is Not a Song by Islands (A Sleep & A Forgetting 2012)

The Shins – Simple Song [Listen]

The Shins are back, preceding the March release of the new album Port of Morrow (which happens to have some excellent artwork), with the brilliant new track Simple Song. It really is a superb one too with all you expect from The Shins, and if anything, it’s a little more upbeat than past songs with an electric almost reinvigorated vibe. It’s made the prospect of the full length in March far more exciting!

Head over to The Shins website here to listen to Simple Song complete with a pretty awesome player. Album pre-orders with various bonuses are available now and come with early access to the track in question. Roll on March!

New Cast single “See That Girl” [Listen]

I’ve had a bit of a Britpop renascence this weekend. It started by seeing Shed Seven play a blinding nostalgia fuelled gig at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday, supported by the excellent Chris Helme (ex frontman of the Seahorses).

If that wasn’t enough mid nineties reminiscence, Britpop stalwarts Cast have released their first single in over a decade. Fresh off the back of the 15th anniversary gigs celebrating their debut album “All Change”, they have recorded a new LP “Troubled Times” via PledgeMusic. The album will have a physical release in the new year whilst the digital version was available to plegers in November.

The single “See That Girl” has the familiar tone of the bands previous work and jangly guitar sound of vocalist, John Power’s former band, The La’s. Whilst not breaking any new grounds, anyone who is nostalgic for 60s pop or the Britpop sound will enjoy this.

The single is available digitally from iTunes & Amazon and has a live version of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” as a b-side.

Cast Band Site
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