Dream Love: “Love Juice (feat. Raw Thrills)”.

31 May 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Pretty chopped-up synth disco awesomeness here by Tallahassee, Florida producer enigma Dream Love who's gonna drop this gem as a cassingle soon via his own Noise Horror imprint. Basically, the name Love Juice says it all, so suffice it to add that this jam features Raw Thrills aka Zak Mering on vocals which of course makes this whole business only more worthwhile. Well that's about it, so go for it: Dream Love - Love Juice (feat. Raw Thrills) Read more → Pretty chopped-up synth disco awesomeness here by Tallahassee, Florida producer enigma Dream Love who's gonna drop this gem as a cassingle soon via his own Noise Horror imprint. Basically, the name Love Juice says it all, so suffice it to add that this jam features Raw Thrills aka Zak Mering on vocals which of course makes this whole business only more worthwhile. Well that's about it, so go for it: Dream Love - Love Juice (feat. Raw Thrills)

Atlantic At Pacific: “Back of Our Hands”.

31 May 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Completely staggered right now by this slow-burning dream folk gem by Santa Cruz, California resident Austin Wood aka Atlantic At Pacific, a melancholic late spring reminder that all things will pass, no matter how much we enjoy lying in the freshest, greenest grass these days. Atlantic At Pacific - Back of Our Hands Read more → Completely staggered right now by this slow-burning dream folk gem by Santa Cruz, California resident Austin Wood aka Atlantic At Pacific, a melancholic late spring reminder that all things will pass, no matter how much we enjoy lying in the freshest, greenest grass these days. Atlantic At Pacific - Back of Our Hands

Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo: “The Ghost”.

31 May 2011 — Tonje Thilesen

It's easy to forget about reality after being on constant travels for three months, backpacking from the one remote place to the other in the amazingly photogenic southeast Asia. Coming back to civilization again is not the easiest thing, but I was lucky enough to be met by an e-mail and a so-called 'welcome home gift' from the Norwegian electronic/indie five-piece and NFOP favourites Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo (with members from both Young Dreams and The New Wine), whom just released their first single due to their upcoming album Mausoleum. If you happened to stumble upon the earlier version of The Ghost which they put up on their Soundcloud page a while ago, you might hear a huge improvement sound-wise — the production is obviously richer and the sound more defined, even though the song was mainly recorded at Njaal's own apartment. Indeed, we can't wait to hear what they are up to next, and just let me say this: the album version of The Blood of Brethren is rather superb. Keep your eyes up for these guys. Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo - The Ghost Photo from Vang Vieng, Laos / Tonje Thilesen
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It's easy to forget about reality after being on constant travels for three months, backpacking from the one remote place to the other in the amazingly photogenic southeast Asia. Coming back to civilization again is not the easiest thing, but I was lucky enough to be met by an e-mail and a so-called 'welcome home gift' from the Norwegian electronic/indie five-piece and NFOP favourites Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo (with members from both Young Dreams and The New Wine), whom just released their first single due to their upcoming album Mausoleum. If you happened to stumble upon the earlier version of The Ghost which they put up on their Soundcloud page a while ago, you might hear a huge improvement sound-wise — the production is obviously richer and the sound more defined, even though the song was mainly recorded at Njaal's own apartment. Indeed, we can't wait to hear what they are up to next, and just let me say this: the album version of The Blood of Brethren is rather superb. Keep your eyes up for these guys. Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo - The Ghost Photo from Vang Vieng, Laos / Tonje Thilesen

White Car: “Empty City”.

31 May 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Chicago synth exponents Elon Katz (see more on him here and here) and Orion Martin aka White Car, who've been amazing us last year with their terrific No Better on Hippos In Tanks, have finished a new EP. Tombs of Transition features five new tunes and comes as a CDr in an offset print package. Small edition of only 25 copies, go here for more details on ordering. Listen to the brilliant EP track Empty City below, an appropriately dark and mysterious cold wave piece with the duo's signature warbling and swirling synth works. White Car - Empty City Read more → Chicago synth exponents Elon Katz (see more on him here and here) and Orion Martin aka White Car, who've been amazing us last year with their terrific No Better on Hippos In Tanks, have finished a new EP. Tombs of Transition features five new tunes and comes as a CDr in an offset print package. Small edition of only 25 copies, go here for more details on ordering. Listen to the brilliant EP track Empty City below, an appropriately dark and mysterious cold wave piece with the duo's signature warbling and swirling synth works. White Car - Empty City

Ryan Trott: “Dreamboat”.

30 May 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Here's a brand new tune by Brooklyn outfit Family Trees' Ryan Trott, attached to the news that sometime soon we're gonna see a new EP by the band as well as Wild Wonder, another solo offering by Trott himself. Ryan Trott - Dreamboat Read more → Here's a brand new tune by Brooklyn outfit Family Trees' Ryan Trott, attached to the news that sometime soon we're gonna see a new EP by the band as well as Wild Wonder, another solo offering by Trott himself. Ryan Trott - Dreamboat

Ellis Swan: “Frankie and Charlie”.

26 May 2011 — Henning Lahmann
At its core true-to-the-letter loner folk yet fuzzed out to the extreme and with quite a few twisted edges, Chicago-based artist Ellis Swan really got me with this slow-burning ballade about devotion in spite of reality and all other things that matter - reason among them. We've heard this story many times before, but it hurts each single time. Baby I love you so. (Photo) Ellis Swan - Frankie and Charlie Read more → At its core true-to-the-letter loner folk yet fuzzed out to the extreme and with quite a few twisted edges, Chicago-based artist Ellis Swan really got me with this slow-burning ballade about devotion in spite of reality and all other things that matter - reason among them. We've heard this story many times before, but it hurts each single time. Baby I love you so. (Photo) Ellis Swan - Frankie and Charlie

Act So Big Forest Compilation Vol. 2: Auriel.

26 May 2011 — Henning Lahmann
The incredible Colorado-based music collective Act So Big Forest has finally issued the much-anticipated second installment of their compilation series. The 2011 Spring Edition named Auriel features 24 mostly brand new tracks by the community's wide-spreading roster, among them gems by NFOP darlings such as Moon Tides, Thrifty Astronaut, StaG, Ambassador Engine, Kevin Costner Suicide Pact, and of course ASBF poster children Candy Claws. As expected, the result is not only pretty eclectic but most of all pretty amazing and just another demonstration that Colorado does have one of the most thriving and forward thinking purely independent music scenes nowadays (yes, we've said that before). Check out four of our favorite tracks below and then head over here to cop the whole beauty entirely for free. Aloeswood - Began to Become Ambassador Engine - Alternatives (the Rope, the Knife, the Revolver) Cotton Keys - Frankenstein Grandfather The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact - Holdrakèta Read more → The incredible Colorado-based music collective Act So Big Forest has finally issued the much-anticipated second installment of their compilation series. The 2011 Spring Edition named Auriel features 24 mostly brand new tracks by the community's wide-spreading roster, among them gems by NFOP darlings such as Moon Tides, Thrifty Astronaut, StaG, Ambassador Engine, Kevin Costner Suicide Pact, and of course ASBF poster children Candy Claws. As expected, the result is not only pretty eclectic but most of all pretty amazing and just another demonstration that Colorado does have one of the most thriving and forward thinking purely independent music scenes nowadays (yes, we've said that before). Check out four of our favorite tracks below and then head over here to cop the whole beauty entirely for free. Aloeswood - Began to Become Ambassador Engine - Alternatives (the Rope, the Knife, the Revolver) Cotton Keys - Frankenstein Grandfather The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact - Holdrakèta

Aux. Out: “They Come in Dark Suits”.

25 May 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia's Garrett Mombourquette aka Aux. Out is for sure one of our favorite discoveries this year. After releasing his remarkable first offering, the gentle and fragile Read Quickly, via bandcamp in March (read about it here), Matthew Sage from Fort Collins, Colorado cassette label Patient Sounds must have taken notice of the 17 year-old's significant talents. Only two months later, PS is now about to release Other Months, Mombourquette's lovely second piece that once again proves why we all should keep an eye on this dude from the remote shores of the Canadian east coast. Other Months is up for pre-order now over here and ready for download here. Aux. Out - They Come in Dark Suits Read more → Dartmouth, Nova Scotia's Garrett Mombourquette aka Aux. Out is for sure one of our favorite discoveries this year. After releasing his remarkable first offering, the gentle and fragile Read Quickly, via bandcamp in March (read about it here), Matthew Sage from Fort Collins, Colorado cassette label Patient Sounds must have taken notice of the 17 year-old's significant talents. Only two months later, PS is now about to release Other Months, Mombourquette's lovely second piece that once again proves why we all should keep an eye on this dude from the remote shores of the Canadian east coast. Other Months is up for pre-order now over here and ready for download here. Aux. Out - They Come in Dark Suits