!!! (commonly pronounced Chk Chk Chk) – “Slyd” [mp3]
from THR!!!ER, out now
California dance punk revivalists change up personnel and embrace funk, new-wave, and afro-pop – definite signs of life from a veteran outfit! Produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno.
Saturday Night Gym Club – “The Nowhere Team” [mp3]
from The Nowhere Team EP, out June 10th.
Anglo-Irish collective of electronic artists with diverse musical tastes render an unearthly mixture of organic and inert elements spanning musical genres, time-periods, and the British Isles.
The Besnard Lakes – “People of the Sticks” [mp3]
from Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, out now on Jagjaguar.
This Montreal quartet represent the Masterpiece Theatre of indie rock. Co-composers and band leaders Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas are meticulous and prodigious in their approach to opus-styled chamber rock.
Daughter – “Smother” [mp3]
from If You Leave, out now.
London singer-songwriter Elena Tonra is the creative force behind Daughter. Her compositions are spacious, wistful, and heartbreaking; her voice floats through minimal yet dense arrangements like a small boat on a vast, fog-covered lake, with wind and rain periodically pushing and pulling the vessel towards danger and distress.
The Kingsbury Manx – “Future Hunter” [mp3]
from Bronze Age, out now on Odessa Records.
I’ve had a Kingsbury Manx disc on my shelf for at least 10 years (2001’s Let You Down) and never realized they were from Carborro, NC. Hell, I didn’t even know they were still together! I’m happy to rediscover these local guys playing vital, energetic, and nuanced alternative rock – a far cry from the bleak and minimal tunes on Let You Down.
Poor Things – “Morgan” [mp3]
from Hurricane Poor Things, out now.
Fine, soulful Scottish jangle pop with soaring guitar riffs and ooo-ooo vocals.
Totem Terrors – “Art of Falling (Fall Song Rev. 6)” [stream]
from Repeat Play Torrent Rar, out now on Diet Pops
A result of Kickstarter and fan-love, Repeat Play Torrent Rar (“an ironic nod toward music download culture”) is the debut album from Cardiff, Britain’s Totem Terrors. Ten tracks exude playfulness, ingenuity, and sardonic wit, served over tight beats, extreme disco, punk, & rock melodies, and imbued with boy-tank-girl harmonies. Order white vinyl from their bandcamp site.
Arctice Music – “Agostlay” [m4a]
From the inbox, fresh-faced youngsters from Surrey/Hampshire sounding like earnest, old-souls. Influenced by the likes of Tame Impala and Pink Floyd, these guys are distinctive and deep. Keep it up, fellas.