The Morning Mail: 26-NOV-12

This morning we encourage you to discover the Scottish trio, Hiva Oa; and listen to choice selections from the likes of Cold Pumas, The Deadline Shakes, Popular Culture, Port Isla, and TEEPEE.


Hiva Oa is a three piece outfit out of Edinburgh whose use of minimalism and mood creates tracks that are intensely gripping. Their experimental post-rock sound is driven through adept integration of bass, cello, guitar, clever bits of piano, and the occasional female guest vocalist only known to us as “Hailey.” Their debut album The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss, dropped in May. We also feature tracks from their newest recording, a double-A side with “Urban” and “Badger.” The video from “Badger” is below in WATCH.

Check out: “Urban”

Check out: “Badger”

Check out: “The Minder”
from The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss


Cold Pumas
“Sherry Island”

“Fog Cutter”
from Persistent Malaise out now
The Brighton-based (UK) trio turn up the drone and unrelenting rhythm to keep your mind racing. You can pick up Persistent Malaise on Amazon and eMusic.

“Sherry Island”

“Fog Cutter”

The Deadline Shakes – “Don’t You Be Too Cool”
Single (free)
The latest single from the Glasgow-based quartet is a power pop delight. For a limited time, you can grab it as a free download on Bandcamp.

Port Isla – “Sinking Ship” (free download)
We featured the video yesterday and thought we’d blow out their free download quota today. So let’s do it! Love the songwriting and harmonies on this track.

Teepee – “I’ve Heard It All Before”
from: Distant Love or: Time Never Meant Anything, And Never Will
out now
Stone cold drone permeates this track as Erix S. Laurent’s emotionless vocals mutters, “Yeah, I’ve heard it all before” through the chorus. It seems to be a statement on mundane conversations we have with those who are unfamiliar.


Hiva Oa – “Badger”
Double A side single b/w “Urban”
out 10 December via mini50records
Simply haunting, such a beautiful arrangement.

Popular Culture – “Dandelion”
from Episodes
out now on Sparrow Song
Popular Culture is the work of Henry Mowgli who comes to Brooklyn by way of Austin, TX. “Dandelion” is the first release from his debut album, Episodes which revels in experimental pop. You can stream the entire  album, here.

Happy Monday…


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