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Oidophon Echorama

Gloria's sound really is glorious—three women vocalising in perfect harmony, underpinned by seamless, sun-soaked instrumentation with a deliciously Gallic twist. Think The Shangri Las, if they were Parisian upstarts with a penchant for Serge Gainsbourg and Gauloises. A modern, fresh mini-EP, perfect for summer. ...view item »

The Soap Opera
Ready To Hatch

The Soap Opera are a bright, sparky, even sugary-sweet indie-pop proposition. FOr their first album they offer up eleven tight little tracks that are bursting with light psychedelia, tropical flavours and 80’s UK-style indie. From France! Ready To Hatch is a vinyl release courtesy of Ample Play....view item »

The Sufis

Not since “Start” by The Jam has the bass line to The Beatles “Taxman” so obviously stolen as on “All Of The Time”, the opening track of The Sufis “Inventions” album. Although this is a more wonky, broken take on it. The album is steep...view item »

The Time And Space Machine
The Way Out Sound From In

Ample Play Records release a heavy duty collection of Richard Norris’ recent Time And Space Machine Mixes on August 25th. A man of many guises, he has operated as a duo - as The Grid with Dave Ball, as Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve with Erol Alkan - but when it's time for some solo sonic action, he records and remixes as The Time and Space Mac...view item »

The Smoking Trees

The second album from LA band The Smoking Trees, TST fuses sunny psychedelia with a knack for aural bliss. It’s simultaneously understated and gloriously infectious, creeping up on you when you least expect it. Dripping with laidback West Coast vibes that should be all over the radio this summer. Out on vinyl LP f...view item »

Beat Mark / Sudden Death of Stars
What is Winter Good For? / Christmas Blossom

Christmas single no 245. From France where presumably they celebrate christmas like we do but without all the getting drunk and crying. The Sudden Death of Stars lament the fact that theirs is a warm Oceanic climate in which no snow falls. There is something wholly miserable about a drizzly, cloudy christmas so I know where they are coming from....view item »

Charles Howl
Sir Vices

Draping a punk rock blueprint with swathes of psych guitar effects, Charles Howl delivers a confident throwback debut. Coming off like The Horrors with a little less gravitas, Sir Vices sits comfortably within the current crop of popular psych rock from Pond to Hookworms. Out on vinyl LP from Ample Play....view item »

Hold On It's Easy

Interesting release here. Cornershop have elected to take their debut album Hold On It Hurts, from way back in 1993, and remake it for 2015. But! You will notice that this album is titled Hold On It's Easy, which signifies that the style of these versions is a lot smoother, a lot more orchestral: a lot ‘e...view item »

The Young Sinclairs
This is The Young Sinclairs

We all like a bit of The Young Sinclairs here at the towers. Like Allah Las they have echewed the hard rockin' sounds of a lot of modern day garage bands for the jangly West Coast blueprint as purveyed by The Byrds, Love and assorted 60's folk-rock types. They form part of the Magic Twig Community, a group of like-minded musicians operating thei...view item »

Bed Rugs
8th Cloud

Taking their name from the Coen Brothers' classic movie, The Big Lebowski, and taking their musical inspiration from Revolver-era Beatles, Bed Rugs make glorious psychedelic nuggets of guitar pop. 8th Cloud is their full-length debut following on from 2013’s mini album, Rapids...view item »

Sudden Death of Stars
All Unrevealed Parts Of The Unknown

So much stuff, so little time. This is a French psych pop band who sound unbelievably if they’ve just emerged from a thatched cottage in the South Downs to play at the village fete. They use all the correct psych pop reference points; The Kinks, Syd Barrett...view item »

Bed Rugs

The six-track debut EP from Bed Rugs instantly packs the punch you want, if you like The Beatles, the more obscure 60s bands that they influenced and Olivia Tremor Control. Opener, “Daydream” is a dreamy, psychedelic track, not dissimilar sounding to Beachwood Sparks. “Yawn” is a fantastic, melodic slice of super-psychede...view item »

Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast

I get the Cornershop 'Judy Sucks a Lemon' album in my pile. That's what happens when you turn your back, you become bottom of the pecking order. Everyone here is expecting me to say it makes me want to stick pencils up my nose. I'll go the other way and say that I'm a fan so I can hang out with Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Nelly Furtado, Morrissey, Geor...view item »

The Roll Off Characteristics (Of History In The Making)

Having to review a new Cornershop 7" first thing in the morning is really upsetting, not just because it's well dodgy (naturally, it's by Cornershop and it's not 'Brimful of Asha') but more because its unprecedented use of harcore irritation powers make it really hard to know where to start. Is the clever-clever lyrical wordiness the worst thi...view item »