Happy new year.

31 Dec 2010 — Tonje Thilesen
Elanor Logan of Happy New Year kindly sent me her newest Twins / Hotel 7" all the way from Brooklyn, NY last week, and it has been playing on my speakers ever since. The 7" was originally released at the beginning of October, but is in my opinion the perfect way to end a wonderful year. Get your digital copy for free off her bandcamp, or order the physical copy here (highly recommended). Oh, and happy new year! Happy New Year - Twins Happy New Year - Hotel Read more → Elanor Logan of Happy New Year kindly sent me her newest Twins / Hotel 7" all the way from Brooklyn, NY last week, and it has been playing on my speakers ever since. The 7" was originally released at the beginning of October, but is in my opinion the perfect way to end a wonderful year. Get your digital copy for free off her bandcamp, or order the physical copy here (highly recommended). Oh, and happy new year! Happy New Year - Twins Happy New Year - Hotel

New Junior Low: Almost Forever.

31 Dec 2010 — Henning Lahmann
In the last two years, there has been a lot of talking about shoegaze's resurrection, and a lot of new and emerging artists have clearly been building their sound on the heritage of My Bloody Valentine et al. Still, few have ever attempted to stay as true to the spirit of the original as Colorado Springs, Colorado resident Justin Thomas Schweitzer. When he is not busy playing for Tim Perry's pretty popular (and NFOP fav) garage pop outfit Weed Diamond, JT is all about pedal effects with his solo endeavor Junior Low, producing distorted guitar gorgeousness that is heavily drenched in reverb, music that has the aim, despite an undeniable pop appeal, to blow you away with its rolling tide of noise and sheer loudness. Bloodlust is the latest example of JT's approach, six minutes of genuine shoegaze classicism. The tune is gonna be part of Junior Low's upcoming cassette Almost Forever, to be released sometime soon - probably via our friends at Bridgetown who had already dropped the appropriately titled Heavy CDr earlier in 2010. The other song, Shadow Corner, which has already appeared on Junior Low's self-titled debut tape on Leftist Nautical Antiques and will supposedly be a part of Almost Forever as well, serves as a breathtaking example of JT's skills as a songwriter - Shadow Corner is a slow-burning ballad of stunning beauty, with a warm and gently clipping electric piano that first the characteristic layers of distorted guitars and then survives the wall of sound's collapse towards the song's ending, giving the song a very unique feel. Junior Low may have been one of the most overlooked artists of the shoegaze revival, but considering the fact that he without doubt is one of the most talented devotees of late 80s/early 90s indie, we may hope that with Almost Forever, this will change in 2011. (Photo) Junior Low - Bloodlust Junior Low - Shadow Corner Read more → In the last two years, there has been a lot of talking about shoegaze's resurrection, and a lot of new and emerging artists have clearly been building their sound on the heritage of My Bloody Valentine et al. Still, few have ever attempted to stay as true to the spirit of the original as Colorado Springs, Colorado resident Justin Thomas Schweitzer. When he is not busy playing for Tim Perry's pretty popular (and NFOP fav) garage pop outfit Weed Diamond, JT is all about pedal effects with his solo endeavor Junior Low, producing distorted guitar gorgeousness that is heavily drenched in reverb, music that has the aim, despite an undeniable pop appeal, to blow you away with its rolling tide of noise and sheer loudness. Bloodlust is the latest example of JT's approach, six minutes of genuine shoegaze classicism. The tune is gonna be part of Junior Low's upcoming cassette Almost Forever, to be released sometime soon - probably via our friends at Bridgetown who had already dropped the appropriately titled Heavy CDr earlier in 2010. The other song, Shadow Corner, which has already appeared on Junior Low's self-titled debut tape on Leftist Nautical Antiques and will supposedly be a part of Almost Forever as well, serves as a breathtaking example of JT's skills as a songwriter - Shadow Corner is a slow-burning ballad of stunning beauty, with a warm and gently clipping electric piano that first the characteristic layers of distorted guitars and then survives the wall of sound's collapse towards the song's ending, giving the song a very unique feel. Junior Low may have been one of the most overlooked artists of the shoegaze revival, but considering the fact that he without doubt is one of the most talented devotees of late 80s/early 90s indie, we may hope that with Almost Forever, this will change in 2011. (Photo) Junior Low - Bloodlust Junior Low - Shadow Corner

Macklin Underdown.

31 Dec 2010 — Tonje Thilesen
The electronic indie-pop talent Macklin Underdown from Michigan is a pretty interesting name these days. I wrote about his incredibly catchy track 'I Wanna Know' at TTCS a little while back, and yesterday he finally sent me his remix of Blackbird Blackbird's Hawaii, which also has been remixed earlier by Niva and Sunvisor. Stream it below. Macklin Underdown - I Wanna Know Macklin Underdown - Life Doesn't Have To Be This Hard Read more → The electronic indie-pop talent Macklin Underdown from Michigan is a pretty interesting name these days. I wrote about his incredibly catchy track 'I Wanna Know' at TTCS a little while back, and yesterday he finally sent me his remix of Blackbird Blackbird's Hawaii, which also has been remixed earlier by Niva and Sunvisor. Stream it below. Macklin Underdown - I Wanna Know Macklin Underdown - Life Doesn't Have To Be This Hard

Lost in pain.

30 Dec 2010 — Henning Lahmann
Without making a fuss of it, the incredible folks over at Tokyo, Japan's Cuz Me Pain label have managed to establish a pretty decent profile that gathers some of the most interesting contemporary electronic experimentalism. Alongside the amazing Nites - who we had on our pages before - the rather closemouthed artist collective includes such rad musicians like Faron Square, AAPS (who played live with Ducktails on Mondanile's Japan tour this year), and Yosuke Tsuchida aka :visited. Check out some of their tracks below, this is all very exciting, laid back yet mildly danceable and subtly lo-fi infused electronica, I seriously haven't come across something so well crafted and original in quite a while. I fear it is rather tough to get your hands on one of their physical releases if you're not in Japan, but it would for sure be worth a try. :visited - Sunset Article Faron Square - Devotion (Nites Remix) Read more → Without making a fuss of it, the incredible folks over at Tokyo, Japan's Cuz Me Pain label have managed to establish a pretty decent profile that gathers some of the most interesting contemporary electronic experimentalism. Alongside the amazing Nites - who we had on our pages before - the rather closemouthed artist collective includes such rad musicians like Faron Square, AAPS (who played live with Ducktails on Mondanile's Japan tour this year), and Yosuke Tsuchida aka :visited. Check out some of their tracks below, this is all very exciting, laid back yet mildly danceable and subtly lo-fi infused electronica, I seriously haven't come across something so well crafted and original in quite a while. I fear it is rather tough to get your hands on one of their physical releases if you're not in Japan, but it would for sure be worth a try. :visited - Sunset Article Faron Square - Devotion (Nites Remix)

The White Harte.

30 Dec 2010 — Henning Lahmann
Aaron Landgraf from Colorado's mighty bedroom recording project Ambassador Engine sent over a little EP, a few brand new songs that were recorded quickly while Aaron was home for the holidays. The tunes are all slow-burning, ambient-laden guitar/piano tracks with a little help of electronics and Aaron's reverberated, calmly mourning voice, melancholic gems made for the dark season. Ambassador Engine - What Was Left Was More Than There Was To Begin With Ambassador Engine - The White Harte Read more → Aaron Landgraf from Colorado's mighty bedroom recording project Ambassador Engine sent over a little EP, a few brand new songs that were recorded quickly while Aaron was home for the holidays. The tunes are all slow-burning, ambient-laden guitar/piano tracks with a little help of electronics and Aaron's reverberated, calmly mourning voice, melancholic gems made for the dark season. Ambassador Engine - What Was Left Was More Than There Was To Begin With Ambassador Engine - The White Harte

New album: Mount St Helens.

29 Dec 2010 — Henning Lahmann
According to his bandcamp description, Kiss Kiss Fantastic's one half Jeremy Mullins is "just a kid with a mic, a guitar, and music editing software", but of course you may rest assured that you've just read the understatement of the year. On Christmas Eve, Mullins has delivered one of 2010's most gorgeous pop outputs under his solo recording moniker Optimist Park. Mount St Helens is a collection of gently psychedelic and devastatingly beautiful songs, leaning towards shoegaze and classic, late 80s informed dream pop, with lots of noisy distortion and reverb: an album perfect for getting lost, wherever you are. Download the whole thing for free here and prepare to get all cozy and dizzy and happy and sad. Optimist Park - Haunt You In Your Sleep Optimist Park - Mount St Helens Read more → According to his bandcamp description, Kiss Kiss Fantastic's one half Jeremy Mullins is "just a kid with a mic, a guitar, and music editing software", but of course you may rest assured that you've just read the understatement of the year. On Christmas Eve, Mullins has delivered one of 2010's most gorgeous pop outputs under his solo recording moniker Optimist Park. Mount St Helens is a collection of gently psychedelic and devastatingly beautiful songs, leaning towards shoegaze and classic, late 80s informed dream pop, with lots of noisy distortion and reverb: an album perfect for getting lost, wherever you are. Download the whole thing for free here and prepare to get all cozy and dizzy and happy and sad. Optimist Park - Haunt You In Your Sleep Optimist Park - Mount St Helens

Going deep.

29 Dec 2010 — Henning Lahmann
Halls is the pretty new recording project of south London, England resident Samuel Howard. And yes, you can stick to all those associations that pop up in your head when someone names that particular location. Howard's sounds are not dubstep, yet they do have a certain similarity concerning the use of deep and dark synth patterns and deranged, distant vocal samples. This is finest loop-based electronica, very urban indeed, lonesome, wintry, and captivating. And, by the way, it feels good to finally have some talented Englishman up here again. Halls - Kaleidoscope Halls - Cave Days Read more → Halls is the pretty new recording project of south London, England resident Samuel Howard. And yes, you can stick to all those associations that pop up in your head when someone names that particular location. Howard's sounds are not dubstep, yet they do have a certain similarity concerning the use of deep and dark synth patterns and deranged, distant vocal samples. This is finest loop-based electronica, very urban indeed, lonesome, wintry, and captivating. And, by the way, it feels good to finally have some talented Englishman up here again. Halls - Kaleidoscope Halls - Cave Days