Premiere: Philco Fiction - “Horizon”.

30 Sep 2011 — Tonje Thilesen
As many other talents within the Norwegian music scene, Philco Fiction too found their light of day through the community and streaming site of newly established (indie) acts, Urørt.no. It was here I heard Turid Solberg's voice for the first time a little over a year ago — a darker, Lykke Li-esque Philco Fiction, the kind of Philco Fiction that we got to know through their mini-album Give Us To The Lions that was released April 15th 2010. One and a half year after the debut, the Oslo based trio are ready to drop their first full-lenght entitled Take It Personal, a record which in many ways continues on the same path as Give Us To The Lions. In addition to beautiful ballads such as "Finally" and "Portrait Of Silence" (which are perfect hideouts when the cold, Scandinavian winter darkness sneak in), Take It Personal unfolds a way more playful and poppy sound than ever before and is, if I dare to say, probably one of the most exciting names in pop that Norway has to offer this year. The album will be available for streaming via our pals at The Line Of Best Fit on October 7th, while the official album release is set to October 14th on Brilliance Records. Also, head over to Soundcloud to listen to a few other tracks, including their splendid first single "Help!" which dropped back in May. Listen and download their newest single "Horizon" exclusively below. Photo: Lars Petter Pettersen Read more → As many other talents within the Norwegian music scene, Philco Fiction too found their light of day through the community and streaming site of newly established (indie) acts, Urørt.no. It was here I heard Turid Solberg's voice for the first time a little over a year ago — a darker, Lykke Li-esque Philco Fiction, the kind of Philco Fiction that we got to know through their mini-album Give Us To The Lions that was released April 15th 2010. One and a half year after the debut, the Oslo based trio are ready to drop their first full-lenght entitled Take It Personal, a record which in many ways continues on the same path as Give Us To The Lions. In addition to beautiful ballads such as "Finally" and "Portrait Of Silence" (which are perfect hideouts when the cold, Scandinavian winter darkness sneak in), Take It Personal unfolds a way more playful and poppy sound than ever before and is, if I dare to say, probably one of the most exciting names in pop that Norway has to offer this year. The album will be available for streaming via our pals at The Line Of Best Fit on October 7th, while the official album release is set to October 14th on Brilliance Records. Also, head over to Soundcloud to listen to a few other tracks, including their splendid first single "Help!" which dropped back in May. Listen and download their newest single "Horizon" exclusively below. Photo: Lars Petter Pettersen

Video: Samaritan - “Don’t Try Love”.

30 Sep 2011 — Henning Lahmann
This amazing tune by Norwich producer Sam Martin aka Samaritan has been haunting us for a while now already, and now it's finally here as part of a four-track EP of the same name, with another track we've already known before, two brand new and equally brilliant ones, plus this fine video to go along with the title track. With all this, Martin more and more proves that he's one of the UK's principal talents in contemporary, forward-thinking electronic music. We'll surely keep an eye on him. Purchase/download the Don't Try Love EP over at bandcamp. Samaritan - Don't Try Love Read more → This amazing tune by Norwich producer Sam Martin aka Samaritan has been haunting us for a while now already, and now it's finally here as part of a four-track EP of the same name, with another track we've already known before, two brand new and equally brilliant ones, plus this fine video to go along with the title track. With all this, Martin more and more proves that he's one of the UK's principal talents in contemporary, forward-thinking electronic music. We'll surely keep an eye on him. Purchase/download the Don't Try Love EP over at bandcamp. Samaritan - Don't Try Love

Brainshadows: “Wild Cherry”.

29 Sep 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Portland, Maine's Matthew Lajoie sure knows how to keep himself busy. In addition to his highly praised experimental folk project Herbcraft, a few other creative commitments, including Planets Around The Sun and Cursillistas (which appears to be on indefinite hiatus), and not least his own little label L'animaux Tryst (Field) Recordings, Lajoie recently started yet another musical venture together with Herbcraft member Dawn Aquarius, named Brainshadows. The duo will soon drop their first release via L'animaux Tryst, the Wild Cherry b/w Ripe 7 inch. The A-side "Wild Cherry" is a terrific piece of stark and dense psychedelic folk, with an irresistibly propulsive percussion and beautifully layered organ and distorted guitar sections that lay a heavy fog of noise over the muffled, distant vocals that fade away in a thick haze of echo and reverb. An absolutely phenomenal tune, without doubt one of the finest in its genre this year. You may pre-order the 7 inch and stream the equally compelling B-side "Ripe" over here. Brainshadows - Wild Cherry Read more → Portland, Maine's Matthew Lajoie sure knows how to keep himself busy. In addition to his highly praised experimental folk project Herbcraft, a few other creative commitments, including Planets Around The Sun and Cursillistas (which appears to be on indefinite hiatus), and not least his own little label L'animaux Tryst (Field) Recordings, Lajoie recently started yet another musical venture together with Herbcraft member Dawn Aquarius, named Brainshadows. The duo will soon drop their first release via L'animaux Tryst, the Wild Cherry b/w Ripe 7 inch. The A-side "Wild Cherry" is a terrific piece of stark and dense psychedelic folk, with an irresistibly propulsive percussion and beautifully layered organ and distorted guitar sections that lay a heavy fog of noise over the muffled, distant vocals that fade away in a thick haze of echo and reverb. An absolutely phenomenal tune, without doubt one of the finest in its genre this year. You may pre-order the 7 inch and stream the equally compelling B-side "Ripe" over here. Brainshadows - Wild Cherry

Rollerblade: “Skeechie Skeechy Bowley Ball”.

29 Sep 2011 — Henning Lahmann
So this is dope. Ohio's Bryan Freitas aka Bryan Ferrari aka Casino Gardens hit me up the other day with the crisp news that he and fellow Beer On The Rug alumni Colin Field aka World Series have joined forces for this fresh project named Rollerblade (name says it all). Skeechie Skeechy Bowley Ball, their first effort, is a cracking, fuzzed-out trip across the glimmering floor of your favorite roller skate disco (poor you if you got none) over the course of roughly 16 minutes (stream it via bandcamp) plus two bonus singles, adding up to 22 minutes total, dropped physically on a shiny CD-R by the tiny new imprint Ailanthus Recordings. All this information babbling in fact ain't all that essential, just listen to the two bonus cuts below and you'll wanna have the thing anyway. Rollerblade - You Got a Girlfriend Rollerblade - Blowin' W Read more → So this is dope. Ohio's Bryan Freitas aka Bryan Ferrari aka Casino Gardens hit me up the other day with the crisp news that he and fellow Beer On The Rug alumni Colin Field aka World Series have joined forces for this fresh project named Rollerblade (name says it all). Skeechie Skeechy Bowley Ball, their first effort, is a cracking, fuzzed-out trip across the glimmering floor of your favorite roller skate disco (poor you if you got none) over the course of roughly 16 minutes (stream it via bandcamp) plus two bonus singles, adding up to 22 minutes total, dropped physically on a shiny CD-R by the tiny new imprint Ailanthus Recordings. All this information babbling in fact ain't all that essential, just listen to the two bonus cuts below and you'll wanna have the thing anyway. Rollerblade - You Got a Girlfriend Rollerblade - Blowin' W

Video Premiere: Spastic Joy - “The Mission”.

29 Sep 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Spastic Joy is the Montréal-based duo of Menes and Rubin Vitriol, and despite never having heard of them until like a few hours ago, their classy male/female vocals over that thriving restrained cold wave-infused synth line of the tune "The Mission" kicked in immediately. The whole affair gets only more delicate with the track's accompanying video made by Ela Orleans aka movies for ears, a perfectly matching collage of snippets from movies by the congenial twins George (who recently passed away) and Mike Kuchar, famous for their absurdist lo-budget underground productions in NYC during the 60s, complete with cold-blooded executions and evaporating encounters with unidentified flying objects. A beautiful homage indeed. Spastic Joy's eight-track debut cassette God's Lover is out now via Clan Destine Records. Read more → Spastic Joy is the Montréal-based duo of Menes and Rubin Vitriol, and despite never having heard of them until like a few hours ago, their classy male/female vocals over that thriving restrained cold wave-infused synth line of the tune "The Mission" kicked in immediately. The whole affair gets only more delicate with the track's accompanying video made by Ela Orleans aka movies for ears, a perfectly matching collage of snippets from movies by the congenial twins George (who recently passed away) and Mike Kuchar, famous for their absurdist lo-budget underground productions in NYC during the 60s, complete with cold-blooded executions and evaporating encounters with unidentified flying objects. A beautiful homage indeed. Spastic Joy's eight-track debut cassette God's Lover is out now via Clan Destine Records.

April: “Marching Song”.

28 Sep 2011 — Tonje Thilesen
Honestly though, when was the last time we heard music coming out of The Netherlands? I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one to question this, but obviously things are about to change: the boy-girl duo April from the Utrecht province are heavily inspired by The XX (listen below: ''Always A Good Night''), but leaning on a far more rough and fuzzier sound; creating swelling melodies made to life by their obsession for 80's nostalgia. While we've heard rumors of an upcoming album, their self-titled debut EP that was recorded (not surprisingly) back in April, can be downloaded for free via their bandcamp. April - Marching Song April - Always A Good Night
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Honestly though, when was the last time we heard music coming out of The Netherlands? I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one to question this, but obviously things are about to change: the boy-girl duo April from the Utrecht province are heavily inspired by The XX (listen below: ''Always A Good Night''), but leaning on a far more rough and fuzzier sound; creating swelling melodies made to life by their obsession for 80's nostalgia. While we've heard rumors of an upcoming album, their self-titled debut EP that was recorded (not surprisingly) back in April, can be downloaded for free via their bandcamp. April - Marching Song April - Always A Good Night

Former Selves: “Common Years”.

28 Sep 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Another beautiful audiovisual piece made by Berkeley-based NFOP regular Paul Skomsvold aka Former Selves who's got his new tape Hope out now via Bridgetown. After his splendid DVD release Fait Accompli, Hope is more contemplating than ever, containing five mellow tunes meant to take you to your happy place. With sprawling layers of synth pads and restrained guitar plucking, "Common Years" is a perfect example for Paul's latest creative direction and a meek preparation for the cold season. You may check out Bridgetown's complete fall batch of releases with the sampler that's up for free download over here. Former Selves - Common Years Read more → Another beautiful audiovisual piece made by Berkeley-based NFOP regular Paul Skomsvold aka Former Selves who's got his new tape Hope out now via Bridgetown. After his splendid DVD release Fait Accompli, Hope is more contemplating than ever, containing five mellow tunes meant to take you to your happy place. With sprawling layers of synth pads and restrained guitar plucking, "Common Years" is a perfect example for Paul's latest creative direction and a meek preparation for the cold season. You may check out Bridgetown's complete fall batch of releases with the sampler that's up for free download over here. Former Selves - Common Years

Premiere: Lee Noble - “Your Privilege”.

27 Sep 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Not presumptuous in the slightest, the folks over at Bathetic praise Lee Noble's new LP Horrorism as nothing less than a "game changer". We've already loved his cassette releases for Moon Glyph and Bridgetown, and in particular the stunning No Becoming which was released by Sweat Lodge Guru in March, but it's only now that the LA resident's full-blown magnificence comes to light. Horrorism is a marvelous album, a vastly coherent and mature work of eerie drone and gentle ambience that never loses touch with pop, music that's comforting yet sophisticated without ever slipping toward pretentiousness, resulting in a true masterpiece. We'd already head the wonderful "Indian Princess" way back in January (writing about a different release), and now here's the album opener "Your Privilege", a superb gem full of warm haze wrapped in a soothing melody, a beautiful introduction into Noble's most amazing effort to date. Horrorism is out October 4 on Bathetic. Lee Noble - Your Privilege Read more → Not presumptuous in the slightest, the folks over at Bathetic praise Lee Noble's new LP Horrorism as nothing less than a "game changer". We've already loved his cassette releases for Moon Glyph and Bridgetown, and in particular the stunning No Becoming which was released by Sweat Lodge Guru in March, but it's only now that the LA resident's full-blown magnificence comes to light. Horrorism is a marvelous album, a vastly coherent and mature work of eerie drone and gentle ambience that never loses touch with pop, music that's comforting yet sophisticated without ever slipping toward pretentiousness, resulting in a true masterpiece. We'd already head the wonderful "Indian Princess" way back in January (writing about a different release), and now here's the album opener "Your Privilege", a superb gem full of warm haze wrapped in a soothing melody, a beautiful introduction into Noble's most amazing effort to date. Horrorism is out October 4 on Bathetic. Lee Noble - Your Privilege