This week, we’ve had a ton of new releases, including albums from punk aficionados Priests, psych-electronic wizards Pond and many more. A possible highlight coming from Canadian multi-instrumentalist MacDemarco, who along with the release of two brilliant singles has announced the follow up to hit album Salad Days, entitled This Old Dog. An all round more acoustic affair with every constituent part on the record played by the man himself (very Mike Oldfield). Anyway, enough of me babbling on. Here are the five artists that you should be getting your teeth stuck into this week.
Californian singer/songwriter Jackson Phillips, under his moniker Day Wave crafts dreamy indie pop out of his 80’s influences, chugging guitars and glistening synth lines. Having released a steady stream of singles and EP’s since 2015, he’s kicked off the new year with a new single, showing off his trademark style of shimmering guitars and bass-driven verses, entitled ‘Something Here’. This is all ahead of the release of his full length debut album The Days We Had, due for release in May. Exciting times are ahead for this guy, so start doing your homework on him now.
Stream ‘Something Here’ on Spotify now.
DIY-indie duo, SACRED PAWS are back with their first full-length record, Strike A Match. A stunning blend of afro-ryhthms and intricate guitar licks, along-side delightful horn stabs and beguiling vocal harmonies. The first track, ‘Nothing’ is perhaps the perfect example of this. A track that reminded us of Peluché’s 2015 single ‘Ohio’, which is very much a compliment – both tracks being inherently musical and rhythmically compelling. Make sure you go and listen to the new album, out now on Rock Action Records.
Stream the album now, on Spotify.
These three Aussie blokes make psych-tinged indie rock music with some electronic influences thrown in for good measure. They’ve drawn comparisons to the likes of Circulation favourites Tame Impala and Syd Barrett. The first two singles from their sophomore album, Everything Is Forgotten, due for release at the beginning of March, is a heavy contrast to their debut effort, Oh Inhuman Spectacle. What the new album will sound like as a whole is very much a guessing game, but expect thrills and spills from these boys from down under on their forthcoming long-player.
Have a watch of the bizarre visual for the single ‘Ubu’ below.
If you listened to some of these guys’ tunes, no-one would judge you for mistaking some of them for early The XX material. Full of reverb-laden guitars and spacey drums, and front-man Rollo Doherty’s commanding vocals that spring from breathy and breezy to coarse and aggressive. This band are an exciting prospect, having supported bands including Palace and Amber Run already but also selling out their very own headline shows. Their second EP, A Place You Like, is out now.
Listen to the brilliant single ‘Dreaming Of’ below.
François & The Atlas Mountains
Something slightly different to round of this week’s selection. An exciting band hailing from France, spear-headed by François Marry who has split his time between Bristol and France over the past few years after settling back in his home country to record their fourth studio album, Piano Ombre. After two years with no releases, they have returned with the first single, ‘Grand Dérèglement’, from their forthcoming album, Solide Mirage. The single is a poignant and politically charged track, touching on political division and the uncertain and, at times, worrying future ahead of us. Although the subject matter is deadly serious, the track itself is serene and enchanting, perhaps due to François’ clever french lyrics sung in an effortlessly classy style. However, even if you can’t understand of what they sing about, I guarantee you will enjoy their music nonetheless.
Have a watch of the video for their new single, ‘Grand Dérèglement’, below.Fred Stiddard