In this edition: discover the Swedish indie pop band, Francis; an artist feature on the splendid Dada Trash Collage, considerations for The Cast of Cheers and Alessi’s Ark and videos fresh from the inbox…
The indie pop band, Francis, will release an EP, This Must Be Blood, on February 27. Formed nearly seven years ago, this Swedish quartet toured over the summer with The Tallest Man on Earth to support their June release, Lekomberg, We Were Kin. That stint proved inspirational, as the band wasted no time cutting new tracks in the studio for an upcoming EP.
We’re lucky to have a copy of the upcoming single, Traktor, which is slated for a January 23 release. It’s a bit experimental in composition with its odd timing signature and layering of vocals.
Traktor [mp3 stream]
Traktor will be released as a single on January 23. Stay tuned for other details.
Artist Feature: Dada Trash Collage
Fliers, the latest single from Dada Trash Collage, is marked by rambling melodies, pervasive looping, and a groove that feasibly could go on forever if recording formats and human existence would allow it. William Freed and Richard Bell are at it once again, and not surprisingly, just two months after their latest long-player, Ambitious Out Of Control.
What’s surprising is that we’ve never featured Dada Trash Collage. The duo has made a string of releases in the last two and half years, and these recordings push the boundaries of experimental psychedelia. Each recording marks a step for DTC, as their music direction becomes more lucid and comprehensible. It’s amazing that they freely offer their entire digital catalog. If you like Animal Collective or Black Moth Super Rainbow, you’ll enjoy Dada Trash Collage.
We share with you Fliers and stream their entire Bandcamp catalog below. You can purchase the Vinyl edition/DVD for Ambitious Out of Control here.
Download/Stream: Ambitious Out of Control
Download/Stream: Rain War EP
Download/Stream: Lions to Lightning
Download/Stream: Old Folks Home
—The Cast of Cheers are streaming the single, Family, on YouTube. It’s all part of a proper roll out for their album, which will be released and distributed some time in early 2012. Check it out:
—Rawkblog has Alessi’s Ark covering The Smith‘s Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want. It’s great to hear a cover that re-interprets a song. It’s not a huge deviation, but enough to perk the ears.
Videos, videos, videos…
Chocolate Robots – Young Love
(fun track, fun video)
The Ghosts – Enough Time
Lightouts – Eloise Suite [buy track on iTunes]
(This video is like an evolved form of the old Robert Palmer videos)
Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks – Feast of Fear
Secret Colours – Faust
(LOVE THIS!!! So freaky! Look for EP3 on Jan. 1, 2012)