Mac Demarco opens his new single “Brother” from his upcoming third album “Salad Days” by whispering “shit”, luring you into one of his most soulful songs yet. The seductive guitar riffs at the beginning could have been lifted straight from a glossy 80s anthem. Mac sounds as fresh as ever, towards the end this track takes a slightly surreal tone, but as always, his music is perfectly suited to a laid back, night-time atmosphere. In fact, I’m so obsessed with this track I’d consider taking up smoking just as an accompaniment.
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Glaswegians, PAWS are returning with their forthcoming second album “Youth Culture Forever” which is due to be released this June, and “Tongues” is the first taste we have as to what’s on the horizon. Their debut LP “Cokefloat!” is one of my favourites, but “Tongues” surpassed my high expectations. The lo-fi production combined with the rhythmic guitar riffs match well together, I just wish it was longer because 2 minutes doesn’t so this song justice.
I’m a massive fan of the Divergent series, so when I saw Ellie Goulding receiving so much hype for having the lead song in the movie, I was extremely worried that the young-adult aspects would be exploited to turn it into a generic blockbuster, but now that I’ve heard M83’s track for the soundtrack, that’s no longer a major concern. As expected, M83 have worked their magic once again to create pure electronic euphoria, and I’m ridiculously excited about what’s to come from both the film, and any future M83 releases.
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Returning once again, and (somehow) stronger than ever, The Horrors are returning with their iconic creepy new wave electronic patterns on their new single “I Can See You”. It’s stupefyingly upbeat for a Horrors track, but it’s a pleasant surprise, as well as a welcome one. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the dark, brooding atmosphere from their past albums, but this step up feels well-timed as the band are progressing towards the release of their fourth album “Luminous”. Their fans are already embracing it like it’s a well-established work in their discography, and for them, I predict some more festival appearances this summer!
Telegram are hyped up to be one of the best bands of the year, and believe it or not, aren’t actually from 1960/70s London! “Rule Number One” their new track would suggest differently, but these retro-punk vibes are one of the coolest I’ve heard all year! I’d be jealous of anyone with the chance to see Telegram play this song live because they sound like they’d be an incredible live act!
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"Tame One" is from Your Friend's debut EP Jekyll/Hyde. Your Friend is the stage name of Kansas native Taryn Miller who will be playing SXSW shows all next month to showcase her beautiful, tender voice and talent for composing utterly gorgeous, complementary, and atmospheric background music. Your Friend is definitely one to watch for 2014!
Courtney Barnett is Melbourne’s freshest talent and everyone else’s new favourite singer-songwriter, so if you haven’t yet heard of her, or have somehow missed her new song “Anonymous Club”, press play now! Courtney follows a more minimalistic route, simplicity is beauty of the instrumentation on this track, leaving her soothing lyrics and voice so full of emotion to take centre stage, and allow the backing music to build up and sound so flawless and warm.
The Courtneys- the 21st century’s equivalent to The Bangles- released one of my favourite mini-albums of last year, and now their newest track “Lost Boys” is being distributed in a limited number of cassette tapes. I’m extremely jealous of all of you who can afford the shipping, however replaying this gorgeous, nineties-tinged grunge/post-punk masterpiece on SoundCloud will have to suffice.
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New indie band on the block, Circa Waves replicate the sound of their friend Two Door Cinema Club's earlier work on their newest track “Stuck In My Teeth”, but it’s not a bad thing. It’s light and euphoric at times, just like any good indie track should be- and their sharp and care-free guitar riffs have arrived just in time to replenish our need for summery vibes!
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"Cast A Shadow" is the forthcoming single from up and coming duo Coves. It’s seamless Parisian psychedelic vibes are blissful and irresistible, with beautiful female vocals giving the track a vintage-feel and unique edge against other neo-psych bands currently on the scene.
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The Wytches are a band on everyone’s hype list, and their “Gravedweller” EP now available for free should tell you why. Their look is reminiscent of The Horrors, and they give gothic/garage rock a modern twist, so fans of The Mighty Boosh should follow the download link immediately. The Wytches sound like the band you want to be caught listening to in Camden Town, their music would be the outcome of a grittier version of The Cure were to bump into Peace.
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Howler have returned, and I hear hallelujahs across the board! “Don’t Wanna” is the first taster of their forthcoming second record “World Of Joy”, and it demonstrates the very best of Howler. “Don’t Wanna” has the summer-tinged guitar vibes ever slacker track is obligated to showcase. This song encapsulates me despite it’s brief length, I’ve already pressed repeat numerous times and considered getting the lyrics tattooed in their entirety.
"I Hate New York" was the first track uploaded by the Australian punks Teenage Mothers, and 7 months later they’ve released a music video to commemorate their forthcoming debut LP “I Wish I Was Beautiful”. A detailed account of their thoughts, ripping the cliched ideals of “The Big Apple” to shreds, “I Hate New York” is everything you could ever love about Teenage Mothers all in one song. They have elements of The Clash to their music as they ironically snarl lyrics like “all the delis are overrated”, so with tracks like this, who really gives a shit about whether Teenage Mothers are beautiful or not?
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"Flicker" is the beautifully tragic and idyllic new track from Shivum Sharma. I’ve not heard much buzz around this artist, but I’m hoping this haunting opus will change all of that. The ethereal quality in his voice matched so perfectly with such perfectly produced background beats and echoes of piano riffs are stunning. This unadulterated allure is too great to be lost under the radar, so I urge you all to check out Shivum Sharma.
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"An Animal" marks the epic return of the Brighton rock duo Blood Red Shoes. Why they’ve decided to release an eponymous fourth record remains questionable, but I wouldn’t even dare to contemplate whether they’ve lost their magic after listening to their new track. I’ve always been a fan of the band, but this marks what I would consider to be a great start to a new year of music, despite my suspicions that the amount of airplay this track will receive will be every-so-slightly overbearing.
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